In today’s global market, where future employees are found all over the world, hiring managers are turning to Skype to make the interviewing process more efficient.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the frequency of Skype interviews.” says Simon Bromwell, Managing Director at Robert Walters San Francisco.
“While they can set some limitations, candidates who can prepare well for these types of interviews will increase their chances of impressing their interviewer over someone else in the process.”
There are five key things to consider when preparing for a Skype interview.
Consider the setting
Even though your interview is through Skype, treat it like it is the real deal. Dressing up from head-to-toe in your best “interview wear” will have your hiring manager notice you made an effort to impress them, and notice your dedication to the interview.
Once you’ve got your outfit down, have you checked your surroundings? If you are interviewing from your room, is it clean? How is the lighting? Are there any distracting visuals in the background? Just like the way you are have dressed for the interview, make sure the room you are interviewing from is also dress for success, and allowing your hiring manager to focus on you and only you.
“first impressions are the most lasting so take Skype interviews as seriously as you would traditional face to face interviews.”
Anticipate technical issues
If you experience a technical glitch like a weak connection or interference, always ask the interviewer to repeat the question. If the problem continues, politely mention it and reconnect to avoid missing any crucial information. Monitoring the speed and tone of your speech will also prepare you for any delays in communication, while making acknowledgement sounds like ‘hmm’ or ‘yes’ will reassure the interviewer that you can hear them.
Engage with the interviewer
A difference between a Skype interview and an in-person interview is the engagement between you and your hiring manager: how can you keep them interested when there is a computer screen in between you?
Firstly, body language – greet your hiring manager with a firm nod, by doing so, it will show you have acknowledged their presences and notify them that you are ready to speak. Also, position yourself where you are sitting up straight, but slightly lean forward, showing you are interested in what the interviewer has to say.
Secondly, eye contact – which could be hard to do if you don’t know where to look on the screen. By looking into the camera lens, your hiring manager will feel connected with you and see your dedication to the interview.
Though you are not physically face-to-face, a hiring manager is still looking for social cues to see how well you can work with other people; therefore, just relax and being yourself. By doing so, the hiring manager will be able to pick out personality traits to qualify you as someone who can benefit the team and the company, or someone who cannot.
By being yourself and presenting yourself in a professional aspect, you are showing that you are more than qualified to go on to the next round as a potential candidate.
After your Skype interview, don’t forget to send a “thank you” note or email to the hiring manger to show your appreciation for their time.
A second round or final interview normally takes place face to face so to find out more about traditional interview techniques download the Robert Walters Interview Guide.
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