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12 Tips for a successful online interview

Every day, there are more job opportunities worldwide, and recruiters are increasingly using Skype for interviews. The etiquette surrounding a Skype interview is different from in-person or phone interviews. Taking these tips into account will help you achieve the job opportunity you are seeking.

  1. Look at the camera, not at the screen

It’s very tempting to watch yourself or your interviewer during a Skype session, but looking directly at the video camera is the only way to maintain direct eye contact with the interviewer.

  1. Dress as if you were going to an in-person interview

Treat your Skype interview professionally from head to toe. Professional dress code is expected in video interviews.

  1. Prepare your environment

Choose a quiet place for the interview. Remove anything distracting behind you and keep it neutral. A white wall or a bookshelf are the best options.

  1. Practice before the interview

Doing a mock interview with a friend is helpful because your first Skype calls may feel awkward, especially considering you should look at the camera and not the screen.

  1. Close other programs on your computer

Getting Facebook or WhatsApp notifications during your interview is a distraction and unprofessional. Before your interview, make sure all other windows on your computer are closed (especially if they make noise).

  1. Use notes

Don’t be afraid to use Post-it notes or a copy of your resume handy during an interview. An advantage of having a Skype interview is that you can have a memory aid, so you don’t forget important points you want to mention to your interviewer.

  1. Avoid interruptions

If you are conducting the interview in a house with several people or pets, make sure to inform everyone in the house in advance that you will be participating in an interview and keep the pets away from the interview space. Nothing is less professional than your interviewer seeing a pet behind you.

  1. Maintain a professional profile

Unlike an in-person or phone interview, the first impression your interviewer will have is your profile picture and username. Make sure both the picture and your username are appropriate. If not, create a new account, after all, they’re free!

  1. Mind your body language

Make sure to have good posture and relax your shoulders to avoid stiffness.

  1. Avoid a “Can you hear me now?” situation

Nothing is more frustrating than your interviewer not being able to hear you or you not hearing your interviewer. Make sure to adjust Skype’s audio in advance.

Extra Tip

At the end, send a thank-you note to your interviewer. This gesture is always appreciated.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below.

Good luck!