The Camcorder/Skype job interview was bound to happen – and it’s been happening faster and faster as the world becomes smaller and smaller. Because we are able to reach out to others around the world through social networking, electronic devices and instant communication – without leaving home or the office – it is not surprising that companies have latched on to this technique to conduct job interviews.

The latest trend in job interviews is to use the Camcord/Skype technology to screen and interview applicants. Companies are finding this new method to be a great way to save time as well as money by conducting phone screenings before they bring the candidate in for a face-to-face interview – and in some cases to conduct the full job interview over Skype.

So, if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest trends for job interviewing get ready for the next challenge – interviewing in front of your computer camera.

Tips On Camcord/Skype Interviewing

The question is – “How do you prepare for such an interview?” Uncharted territory is always difficult but with some preparation and practice this just might work in your favor. Taking some tips from television interviews I have been involved in, there are some things to avoid and some things that will make you come across in a more powerful manner.

Rule #1 – Practice – with Skype.

Rule #2 – Adjust the Camera before the interview.

Rule #3 – Makeup/Lights/Camera

As with any interview, judgment starts at first sight. There is a limited amount of things that you can do to change your appearance but looking your best is as important as in any face-to-face interview. A few basic rules:

• Look Professional – at least for the part of you in camera range.
• Wear solid colors – not prints or bold patterns. Pastels are softer than white.
• Make sure that you are well groomed – hair, facial hair, teeth (no spinach in the teeth)..
• Sit up straight – posture is important to your impression and self-confidence.
• Smile, as appropriate. You don’t want to look like a deer caught in headlights.

Rule #4 – Good Content Is Essential

Rule #5 – Beware of Phony Postints/Contacts

If you are actively screening job postings you may have seen an item posted on some company’s websites. It’s an offer for a “Free Application Screening.” Surprise – this is nothing more than a job interview – using the camcorder to see you and make a judgment whether to pursue you further.

As with anything new, there will be a learning curve with this process. Experiment with others to feel more at ease when you do receive that call for a camcord/Skype interview. Once you get the call, it will be too late to start to practice. Read More: