Nowadays it is common practice for companies to interview their candidates through Skype.
At times it can be very easy for employers to reject candidates, as perhaps the candidate lives too far away to commit to a face-to-face interview. If you are applying for a job in another country then you should certainly expect to be interviewed via video chat.
Bear in mind that what will make you succeed in getting the job is being motivated and showing the interviewers that you have great skills that fulfill their requirements. According to Europe Language Jobs, an international job board specialized in multilingual job offers, there are some tips that you always have to consider while preparing for any kind of interviews, including face-to-face, Skype, phone or group interviews. Of course, never be late, research the company, be positive, highlight your strengths etc. These are the basics, and everybody is aware of them. However, here are some tips that can make you
Stand out from the crowd
1) Prepare an answer to the possible killer questions, especially the trickiest one: what are your weaknesses? Our advice is, to be honest, and mention a real weakness, but then show the recruiter that you already know how to work on it and that it is under control. For example; I tend to be a little bit disorganized if I have too many tasks. But I recently found that if I keep my calendar up to date with my tasks and deadlines, then nothing gets forgotten. After buying my first calendar, I am more organized than ever.
2) Make them remember you: Some people have a certain thing they wear in order to subtlety attract positive attention, such as cufflinks with your country’s flag on them. If the interviewer notices them, s/he will remember you and they may be an easy conversation starter; but be tasteful with your choice.
3) Ask questions: The interview is as much for you as it is for them. So make it balanced. Find out things that you want to know, engage in the conversation. Have some questions prepared for the end when they ask for them.
4) Thank you note: After the interview, it is recommended to write the recruiter a thank you note, where you express again your interest in the company. Maybe mention something in the interview that the interviewer seemed to like or something interesting that came up; but not in a way that warrants a reply. The objective again is to stand out and make them remember you.
Six tips for your interview
And now, there are some tips that you can use while having an interview via Skype. If you have never done this kind of interview before, or you think you didn’t perform well on the last one, check these pieces of advice on how to succeed in your next Skype interview.
1) HAVE A SKYPE ACCOUNT ONLY FOR JOB INTERVIEWS.
Or at least make sure that your username sounds professional; a good example would be a combination of your first and last name. It is also a good idea to set a new profile. I have to be a kind of photo you would be happy to use as a CV photo.
2) HAVE A REHEARSAL INTERVIEW WITH A FRIEND OR A RELATIVE.
By doing this you will ensure that the speakers and the internet connection work perfectly and you will avoid any technical issues during the actual interview.
3) MIND THE SURROUNDINGS.
Make sure the room you are planning to use as a location for your interview is well-lit, clean and tidy. You should also avoid any possible disturbances by telling your partner, family or roommates that you are having an interview.
4) DRESS SMART.
It doesn’t matter that you are at home, you want to make an excellent first impression, so don`t forget to wear appropriate clothes. The rule you should always follow is to dress as you would to a face-to-face interview… and that includes wearing trousers too.
5) MAKE SURE BEFORE THE CALL THAT YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION, your microphone, and earphones are working perfectly.
6) SIT PROPERLY AND MAKE EYE CONTACT.
Body language is just as important via Skype as it is in real life. Avoid looking at yourself during the interview. Act as if you were in a real face-to-face conversation and keep the focus on the interviewer’s questions.
With all this useful information and your own personal preparation, you’ll be walking into your first day at your dream job in no time! For more advice on how to get stand out, visit Europe Language Jobs‘ blog.
Author: Fanni Barsi