By Mike Stenhouse
Skype interviews are now, more than ever, becoming increasingly common for executive level job interviews, at least in the initial screening stage. Many of our applicants are based overseas, which means we are often clicking on the dial button for an interview. So, how do you make a great first impression through a computer screen? Here are some tips to help you out:
Do your research and let it help you decide what to wear
Check out the company’s website and social media platforms then let that dictate what you should be wearing. You want to look relatable and as if you were wearing something you would wear in their office. Make sure it also translates well across Skype – tidy and professional.
Choose the right room and tidy up
A plain background is best as it is less distracting so make sure you look behind you. Tidy up clutter and personal items; treat the room as if you were in a face-to-face interview, a tidy business-like setting that doesn’t distract the interviewer.
Read the key attributes that the interviewer will be looking for and prepare good examples of what you have done and achieved. Write key points you want to make, questions to ask and useful information on notes and place them in either in front of you or on the wall ahead. You don’t want to appear too premeditated but have notes there as a guide.
Actively listen and be present
Make an effort to appear engaged and interested, something that is harder to express across a computer screen. Don’t forget to smile – you would greet your interviewer with a smile face-to-face, do the same over Skype.
Finally, if you encounter a technology issue, address the problem straight away. This might mean hanging up and calling again. This can perhaps be to your advantage; it shows initiative and problem-solving skills.
Mike's original post can be found in LinkedIn here