How to ace that Skype interview!

Firstly, I need to apologise about the lack of blog posts over the past couple of weeks. I have been extremely busy with university work and my new job, that I didn’t even have enough time to sit down and relax.
But I have had a proper look at my schedule and penciled in some time every week to sit down and blog, so do not worry, I am back!
EXCITING NEWS. I have a really new interesting job (which I will go into more detail about another time!) and when I had the interview, it was over Skype, so I wanted to share some helpful pointers to help you nail that Skype interview and land yourself your dream job.
Skype-Interview-Tips
  1. Dress to impress. – Like any interview, you should wear something smart and presentable, as you want to make a great first impression, and Skype isn’t any different (although you can technically wear pyjama bottoms!) The appropriate clothing should look natural on you, and it will leave a good impression with the potential employer!
  2. Set the scene. – You need to pick an appropriate atmosphere with a neutral background for your job interview. You need to consider sound, lighting and the potential for interruptions. Beer cans and empty pizza boxes in the background won’t help. It is best to place yourself at a desk, so it is professional, and also will avoid unnecessary distractions.
  3. Get the right angle. – Before your interview, you should test the camera and the sound, mainly to see if they work, but also to ensure the camera angle works for you. Place the camera above the screen so you can look at the camera and the screen without looking away, and don’t sit too close, or too far away. Also make sure you are in a comfortable position so you don’t fidget throughout the interview.
  4. Make notes. – One of the biggest benefits of having a Skype interview as opposed to a face-to-face interview is that you can have notes in front of you pinpointing and reminding you what you wanted to address in the interview. Just remember not to look at them all the time, or the interviewer will just thing you are rather odd and are unable to make eye contact and the job won’t be yours.
  5. Don’t forget body language. – Even though you may not be in the same room as the person interviewing you, it is important that you remember to use the correct body language. You need to come across as friendly and approachable. Also, you HAVE to remember to smile and nod at the right time.

If you have a Skype interview, or any interview, lined up, then I hope you find these tips helpful, and I wish you the best of luck!

 

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