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Skype Interviews

The rules for doing a Skype interview are almost the same as those for doing a regular interview but there are a few additional items to be concerned about.

1) Find a place with professional background. If there is a window behind you, make sure the sun is not streaming in.

2) Dress appropriately. You should be dressed exactly the way you would for an in-person interview in business casual attire. The same thing is true of a Skye interview. Follow the advice about dress in the preceding section about appearance. You only have one opportunity to make a first impression so do not waste it.

3) The positioning of the camera is important.
  • a. Place the camera directly in front of you at approximately level with or a little above your eyes. That way you will be looking straight ahead when you respond to questions instead of down.
  • b. Be sure to look into the camera during the interview. It is very distracting to the interviewer(s) if you are not. It is a subconscious thing - the interviewer will not realize why but will give you poor marks for the interview even if your answers have been brilliant. Trust us on this one. We have seen it happen.
  • c. If you are using an iPad, turn the device so the long edge is perpendicular to the surface it is sitting on. If it is horizontal, it will appear that you are looking to one side or the other instead of directly ahead at your interviewer(s).

    • 4) Be sure to test your camera and how you look before the interview. In the tools / options section of Skype, there is a video settings selection that you can use to see how you look on camera.
      • a. One of the biggest distractions occurs when the candidate's head is too close to the camera. Not only can the interviewers see every imperfection in your complexion, every time you move your head an inch, it looks like you are moving a foot.
      • b. Our recommendation is that your head be 30 to 36 inches from the camera. At that distance, your head will fill between 10 and 20% of the screen. Anything closer fills too much of the screen.

          5) It is also a good idea to do a test run with technical staff for whomever you will be interviewing with.

          6) Make sure you have shut down the link and are off camera before you do anything (like removing your tie or wig).

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