6 tips to succeed in a Skype interview
- 2020-12-19 16:30
Online job interviews are becoming more and more common, therefore, it is important to feel comfortable with the format to be successful.
Selection managers of leading global companies point out how important it is for candidates to know the most important aspects to take into account when conducting an interview on Skype.
"In recent years, we have not only experienced an increase in internet interviews but also a tendency among some of our clients to use this tool preferentially," says Marco Laveda, Managing Director of Robert Walters Spain and Portugal.
"Despite its limitations, candidates who prepare adequately for this type of interview will increase the chances of impressing their interviewer," Laveda reports.
1. Dress for success - Doing it the same way you would for a personal interview will put you in the right frame, as well as save you a bad drink if you need to move during it. Choosing dark colors is usually the best option, avoid nuclear white as well as very striking patterns, accessories or accessories.
2. Stay interested in your interviewer - Look at the camera, rather than your image on the screen; It will help you appear focused and give the impression that you are looking into the interviewer's eyes. Maintain an upright posture. Leaning slightly toward the camera will increase eye contact with your interviewer and allow you to better display your facial expressions.
3. Consider the interview location - Make sure the space is free from distractions, reflects a suitable setting, and contains an empty or neutral background. Before starting, check the angle of the light to avoid being in shadow and check that you do not appear too pale or bright.
4. Be discreet when reading your notes or notes - Notes can be very useful during an interview, but you will need to make sure that you read them in a subtle way. If you speak in a non-spontaneous way, you will disrupt the natural flow of the conversation, making it appear that you are not ready.
5. Don't forget to check your equipment beforehand - If you experience technical problems (weak network connection, interference ...) ask your interviewer to repeat the question. If the issue persists, politely mention it and reconnect to avoid missing crucial information. It is important that you regulate the speed and tone of your speech in case there is any delay in communication. Making an acknowledgment sound like "hmm," "sure," or "yes" will assure your interviewer that you are listening and are following the conversation.
6. A good closing - As in a personal interview, you have to find the moment to present your strengths and achievements. It is essential to thank your interviewer for the time they have dedicated to you and make sure you know what the next steps to take during the selection process are.
Additional issues to consider:
Your username - consider the first impression you are going to make with your username and whether it is professional.
Body language - stand at a medium distance from the camera, keeping the upper half of your arms in view. Leave some space above your head so that the interviewer can better read your body language.
Interruptions - inform those around your interview to avoid them.
Documents - have on hand a printed version of your CV as well as other documents that you consider necessary. It is a good idea to have your email open in case you need to share a document with your interviewer.
Headphones - They are more reliable than loudspeakers and there is less risk of echo or distortion. If you do use them, make sure they have a low-key appearance so as not to distract your interviewer.