How To Conduct Yourself During SKYPE and Facetime Interviews
SKYPE and Facetime interviews are interviews. Period. I am sure that you all know how to conduct yourselves during face to face interviews, right? Proper business attire (meaning a suit), well groomed, bright, alert, articulate, energetic, good eye contact etc. The problem with Media interviews is the dynamic of it all. Spotty communication, unclear images, poor audio, etc. These factors you cannot control. But there are some things you can control, and these factors can and will determine the future course of the interview process. Let’s look at a few.
1) Appearance– dress as you would during a face to face interview. Enough said.
2.) Technology– the night before your interview, make sure your phone / laptop is working properly and that you check out the technology with a friend. Nothing kills the momentum like a poor connection!
3.) Invite the other party to connect the day before– even if they have asked you first.
4.) Make sure you are in a business setting. Don’t do what a candidate of mine did years ago- he interviewed from his bed with the headboard behind him. And if you are interviewing from home, make sure your children are quiet-even if it means hiring a babysitter for an hour or two.
5.) Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Some older computers have remote cameras, and if you are looking at the monitor rather than the camera, your interviewer will see you looking away from him / her. Newer laptops don’t have that issue, but make sure that the interviewer sees you looking directly at him / her
6.) Have your list of questions mounted on your monitor. That way you can maintain eye contact and still ask questions. (Sort of like using a teleprompter in a newscast)
7.) Do not get frustrated. Sometimes there are technology glitches. Maintain a sense of humor. Most hiring authorities will switch to a phone interview if something happens. Just roll with it and demonstrate that you are not easily unnerved.
8.) Have fun!
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