Tips for Skype Interviewing

Bucknell is situated in an often ideal location but when it comes to getting to interviews it can present a challenge. Luckily Skype (or video) interviewing is becoming increasingly acceptable and sometimes even preferable for many employers. Video intSkype_Logoerviews, conducted using Skype or any other video conferencing software,  may be held during any state of the interview process. You should prepare for a video interview as you would for an in-person interview, with a few extra tips:

  • Arrive Early and Test Equipment: Arrive early to the site you will be using for the interview; the interview rooms in the CDC are available for use and can help minimize distractions and interruptions. Familiarize yourself with the equipment to help avoid any technical difficulties that might arise once the interview begins. If you are using Skype, sign in early and test your settings.
  • Smile and Focus: Establish eye contact and speak directly into the camera. Scanning the room or looking away from the camera can make you appear untrustworthy or indifferent; you want to convey the same level of enthusiasm and confidence that you would in an in-person interview.
  • Appearance: Choose your colors wisely; certain colors and patterns do not project well on screen and it’s important to choose colors and patterns that won’t distract the viewer.
  • Background: While you are the focus of the call, remember that there will be background material the viewer will see. Think about how your webcam is set up and what can be seen behind you, make sure it is appropriate. Check your lighting; make sure you have enough light that won’t create shadows or throw too harsh a look into your screen.
  • Minimize Distractions:  If you are conducting the interview from your dorm room make sure you let your roommate know when you will be online interviewing. Clean up the area around your computer, keep a professional looking notebook and pen handy to jot down any thoughts or questions, and turn off your cell phone.
  • Tip: The CDC has private interview rooms; as well as a laptop, headset, webcam, and generic Skype account you can use for your video interview
  • Tip: Set up a mock interview at the CDC

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