Skype interviews are becoming more popular. They are frequently easier to coordinate and they have the added benefit of avoiding traffic jams and exorbitant parking fees.
A Skype call sounds easy and it is – if you are prepared. Take a few minutes the day before to get everything set up and checked. Otherwise you will end up with the same sweaty armpits you would have in a face to face interview.
Think about where you are going to take the call. If it it is going to be lunch time and you will be in your car or truck, that’s okay just tell the interviewer that before hand. Otherwise, find a neat spot with a flat surface and no distractions. Art in the background is okay but sitting in front of your bookshelf of romance novels might not send the right message.
Don’t hold the device in your hand. Put it on a book or stand it up on a table. It is extremely nauseating (for me anyway) if the phone moves every time you scratch your nose.
Do a dry run with a friend. Ask them where you should look and what they see. I spent an entire hour this week looking at an Adam’s apple. Not the best. Check the angle and the height to make sure you are putting your best face forward.
Log on about 10 minutes before – just like you would arrive a few minutes before your appointed interview time. Check you hair and your teeth and have a great conversation!