Thanks to technology, it’s becoming more and more frequent for companies to conduct interviews via Skype. This is especially great when you are interviewing for job in a city other than where you live and attending an interview in person isn’t always possible. It’s a great way to make a first impression before meeting people face to face in the offices. Although the interview prep and practice largely remains the same, there are a few extra things you need to do to ensure everything goes as planned. Here a few top tips on how to ace a Skype interview:
Have a professional Skype username
Most of us have downloaded Skype ages ago and probably used a funky username or a personal nickname when choosing the user ID. ID’s such as “sillybilly123” or “hello123” are not exactly professional and you definitely don’t want your interviewer to be adding this ID. If need be, create a separate account that’s apt for professional use. Something containing your first and last name is professional and you can’t go wrong. Avoid too many numbers if you can. Just keep it clean and simple!
Make sure the background is neutral
Since you are likely sitting in the comfort of your own home when interviewing, make sure the background is as neutral as possible, preferably a plain wall. Avoid sitting in front of a kitchen or the bathroom or anything that can be distracting. You want the interviewer to focus on you, not lose focus because of a bad background.
Check your audio and video settings
Many people fail to check their audio and video settings before the interview and often run into sound and picture issues. I cannot stress enough the importance of running these checks before it’s time for the call. Skype allows you to check these settings at any time so open up the panel and test to ensure everything works accordingly.
Sit somewhere with strong WiFi
WiFi can be our best friend or our worst enemy. Signal is always great when you’re casually browsing and suddenly starts to act up when you need it the most. There are also some corners of the house where it’s the strongest and ones where it struggles to pull through. Know the exact spots and make sure to sit where it’s the strongest. Last thing you need is WiFi capping out in the middle of your question. Hopefully, it’s not the strongest in your bathroom!
Run through a few practice rounds before your interview. Turn on the video settings in your Skype and practice speaking into the computer. Make sure you are looking at the camera and not the little box with an image of yourself. It’s very obvious to the interviewer when you are staring at yourself! Good eye contact is key whether in a real life interview or over Skype!
Be ready for technical glitches
You did all the prep you possibly could – you are sitting in the strongest WiFi spot in the house and also checked all the audio and video settings. Should be a smooth ride, right?! Well, technology is technology – you never know when it can start to act up. Don’t freak out if anything unexpected happens. Be ready for technical glitches. Sometimes, a quick restart is all it takes to get it up and running again.
Find a quiet place
As you are probably sitting in the comfort of your own home for the interview, make sure to have some peace and quiet in the house. If you live alone, then great. If you live with roommates or family, it’s best to inform them beforehand of your interview and ensure they are quiet throughout. Last thing you need is your mom or child yelling around looking for you. Also ensure there is no construction happening next to your house. This can be loud and can totally ruin a good interview.
Follow these tips and your Skype interview will likely be a smooth ride! If you are thinking of switching jobs and starting to interview, check out all the jobs available on Adzuna!