9 things to know before a Skype interview

This article has been provided by our friends at Joy Business Academy.

When you're looking for work outside of your current location, a Skype interview is bound to come up.

Here are nine things to remember leading up to your interview:

1. Excuses are a bad impression

Regardless of whether you're familiar with video interviews, it's easy to download Skype and set up a username. If an employer offers a Skype interview, don't let inexperience put you off accepting.

2. Dress the part

Depending on the role, you might need to dress up a bit in order to be taken seriously. Even though you're not meeting in person, you still want to look exactly as you would for a face to face interview.

3. Find the right space

Set yourself up somewhere that will be quiet, well lit, and free from distractions. You'll need a reliable wifi connection, so Skyping from home or a quiet cafe with free wifi is ideal.

4. Do a test run

Try a test run with a friend an hour or so before your interview to make sure that your video, audio, and environment is spot on.

5. Stay calm and carry on

If you do experience a glitch during the interview, maintain composure and keep talking. If you missed something they said, politely ask them to repeat themselves.

6. Let people know in advance

If you do schedule your Skype session at home, make sure anyone around you realises you need privacy and quiet. The last thing you want is a roommate barging into your room halfway through.

7. Avoid staring at yourself 

It might feel awkward, but make sure you're looking directly into the camera at your interviewers rather than glancing into the box looking at your own reflection.

8. Keep it professional

Maintain the same level of professionalism that you would in any other setting. Avoid getting too comfortable (unless you know that this is appropriate for the company).

9. Be aware of body language

Even though they can't see everything, make sure to keep body language the same as if you were interviewing in person. This means good posture, keeping your actions open and welcoming, and avoiding any fidgeting.

With video interviews and applications becoming more common, knowing how to navigate a Skype interview is a great skill to have. Most of all, remember to treat it just like you would a regular interview – stay professional, ask great questions, and prep yourself on the company beforehand.