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Five tips to impress in your Skype interview

Five tips to impress in your Skype interview

Video interviewing is a popular technology that allows candidates to go through the interview process without having to leave the house. There are plenty of reasons why an employer might choose to video call you rather than conduct your job interview face to face. Whatever the reason, we’ve come up with some top tips to make sure your Skype interview is a success. 

Test your technology

The last thing you want is an awkward “Can you hear me now?” situation with the interviewer. Make sure that you’re set up and ready to go well ahead of your interview time. Ask someone to help you do a practice run on Skype or whatever video call software you’ll be using and check that your computer or phone works correctly, your internet speed is adequate and that there are no issues with your mic or speakers.

Plan your wardrobe choice

When it comes to a video interview, aim to look just as professional as you would if you were attending in person but also think about the camera. Some colours like most shades of blue look great on video but others like reds and warm tones can look too bright. Also, take care with anything that might cause a distraction such as sparkly jewellery.

Digital first impressions count

Unlike attending an interview in person, the interviewer has several ways to get an impression of you before they ask you anything. Check that your Skype username and profile picture paint a professional image before you even think about handing out those details. If they don’t, it might be worth creating a new profile, especially if you’re likely to have more than one Skype interview. 

Avoid distractions

If you’re doing your Skype interview from home, make sure that you have a room or a quiet area you can go that will be free of distractions. This includes making sure the space is well-lit and free of clutter and that you won’t have embarrassing family members walking past or your dog jumping into view.  

Use notes

Just like a face to face interview, being prepared will only go in your favour. Make sure you have a printed copy of your CV and the job description along with any relevant notes or questions you may have for the interviewer. It can be tempting to have these hidden from view on your lap but try to avoid looking down too much. A great alternative is to put key notes on post-its stuck to your computer screen or on a wall in front of you.

A video call with someone you’ve never met can seem awkward but make sure that you don’t give off that impression when your interview starts. Smile just as much as you would in person, look at the camera rather than the screen and try and stay focused.

If you’re a candidate searching for your dream job or an employer looking for the perfect hire, get in touch with Juice Personnel today on 01924 377 500 or email us at [email protected].

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