Happy August! WOW how crazy is that to say?! I just wrapped up a Skype interview for a possible internship this Fall and thought I would share my top 3 tips.
1. Put on pants.
You think I’m being funny – but really. You have to dress the part. Dress like you’re sitting face to face in an office: do your hair, put on natural/light makeup, and wear business casual clothes. You’ll impress your potential employer with your dedication to the interview, no matter its platform!
2. Get online early.
Log into Skype about 15-20 minutes earlier than your scheduled interview time to test its connection. Make sure you’ve arranged contact with your interviewer beforehand (you’ve accepted their friend request). If you’re a perfectionist like me, take it one step further and pull up the webcam to see how you’ll appear on the other side of the screen. Adjust lighting if necessary, make your bed/clean up your background space (!!), and have your desk clear except for a notebook and pen. Don’t forget to put your phone on silent!
3. Don’t look at yourself.
When you Skype, there’s a small little square at the bottom of your screen that shows your camera view. AVOID. EYE CONTACT. WITH YOURSELF. Seriously! Eye contact during an interview (or as close as you can get to eye contact) is just as important, if not more so, during a Skype session. This is something I did waaay too much, and if I could go back and change one thing about my interview, I would stop worrying about what I looked like and just focus on the other side of the screen.
So! What do you think? Any other big tips for acing your interview on Skype? Lemme know!