Skype interviews have become more popular and common. There’s a good chance you’ll be asked to engage in one at some point, especially if you’re out of town or will be telecommuting. Let’s now discuss the keys to having a successful Skype interview and how to impress your hiring manager.
Create an “Interviewing Environment”
In a traditional face-to-face interview, you’ll typically meet in a quiet, private location that’s free of disruptions. It’s up to you to create this same type of environment prior to your Skype interview. For instance, you’ll want to be in a quiet room that’s void of any major noise disruption.
If you have kids or pets, make sure they’re in another room. Try to have a buffer zone between any noisy traffic. Also, be sure the room you’re in is presentable and organized.
Just because you’re not conducting your interview in a formal office doesn’t mean it’s okay to wear your pajamas. You still need to be the consummate professional and dress like you would for a face-to-face interview.
There’s one thing in particular you should know about digital interviews. Some colors look better on video than others. According to job search expert Alison Doyle, “Certain colors, like many shades of blue – royal, navy, sky blue – look great on video, while others like red and hot colors like magenta can be too bright.”
Also, “Patterns like small dots or stripes can be less attractive than solids.” This is something to keep in mind when choosing your attire.
Get the Right Lighting
Lighting is an element of a Skype interview that’s sometimes overlooked. Test out your webcam beforehand and experiment with different lighting combinations. Ideally, you’ll find adequate lighting that doesn’t make the room look dark or cast shadows.
Maintain Eye Contact
Just like in a traditional interview, it’s important to maintain proper eye contact with your interviewer. But it’s a little different with a Skype Interview. If you look at the screen, you won’t actually be maintaining eye contact.
The solution is to look directly at your webcam because this will ensure your eyes are focused on your interviewer. Here’s a little trick. Elevate your webcam so it’s at eye level. This will make it feel like you’re sitting face to face and will minimize the dreaded double chin that tends to occur when a camera is placed at a lower angle.
As we move further into the 21st century, Skype interviews will become even more commonplace and in time may even be the norm. The key to a successful interview is properly preparing ahead of time and addressing any issues that technology can create.
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