10 Easy Ways to Prepare for a Skype Interview
Congrats!! You got that interview that you’ve been dreaming of for so long now. You deserve it! You’ve worked hard to create the perfect resume, sent the right follow ups and now you’re ready for the big day. But the company’s halfway across the world (or a couple cities away) and it’s a Skype interview. What do you do?
A Few Days Before:
1. Research the Company. You need to know the ins and outs of your potential new place of work. Take notes and learn as much as you can.
2. Prepare Questions. Every interviewer is going to ask you what questions you have. You should aim to ask future employers between 3-5 questions on average, but have more prepared. Often times, interviewers will answer some of your questions during the interview and you don’t want to make it seem like you were not listening.
3. Delete “soccergurl13". Make sure your username is professional. Update any names and usernames necessary to come across as the professional adult you are.
4. Test your Skype. Nothing is more awkward than having technical difficulties during an interview. Although it is not possible to guarantee they will not happen, they are preventable. Do a test call with a friend to make sure your sound and visual are working perfectly. This is also a great time to get to know the video chat program you are using if you are new to the application.
5. Pick a good spot. This is critical. Do not sit in front of a poster leftover from your college days or anything distracting. Pick a place with good lighting that will be quiet, clean, and not distracting during your interview. If you are living with more roommates than you can count, many times local libraries have private rooms you can use for interviews!
6. Wake up hours before. You may not be commuting, but you still need to get yourself prepared for an interview. Drink your coffee (not too much if you get shaky or talk fast when you are nervous) and eat your breakfast! It is important to be in the right headspace for your interview.
7. Put pants on. It’s Skype so you may want to be like the trendy Youtubers and wear sweatpants on bottom. As nice as it is to be comfortable, dressing for the occasion will help your brain be ready for the setting it is truly in. Sweats are great for TV days with your best friends, but wear what you would if the interviewer could see your whole outfit.
8. Set up your location. Finish cleaning up anything that can be seen, get situated, and have a glass of water near by. Make sure any pets won’t be wandering in the back or barking, you don’t want to distract the interviewer. Pens and paper and always a good idea during an interview. You never know when you will need to write something down. Think like a boy scout (it is always better to be prepared).
9. Be ready. The time is almost here. You can do it! Get the computer all set up and ready for your interview. Review your notes one last time and practice saying words out loud. I know that this sounds silly but if you haven’t talked to anyone yet, you want to make sure your vocal cords are all warmed up. Have your program up at least 10 minutes before.
10. Send a thank you. You’ve done it! And I am sure you killed it! Now it is time to seal the deal with a thank you note. Send your interviewer an email of gratitude for the time they have taken to talk to you. This is a great place to reiterate a few main points you made during the interview, provide follow up materials if necessary, and get your name in their head one more time! Don’t write too much, but definitely send one!
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I wish you luck in your interview! Please let us know in the comments if you have any skype horror stories!
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