Skype Interview Tips
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- Look at the camera, not the screen, and do not look at the inset picture of yourself on the screen.
- Also, position the camera a short distance from you so that you are viewed from the waist up.
- Dress to impress: Dress completely, not just from the waist up.
- This helps with mental preparation and it avoids any unnecessary embarrassment should you need to stand up for any reason during the interview.
- Tips for attire: Just as in a face-to-face interview, keep it basic and conservative.
- Practice: Be sure to practice with a friend or family member prior to the interview.
- Practice the way you look, the way you speak, the way you sit. Observe and remember your best angle.
- Use professional username and profile picture: The recruiter or hiring committee will likely pull up your profile in advance of the interview.
- Remember to smile: Be aware of your facial expressions.
- Sit up straight and smile while appearing relaxed.
- Prepare your surroundings: While preparing, place short reminder notes on the wall behind your monitor that are visible to you while interviewing.
- Make sure your background is neat and uncluttered.
- Address tech problems immediately: Test your equipment well in advance of the interview to give yourself time to make necessary adjustments.
- Wear earphones: It is a good idea to wear earphones to eliminate background noise and to ensure that you can hear the interviewer(s).
- Tuck the wires behind your ears and run the cord down your backside, or just use wireless!
- Do not put your ear closer to the mic to when you have difficulty hearing. No one wants to look inside your ear!