Jobs are pretty rad if you ask me. You get to do what you (hopefully) love for a good part of the day and get paid for it. The only not-so-rad part about jobs is the interview process. It’s long and stressful, and sometimes a bit unpleasant. However, interviews are crucial in the job application process and will never go away.
Interviews exist in many forms: phone, video, and in-person. They all depend on what stage of the process you’re in. Most companies start with a phone, then move on to a Skype and/or in-person interview if you’re close enough to go in.
Last month, I covered 8 tips for rocking your phone interview. Today, I’m going to go into what to do when you have a Skype interview! Hint: Use these in addition to all the phone interview tips. They overlap!
Wear something nice that aligns with the brand
When you’re going to have a Skype interview, you have to make sure you look the part. Your attire should depend on the industry you’re going into. If you’re interviewing with a big corporate business, your best bet is to wear a button down and blazer. If you’re interviewing with a smaller start-up, you can be a little more casual, but don’t look like a bum.
Make sure your hair and makeup is neat
Hiring managers like to see potential employees neatly groomed. I’m not saying you have to have some fancy updo or flawless wings when you have your interview, just make sure you look fresh!
Sit in a clean space where you won’t be interrupted
The best place to be during a Skype interview is a clean environment without any clutter. A cluttered background communicates that you are disorganized and all over the place which doesn’t look too good to your potential future employer. Also make sure that you’re in a space where you won’t be interrupted! Try to keep any background noise at a minimum.
Hint: If you don’t have a good space in your apartment to do so, see if you can arrange a room somewhere on campus. For one of my interviews, I reserved a room in my college’s career center, and that worked really well.
More than likely, your Skype interview will last around a half hour. It’s important that you make yourself as comfortable as possible because your interviewers will be able to tell if you’re tense. Get some water, sit in a comfortable chair, and relax. You got this!
Look into the camera, not the computer screen
This is a mistake that is super easy to make. We often watch ourselves or our interviews on our computer screen, however it is super important that you look into your webcam. This simulates a better representation of eye contact than anything else.
I hope this post gave you some insight into how to ace your next Skype interview! Good luck with all your future job searches!
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