The ease of using Skype as a communication tool in business has opened up many new opportunities in the health, education, and business sectors. In the recruitment industry, it’s now being used as a means to interview prospective job candidates.
Skype has changed the way organizations hire new employees, making it possible for them to conduct video interviews, thereby saving travel costs. Statistics show that 42% of companies use Skype for the first round of prospective employee interviews. The Aberdeen Group, a market research firm, found 10% of companies used video as part of the hiring process in 2010 but saw that number jump to 42% for senior executives, management, and entry level job functions, in its 2011 talent acquisition survey.
Although a Skype job interview cannot replace a face-to-face meeting, it allows companies to get a very good first impression of job applicants.
6 Great Tips For Skype and Zoom Job Interviews
If you’re a job seeker wondering how to succeed on Skype job interviews, here are six tips to help you shine!
1) Check Your Equipment
Make sure your Internet connection is working properly. A dropped call will distract from the interview and reflect poorly on your ability to plan ahead.
Purchase a dedicated microphone, don’t rely on the built-in one, and make sure it’s working. Before the interview, have your resume or link to your portfolio standing by, as your interviewer may want to view it.
2) Dress to Impress
Even though your interview is being held on video, it’s still vitally important to dress in a business-like manner – for men that means a tie and jacket and for women a smart top, and for goodness sake lose the nose studs! Your Skype username and profile (with picture) should also be professional – cut the cute name and make sure you look neat in your profile photo.
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