Virtual interviews have become fairly common practice in the communications world. Travel schedules, multiple office locations, and digital jobs make it difficult to get true face time in the interview process.
As more employers use video chat tools such as Skype to speak with candidates, job seekers should know how to use the technology to their advantage in wowing potential bosses.
Jenny Floss wrote a great guest post on Jenny Blake's Life After College
blog with 10 solid tips on how to ace that virtual interview. Among her suggestions:
1. When confirming the interview, provide your Skype account name. Show the interviewer that you’re comfortable with the technology right from the start. Also, ask if you are to dial them, or if they will call you. No sense starting off on a weird note.
2. If your Skype name is cutesy or unprofessional, set up another account. And not MadSkillz or HireMaddie. Just your name, please. Or something close to it if yours is already taken.
3. Practice first. I recognize that this might sound obvious, but you’d be amazed by how many people don’t do it. Dial up a friend, relative, or professional mentor and run through a few mock questions. Check the audio levels; make sure the room lighting looks normal.
4. Get the eye contact thing down. This can feel a little strange on Skype, but eye contact is very important in an interview. Be sure and look into the webcam a large portion of the time. You’ll be tempted to stare at the screen, because that’s where the interviewer’s image appears. But if you look there the whole time? It will come across that you’re looking down the entire time. Eye contact. A must.
5. Don’t even think about doing it in a coffee shop. It must be a quiet, clean room. Absolutely no environmental hustle and bustle, none. Oh, and when I say “quiet, clean room,” assume that I mean, “quiet, clean room with no weird crap in the background.”
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