How to Prepare for a Skype or Video Interview

how to prepare for skype or video interview

Employers and universities are using more and more technology in their interview process… so don’t be surprised if your next interview includes a Skype or video call.

But how can you get ready for your Skype or video interview if you’ve never actually participated in one before? Read on for tips on how to prepare — both the technical stuff and the practical stuff — for a job interview or college interview to increase your odds of success.

Let’s Get Technical

First things first, you need a computer or tablet with a webcam and microphone. Make sure to test everything out before your Skype or video interview to make sure everything is working, and to make sure you know how to use everything properly. If there are any technical issues, you want to know that before the interview. Other things to consider from the technical perspective include the following:

  1. Camera Position: Position your computer in such a way that you can look directly into the webcam — because you don’t want to be looking up or looking down during the interview.
  1. Surroundings: Remember your surroundings. When you’re being interviewed, you don’t want the interviewee to see clutter or other people walking about. You need to be the star of the interview; don’t allow yourself or your interviewer to become distracted.
  1. Lighting: Position a light right behind your laptop or tablet. This will illuminate your face. Because the light could make your face appear shiny, however, you should think about applying a bit of powder to cut down on any unwanted glare.

Practice Makes Perfect

In the lead up to your Skype or video interview, you’ll want to get as much practice as you can. Find a friend or acquaintance and conduct a mock interview. Practice composure, body posture, tone, delivery, and other things that can help your cause. As well as practicing with other people, you should also practice on your own so that you can work on your delivery and confidence.

Get familiar with some of the most common interview questions and answers too, so you won’t be caught off-guard when they ask their first few questions.

Dress the Part

Don’t think that you can slack off in the dress department just because it’s a Skype or video interview. Appearance is still very important, so dress in a professional or formal manner. Also proper grooming — including your hair, your nails, and your makeup if applicable — is important.

Body Language

Be aware of your body language when you’re doing your Skype or video interview. Previous research by Albert Mehrabian shows that body language counts for a lot during communication. Specifically, he finds that 55% of communication is done through body language, 35% is done through tone, and 7% is done through words. So while what you say is important, how you say it and your body language while you’re saying it count just as much. So what should you do?:

  1. Avoid crossing your arms during the interview since this can be taken to mean that you’re nervous or defensive and unreceptive to what the interviewer is saying.
  1. Make eye contact to show you are paying attention — and nod as appropriate. But don’t do either of these things too much as they could be distracting.
  1. Avoid fidgeting since this can make it look like you’re not paying attention or are overly nervous.
  1. Smile. You’re more likely to make a good impression if you smile than if you don’t. Smiling also helps you talk with more energy.
  1. Sit forward in your chair since it will make it look like you’re paying attention and are interested. By the way, slouching can convey that you’re bored or disinterested — so avoid it.

Know Your Stuff

Before the interview, research the company you’re applying to work for or the school you’re applying to study at. You want to be informed and knowledgeable about what’s going on at the institution interviewing you. You’ll get points for knowing more than the average applicant.

If you follow the advice above before your next Skype or video interview, you’ll be more prepared and have a much greater chance of success.

About this guest author:

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Dave Landry Jr. is a finance and marketing consultant for small business, and a freelance journalist with interests in career and job search advice as well as cutting edge technologies like cryptocurrency. His writing has been featured in Business.com, Hubspot and more. 

 

 

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