How to Handle Skype Job Interviews

Skype Job Interviews

These days, Skype job interviews via video are popular with more and more candidates and hiring managers realizing the practicality of the video calling tool.

But just like face-to-face interviews, there are several guidelines an applicant must observe to make sure he nails his job interview.

Here are some guidelines to follow:

Before the Interview

Prepare for the interview.

In a video interview, you are in control of what shows up on your screen. So prepare for it using the following steps:

  1. Think about what you will wear. Even if the interviewer won’t see the entire outfit, it is best to dress professionally since it adds to your confidence.
  2. Do a mock interview and check if your style adapts to technology. You can practice with a friend or record yourself. Check for points for improvement.

Have a plan B

Even if the interview is basically just at your home, there are still several factors that could go wrong such as potential technical issues.

  1. Have a ready number to call in case of technical issues.
  2. Download Skype way in advance and be familiar with the program.
  3. Use a headphones and microphone to conduct the interview.
  4. Be honest. Let your interviewer know if you are having any technical issues.
  5. Sign in early.


During the interview

  1. Develop a rapport with the interviewer as quickly as possible. Skype interviews give you less time to make a positive impression.
  2. Make a lot of eye contact and make sure your camera allows you to make eye contact with the interviewer.
  3. Smile and sit up straight. Make sure you have good posture.
  4. Speak clearly. Less body language is being transmitted so everything is dependent on your voice.
  5. Make sure the tone and pace of your voice matches what you are trying to convey. If there is a mismatch with your tone and message, the interviewer will consider the tone over the message.

If a Skype interview is not possible at home:

  1. Think carefully where you can conduct a Skype interview outside of your home.
  2. Consider the university or college career services. Ask for a room you can use.
  3. If the interview will be in a public place, let your interviewer know in advance.
    1. Arrange it after lunchtime hours when coffee shops or cafes will be less crowded.
    2. Avoid main roads at all cost.


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