Skype Interview Tips

The skype interview or video interview is becoming a more and more common part of the job interview process. Here are Jeff & MIke's Top 5 Skype interview tips

For your convenience here is the transcript of the video:

JEFF
Hi, I'm Jeff but you probably know me as one half of the Interview Guys.  At the moment, I'm talking
to my friend Mike over Skype, because today we want to give you our top 5 tips for nailing a Skype
interview!  And you'll want to watch the video all the way to the end, because we're going to give you
something that will help you get an offer from your very next interview.

MIKE
Thanks Jeff! I'm Mike, the other half of the interview guys.  As Jeff said, today we are focused on Skype interviews because more and more companies
these days are using Skype or video interviews to look for candidates.  it's really important that you know how to do a Skype interview
properly, because it is usually your first chance to make a good impression with the company.

JEFF
Okay, so let's get started.  What's our first tip Mike?

MIKE
Tip #1 is to set the scene.  Make sure you choose a room that will give you some privacy, and that means it should be away
from any noise including pets or children.  You want to show the interviewer that you are prepared and focused.

JEFF
So does that mean my arctic snowy owl has to go?

MIKE
Wait, you have an arctic snowy owl living in a small cage in your living room?  Is that even legal?

JEFF
You're right.  I'm going to set her free out my window right now.  Why don't you give the next tip

MIKE
Wait, you can't just let it go out the window...never mind...okay moving on...Tip #2 is to test your system.  Make sure you are using a computer that doesn't crash and has a
decent processing speed.  It is also very important for you to test your internet connection, because there is nothing an interviewer dislikes
more than a broken conversation or frozen screen.

JEFF
Our third tip is to dress the part.  Just because you are at home, doesn't mean that you should be in your pajamas!  You wantt the interviewer to be
able to envision you in the role already, so try to dress the way you would if you already had the job!

MIKE
Our fourth tip is to smile and make eye contact! In other words, act naturally as you would in a traditional in person interview!  Smiling and making
eye contact will help create rapport with your interviewer, but also make you look confident, positive and enthusiastic about the job!  But remember,
you should make eye contact with your camera and not your screen, just like you were making eye contact with a real person.  A lot of people make
this mistake.

JEFF
Our final tip, is that you need to research and practice potential interview questions that you think are going to be asked in the interview.  The good thing about the Skype
interview is that you can make notes on your answers and have them nearby as a reference.  Keep them just off screen so you can glance at them as needed.

MIKE
So that's our top 5 tips for preparing for a Skype interview.  If you have any questions about Skype interviews or simply want to tell us that you liked our
video, please remember to comment down below!

JEFF
But that's not it Mike! T make sure that you'll be completely prepared for your Skype interview, we've also prepared a free special report for you that will
show you how to prepare perfect interview answers.  You can use this report to help you craft perfect interview answers for any kind of interview, including Skype!

Click this link to get it: Get my free special report!

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Skype Interview Tips

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1 Comment

  • Spark Hire

    Reply Reply February 9, 2015

    Awesome video, Jeff and Mike! We offer similar advice to job seekers who participate in video interviews on our platform and have a blog dedicated to them full of tips — http://blog.sparkhire.com. We actually also just came out with our own video for job seekers called “10 Video Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers”.

    Here at Spark Hire we are definitely seeing the popularity of video interviewing tech growing by the day. And as you said, it’s very important that job seekers research best practices for video interviews because it’s likely they’ll be invited to one at some point in their job search.

    Job seekers should also keep in mind that, in addition to a live video interview, they may be invited to a pre-recorded video interview (we call it a One-Way). These are also becoming widely used and is our most popular feature among our customers because it’s just one of the many things Skype can’t offer to hiring pros. For this type of interview, job seekers record their responses to an employer’s questions via webcam or their mobile device. All of the tips you mentioned can and should be applied to this type of interview as well!

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