Do you stand a chance on a Skype Interview

Do you stand a chance on a Skype Interview

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Do you stand a chance on a Skype Interview

An interview on Skype can be a nerve wracking affair. If there is an inappropriate poster on the walls and no other angle looks right for them to position the web cam on, job seekers might think they do not stand a chance.

And that is not stopping. Managers are hiring people based on interviews online all the time now. In fact according to surveys conducted 82% of recruiters are prone to using Skype for an interview and 18% of eligible candidates have given a Skype interview in the past year. Only 6% of the candidates have made use of pre recorded platforms.

Even though everyone is used to communicating with their friends and family on video talking with a future employer is completely different. The following are a couple of things that you need to consider:

Preparation Is Key

Remember you are in control of what shows up on the screen. This includes right lighting and the correct background.

“Be conscious of an untidy room, and unmade bed and children’s toys everywhere will not make the best impression. Look at the angle of the screen and make sure your face is in the middle of the picture.

Eye contact with Skype is just as important over Skype as it is face to face. You need to make that connection.

Since this would be nothing like a regular interview it might make sense that you only take care of being careful how you dress from the waist up. Be warned because this is a really risky strategy.

Do not wear smart up and casual down. Go into this 100% and suit up! This isn’t negotiable.. PLEASE do not still be in your PJ bottoms!

It would be a great idea if you do a mock interview beforehand. This way you will know if you need to adapt your style to this sort of an interview. After all, you need to be at your best.

Do a dummy run before hand with your Citizen Recruitment Consultant or a friend or someone you can trust to tell you that was good or bad.

Plan B

The good news about video interviews is that you will not be held up by a train or get lost trying to figure out the address. The only potential obstacle is if your tech breaks down. The best thing to do is sign into your Skype account early and not get distracted talking to someone else online.

If you have a Skpe interview arranged down load it well in advance and practice using it to smooth any issues you may  have.

Use headphones with a microphone ideally as a laptop mic may not give the best sound at the other end.

However if you do face any technical problems on the day of the interview then remember that honestly is the best policy here. You can always suggest rearranging the interview or use the phone.

During The Interview

When you are in the middle of the interview there are a couple of things that you need to take care of. Let’s start with body language. You need to think about how your interaction looks on camera.  Like any interview you need to develop a connection or a rapport with the person interviewing you as quickly as possible.

Think about your non-verbal communication

Make lots of eye contact
Smile
Sit up straight
Good posture
Speak clearly.”

If You Can’t Skype At Home

If you do not have access to the appropriate technology at home then you need to decide where you are going to give the interview. Ask a friend to just there computer but remember the above advice still stands. Do not think twice about rearranging your friends house to give you the best impression at the interview!

Tom Brunt
tbrunt@citizenrecruitment.com

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