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How to use Skype and Google+ Hangout for Job Interviews

Job interviews are unavoidable. And in a time when job security isn’t what it used to be, being prepared for an interview is more important than ever.

Yes, everyone knows typical interview etiquette, but there is a new type of job interview that wasn’t around 10, or even 5 years ago: video interviews.

More and more companies are using platforms like Skype and Google+ Hangout to interview candidates from all different locations – you no longer have to be in the same zip code as a company to interview with them.
Which is better for interviews – Skype or Google+ Hangout? What beneficial features do they have to offer?

Feature overview


Skype is easy to use and has been around for quite some time (its initial release was in 2003). Some features include:
1. Screen sharing (only available with Skype Premium).
2. Group video calls (only available with Skype Premium).
3. Instant messaging.
4. Group voice calls.
5. Video messaging.

Which features are best for interviews?

Screen sharing is a great feature because it allows you to show off your resume, projects you’ve done and anything else you’d like to present to your audience.

Google+ Hangout

1. Free Google Voice number integration.
2. Supported on mobile devices.
3. Chat with up to 10 people.
4. Screen sharing.
5. File sharing.
6. Call/chat history.

Which features are best for interviews?

File sharing is an interesting feature because it’s integrated with Google Drive (a cloud service) and Google+ for photo sharing.

Use file sharing to showcase your work, and pull up your Gmail to quickly access any information you need during your interview.

Google+ Hangout is a smart option because unlike Skype, you don’t need a premium account to access some of the better features.

Best ways to prepare

When it comes to a web interview, there are a few things to consider:

• Look directly into the camera. It’s hard to not be distracted by your image on your computer screen, but just like any other interview, you want to retain eye contact with your interviewer (the eyes in this case is your webcam).
• Prepare your surroundings. At an on-site interview, you don’t have to worry about the background or your setting. With an online interview, you want to make sure you set your computer up in a professional-looking area. A home office or a room with little to no distractions is best.
• Dress like you would for an in-person interview. Even though only your upper torso and face will be shown on camera, dress like you would if you were actually visiting an office.

Crystal Hendricks is a blogger and entrepreneur who is passionate about career coaching and personal branding. She lives in New York, NY with her two dogs and teenage son.