10 Tips To Nail A Skype Interview

This article lents out tips on how one can ace a Skype Interview

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Image by Gizmodo

While the personal interviews done physically are bound to make you nervous, interviews taking place  on a digital platform like Skype can be no less challenging. In a world where technology is advancing rapidly, Skype interviews have been successfully adapted by a large number of companies for various reasons. It not only saves time but also allows them to know a little more about the candidates by means of an interaction. But with technology comes a lot of responsibility, especially while one is handling it. A Skype interview might sound easy and exciting but if not done in a certain way, it will lead to disappointment for both the parties.

Whether it’s your first ever virtual interview or whether you are doing it for the second or third time, here are the tips that you diligently need to follow to nail your Skype Interview:

1) Never try to find a way out:

It is quite natural to feel nervous and awkward when a company wants to interview you over Skype. Let’s accept that a phone interview is way better and more preferable. But think about the situation in hand. Think about it as some sort of an exam which you cannot avoid. Hence do not make any excuses when they invite you over Skype for an interview. Think about it as your only chance to show the employers that why you will fit best into their team. So when you receive the invitation, acknowledge with a “yes” and send them your username.

 

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Photo Credits: Catherine Soliz-Rey

2) Pay extra attention to the state of your account, especially the USERNAME:

If you do not have a Skype, go instantly and download one. Once you have downloaded, create a Skype account for yourself. Now this part requires you to be a bit mature, professional and sophisticated, especially while choosing a Username for yourself. You cannot go around keeping usernames like prince_of_hearts64, devilnina87, etc. These are not only unprofessional but also go a lot in leaving a bad impression on the people who are in the process of recruiting you. Your username is definitely a mark of how professional or unprofessional you are. So pay extra attention to your username.

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Image by Rabbi Brener (YouTube)

3) Pay attention to the background:

You simply cannot video call and interact with your employers in the midst of a bustling place with a lot of background noise. So choose your background wisely. Try to select a spot in the house which is isolated, clean and noise-free with suitable lighting. White backgrounds are generally the best choice.

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Image by Topcount

4) Dress decently and appropriately:

Do not make the mistake of assuming that you don’t have to “dress up” just because it’s a Skype interview. A Skype interview might be happening on a digital platform but the requirements are more or less the same as a personal, physical interview. So before you sit in front of the webcam, dress smart and decent rather than just casually slipping into that old and unkempt college hoodie. Dress clean and tidy even if you do not choose to wear a suit.

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Image Credits: Dan Royles

5) Greet properly and avoid smiling too much:

Before beginning with the interview, it is quite obvious that you will have to greet the person. Again, give them the time to speak and listen patiently to all what they have to say or explain. Avoid smiling too much because you got to look professional.

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Image by Videomaker

6) Use your Headphones:

Shouting too much to get yourself heard by the interviewer is not a wise thing to do. So always use the headphones because they facilitate easy and smooth communication and kill the background noise that might act as a distraction during the interaction, thereby allowing the interviewer to hear you even more clearly.

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Image by Endeavor Group

7) Handle the technical glitches with grace:

It is okay to face a disruption during the talk because technical glitches are after all not under our control. So always use the word “sorry” and handle the glitches with care and grace. Take your time and keep a cool head. Again, avoid cursing even when you troubleshoot.

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Image by Eyeka

8) Maintain an eye contact:

How unprofessional will it be if you are just looking away somewhere else while the interviewer is addressing you! Think about it. So do not make the mistake of looking up and down or sideways while the interviewer is talking to you. Always maintain an eye contact and give occasional nods as a mark of acknowledgement.

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Image by LinkedIn

9) Avoid distractions:

Try to eliminate interruptions by not talking to a roommate or family member while the interview is on. Also keep your pets and favourite things aside for a while. After all,  it’s not just an ordinary video call. Lock the door if need to be and as long as the interview goes on.

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Image by Just A PR Girl (WordPress)

10) Wait for the interviewer to sign off:

Once you reach the end of the conversation and it’s time to sign off, do not be the first one to hang up. Wait for the interviewer to do so.  Hanging up before the interviewer concludes the conversation is a mark of disrespect. So avoid taking the initiative here.

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Image by Job Interview Tips

The chances of getting selected or rejected for a job for which the interview is conducted on Skype, for a greater part depends on how the individual handles the situation. It allows the interviewer to know what additional life and practical skills you have got besides the actual skills required for that job. So it’s necessary to pay attention to all the details even when you feel nervous about it. Overcome your anxiety and start preparing for the interview. A virtual or digital interview is as important as a personal or physical face-to-face interaction. Avoid overdoing things and be yourself to ace a Skype Interview.

 

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