If you鈥檙e in the market for a聽new job (or your first job!), it鈥檚 basically impossible to be聽too prepared. Whether you seek out a second set of eyes to review your聽resume, ask a friend to help you shop for the perfect聽interview outfit, or do some extra research on the company, the more time and effort you put in, the better off you鈥檒l be. The same goes for prepping for a Skype interview. Even if you think you鈥檙e tech savvy, you聽still need to make sure you鈥檙e totally on your game before you meet with a potential employer over a video conference.

Skype recently partnered up with total #girlboss Maxie McCoy to get her tips on how to nail this kind of high-tech interview. Keep scrolling for all the details!

1. Have a good handle on the technology. If showing up late and leaving your phone on to ring incessantly is a surefire way to make a bad impression at an in-person interview, then using technology inappropriately or ineffectively is the video interview equivalent. Several days before you鈥檙e set to meet, make sure that your Skype username, profile photo, and status are in a good state. If you鈥檙e a little rusty on how the video conferencing program works, brush up on the basics so you can seamlessly participate 鈥 and troubleshoot, if necessary! You can even show a little extra initiative by providing your interviewer with a Skype link to avoid a username exchange.

2. Dress professionally from head to toe.聽If you鈥檙e like the more than 20 percent of participants in a 2016 Skype survey who admitted that they鈥檝e dressed professionally on top and casually on the bottom for a video interview, McCoy urges you to change your ways. Resist the urge to stay in your PJ pants (no matter how cute they are). Being fully dressed for your interview will keep your head in the game, and you won鈥檛 need to stress if you have聽to stand up for some reason during the conversation.

3. Be prepared to share documents.聽Even though you and your interviewer aren鈥檛 meeting face to face, you鈥檒l still want to have your resume, cover letter, and portfolio easily accessible in case she didn鈥檛 get a chance to review the materials in advance. Leave those files on your computer desktop, and if your interviewer asks, you can simply share them with her via Skype during the interview. It may also be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basics of screen sharing, in case that proves useful during the discussion.

4. Keep a cheat sheet handy.聽One of the perks of having an interview via Skype is the opportunity to keep a cheat sheet on hand! 鈥淪o many people, especially new grads, minimize their accomplishments,鈥 McCoy says. In order to avoid forgetting your long list of experience and achievements, make some notes and stick them to the side of your computer screen. Underline key words, and make sure you鈥檝e reviewed the material before the interview actually starts so you鈥檙e not stumbling over聽them.

5. Share your stories.聽This tip goes for all interviews, whether you鈥檙e meeting in-person or through a screen. Have some stories prepared to help illustrate your strengths, skills, and experience. Anecdotes like this will make you all the more memorable and relatable. Take the time to practice telling your stories to make sure you know how to hit the most important points.

6. Get on-camera practice.聽Everyone has a smartphone, so put yours to good use in the days before your interview. Record yourself answering some basic questions and see how your voice, facial expressions, and body language read on camera. 鈥淭he more you get comfortable giving answers and talking about yourself out loud, the better you鈥檒l do,鈥 McCoy says. 鈥淵ou鈥檒l have a grasp on that language and feel more comfortable. You鈥檒l also be able to tell where your answers don鈥檛 feel smooth and can adjust before the call.鈥

7. Prep for the classic 鈥淭ell me about yourself鈥 prompt.聽You聽know that your interviewer will ask you聽some variation of this question, so you might as well be ready for it! Think about how you can set yourself apart with an anecdote or statement that聽also demonstrates your strengths for the position. McCoy suggests using starter phrases like 鈥淭his quote sums up my view on life鈥︹ or 鈥淢y friends would describe me with these three words鈥︹

8. Expect the unexpected (and keep your cool).聽If you鈥檙e conducting your interview in a public place, or even at home in the apartment you share with roommates, be ready for weird noises, service breaks, and other interruptions. If one happens, don鈥檛 panic! Acknowledge it, calmly apologize, and just move on.

Do you have other tips for successful Skype interviews? Tweet us @BritandCo!聽

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