You may remember the Saturday morning cartoon, The Jetsons. They had flying cars, wrist watches that doubled as phones, and video-based communications; we do not have the flying cars yet, but we do have wrist watch-based phones, and we have videophones. And those videophones are set to take over the job hunting interviewing process.
About 25% of companies are taking advantage of Skype and what it has to offer. The most obvious usefulness is how well prepared and/or serious a candidate will be when doing this interview. Get familiar with the technical aspects of Skype – use it with family or friends a few times so that you will be prepared when (not “if”) you are asked to be a part of a Skype interview. Ensure you are not constantly looking down toward your monitor, but instead, like a TV reporter is taught to do; look at the camera, and think of it as the “eyes of your interviewer.”
A couple more Skype etiquette tips:
- Even though you will most likely be doing your Skype interview from home, be sure to look your best! Use the same professional dress code you would follow for an in-person interview.
- Avoid distractions:
- Turn off other computer programs
- Turn off your cell phone
- Close doors to avoid children, pets, or other interruptions.
- Ask for a contact number once you have logged in; in case any technical challenges arise, you’ll be able to call them back.
- Ask the interviewer if they can see and hear you well, before the ‘official’ start of the interview, so you can make any needed adjustments.
Good luck with your job search, and have fun with your Video interview!