Are there any things I need to know before doing a Skype interview?
I have a virtual interview scheduled this week and I’ve never done this before. Can anyone with experience offer any tips or suggestions? Thanks
Your surroundings are important, find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. If you have pets (dogs) make sure their not in the room. Barking can be a turn-off. Look at the camera when responding to questions and close any unnecessary screens on your computer.
That’s exciting! Assuming that you will be using a camera during your interview here are a few pointers:
You can think of this interview as the next best thing to an onsite interview. Nothing should change in terms of your demeanor or behavior. Make sure you are wearing the appropriate attire as if you were going to their office.
Sometimes the acoustics may be bad for you or the person at the other end of the line, so make sure you test out your microphone and speakers with a friend before the interview. The last thing you want is technical problems during the call wasting valuable time. If you have bad acoustics with the computer mic or speakers, then get a headset which will vastly improve your audio experience.
If you have a camera that is not fixed, try to position it as close to your monitor as possible. Your natural inclination is to look at the person you are speaking with (which is on the screen), but you want to make sure you try to establish some semblance of eye contact. Skype calls may not be nearly as effective if it appears you are talking to the wall.
Finally, make sure you don’t have anything that can be construed as offensive or weird in the background. You’d be surprised at how much people tend to look at what’s going in your room, so you want to keep it as neutral (and tidy!) as possible. If you can angle you and your camera against a blank wall, even better.
I hope this helps and good luck!