How to Nail Your Next Skype Interview

07 Feb

Do I Really Need to Do Skype Interviews?

Although many of us are now regular Skypers with friends and family or we FaceTime on our I-phones, a video interview can still cause problems for many people. 

If you are one of these people and are looking for work, you really are going to have to get to grips with Skype to give yourself the best chance. 

In a geographically mobile industry like hospitality, you won't want to be travelling hundreds of miles for each first interview. So it is vital to nail your Skype interview technique.

Around 30% of the employer interviews I arrange for food & beverage and front of house positions are Skypes. 

Skype gets used for junior and management positions. And I regularly have candidates offered and accepting jobs purely off the back of a Skype, never having visited the property.

There are benefits all round. It is convenient for both the employer and for you. There is No need to take a full day or more out for travelling. It saves on costs as well as time. It opens up more opportunities for you. 

It really is worth mastering the art of a good Skype interview.

Top Tips for Nailing Your Skype Technique.

So here are our top tips for nailing your Skype interview:

  • Make sure you know the Skype handle (user name) of your interviewer. 
  • Make sure you have an appropriate Skype user name. Probably not good having MediocreMike or Sexbeastsam – and I've seen a lot worse!
  • Check you have a decent wifi connection – if you have any doubt about your connection, go somewhere where you can rely on it.
  • Check you have sound. Your practice sessions will iron all these bits out. Don’t wait until the actual interview to do your first Skype. Do a technical rehearsal with a friend.
  • Make sure you have a room where you will not be disturbed and your family, housemates know what you are doing. Watch this video - Preparation is key - this is what you are trying to avoid, as hilarious as it is.
  • Check your camera angle if you can change it, and make sure it is not too close. No one wants to spend 20 minutes looking up your left nostril. And if the camera is too tight, we don’t get to see any body language. Body language is a part of your personality, and we want to see this.
  • Check your surroundings – clean, tidy and distraction-free is good. If, like one of my candidates, you do an hour-long interview sat at a kitchen table covered in dirty pans and dishes you’ve probably blown it at the outset. It’s a good idea to take a quick selfie, os you can see what you're interviewer will see behind you. You, will often pick up things a photo that you don’t notice in real life.
  • Dress for an interview – even your bottom half! You may have to stand up…
  • Work to establish a rapport – on Skype, do it with smiles and eye contact. Remember to look into the camera for the eye contact, and not at the screen.

I hope this helps. Video interviews are here to stay – so prepare, practice and go get that job!

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