Top 10 tips for video and skype interviews

In this increasingly digital world, video and Skype interviews have become a popular screening tool which affords the employer or recruiters with a flexible and quick first step in the selection process. From a candidate’s perspective, there are a number of benefits and potential drawbacks but the importance of standing out from competing candidates is just as important. You need to be ready and prepared. Here are GKR’s 10 tips to help you perform more effectively and get the best outcome from a Skype interview:

  1. Do your research and prepare as if it’s a face to face interview
  2. Be logged on, and online, well in advance of the scheduled time
  3. Use a tidy room that’s clear of distractions and noise
  4. Gather all relevant documents together – CV, role profile, application form, key messages etc
  5. Equip yourself with a pen, paper and water
  6. Speak clearly – project enthusiasm and interest
  7. Jot down notes when the interviewer is speaking, if appropriate
  8. Refer to your notes / documents but don’t read
  9. Listen very carefully to the questions - ask interviewer to repeat if uncertain or if any technical glitches have made it difficult to hear.
  10. Ask any  questions  and be sure to thank the interviewer for the opportunity

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