Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What's all the "Skype" about? Tips on nailing the scary Skype job interview.

Quick Tips to Prepare for Your Skype Interview and Ace it With Confidence

Avoid technical difficulties at all costs
Set  up, practice well in advance, record yourself and have the phone number of the interviewer handy in case you get disconnected. Make certain that all systems are "go"!
Eye contact through the camera
Looking into the camera is equivalent to making eye contact when interviewing in person. If you fixate on the screen and watch yourself, it will appear as though you are not making eye contact which is essential in any interview setting.

Distraction free, professional background
Get situated in a quiet place free of distractions or the potential for distractions. It should appear that you are in an office like setting with a professional background keeping the focus on you. Turn off your cell phone and home phone so they don't ring and interrupt.

Put your hands where they can see them

Body language and other non-verbal cues play an important role in communicating effectively. You want to make sure that the upper half of your body is showing with good shot of your head and shoulders, as well as of your hands.

Dress to Impress - Yes, wear pants!
A professional, neat and groomed appearance from head to toe is important. Looking the part boosts confidence and besides, it is best not to leave room for a wardrobe malfunction.

Speak Clearly, Sound Strong and Slow It Down
Wait for the interviewer to stop talking before you answer. It can be easy to talk over someone during a Skype call. Digest the question and answer loud and clear.

Be Enthusiastic

Smile frequently and have good posture.

Make sure your user name or “handle” is professional for crying out loud!! =)

Practice, Prepare and Practice Some More. Now,  go get on it and give it your ALL!
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