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Top 10 tips for a successful Skype interview

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Interviews can be daunting at the best of times. As video interviews become increasingly popular with recruiters, it’s common for people to feel more nervous, or not make as much effort as they would if it were a face to face meeting. Here at Adzuna, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 tips for you to ace your next Skype interview.

1. Prepare your environment

Unlike normal face to face interviews, this time, your own house is the fancy office where you will be answering the questions. Start by deciding where your Skype interview will take place – somewhere that is not only clean and presentable, but has the best Wi-Fi connection too. Consider the lighting of the room, and be sure to give yourself enough time to set everything up before the interview so you’re well prepared. You want to ensure you don’t have any interruptions, unlike this viral interview, so ask your family or flatmates for privacy before you begin.

2. Set up your Skype to look professional

Before you have your interview, make sure you check your Skype name and profile picture. Change your Skype username if it isn’t clear who you are, or if you have an old username that’s not appropriate for an interview. For your Skype icon, use a headshot of yourself just like you would on LinkedIn. Remember, first impressions count, so make sure that everything looks professional.

3. Practise with your family or friends

Firstly, make sure your camera is in the correct position for an interview. Tilt it so your head, shoulders and upper chest are in the frame, and don’t forget to clean the lens! Practise video chatting with someone beforehand so you know what works and what doesn’t. You may need to buy a new microphone or borrow someone else’s.

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4. If you can’t Skype at home – go to a coffee shop

If your Wi-Fi isn’t reliable, or you have home disturbances like a dog that won’t stop barking – don’t worry! Head to a coffee shop that you know has quiet spaces and a good Wi-Fi connection (check before and get there early). Ensure that you feel comfortable doing the interview there and let the interviewer know ahead of time with a quick email. Explain that due to technical circumstances you have to go elsewhere for the interview, and that you will be using headphones.

5. Plan your answers like you would a normal interview

Do your research on the company and prepare, just like you would with a face to face interview. The interviewer will most likely want to know more about you, what you know about the company and why you would like to work there. If you get through to the next stage, you can go through your answers in more detail.

6. Have your notes in the interview

A great advantage of having a Skype interview is that you can have your notes in front of you without the interviewer being aware. If you have a crucial point you want to make or a question you need to ask, having notes allows you to do a quick skim read if you forget something!

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7. Dress to impress

The saying ‘if you dress the part you will act the part too’ still rings true when it comes to video interviews. Put on a nice shirt or a blouse, and you’re more likely to act professional and do your best – just as if you were physically going to an interview. If you’re struggling to know what to wear, our top tips on dressing for an interview will help you decide.

8. Be aware of your body language

It may sound obvious, but it’s sometimes easy to forget the simple things if you are talking to someone through a screen. Facial expressions and body language are influential in any kind of interview, so make sure you look into the camera, show that you are listening and don’t forget to smile! Be mindful that your voice may also need to be slightly louder and clearer than in an in-person interview.

9. Don’t panic if you have technical issues

If there are any technical issues during the interview, don’t stress! Your interviewer should be used to some technical problems during video interviews. If you couldn’t quite hear their question, just politely ask them to repeat it. But if the problem continues, show your initiative and bring up the issue.

10. Follow up after the interview

Even though this isn’t a traditional face to face interview, it is still an incredibly important stage of the interviewing process. Therefore, remember to follow up with a thank you email and express that you look forward to hearing from them.

Follow our tips and you’ll be sure to have a successful Skype interview and be onto the next stage in no time!