Sara El Kareh
We have notice nowadays that many companies are using Skype for job interviews. It is definitely less stressful to do the interview while at home. However, it is very hard to reflect your right character and personality online.
If you want to get the job and pass the interview, you need to do the following:
1. Before the interview:
You need to check your profile and delete any unprofessional details. Make sure you put a decent and professional picture, stats and information.
Choose the right place to put your computer with a proper background. The wall behind you should be free of any frames or pictures in order to maintain a focused environment. Do not forget to take lighting into consideration and consider ensuring a soft lighting in the front, since lights in the back won’t allow the interviewer to see you clearly.
Of course, you don’t want the Skype interview to be disrupted by poor connection. Make sure you check the signal several times before the interview. If you can’t find the perfect spot with Wi-Fi full strength signal, try using hot spots.
Make sure your camera is working efficiently in all angles. Try all spots and see where it fits you best. All your upper body should be visible to the interviewer so you can use your hand gestures.
2. Minutes before the interview:
You must silence all possible noises; close windows and doors, keep away your pets, and ask your roommates to be out of the room during the call. The last thing you need is being distracted by any kind of noise. You will lose focus and it will be inappropriate for the interviewer.
Do not forget that it’s a professional interview. Hence, you must get dressed as if you are meeting the interviewer in person. Wear appropriate pants and do not prefer putting on the pajamas or your shorts. This way, you will feel more confident. Put on a blazer or a chemise that do not blend with the backdrop and avoid ones with stripes.
Run a final check on everything once again; connection, lighting, camera and try to make a call with your friend to ensure that everything’ running well. Read some warm-up questions so you can avoid the stress of the interview and get ready.
3. During the interview:
Just as in interviews in person, eye contact is very important. Look straight to the camera lens so you could show the interviewer that you are totally focused with them and not distracted by anything else. Sometimes, you may feel that you are being distracted by the small box on the screen. In that case, move it to the top of the screen, just so close to the lens.
Use instant messaging to share documents with the interviewer at the first beginning of the interview, such as resume or any other materials.
Show interest to the interviewer. Do not lose focus on what he/she tells you, use clear words when you speak, use the perfect voice tone and do not get too comfortable just because you are at home.
Finally, never resort to a page to read any notes because the interviewer will definitely notice that.