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Skype Interviews: Looking Sharp in Your Pajamas

Posted on January 18, 2016 in Recruiting 101

For interviewees looking to travel, Skype Interviews are usually on the agenda for jobs across the country. Technology really has gone lightyears from the phone interview and the in person interview, making people more inclined to, “Go West” for the job of their dreams.

Skype Interviews are interesting cases, in that people are excited to speak with people, but there’s a pressure to present yourself in a good light while sitting at your kitchen table. Do you wear a full on suit? Could you get away with sweatpants on the bottom? Do you even dress up at all?

It’s necessary to take precautions for a Skype Interview, because there are lots of things that could happen.

Make sure you have a good connection

Technology is notorious when it comes to not working when we want it to. The internet at your apartment may cut out, your camera might decide to crap out, who knows. If you are afraid at all that your internet will not work, find somewhere with reliable internet. Starbucks is usually a great option.

Look Polished

You don’t necessarily have to be wearing a suit during the interview, but don’t look like you just rolled out of bed. Wear a nice shirt, brush your teeth, take a shower.

Go With The Flow

Your internet may cut out, their sound might cut out; Just be ready for it. There may be points where you will have to disconnect and reconnect, and that’s okay. As long as you guys are having a good connection, and you don’t get frazzled as a result. Adaptability is a great trait, and finicky video interviews are great situations to show off that trait.

Skype Interviews are the grey area between phone calls and in person interviews, and they are becoming more of a trend in the hiring process. So if you don’t have a Skype account, it’s probably best to create one. Who knows, you might be speaking to a hiring manager on the other side of the world.