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Phone & Skype Interviews

Interviews the modern way

More and more companies are choosing to interview candidates over Skype.

These are usually subsequent to an initial telephone screen which is used to ensure candidates tick the main boxes.

There are many advantages to doing this. Firstly, employers and candidates can both cut the costs involved with conventional interviews by talking online. Secondly, this style of interview is regarded as a less stressful and fussy alternative to traditional meetings and only requires each party to have an internet connection and a laptop or handheld device. Skype interviews are particularly useful for international interviews or interviews for jobs where tasks will be performed remotely. Skype interviews are also helpful when the job would involve relocation but travelling hundreds of miles to speak in person doesn’t seem necessary. 

Although Skype interviews may seem less formal, it’s still vital that you approach them professionally. Let’s take a look at some of the main tips for making a success of a remote Skype and telephone interviews.

Ten tips for Skype and Telephone interviews

  • Choose a quiet place
  • Prepare for the chat in the same way as you would for a face-to-face interview
  • Make sure you won’t be distracted or disturbed
  • Speak clearly and coherently
  • Check your signal before you take a call
  • Practice with a friend or family member beforehand

In addition, particularly for Skype or FaceTime

  • Ideally, use a stationary device such as a PC or tablet with stand
  • Make sure your internet connection is reliable
  • Maintain eye contact throughout
  • Don’t opt for casual wear, dress as you would in person
  • Resolve unforeseen technical problems calmly, do not panic

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