The video job interview is becoming more and more popular for screening and even hiring candidates – saving the company a great deal travel money.

Are you prepared if you get the call for a Skype interview?

Interviews can be daunting at best, but when you through in a new technology, you can be thrown for a loop. What’s the big deal? Isn’t it just like interviewing in-person? Turns out, it is a big deal and more complicated than you may have thought it would be. Here are tips to prepare for the online interviewing.

  • 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.
  • Avoid looking down at notes – try to look at the screen/camera. You will be talking to a face, or faces, on the screen. Look into the person’s eyes just as you would in an in-person interview.
  • As tempting as this may be, avoid staring at yourself in the small box. This is about you having a conversation with another person.
  • If you wear makeup, wear eye makeup to emphasize your eyes and softer colored lipstick. Experiment with this look.

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 a call for a Skype interview. Once you get the call, it will be too late to start to practice.

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