Job interviews are usually pressurizing and it can get real challenging when they’re online. Having an interview on Skype does not make it any less professional and you’re still required to follow a set of guidelines. Here are a few tips to make a great impression and ace your Skype job interview
Set up the room
Find a corner, preferably a plain wall in your house against which you can set the camera for your interview. Set up the lighting by checking in the camera so that your image doesn’t appear too bright or dark and adjust the frame nicely. Also, if you wear glasses then make sure you are not reflecting the monitor screen by adjusting the monitor angle. And don’t forget to check the microphone. Test out all of these things before your scheduled interview to be fully prepared at the time.
Dress up for the interview
Even though it’s an online interview, you should still be well dressed. Put on your formals or the kind of clothes you’d wear for an in-person interview as per the company demands. If it’s a formal interview, put on your tie. Most people feel that it isn’t required to dress up completely and putting on a shirt and tie is just enough. But it is not advisable. Wear the entire outfit to get in the zone and maintain your impression in case you are required to get up during the interview.
Practice it beforehand
Before the actual interview, practice it out with a friend or record your video to understand the way you appear and get an idea on the points you need to work on. Many people do not have an idea how they come across in a video and this will also help you to understand your personality and body language on video.
Pay attention on your body language
Just because the frame only includes the upper half of your body, you still cannot sit casually or however you want. Maintain a proper posture and pay attention to your body language. Do not sit very still and lean a little forward while communicating to express your engagement. And just like an in-person interview, avoid excessive hand movements and nodding.
Cheat a little if you want to
One of the advantages of giving an online interview is that you can take help of notes. Prepare some pointers you want to use for the interview. Place them in front of you but not in the frame. You can check them during the interview but avoid reading too much and be more actively present in the moment. These pointers are only to help you remind a few thing and not assist you with the entire interview.
First impression matters. Make the most out of your video interview keeping these simple tips in mind and display your capability.