Nail That Skype Interview
Make recruiters’ new video-calling device your job-landing power tool.
Going for an interview is nerve wracking as it is, and modern technology brings even more pitfalls. But as Nalisha Naidoo, a recruitment specialist points out, “There are ways you can win over a future employer”. Here is her foolproof guide...
1 STEP Prep Your Tech
“Even if the candidate is fantastic, a bad Skype connection can damage the first impression,” says Naidoo. Before your interview, make sure you have the proper technological arrangements: Internet connection, webcam and microphone.
Check that the webcam is set up correctly and that the connection is strong by video-calling a friend beforehand.
Check with the interviewer whether it’s okay to switch to the chat option—where you can exchange instant text messages—in case the sound fails.
Make sure that there are no interruptions from friends or family—switch your phone to silent and warn your parents and friends not to disturb you.
2 STEP Prepare for Your Screen Time
Create a clean, neutral and professional setting. “Don’t go to an Internet cafe or coffee shop,” says Naidoo. Instead, find a well-lit room in a house or office with a white wall, painting or bookcase in the background. Next, make sure you are dressed appropriately. Naidoo’s rule of thumb is to conduct yourself and dress as you would if you were heading to your prospective employer’s office.
3 STEP Speak the Right Body Language
“Remember that the interviewer will look for the same visual cues as they would in a real life meeting,” says Naidoo. Don’t fidget or move around; instead, lean in and speak straight into the webcam. “This is the eye-contact version of a video call, and will help you engage confidently with the interviewer.” Take time to think about the questions before responding. “This will tell the interviewer you are thoughtful about your answers. It will also prevent you from prospective call delays,” says Naidoo.
4 STEP Treat It Like a Normal Interview
“The objective of an interview is to get you in ‘the same space’ as the interviewer, so don’t hesitate to voice any concerns you might have or ask questions—the way you would in any other interview,” says Naidoo. If anything comes up after the interview, it’s alright to send an e-mail requesting clarity.
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