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How to ace a Skype or video interview

The internet has categorically transformed the recruitment process. As well as searching for jobs online and submitting digital CVs, a growing number of candidates are being interviewed via Skype and video. The major factor at play here is convenience. Video interviews arm employers with the ability to tap into a wealth of talent across the nation, as opposed limiting themselves to local applicants only. For candidates, video interviews represent the opportunity to apply for remote positions, and attend interviews without having to travel to an inconvenient destination. It’s a win-win scenario.

Of course, video interviews are markedly different from their face-to-face counterparts. While the general concept is the same, interviewees must have an in-depth understanding of how to work the situation to their advantage. Here’s how:

Dress for the occasion

An interview is an interview, regardless of whether it’s online or face-to-face. Choose a polished and professional outfit. This will boost first impressions, and help you get into the corporate mind-set.

Be crystal clear

When video is used as a substitute for a face-to-face interview it’s important to ensure that the line is as clear as possible. Use a strong connection to ensure high definition video and audio, as well as minimise the risk of lags. Test lighting prior to the call and make sure your microphone is in tip top condition.

Choose a suitable location

When it comes to choosing an online interview location cafes, libraries and internet hubs are off limits. Instead, opt for a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted or disturbed by background noise. Home offices are ideal. Ensure the space is clean, tidy and free from clutter that could distract your interviewer.

Preparation is key

Just because you’re not attending an interview in person it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t employ all the usual preparation techniques. Do your research into company values, ask questions and dress to impress.

The extras

During the interview it can be tempting to focus on the miniature picture of yourself, as opposed to looking directly at the camera. Remember, your webcam is your only form of eye contact so don’t forget to use it. Be sure to sit up straight and speak with clarity as your questioner won’t be able to pick up the all-important ‘body language’ factor that can be such a big influencer during interviews.

For more expert advice on how to score the job you’ve been dreaming of get in touch with our in-house team of HR experts today.