For employers hiring freelance employees, Skype has been a useful tool not only for remote communication but also for evaluating applicants during the screening stage. This free video chat software, which can be easily downloaded and installed by anyone, has paved way for a more time and cost-efficient interview process.
If you are scheduled for an interview via Skype, here are some tips on how to create a positive impression on the interviewer:
Ensure a reliable Internet connection and headset
An unstable Internet connection and a poor quality headset are great hazards for your freelance job application. How can prospective employers listen to your answers if you sound choppy? How will they assume that you can seamlessly communicate with them during the project? How can you guarantee that you will be able to do online research, give real-time updates, or perform other Internet-involved expectations with substandard tools?
Know if it’s going to be a chat, voice, or video interview
Your preparation for the assessment will significantly depend on whether it’s a chat, voice, or video interview. If it’s just chat or voice, you may go through the process in your pajamas, but if it’s a video call, there’s certainly a need to fix your hair and put on professional clothes. You also need to double check if your camera is working well and if your connection is good enough to sustain the entire interview.
Focus on the interview; don’t open other browsers
Unless you are instructed to do so by the interviewer, do not check emails, social media feeds or any websites while having the interview. You may not be caught doing it, but it will adversely affect the quality, promptness, and accuracy of your answers. Multitasking can make you generate embarrassing answers that can put your resume below the pile.
Choose a well-lit, quiet space
Before the interview, select a space that will allow you to focus on the conversation with the interviewer. It should be quiet, uncluttered, and warm with a suitable desk and a comfortable chair. For video interviews, a well-lit room is necessary in order for the interviewer to see your face clearly. Further, pick a spot where you can express your thoughts naturally. You might feel awkward if there are too many people around you.
Treat the Skype interview as an in-person interview
A Skype interview may be your only chance to prove you are the right candidate for the vacant job. If the interview has been set in advance, take time to study the company, review your job application, research about the position, and think how you can be of value to the company. Anticipate interview questions and rehearse your answers. It’s the best way to develop confidence for this challenge.
Lastly, don’t forget to smile and relax while answering questions. Interviewers will not only focus on your answers, but also on the enthusiasm and professionalism you project through your voice. Take note that a smile and being your own self will subconsciously help you deliver smart answers optimistically.