You’re probably familiar with Skype interviews by now–after all, it’s 2018. The basics are easy–testing your computer mic, finding a quiet place, and looking at the camera. However, with more employers using video chats to conduct interviews, you need to take your knowledge to the next level.
From improving your body language to enhancing the sound quality, there are a lot of things you can do to make your digital presence more polished and professional. Here are some Skype interview tips from Beacon Resources, one of the leading accounting staffing companies.
Create an Interview Studio
If you really want to make a great impression, make a small studio. Your Skype studio should include the following:
- A sheet of seamless paper hanging from the ceiling for a simple backdrop.
- An upgraded mic.
- An HD web camera.
- Three lights–one on each side and one behind you.
This will make you truly stand out from other candidates who only do the bare minimum.
You certainly want to wear something professional, but you’ll want to be careful with your outfit. Certain colors don’t work well on digital video. Avoid reds and other hot colors as much as possible. Stick with neutral colors or shades of blue to be safe.
Master Digital Chemistry
The first few seconds of your Skype interview are crucial. You can’t shake the hiring manager’s hand, so you need to know what to do to start things off. A wave is too much and unprofessional, but you don’t just want to be stone-faced and staring at the camera. Start things off right with a confident, slow, and firm nod. This gesture will get the interview off to a good start.