Like phone interviews, Skype or Zoom interviews may also be used to screen candidates but can feel more personal because they allow for face-to-face interaction. Because your interviewer can see you and the location you’re in, it’s important that you’re dressed, and act, as you would for an in-person interview and that you’re in a quiet and pleasant looking environment.
- When offered the interview, ask for the names and contact information of the people who are interviewing you since you won’t be able to exchange business cards.
- Ensure a quiet environment, free from noise and distractions. Also, make sure your environment/background is clean and pleasant looking.
- Close email and other applications that may distract you.
- Have a pen and paper for notes near the computer (but out of view of the camera), in case you need to write something down, as well as water.
- Groom and dress as you would for an in-person interview.
- Test audio, video and practice in advance.
- Use an appropriate Skype or Zoom name and photo.
Body Language/Eye Contact
- Sit back from the camera so your hands are visible.
- Maintain good posture and appropriate gestures.
- Speak to the camera, not the screen, so that you maintain good eye contact.