Skype and Video Interviews

Technology has changed the way businesses work and some larger companies may require you to take part in a Skype or video interview as part of their recruitment process.  It’s important that you are prepared so here are some tips to help you:-

Top Tops for Video and Skype Interviews

  • Download and check Skype or any other programs that you may be asked to use before your interview.  Do a test to check that it works.
  • If you're using a laptop make sure its charged or plugged in as you don't want the battery to run out during the interview.
  • Have a notepad and pen handy for making notes.  You may like to have some notes on the company from any research you've done so you can refer to them.
  • Have your CV to hand as well as the interviewer may well quiz you on it during the interview.
  • Is your phone turned off?  The last thing you want is for it to ring during the interview!
  • Make sure you know who will be calling you and when.  Sign in early so you are ready when they call.
  • If you are having any technical difficulties, be honest and rearrange for another time.
  • Try to find a space where you won’t be disturbed.  If you don’t have a quiet place at home think about an alternative, such as a room at school/sixth form/college etc.
  • Check what’s behind you and make sure that your potential employer will not see a messy bedroom or other things you would not want them to see.
  • Check the lighting, make sure the lighting is above or in front of you otherwise the interviewer may not be able to see you clearly.
  • Consider what you will wear, you need to treat a Skype or video interview the same as any other interview and dress accordingly.  Sitting in your pj’s won’t create the right impression!
  • Think about your body language, make good eye contact, sit up straight and have good posture.