During your executive career, you’re likely to encounter a Skype interview. In this case, you would prepare just as you would for a traditional job interview. However, a Skype interview holds some nuances in structure that the following tips can help you prepare for so you positively stand out in your Skype interview.
Consider the most frequent interview questions—including behavioural interview questions–prepare your answers to those questions to create a compelling story about who you are, your experience, your value, and your fit to the role and the company.
The last thing you need is the added stress of technical issues before a Skype job interview. Therefore, it is important to make sure your computer, internet, and Skype work properly prior to the interview. Make a point to sign on early to ensure everything is working so you have the remaining few minutes to get into a job interview mindset.
Consider Your Surroundings
Be mindful of your surroundings when setting up your space for a Skype interview. Avoid distracting backgrounds. Your best bet for an appropriate background is a plain wall without a lot of pictures or decorations around you. Also, if possible, use a computer as opposed to a mobile device to conduct your Skype interview. A mobile device is not as sturdy as a computer and nothing is more distracting than a shaky screen. Test what your interviewer will see before your interview.
Practice Your Body Language
Just as it is in a traditional interview, your body language is imperative to your success in a Skype interview. Body language communicates your confidence to your interviewer; therefore, you want to be intentional about how you’re perceived in a Skype interview. Posture, eye contact, and smiling are all important in a Skype job interview. Eye contact can be a little tricky, and may be something you want to practice, because you need to look at your computer’s camera rather than into the face of the interviewer on a Skype interview.
Dress for a Traditional Interview
While a Skype interview may seem more casual than a traditional job interview, it would be a mistake to treat it as such. Your attire is an important part of the impression you present; therefore, dress as you would for a regular interview. Your interviewer will take notice, and dressing down is a mistake that could cost you a great opportunity.