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The option to conduct interviews remotely is becoming increasingly popular and is now common practice for Employers and Recruiters. Remote interviews are convenient, reduce costs on travel, as well as save time. This method is an initial pre-screen ahead of a face to face interview and is used as a way of filtering candidates at an early stage. For international organisations it is an effective way to include key stakeholders outside of the UK. Here are some top tips to support you in completing a successful Skype interview.
The first thing you will need is an appropriate Skype name. Just your name “MichaelJones” for example will be fine. If the name you want has already been chosen you could add a number to the end of the name or the initial of your middle name.
Before the interview, sign in early so that you are ready for the interviewer to call you. If you do have technical issues, don’t panic, the interviewer will understand that this isn’t directly your fault so just apologise and try to resolve the problem, calmly and quickly. If the connection is poor you do have the option of continuing the Skype call as a telephone call without the video.
Make sure that you have your interviewer’s telephone number and email address in case you do run into any technical difficulties, this way you will be able to contact them to let them know.
You are in control of the setting so make sure that you consider where you want to conduct the interview.
Treat your Skype interview as you would a face-to-face interview. Not only will you appear professional, you will also feel professional as you are dressed the part. Dressing the part is proven to be motivational and can really help you feel more focussed and confident.
At the end of the interview, think about questions you have for the interviewer. You may want to ask about the next steps so that you are clear about the process. Finally thank them for their time and log out of Skype so the session has been completed.
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