How to nail your next Skype interview
I was recently invited for a Skype interview for the position of a social media manager. I was thrilled because there were over 50 contestants who had an interest in this position. I used to think that remote interviews are a child’s play. But they are the same as one-on-one interviews.
Future employers are found from anywhere in the universe. Although there can be some limitations, professionals who prepare well for the skype interviews, increase their chances of giving the interviewer a good impression. Preparing well for the interview helps you to stand out from the rest. Here is how to make a significant impact from a distance.
Do not make excuses
When asked to do a Skype interview, do not say you have a bad internet connection or you would rather have a phone interview. The worst excuse is to say that you do not have Skype. The reason you applied for the job it is because you need it. Therefore, you should not make any excuse but find ways to make it work.
Have a professional username
Choose a name which is easy to read or does not resemble a foul meaning, to avoid making an awful first impression. As much as it might be boring, use your name. After all, our names are all unique.
Even though you are not on site, it does not warrant you to wear what you want. This interview is practical and may see you if it is a video interview. Ensure you dress up as if you are going to an office. You still need to dress from the waist up even if the interviewer does not see below your waist. You do not have to wear a suit, but dress up as if you are going for an office interview. Check on the company’s Twitter or Facebook page to see how their staff dress. When you dress up, it makes you feel great while sweatpants make one think halfway set for the interview.
Think of your location
Whatever background there it matters in a Skype interview. Prepare a neutral, clean environment with great lighting. Unless you want to seem like someone protecting his/her identification, basements and sitting in front of windows should be avoided. Unless you do not have home internet, get away from public spaces. In case you do not have internet and have to take the Skype interview in a coffee shop, tell your interviewer so, to acknowledge that the place is noisy.
Make use of a headset
A lot of people might refuse to go by this point, though, if you possess a headphone set together with a talk-piece, as most phone and iPod headphones have, use it mainly in public space. A computer picks lots of background noise. Through the use of a headset, the interviewing personnel will be able to hear you precisely and with no distracting sounds.
Engage the interviewer
Amongst the main differences between an interview through Skype and face to face one, is the engagement between your hiring manager and you. How do you keep them interested when there is just a computer screen between yourselves. First of all, is the body language – give a firm nod to the interviewer. This gesture shows acknowledgment of their presence and notifies them of your readiness to speak. Next, make eye contact – which can be tricky if you are not aware of which part of the screen to look. The client will feel the connection with you and notice your dedication towards the interview when you look into the lens of the camera.
Although you are not physically situated directly with your interviewer, social cues will still be looked at to see how great you are in interaction with other people. You, therefore, need to relax and become yourself, with this, the hiring personnel will see personality characteristics which show you as a fantastic fit for the business and team. When you are yourself and professional, you have the potential of going to the next round of potential candidates.
Find facts about the client
The worst mistake you can make during an interview is not knowing much about your interviewer. Ensure you do research on the client and his business. Check his social media pages and website to see what he does and how you will be useful to him if hired. Some clients will ask you, “what do you know about me?” Ensure you are aware of all the facts as regards to his business. This will help you to identify a gap in his business that needs a freelancer fill. And that is where you come in. Because you know much about him, propose some changes or things that you can do to take his business to the next level.
Compliment the client
As I mentioned, you need to research the client. Tell the client his website looks great or Facebook page. It makes the client feel you care more about his business. Tell him you loved his work that you saw somewhere. I’m sure you too love compliments.
Conclusion on nailing a skype interview
The main thing is to treat a Skype interview like you would do in an in-person interview. Show that you are actively listening and ask thoughtful questions. Give a thoughtful thank you note after the meeting. Ensure the potential client gets out of the interview knowing you are passionate about the position and his business. Try these tips and thank me later.