Skype: Interview?! Now What?

I recently had the opportunity to interview with a PR agency. When I applied for the position (if I was fortunate enough to be invited to an interview) I was prepared to fill up my gas tank, fight traffic, and pay for parking. Instead, the hiring manager suggested a less stressful solution ~ A Skype interview

I had seen people discussing Skype interviews on Twitter, but had never had one myself.  I decided to do a little crowd-sourcing and collaborate with my Twitter community to learn some best practices.

Here are the top responses~

Make sure the background that appears behind you is appropriate ~ I know you love that half-naked poster of your favorite celeb, but your potential employer doesn’t need to see it.

Lighting and Sound ~ I chose to do my interview in the lower level of my house where it is nice and quiet. We also have lower ceilings and floor lamps so I wasn’t worried about a nasty glare from overheard lighting.

Minimize the small image of yourself ~ There is a small image that shows you what the other person is seeing, and chances are good you will find yourself taking a peak or two. It could potentially be distracting if you don’t get rid of it.

There was some dispute over whether or not to wear pants though!

I was a little intimidated by the thought of a Skype interview at first. Nowhere else to look, “face” to “face” ~ It definitely is a little intense. However, the more I thought about it, it’s intense in a good way! It is a chance to have a one-on-one convo with an experienced professional. No distractions, a prime opportunity to shine and build a relationship ~  It really is pretty exciting!  I was reminded of that by some fellow “Tweeters” ~

So if you get an interview, and the employer suggests using Skype, I would embrace the opportunity!

Have you ever had a Skype interview ~ What else do you have to add?

Until next time, remember whether it’s B2B or B2C, it’s all Business to Person