Skyping Your Way to Success

2013 will, without a doubt, see Skype being used more and more as part of the interviewing process for recruitment companies and employers.  The benefits far outweigh any potential disadvantages, and if the choice is a phone interview or a skype interview, a skype interview will give you the scope to impress your potential employer and recruitment consultant  on a far wider level than a phone call ever could.

At Engage Executive Jobs, we have the technology and facilities to use skype, and will be doing so, where advantageous and appropriate to our candidate or client.

So, with all that in mind, now is a good time to brush up on your skype skills and take in a few tips on how best to present yourself for your skype interview.

  • Keep Eye Contact

Where should you look, the camera lens or at the little picture on your monitor of the opposite person? The answer is, the webcam. Maintain eye contact much like you would with an actual person.  Remember to try and relax and  keep from nervous gestures such as twirling your hair or tapping a pen on the desk.

  • Dress to impress

Ok, so you may not need to polish your shoes, but don’t sit for a skype interview in your pyjamas with ‘just got out of bed’ hair.  Dressing smartly will help you get into the mental frame of mind for the interview, and remember, you want to show the interviewer how professional and capable you are, just like a face to face interview.

  • Have a neutral space to skype in

You want the interviewer to focus on you and what you are saying.  The less mess and distraction behind you the better.  Best to shut any cats or dogs out of the room as well as a feline jumping in front of the webcam or a dog rubbing up against you that will be a distraction for you as well as the interviewer.

  • Keep the noise down

Noisy pets, children, TV’s, radio’s, mobile phones and anything that could be a distraction need to be out of the way and turned off.

  • Practice makes perfect

Practice skyping a friend and having them interview you so as you get used to using all the tips above.  If you are not familiar with the technology, have a friend help you well in advance and not 5 mins before the interview starts!

At the end of the day, treat your skype interview with the same seriousness and professionalism you would a face to face interview, and you really can’t go wrong!

By Nicky Clarke-Bradford/Seaberry PR