Skype job interviews are extremely popular especially when the recruiter or the hiring company is based overseas.

The preparation for a Skype interview is slightly different to a face to face interview.

Let’s take a look at how to ace your next Skype job interview.

Research the Interviewer

A recruiter will usually request an interview via an email or a telephone call. At this stage, do ask with whom the interview will be conducted. 

This will give you an opportunity to research the individual or the panel.

LinkedIn, Google and Facebook are suitable tools which can be used in gathering information on the professional history of the hiring panel.

The interviewer is researching you so do not forget to also research them.

Note also that there may be instances where some companies prefer not disclose who the interviewer or who is on the interviewing panel prior to the interview.

Some employers choose to share their Skype id with you at this stage. Do ensure and add this the day before the interview.

On the other hand, a company may request yours as they prefer to do the adding themselves. If this is the case, then look out for this request.

Research the Business

Review all current newspaper articles, social media pages for at least 3 months to get an idea of what is happening in the business.

You can also bring these into your conversation when you are using examples. This can show that you have done your homework.

Furthermore, you can link your skillsets to current projects that the business has on hand.

Prepare Questions to Ask the Panel

Almost every interviewing manager or panel usually at the end of the interview asks if there are any questions that you will like to ask.

Therefore, think about what you will like to know in advance.  The questions that you create should deepen your knowledge of the business.

You should also try to clarify as an example if you have any doubts around the company culture.

This will make your decision smoother should you need to evaluate a job offer. I have written a blog on essential questions to ask a job interviewer which may assist you in this area.

Completing a Mock Interview

A mock interview never hurts. If you have a friend or family member that you can practice with, even better.

As your interview is over Skype, consider practicing over this medium.

You can record yourself to get an idea of your voice, your tone and any responses that you need to refine.

Skype Interview Outfit

As with face to face interviews, your Skype interview outfit must be professional business wear.

Despite the fact that only your upper part may be visible, I recommend that you dress in full business wear. You never know if there may be reason that you need to stand.

Ensure that you are not wearing anything loud that can distract the interviewer.

Ladies should avoid excessive jewellery, makeup and bright nail polish. Anything that can prevent the listener from focusing on you and what you are saying is a distraction.

Skype Interview Etiquette

Usually it is best to let the interviewer initiate the call first. Be prepared in your location at least 10 minutes before the start of the interview.

If the interviewer does not call at the agreed time, send them a message over Skype or an email, just letting them know that you are ready.

It is not uncommon for the panel to be interviewing more than one person for the role. Therefore, there could be delays.

Skype Interview Tips

  • Make certain that you have adequate sleep the night before and a good meal prior to the interview. You need to be alert and sharp to answer any questions thrown at you.
  • In case you do not make regular calls over Skype, test your internet connection to ensure that the voice quality is good. Use a direct connection which tends to be more stable than a wireless connection.
  • Prepare your elevator pitch to introduce yourself and say what you do.
  • Prior to the interview, double check that the lightening is adequate. It is best to test this during the same time of day as the day of the interview. Consider bringing in additional light sources if necessary.
  • Decide if you will like to stand or sit during the interview. My personal preference is to stand as it enables me to be alert. I can also move a little bit so I do not get overly relaxed during the interview. Your choice may be to sit. Ensure that you are comfortable and it’s a chair that you can sit on for at least 1 hour.
  • Ensure that your Skype interview background is professional. If you can get a nice clean simple background then that will be ideal. In the absence of this, you can position yourself against a wall. Consider removing any pictures or wall arts that can distract the interviewer.
  • Be ever more mindful of your body language since you are not face to face. Smile, use hand gestures and voice intonations to convey your responses.
  • One advantage of Skype Interview is that you can have cues and prompts which you can glance at during the interview. Create responses and tape on something in front of you or use post-it-notes to make short notations. These may be stuck alongside your computer screen and will come in handy if your nerves start getting the better of you. However, be sure that you are only glances at this and it does not appear that you are reading.
  • If you are conducting the interview at your home, ensure that you disconnect anything that can disrupt the interview. Remove the connection of your landline phone and turn off all alarms in the clocks around the house.
  • Look directly into the camera.

There are other articles on the blog which you may find useful as you prepare for a job interview. Feel free to click on the links below to explore:-

9 Effective Internal Job Interview Tips

How To Ace An Internal Job Interview

How To Ace A Phone Interview

A Comprehensive Guide to Informational Interviewing

7 Red Flags That You Should Look For In A Job Interview

35 Important Things To Do Before, During And After A Job Interview

21 Top Tips and Tricks For Successful Job Interviews

How To Use the Star Interview Technique To Ace Your Job Interview

11 Essential Questions To Ask A Job Interviewer

10 Job Interview Pitfalls That Job Seekers Must Avoid

5 Practical Factors You Should Consider When Travelling For Job Interview

How To Pass a Written Job Interview

A Comforting Prayer to Say Before A Job Interview

A Fervent Prayer For A Job Interview

How To Write A Persuasive Elevator Pitch

17 Free Career Aptitude and Personality Tests

Final Thoughts

Skype jobs interviews can be just as nerve racking as face to face interviews. With proper preparation, the anxiety that comes with an interview can be greatly reduced.

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