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How to ace Skype interviews

Many recruiters have moved their recruitment processes online in response to the unpredictable outbreak of Covid-19. Thankfully, recent technological advancements have made this process more flexible and convenient with tools such as Skype.

When engaging in a Skype interview, there are several things you will need to consider specifically for this style of interview. As Skype interviews continue to gain popularity, we have put together some easy tips to help you ace it first-time round:

   1. Book a time slot in a room

During social distancing, households are busier than usual. Notify those you live with of your interview and arrange a time in a certain room where they won’t disturb you. The last thing you want is an awkward interruption from a family member in the middle of your interview!

   2. Look at the camera, NOT the screen

As tempting as it is to watch yourself during a Skype call, make sure you keep looking directly into the camera to ensure you keep eye contact with the interviewer throughout the interview.

   3. Prepare beforehand

You’ve heard the expression ‘by failing to prepare, you prepare to fail’ and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to a Skype interview. An awkward silence will really stand out in a virtual chat so make sure you’ve got plenty of well-researched answers up your sleeve to keep the interviewer engaged.

With Skype interviews this also includes preparing your computer. Have you checked your audio levels, microphone and internet connection? You want to avoid being cut off or being unable to hear the interviewers’ questions.

   4. Close other programmes

Having other noisy notifications going off throughout your Skype call is both distracting and irritating for the interviewer, so ensure all other programmes are closed on your computer to avoid any unwanted interruptions.

   5. Dress to impress

Apart from the fact you won’t be there in person, the same rules apply for dress code. Dressing professionally (head to toe, not just from the waist up) is essential in a Skype interview and an untidy appearance won’t be excused!

   6. Consider your surroundings

This one is crucial – make sure you pick a quiet spot with a neutral backdrop, sufficient lighting and a good, level camera angle. When engaging with the interviewer, try to make eye contact and avoid looking around the room.

If you’re looking for a new role and would like advice on the full interview process, get in touch with our team of recruitment experts today and we’ll be happy to help!