Conducting interviews via Skype are becoming more and more popular these days. Skype interviews can add a great deal more pressure on interviewees, as in the majority of cases, applicants have never undergone this process.
Skype interviews are essentially used as a form of screening and if an interviewee has made a good impression they will be invited to attend an interview in person.
The mistake made by many undergoing the process of Skype interviews is that they treat it as a casual preliminary to the in-person interview. This is a huge mistake to make as a Skype interview should be treated as a first step towards securing the job.
Therefore, you must;
- Treat the interview the same way as you would do a face to face interview. It is a tad difficult to do this when you are not in the same room as your interviewer however, you should block this out.
- Maintain virtual eye contact with your interviewer/panel. It is advised that you look straight into the camera rather than the picture of your interviewer or yourself on screen.
- Ensure that you practice as much as you can prior to the scheduled interview. Doing dry runs allows you to resolve any hiccups.
- Make sure you wear smart attire, just because you are not face to face does not mean that this will not be noticed.
- Make sure the background is not cluttered as this can reflect your life.
- You should place the webcam at eye level rather than on a table looking up at you, it is more flattering!
- A good idea before starting the interview is to discuss that if there are any problems with connection you can be contacted via telephone and perhaps instant message your phone number. Remaining calm and collected is very important if your call drops as this can show your interviewer your temperament and that you are able to handle pressure.
- Ensure that there are no disturbances i.e. put your phone on silent, put a sign on your front door if needs be, saying ‘do not disturb for the next 60 minutes’, notify anyone living in your house or key holders that they are not permitted to disturb you and also if you have a pet, ensure that they are nowhere around.
Finally, good luck and remember to treat it as you would do a regular interview!
For further information on interview skills, CV preparation, career guidance and college applications contact Clodagh Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.