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Skype Interview 101

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 The interview process along with everything else these days has gone digital. To save on interviewing costs, companies are turning to their computers to conduct long-distance or even international interviews.


The countless number of ways to conduct an interview over the phone or internet allows job seekers to speak with an employer when and where it’s convenient for them. You can now easily apply for jobs in another city or country without having to take time off or pay for travel costs.


While it’s easy to get caught up in the ease of virtual interviews, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re getting ready to talk on video chat with a potential employer.


Download the software well in advance of the interview

Whether it’s Skype, an instant-messaging client, or another videoconferencing app, download it well in advance and get to grips with the technology. Do some practice calls with your friends/family so you can get a feel for using it and to make sure all the technology is working correctly. Also when setting up the technology, make sure you create a professional username.


Choose your background

Whilst you are the focus of the video call, remember that there will be background material that the viewer will see. Think about how your webcam is set up and what can be seen behind you. Try and keep your background as professional as possible. It’s best to sit in front of a blank wall and check that your lighting doesn’t create shadows or throw too harsh a light into your screen. Also make sure that you’re in quite surroundings, don’t have the TV blaring in the background for example. If you’re using a laptop at a desk, your built-in camera may be positioned below your face which can be an unflattering angle. So set your laptop on a couple of books for a face on view.


Dress for it

Although you aren’t physically in the same room as the interviewer, you should maintain the same levels of professionalism as if it was a face-to-face interview. This includes dressing appropriately. Wear smart clothes such as a suit, be well groomed, and don’t chew gum.


Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager Sigmar on 29 November 2017

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