Skype Interview Etiquette
- Jessica Smart, Technical Recruiter
It’s important to remember that a Skype interview is still a real interview and that preparation is required. I recommend preparing as you would for any other telephone or face-to-face interview.
- Attire/Appearance – Remember you are going be seen during this interview. Business attire is always acceptable. Ensure your hair is out of your eyes.
- Connection – Test out your computer set up before your interview. Relying on a Wi-Fi connection during an interview is risky. If possible, use an Ethernet cable to access the web.
- Space – Make sure there’s plenty of light in the room where you’ll be interviewing. Free the room of any bright objects that may be distracting. Also, remove any posters or pictures that may appear behind you.
- Webcam – Set the webcam so that it is eye level with you. Some laptops naturally require the user to look down at the camera, and that look is typically not as flattering for an interview as the eye-level approach. This can be achieved by a variety of creative means, but if you have some sort of laptop or computer stand, that would be best. Test out your distance from the laptop camera to ensure you are the correct distance. You want the hiring manger to see your face at a natural distance, as if you were actually face to face.
- Arrival – Arrive early, as if you would for an onsite interview. Log onto Skype approximately 10 minutes before the interview. Logging on early will allow enough time to troubleshoot any last minute problems.
- Be Your Professional Self - Act as you would at an onsite face-to-face interview. Have a copy of your resume with you, but limit the amount of notes you review while interviewing.
- Eye Contact – Look at the video feed of the interviewer while they are talking; however, make sure when you are talking to look into the webcam. Doing so will create the impression of making eye contact, which is a must during any interview.
Remember to also review the DCS Interview Do’s and Don’ts resource page for more helpful tips on how to have a successful interview!