Doing video interviews over platforms like Skype have become increasing popular because they’re convenient, they save a ton of time, and they can be done in the privacy of your home. Unfortunately, tech issues and lack of attention to detail are often inevitable and end up irritating (instead of impressing) your potential hiring manager. The team over at Skype shared their best video interview tips for job seekers.
1. You couldn’t find your interviewer. You have an interview scheduled for 1pm, and you open up Skype at 12:58 pm but you can’t seem to connect with the right person. This scenario is typical and avoidable if you are proactive and make sure to connect with your interviewer when you initially receive their Skype username.
2. You didn’t test your tech. You figured since you’ve used Skype a zillion times before that you don’t need to do a test call. Unfortunately, when you log in, you realize your version is out of date and need to restart your computer and end up delaying your call. Or maybe your microphone was switched off. Or you can’t hear your interviewer. You’ll be losing precious interview time, not to mention getting on your interviewer’s nerves and all of these delays will factor into your overall interview, just like arriving late for an in-person interview.
3. You didn’t clean yourself up. Many people think that their appearance doesn’t matter when it comes to a video interview. These folks could not be more wrong. It’s essential to place yourself in a space that maximizes who you are as a job candidate. A messy desk, empty food containers, or a closet that’s in desperate need of a clean up are all reflections of who you are as a candidate. Part of any job interview (virtual or not) includes your presentation and your chosen interview space — especially if it’s your home — really does get added into your overall candidacy ranking. Don’t let a cluttered desk or an untidy shelf mess up a potential job opportunity.
4. You didn’t get completely dressed. You figured the interviewer could only see your face and shoulders, so you didn’t bother to put on shoes or pants and figured a high cut crop top was fine. It’s not. For any interview — even a phone interview — it’s important to look the part. As soon as you don an outfit that makes you feel powerful and look great, your mood will embrace these qualities as well. Make sure to shrug your shoulders, sit back in your chair, and lock the door. Otherwise, your outfit (or lack thereof) will be exposed. This BBC interview proves that the unexpected can always happen.
5. You didn’t remain focused. When people Skype, there’s a tendency to look into the middle of the screen. Instead, you want to make eye contact with the interviewer — just like you would in an in-person interview. Look directly into the camera. You shouldn’t be sifting through papers on your desk, answering texts, or opening up other tabs on your browser. Maintain focus and connection, and make sure yapping dogs or loud sirens are not part of your interview. Keep a pair of earphones handy to throw on to help with overall voice quality.
6. You didn’t put your phone down. Skype has a mobile app, and many people tend to do their interviews (especially job interviews) while they are on the go and outside of their offices. Keep in mind though, holding your phone in front of you is distracting and you’re guaranteed to switch arms during the call which will distract the interviewer. To avoid any disruptions, set your phone down on a table and prop it up. Business card holders are a great makeshift easel to prop up your phone and keep it steady.
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