Now you are probably familiar with the telephonic Interview. More and more employers using Skype video interviews instead of a telephonic interview or after the telephonic interview before bringing you on site.

Now in this Lockdown period, most of the employers are using Skype Interviews or other video interviews for the screening or final recruitment process. Skype Interviews or video Interviews can really be the best of both Employers and candidates.

And so you will face a lot of questions which will ask in an interview and how to prepare for the video interview. As in Person interviews, the key factor to a video interview is to be confident and show them your true self.

Here, we are sharing the unheard Skype interview tips and make sure you are ready to impress them.

  1. Prepare like an IN-Person Interview:– Skype or video interview doesn’t mean it’s not a real interview. You need to prepare the same as in-person interviews like, researching company profile and job role, Prepare common interview questions. The interviewer is still looking for an enthusiastic and knowledgeable candidate.
  2. Set up your Surrounding and camera:- Choose a quiet area without an elaborate backdrop so that you can be the focal point on the screen and set up in front of the most neutral background. Make sure you are with light source behind your computer or phone.
  3. Choose your dress wisely:- When you get dressed keep in mind this is your video interview so treat like an in-person interview. Even though it is likely the person at the other end will only see your top half, it’s better to be ready for the unexpected when preparing for a Skype interview and you may feel more prepared when you look the part.
  4. Optimal eye contact: Look at the camera, not the screen. Try to maintain eye contact with the camera as much as possible make sure you’ve found a comfortable distance that allows you to look straight ahead rather than down at the camera.
  5. Practice your video interview skills:- If you’re not used to the video interview, you might find carrying on a conversation to be a bit awkward at first, especially if you can see yourself as well. Setting up a mock video interview with a friend or career coach can help you zero in on anything.
  6. Write out the few notes: Interviewer won’t able to see anything you have on desk so don’t be afraid to help yourself with post-it notes or a copy of your resume handy when you interview. Write down key figures and other small snippets, not whole answers practice before your interview starts. If need use the notes without it disrupting the flow of the conversation.
  7. Close other computer Applications:- Another way to focus is to exit out of any other applications on your computer. You don’t want any pop-up windows distracting you during the interview. As with any interview, you’ll want to make sure that your phone is on silent too.
  8. Minimize the interruption: – Check your space the day before for any unexpected distractions. If you live with other people and are doing the interview in your home, tell everyone you live with not to interrupt you during the interview. Keep your phone on silent mode.
  9. Keep your profile professional:- Create Your Professional Skype ID make sure you don’t use any unprofessional nicknames in your Skype name. Your best bet is to use your first name and last name, first initial and last name, The first thing your interviewer will see is your Skype username and picture, so double-check that they are both interviews appropriate.
  10. Right Body Language is the key: Try not to let this translate into you slumping down in your seat. It makes you look less engaged. Be sure to have good posture and relax your shoulders to avoid stiffness. Sitting up straight also naturally gives you a bit more energy and helps you communicate your excitement about the job.
  1. Stay Present: – Make sure the interviewer is engaged, Ever heard of active listening? Especially with a phone interview, it’s important to give the other caller periodic clues that you’re still there. After all, do you like speaking into silence? But when it comes to a video interview, a lot of the avenues through which we usually give nonverbal cues—eye contact, body language, and small murmurs of an agreement are cut off. So we have to lean more heavily on what we have left, namely facial expressions.
  2. Avoid can you hear me situation:- Nothing is more frustrating than only catching every other word a person is saying, so be sure to tweak the Skype audio ahead of time to make sure you can both hear and be heard without difficulty.
  3. Wait till Other Person finish speaking: once you think your interviewer is done, take a beat before you answer. If you have trouble with this, get in the habit of muting yourself while the other person is speaking—that way the action of turning the mic back on forces you to give them a little extra time to keep talking.
  4. Indicate when your answers are completed: It’s Helpful to Other Person to Indicate the end of your answer. You can do this through a visual cue like nodding or you can make sure you conclude your answer strongly or ask the interviewer a question.
  5. Follow up: A thank-you letter is just as important after a Skype interview as it is in an in-person interview. Avoid following up on Skype, though, unless the interviewer requests it!

These are tips that take you towards your successful Skye interview.

All the Best !!!

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