Saturday, July 28, 2012

5 tips to prepare for a Skype interview

5 tips to prepare for a Skype interview

A number of tech-savvy companies prefer to take the first cut interview through Skype that allows users to have video chats through the internet. ET puts together the ways to ace an interview via Skype.

Establish a comfort level

It is always preferable to establish a certain level of familiarity with the software and use it for personal purposes, instead of directly using it for professional purposes. "This can be done by having chats with family members and friends on Skype," says Shiv Agrawal, managing director of ABC Consultants.

Have test runs

Ensure that your internet connection has an appropriate bandwidth to support a flawless chat. "Sound is very important. Similarly, the image should not be blurred. Ensuring a smooth interaction will create a good first impression for the candidate," says Tejinder Pal Singh, life science partner, Transearch International.

Dress up formally

Though a majority of the candidates are at their homes while interacting on Skype, they are expected to dress up formally. "Usually, the first interaction is to understand the presentation and communication skills. It is advised candidates look their best," Agrawal says.

No noise, please

In no way, a Skype interaction should be taken as a casual one, advises Agrawal. This also means candidates should make sure there is no unnecessary noise in the background or there is no one else in the room.

Mind your body language

This includes hand movements, shifting in the chair and facial expressions. "Make sure you are not moving too much or talking too loudly."