Nail That Skype In­ter­view

Make re­cruiters’ new video-call­ing de­vice your job-land­ing power tool.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - UPFRONT -

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.

Adding her ex to the Group Call was so not part of

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