You want to relocate in another city or in another country ? Your first interview will be most probably a Skype interview. Here are a few tips from our partner PortalHR on how to handle a Skype interview.
Iuliana contacted us:
‘I am currently applying for several jobs abroad and I have a dilemma: Should I get in touch with the employer, may I request a first Skype interview, as the travel costs are a little expensive? Both sides might form a first impression after an online interview. What is your opinion?’
Here is our answer:
Taking into account the context described and considering our experience, the video interview might be the best solution. There is even an international trend in favour of this interviewing method, hence your employer is likely to request such an interview from the very beginning.
As important as it is for you to make a good first impression and give your employer enough reasons to invite you to a face-to-face interview (for which the costs might be included), you are supposed to prepare for the video interview by taking into account some important aspects.
Although it is not a traditional interview, a video interview offers significantly more than a phone interview. Obviously, the visual contact also brings a higher level of subjectivity, therefore, you are supposed to pay higher attention to details you might otherwise overlook as a result of enthusiasm. There are some details you should keep in mind:
- Whether you use Skype or other applications (Google Hangouts, Go To Meeting, etc), make sure your internet connection is good and you know how to use the application. A successful use of a software on your tablet does not guarantee a successful future use of that software on your personal computer or laptop (and vice-versa). Set clear the applications you are going to use and take your time understanding all their features.
- Make sure that you take the interview in a quiet place with no background noise. If you stay at home, choose the most ‘professional’ background and be sure no unwanted objects will appear on the screen. Moreover, you must be certain that the room is lighted well enough for the transmission to be clear.
- Dress as if you were going to a face-to-face interview. The camera will catch only the upper part of your body, but the formal garment should help you get into an ‘interview state’ faster and easier.
- Send your updated CV to your employer and make sure you have one printed copy on your own in order to respond effectively to every question regarding yourprevious work experience.
- Last, make sure your position on the chair, tone and attitude are appropriate for every kind of interview (face-to-face or video).
More information regarding video interviews, read the following Forbes article: How To Nail A Video Interview, or the book The Essential Digital Interview Handbook: Lights, Camera, Interview: Tips for Skype, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, and More, written by Paul J. Bailo.