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  string(4928) "Skype interviews aren’t something I promote as a first choice, however we do live in the 21st century where such tools are gold when time is of the essence and location is an obstacle.

Personally, I gain gratification from overcoming all of the odds to make a situation happen…and happen quickly! Urgency and proactivity is a beautiful combination in business, and Skype delivers here.

Should you treat a Skype interview any differently to an ordinary face to face interview? Absolutely not! I have conducted many interviews over Skype in recent years and it makes me sad to say that some people do not understand this concept.

This is your time to shine, your time to sell yourself and portray the best version of YOU!

Here are some hard and fast rules to live by when you are asked to attend a Skype interview.

1. Where are you sitting?

First things first, check your surroundings. Are they clean and tidy? Get rid of any piles of laundry, mountains of magazines, empty takeaway containers and coffee cups. Your interviewer wants to concentrate on you, and only you.

A blank wall behind you will provide the perfect backdrop. Sit up straight at a table where you are able to maintain good posture throughout the interview.

2. Lights, Camera, Action!

Before your interviewer calls ensure your webcam is connected, that the sound and microphone is working, and your space is well lit. There is a handy tool that you will be able to find under ‘Call > Audio Settings’ where you can test your speakers, microphone and webcam.

It is always a good idea to call a friend for a test run first to check that they can see and hear you clearly, and vice versa. The interviewer should be able to see a clear shot of your head, shoulders, waist and hands.

3. Your Skype name says what?!

Remember to keep it professional! cupcakes4eva, i<31D and dudewheresmycar are all good examples of what your Skype name SHOULDN’T be. Your full name and some digits will suffice.

Remember your Skype profile speaks a thousand words. Just like LinkedIn, your picture should be a head to shoulder shot in professional attire with a plain backdrop.

4. Dress for the job that you want, not the home that you live in!

Your interviewer needs to know that you understand the importance of corporate attire and personal appearance from head to toe.

Your makeup should be clean and natural and your hair should be in a tidy up-do to ensure the interviewer has clear vision of your face and expressions.

Remember to keep colours tame with no patterns. PJ’s and messy bun is not going to get you the job!

5. Be on time

Just like any other appointment you attend, punctuality is key and a good indicator to your interviewer of your time keeping abilities and commitment levels.

6. What does your body say about you?

55% of the messages that we convey to other people are transmitted through body language, 38% is in tone of voice, and only 7% in the words we use.

Lean forward, use facial expressions liberally and change your tone of voice regularly to ensure your emotions have been translated through the camera correctly.

Your interviewer is going to be looking for enthusiasm and truth in your eyes, look straight at them.

7. Tranquillity is key

The interviewer is going to want your full attention, be sure to let the household know you are attending a Skype interview and that noise, people walking behind you, and kitchen activity should be non-existent.

8. Smile!

When waiting for your time to talk remember to maintain a slight smile and nod at regular intervals to ensure the interviewer knows you are engaged in the conversation. Let your corporate personality shine through at all times!

Now that we have covered the basics, go out there and nail that interview! If you are using these tips for your first Skype interview, I would love to hear your feedback on Twitter @Farah_Kompani.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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Skype interviews aren’t something I promote as a first choice, however we do live in the 21st century where such tools are gold when time is of the essence and location is an obstacle.

Personally, I gain gratification from overcoming all of the odds to make a situation happen…and happen quickly! Urgency and proactivity is a beautiful combination in business, and Skype delivers here.

Should you treat a Skype interview any differently to an ordinary face to face interview? Absolutely not! I have conducted many interviews over Skype in recent years and it makes me sad to say that some people do not understand this concept.

This is your time to shine, your time to sell yourself and portray the best version of YOU!

Here are some hard and fast rules to live by when you are asked to attend a Skype interview.

1. Where are you sitting?

First things first, check your surroundings. Are they clean and tidy? Get rid of any piles of laundry, mountains of magazines, empty takeaway containers and coffee cups. Your interviewer wants to concentrate on you, and only you.

A blank wall behind you will provide the perfect backdrop. Sit up straight at a table where you are able to maintain good posture throughout the interview.

2. Lights, Camera, Action!

Before your interviewer calls ensure your webcam is connected, that the sound and microphone is working, and your space is well lit. There is a handy tool that you will be able to find under ‘Call > Audio Settings’ where you can test your speakers, microphone and webcam.

It is always a good idea to call a friend for a test run first to check that they can see and hear you clearly, and vice versa. The interviewer should be able to see a clear shot of your head, shoulders, waist and hands.

3. Your Skype name says what?!

Remember to keep it professional! cupcakes4eva, i<31D and dudewheresmycar are all good examples of what your Skype name SHOULDN’T be. Your full name and some digits will suffice.

Remember your Skype profile speaks a thousand words. Just like LinkedIn, your picture should be a head to shoulder shot in professional attire with a plain backdrop.

4. Dress for the job that you want, not the home that you live in!

Your interviewer needs to know that you understand the importance of corporate attire and personal appearance from head to toe.

Your makeup should be clean and natural and your hair should be in a tidy up-do to ensure the interviewer has clear vision of your face and expressions.

Remember to keep colours tame with no patterns. PJ’s and messy bun is not going to get you the job!

5. Be on time

Just like any other appointment you attend, punctuality is key and a good indicator to your interviewer of your time keeping abilities and commitment levels.

6. What does your body say about you?

55% of the messages that we convey to other people are transmitted through body language, 38% is in tone of voice, and only 7% in the words we use.

Lean forward, use facial expressions liberally and change your tone of voice regularly to ensure your emotions have been translated through the camera correctly.

Your interviewer is going to be looking for enthusiasm and truth in your eyes, look straight at them.

7. Tranquillity is key

The interviewer is going to want your full attention, be sure to let the household know you are attending a Skype interview and that noise, people walking behind you, and kitchen activity should be non-existent.

8. Smile!

When waiting for your time to talk remember to maintain a slight smile and nod at regular intervals to ensure the interviewer knows you are engaged in the conversation. Let your corporate personality shine through at all times!

Now that we have covered the basics, go out there and nail that interview! If you are using these tips for your first Skype interview, I would love to hear your feedback on Twitter @Farah_Kompani.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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