Technology has become an integral part of all our lives and has shrunk the world we live in. The recruitment industry is no exception. Companies now consider candidates from different cities and even countries.
Skype has enabled this but is hardly a problem free medium of communication. So here are a few things you should take care so you can ace a Skype interview.
1. Do a trial run: A few days before the interview ask a friend to give you feedback and treat it like you would a real interview. Check how your outfit looks on the screen, how you sound and how the lighting is.
2. Check your physical background: It is important to appear professional even during a Skype interview. So make sure there is no clutter visible and you are seated at a table with a neutral background behind you.
3. Pay attention to the lighting: Make sure the light is in front of you and it is not too bright.
4. Keep other programs closed: If you have apps that pop notification, keep them closed. The sound and display can be distracting.
5. Position yourself correctly: Place the camera in such a way that you are looking straight into it. It should frame your face and the upper half of your shoulders.
6. Use high-speed internet: To avoid video-audio lags use the fastest internet available. Connect directly to the internet cable if the wifi is not fast enough.
7. Always look at the camera: Looking at the image of the other person during a video call does not establish eye contact. To avoid this look at the camera. Also, hide your image if you are distracted by it.
8. Plan for technological difficulties: Keep your laptop plugged into the power supply to avoid battery dying out. Also, keep your phone in hand if the mode of interview changes.
9. Inform the interviewer this is your first time doing a Skype interview: Most interviewers will understand the difficulties you might face and cut you some slack. It could also be a good ice-breaker.
With these 9 things taken care, you are all set to have a smooth, technologically enhanced interview experience!