How to Ace a Skype Interview
By Candace, age 19, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
1. First, make sure the room you are in looks professional. Make sure no laundry or trash is lying around in plain sight.
2. Make sure the background behind you is not just a blank white wall. A white wall tends to look boring. During my interview I picked a room with a non-distracting painting over my head. It gave the room a professional look.
3. Wear more makeup than you usually would, especially if you're pale like me. A friend mentioned that on Skype I looked washed out. When I wore a little extra makeup I looked polished and put together.
4. Dress like you would for a regular interview. Just because the interview is taking place in your own home, so to speak, it doesn't mean you should slack off. Wear a tailored jacket or dress for your interview.
5. Practice before your interview to make sure your computer isn't malfunctioning.
6. As you practice, remember to look at the camera eye on your computer, not the screen. Looking at the screen can actually make you look like you're looking down at the keyboard and not paying attention. Even though it may feel weird at first, looking at the camera eye makes it appear like you are having eye contact with the person you are chatting with. One way to help with this is to tape a picture to the camera eye and put a hole in the picture. Your eyes can automatically focus on the picture. I used a photo of Clint Eastwood because he's one of my favorite actors.
7. Also, speak louder and enunciate more than you normally would. Computers can sometimes be tricky when they carry sound. You don't want to be so soft spoken that no one can hear you.
8. Keep your resume on your desk. This way, if you panic when you're asked a question, you can quickly find the answer.
9. Practice smiling before your interview. This trick actually relaxes your facial muscles, so they don't feel so tense. Finally, remember to have fun.
10. Lastly, don't worry if you don't get the job you've been hoping for. Although I didn't get the job I applied for, interviewing gave me valuable experience. The next time I apply for a job, whether it's online or in person, I won't be as nervous since I've already done it once before.