With an increasing number of management consultancy interviews taking place over Skype, it is important not to underestimate their importance.
Making a good impression at this stage can be crucial and may be your only opportunity to do so. Such interviews are every bit as important as face to face. Thankfully however, Cititec have compiled a list of things to consider and essential advice in order to avoid disaster in front of the camera!
Connection and equipment.
Make sure to test your Skype connection beforehand with a friend or relative, ensure you have exclusive use of the connection and that others aren’t attempting to stream or download. Don’t decide that “audio only” is adequate: if they had wanted a telephone interview they would have asked for one. Also use a steady camera ideally built in to your laptop, but if you have to use mobiles then rest smartphones or tablets on a flat surface. No employer is impressed by you holding a device in your hand and it looking like a recording of the ‘Blair Witch Project’. Check that both sides know account and connection details.
Avoid distracting programmes
Close other programmes that may cause interruptions or distracting notifications such as Facebook and Twitter. Not only can it throw you or your interviewer off, and use bandwidth, it also appears unprofessional.
Keep your account professional
The proposition of an interview with “kittenluvver123xo” is hardly going to fill an employer with optimism. Perhaps stick to your name or initials to maintain a professional appearance! Also ensure the account doesn’t reveal unhelpful personal information or unprofessional photographs.
Dress to impress
Although you may be at home, it’s not an excuse to remain in your pyjamas. Dress as you would in a face-to-face interview for your dream job including from the waist down!
Know where to look
Maintaining eye-contact is difficult over Skype, but the best place to look is into the camera rather than at the screen in order to appear sincere and maintain eye-contact.
Get rid of distractions
Remember your interviewer will see everything around you, so keep distractions to a minimum and keep it professional: use the preview screen option to check what the scene looks like and the lighting. They will be unimpressed by a cameo appearance by the dog (or anyone else for that matter) or a pile of dirty laundry in the background. A glass of water in front of you might be wise, but a chipped Superman mug less so.
Use a cheat sheet
Keep in mind the point above, but remember that unlike a face-to-face interview, a Skype interview offers the opportunity to use notes or the other prompts if you feel they are helpful. Make sure however not to give the impression of reading from a script. Never use the keyboard: you might think it is sensible to take notes but the interviewer might think you are replying to emails!
Be conscious of body language
With no one else in the room it can be easy to forget you can be seen! Remember to avoid slumping and checking the state of your finger nails in view of the camera.
Double check arrangements:
With Skype especially useful for long distance and cross border interviewing check time zones. People often state “GMT” when it’s midsummer and they actually mean BST so best to check. Also don’t be late!
By following these handy tips, you can ensure you are well-prepared for your Skype interview, hopefully settling those nerves, and increase your chances of being offered the management consultancy job of your dreams !
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