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Nail that SKYPE interview

Skype interviews offer employers the benefits of a phone call with the advantages of assessing your interpersonal skills and body language, writes Ethan Cumming. Here’s six tips to help you nail your next video interview…

December 2018

Skype interviews offer employers the benefits of a phone call with the advantages of assessing your interpersonal skills and body language, writes Ethan Cumming. Here’s six tips to help you nail your next video interview…

1. Dress to impress: Although you won’t physically be face to face you should dress as though you’re meeting your interviewer at the office. Dress to an appropriate level of formality to show you’re serious and to get in to a professional mindset.

2. Location: Take the interview in a quiet room with a neutral, tidy background – an unmade bed and pile of laundry won’t match the organisational skills you have listed on your CV. If you must have the interview in a public space let your interviewer know beforehand and use headphones with a microphone to reduce background noise.

3. Plan ahead: Eliminate possible interruptions and distractions – let your housemates know not to disturb you, get someone to watch the kids and chuck the cat out. Turn off your phone and mute any audible and visual computer notifications.

4. Avoid technical issues: Set up Skype with a professional username well in advance. Have a practice run with a friend to ensure your audio and camera are working properly.

5. Build rapport: This is especially important at the start of the interview.
Eye contact, smiling and a positive attitude are key in building rapport and indicative of your general demeanour and energy. This is your first impression – make it count.

6. Handle tech issues immediately and coolly: If you can’t hear the interviewer because of a dodgy connection alert them and resolve the issue rather than run the risk of a misunderstanding. Don’t get worked up: you’ll show your prospective employer your ability to solve problems in a stressful situation – an important quality.

• Ethan Cumming is Content Editor
at Reach Work

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