Skype Interviews: Do’s and Don’ts

20 years ago I started visiting Kinko’s to host video teleconference candidate interviews. I typically held two to three interviews per week; the cost was $200 to use the equipment on both ends, and half the time the equipment broke down. Or, there was a technical delay that made it difficult to conduct the interview. Sometimes the candidate was stuck in traffic and could not get to our appointment in time. I usually saw another recruiter waiting for me to finish so he/she could use the equipment. All of these challenges made the interview even more challenging to both parties.

Today, it is much easier to interview with video chatting. If you are on a job hunt, chances are you will do several Skype interviews. You will be in the comfort of your home or office, and it will be much easier than my experience at Kinko’s. As you enjoy the convenience of a Skype interview, keep a few important things in mind:

  • Dress professionally, or at minimum, choose clothes that are neat and clean.
  • Look behind you. Is it distracting or untidy?
  • Check your lighting before your Skype interview. According to the Skype Workplace Blog, it’s best to use at least four lights when Skyping. One directly overhead, one pointing slightly off-center, one on the opposite side and one directed to the background.
  • Look up to the camera. Don’t look down at your hands or at the floor.
  • Keep the pets and kids in the other room. Make arrangements to ensure you won’t be distracted during your interview.
  • Do a trial run-through to make sure your camera, speakers, and mic are working. Skype with a friend the day before your real interview. Skype also has its own built in testing feature.

Remember, you only have one chance to make a good first impression

Author: Peter Goodspeed, HealthTechS3, Vice President of Executive Search

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