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With remote working and enabling technology we are seeing more clients adopting Skype/video interviews as a preferred method of ‘meeting’ candidates face to face. This can be a great way to initiate the recruitment process but it won’t negate the need to meet in person given how important it is when considering joining a new company. I have spoken to countless people over the years and there are a lot of people who really don’t like ‘Skyping’ very much. Like most things in life this is usually due to a lack of experience in doing them. Much like presenting, once you have done it a few times it becomes a lot more comfortable. Nic McCoy

With remote working and enabling technology we are seeing more clients adopting Skype/video interviews as a preferred method of ‘meeting’ candidates face to face.

This can be a great way to initiate the recruitment process but it won’t negate the need to meet in person given how important it is when considering joining a new company.

I have spoken to countless people over the years and there are a lot of people who really don’t like ‘Skyping’ very much. Like most things in life this is usually due to a lack of experience in doing them. Much like presenting, once you have done it a few times it becomes a lot more comfortable.

We have collated some of the best tips for you to hopefully give you that extra confidence and ultimately the edge over your competition when it comes to Skype interviews.

Look the part

You may not be in the company’s boardroom but don’t get this wrong. During your research you should get a feel for the culture which will indicate the appropriate attire. Dressing appropriately will show a culture fit to your interviewer.

Pick the right location

Seems obvious right? But in today’s super busy times there may be a temptation to do this in a public space such as a coffee shop but external distractions and noise won’t help your concentration or the background noise could hamper proceedings too. At home or a quiet meeting room is best. Have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewek-6TudOM for a bit of fun (don’t bring a friend to your interview!)

Practice makes perfect

The first time you have a video interview you are bound to feel awkward as it is unfamiliar. Practising will help you stay calm. Think about what to do with your hands, where to look and how loudly to speak. Small things that are easy to work out by practising. Another benefit to this is you can record the session and watch yourself back! This may feel a bit odd but a great chance to see yourself in action.

Don’t forget to smile!

It can be difficult to remember to smile when you are sat alone in a meeting room waiting for the call to start but just as in person meeting a friendly smile is a great ice breaker and rapport builder. Remember this during the interview too as it can be easy to concentrate so hard on the call that you appear to be staring at the person on the other end!

Do yourself a favour

You have the chance to give yourself some benefits in a video interview over a traditional interview. You can have lots of pointers and research printed out in front of you or stuck to the side of your screen that the interviewer won’t see but will help if you start to lose your way or have a total mind blank. And make sure you have a good connection prior to the call!!!

Hope this helps and good luck!

Nic – Salus Digital