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9 Tips for Nailing a Skype Interview

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1. Make no EXCUSES

In case you're making a request to do an interview over Skype, saying you'd rather use the telephone, or that you have a bad internet connection, or that you don't have a Skype account is a bad move. Answering your first question in the interview by providing excuses is definitely a fail. You just have to find a way to make it work.


2. Use a professional username

Do not use any username that is difficult to read or unprofessional that will leave a bad impression, better just use your name. 


3. Dress up for the interview

Dressing up for the interview leaves a good first impression and helps you feel like having an in-person interview. 


4. Choose a proper location

You have to think about your location that has to be a clean, quiet with good lighting. 


5. Better use a headset

It is better to use a headset to block out any other noises coming from around you and to be able to talk and hear the interviewer clearly.


6. Maintain eye contact

You have to look at your webcam not the screen. Avoid looking at yourself in the bottom corner.


7. Fix all tech issues smoothly

Handle all technical problems that can happen during a Skype call and don’t be afraid to ask to hang up the call and try again if your Skype is freezing up. The way you will handle this type of stressful issues will show the interviewer your ability to work and handle pressure.


8. Prepare before the interview 

Try avoiding any technical issue by preparing everything before the interview like making sure the audio and camera are working.


9. Minimize interruptions as much as you can

Try to prepare a location where you can be least interrupted and that also includes putting your phone on silent mode and switching off all notifications. 


Gianotti, M. and Gianotti, M. (2017). 9 Things You Need to Prepare for a Skype Interview | Koru. [online] Joinkoru.com. Available at: http://www.joinkoru.com/skype-interview-tips/ [Accessed 7 Aug. 2017].

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