Innovations in video conference technology are changing the job interview. Skype interviews are becoming more common. While you may not have to worry about traffic, parking, and making sure you arrive ten minutes early to the interview, Skype interviewing has its own rules to follow.
Make Sure Skype is Working
Your technology has to be ready for the video interview:
• Make sure to download and test the Skype software well before the interview. This means configuring the audio and checking the video quality.
• Use a professional Skype username. Not a good idea to to introduce yourself as “BigJohnnySurfGuy59.”
Remember: They Can See You
• Smile. Smile. Smile. By smiling and maintaining eye contact, you can directly engage the interviewer and make a real connection.
• Dress for the occasion. Wear something that won’t clash with the camera. Dress in solid colors and avoid patterns that might confuse the eye. Also, just because Skype only shows the top part of your body, exchange the pajama bottoms for something that is as formal as your top half. You'll feel more professional!
• Style your hair and apply make-up. Skype technology can pick up most blemishes and loose strands, so be sure to look like someone who has not just rolled out of bed.
• Use proper lighting. The interviewer should be able to clearly see you.
• Clear the background and make sure there are no cult movie posters or distracting paintings hanging in view.
• Write out notes and prop them up on the keyboard to remind yourself of your career brand, success stories, and the questions you've prepared.
The Skype interview doesn't have to be scary. For many people, interviewing from their home base helps them feel more comfortable and able to communicate effectively.
For more info, visit Alison Doyle's post on about.com.