For the sake of economy, many companies are now saving money that they would ordinarily spend on flying candidates out for a first interview by interviewing them via video chat. Skype is the most popular video chat service for such interviews.
While it is great news that you have an interview in this competitive job market, it can be scary to think that you are going to be assessed by your video performance.
Here are some mistakes that you as a job seeker don’t want to make during your Skype interview:
1) Not practicing in front of the camera. As they say, practice makes perfect. It’s a different experience to try to build rapport and demonstrate to an interviewer that you are a great fit when you don’t have direct eye-to-eye contact. Before the real interview you should conduct a practice interview with a friend. You can also record the interview so that you will have an accurate idea of how you come across on video.
2) Not properly adjusting your settings and your webcam. Make sure that your audio and video come through clearly and that there are no technical issues on your end that would hinder your interview. Also, the camera should be at eye-level so that you are looking directly into the camera. It won’t make a good first impression if you are seen as looking down or looking up when speaking.
3) Not ensuring that your environment looks and sounds professional. You will probably be doing the video interview from home, so make sure that the place that you choose to do the interview looks appropriate. You may think that the interviewer can only see your face, but the reality is that they can also see whatever fits in the camera lens that surrounds you. The room that you are in should look neat and attractive and not be visually distracting. You also need to avoid any auditory distractions such as a barking dog or a crying child. It is also best to turn off the ringer for any phones (landline or mobile) that are in the room.
4) Not paying attention to lighting. Since you are clearly trying to impress the interviewer, you don’t want shadows over your face. It is advisable to put a light behind the computer so that there is enough light to illuminate your face. You should also keep in mind that the lighting can make your face shiny, so make sure that you powder your face lightly.
5) Not dressing appropriately. Even though you are not interviewing for the position in person, appearance still matters. For an executive interview you should still dress in a suit even though only your top will be seen.
6) Forgetting to smile. Whether in person or by video, smiling is still the best way to break the ice and develop rapport with your interviewer. You can easily become nervous and forget to smile, but smiling will help you to relax, and it will make your interviewer more comfortable with you.
By preparing for your Skype interview by taking this advice to heart, you will be ready for your on-camera interview and impress your interviewer with your polished appearance and tech-savvy approach.
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