15 Skype Interview Tips to Excel in Your Next Interview

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 22 November 2021

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Video interviews are becoming increasingly common in many sectors and jobs as technology advances and virtual work becomes more common. Skype is a popular video-conferencing application that enables distant interviews through phone or computer rather than in-person appearances, and it's important that you handle a Skype interview the same way you would a face-to-face interview. Preparation can help you avoid technological difficulties, look presentable on camera and succeed in a Skype interview. In this post, we discuss 15 Skype interview tips and strategies to help you excel in your next interview.

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15 Skype interview tips

Outlined below are some Skype interview tips you may consider taking to ensure a smooth and successful interview:

1. Check to see if you've installed Skype

If you don't use Skype frequently, make sure you've got it installed on your computer or device ahead of time. Because downloading and installing might take a long time, you don't want to do it just before your interview and risk being late. If you already have Skype installed, make sure it's up to date and that you've got your log-in credentials with you so you don't have to reset your password.

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2. Dress professionally

Even if you're not meeting in person, it's important to dress as if you are. This includes wearing professional clothes from head to toe, even if the interviewer won't be able to see all you're wearing. Examine how your attire appears on camera, then examine your surroundings and whether your chosen outfit is presentable. Dressing formally for a Skype interview sends the impression that you're highly interested in and serious about the position.

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3. Select a suitable background

For an interview, it's important that you either obscure your background or make sure that what's behind you on camera is suitable. If you're taking the call in your bedroom, make sure there aren't any piles of clothes or an unmade bed in the background. If your workplace is untidy, arrange it before your interview so that the only thing the interviewer sees behind you is a well-organised area. Set up your desk in front of a sturdy, clean wall that is devoid of distractions.

4. Face the light

During your interview, you may want to have enough light in the room so that your prospective employer can see your facial expressions, connect with you and ensure the conversation goes well. If possible, position your computer such that it faces a window that lets in natural light or a desk lamp that keeps your face lit. It's critical that the light source appears behind your computer and focuses on you. When rehearsing your interview, consider how you look in your attire, background and light source of choice to ensure that there's no distracting glare emanating from any area of your setup.

5. Maintain an appropriate seating distance

In an in-person interview, you typically sit facing the interviewer at an appropriate distance where you can see and hear them well. When doing a Skype interview, follow the same guideline and keep a sufficient distance between yourself and the computer camera. When testing your video before joining the call, make sure your face, shoulders and upper chest are visible and that there's room in the shot between the top of your head and both sides of your body.

6. Set up the Skype windows

Arrange the video windows within the Skype software correctly to ensure you're maintaining eye contact. When you first launch the programme, the window containing your hiring manager's video may be off to the side, so slide it over to get it as close to the camera as possible. In this manner, your interviewer can see that you're looking at them and not someplace else.

7. Examine your video and microphone

Test your microphone and video settings before your interview to ensure they're operational. You're more likely to make an impression that you're sufficiently prepared for this meeting if you complete the interview with functional equipment. It's important for the microphone to be static-free and your speakers to receive audio from the hiring manager, while your video is in the middle. To ensure that everything is working properly, go to your Skype settings and do a test run on your equipment.

8. Conduct the interview in a calm area

The amount of background noise during your interview can have an impact on how well the conversation goes, so set up your computer in a location with the fewest potential interruptions. Inform individuals you live with that you would be taking an important call. If there's a possibility of an interruption, such as with children or pets, inform the hiring manager straight away, so they aren't caught off guard if it occurs. Consider turning off your phone and turning off pop-up notifications on your computer. If an interruption occurs during your interview, stay calm and focused on your conversation.

9. Log in slightly earlier

Just like you would come a few minutes early for an in-person interview, be mindful of aiming to arrive early for the Skype interview. Depending on your Skype settings, you might be able to enter the meeting room before the interviewer, in which case they can see you waiting until they arrive or you may only be able to enter after the host has granted you access. In any scenario, a hiring manager can notice that you're enthusiastic about discussing the position and that you're sufficiently prepared for the interview.

10. Demonstrate your participation in the discourse

It's typical for the hiring manager to examine body language to make sense of what the applicant says, but Skype interviews aren't the same. As a result, it's critical to concentrate on sustaining an interesting dialogue on this platform. This includes asking questions, nodding, maintaining eye contact, smiling and responding to what others say.

11. Take turns talking

While it's a good idea to give detailed answers to questions in a video interview, be mindful to ensure that both sides hear each other and that none of you unintentionally interrupts what the other is saying. Even inadvertently interrupting, such as answering the interviewer's question, might temporarily silence one person's microphone to allow the other to continue. This feature can potentially lead to misunderstanding and thus require you to repeat parts of the conversation.

12. Prepare for the interview

As with every interview, prepare for the position to have the best chance of securing the job. You can prepare by rehearsing your responses to common interview questions, refining your portfolio, noting valuable roles or projects that can highlight your experience and looking into the firm you're applying to and the position you're interviewing for. You may even create some of your own questions to demonstrate that you went above and beyond.

Another approach to prepare for the interview is to practise with a friend on Skype. This can allow you to test your equipment and become accustomed to communicating with someone through video. It's important for you to study how to troubleshoot any technical difficulties and have that information ready before beginning your interview. If your audio or video goes out or another frequent issue happens, it's good to be ready to solve it quickly and rejoin the discussion.

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13. Maintain proper posture

Good posture demonstrates your professionalism, which is very important in this situation. While sitting in your favourite chair may tempt you to slouch, be conscious of your posture throughout the interview. Instead of slouching in your chair, sit up straight with your shoulders back and your gaze forward. With good posture, you can even speak more effectively and confidently.

14. Share your screen

A big advantage of a Skype interview is that you may demonstrate your past work as it relates to the position in a way that an in-person interview may not allow. If you've got an online portfolio, ask the hiring manager if you can share your screen so they can view the social media profiles you've managed, your website or sales figures in a spreadsheet you've compiled. Prepare this material in another window, so you don't have to waste time looking for it. This may also demonstrate that you prepared well for the interview.

15. Record the interview if possible

You may inquire about recording the interview. If you plan to have many Skype interviews before obtaining the position, being able to go back to the interview might be beneficial. You can observe how you may do better the next time and plan your future actions based on the facts you and the interviewer discussed.

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