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:
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.
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?:
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:
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.