The option to conduct interviews remotely is becoming increasingly popular and is now common practice for many employers and recruiters. Usually conducted over Skype, they’re convenient, reduce travel costs, and can save time. They’re often used as an initial pre-screen ahead of a face-to-face interview to filter candidates at an early stage. For international organisations, they’re also an effective way to include key stakeholders outside of the UK.
Here are some top tips for a successful remote interview.
The first thing you’ll need is an appropriate Skype name. Just your name ‘MichaelJones’ for example will be fine. If the name you want has already been chosen, you could add a number to the end or the initial of your middle name.
Before the interview, sign in early so that you’re ready for the interviewer to call you. If you do have technical issues, don’t panic. The interviewer will understand that this isn’t your fault so just apologise and try to resolve the problem, calmly and quickly. If the connection is poor you do have the option of continuing the Skype call without the video.
Make sure that you have your interviewer’s telephone number and email address in case you do run into any technical difficulties. This way you’ll be able to contact them to let them know.
You’re in control of the setting so make sure that you consider where you want to conduct the interview.
Treat your Skype interview as you would a face-to-face interview. Not only will you appear professional, you will also feel professional. Dressing the part can help you feel more focussed and confident.
The advantage of having a Skype interview is that you don’t have to remember everything that you want to mention.
At the end of the interview, think about questions you have for the interviewer. You may want to ask about the next steps so that you are clear about the process. Finally thank them for their time and log out of Skype so the session is completed.
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