How Not to Embarrass Yourself During a Skype Interview (Infographic)
Rule No. 1 when interviewing (or doing anything professional) on Skype: Wear pants.
Thank you, Department of Really Should Go Without Saying.
Just because you’re Skype-ing someone -- perhaps even your potential future boss at your dream job -- doesn’t mean you that should ditch your britches or lounge in your pajama bottoms. What you should do is take a minute or two to brush up on good Skype interviewing practices with a few reminders from the infographic below by NextGeneration Recruitment, a Dublin, Ireland-based recruiting firm.
The infographic, which is chock full of smart, practical tips for Skype interviewers and interviewees, wisely advises that you only go live for your webcam interview when you’re fully prepared, from having the proper tech in place to curating a professional, properly illuminated background, right down to basics like showing up on time and maintaining virtual eye contact with your cohort throughout your video tête-à-tête. Oh, and of course, don’t forget to smile and often. You’ll seem more approachable.
For more useful Skype tips and tricks -- which you could use to benefit any video meeting, not just interviews – check this out:
Kim Lachance Shandrow is the former West Coast editor at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was a commerce columnist at Los Angeles CityBeat, a news producer at MSNBC and KNBC in Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times. She has also written for Government Technology magazine, LA Yoga magazine, the Lowell Sun newspaper, HealthCentral.com, PsychCentral.com and the former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Coop. Follow her on Twitter at @Lashandrow. You can also follow her on Facebook here.