Skype and Video Conference Interviews

Skype or online video camera interviews are becoming more and more common. I thought I would write about how to have one successfully – perhaps something I should have researched before my very own Skype interview.

13 ways for nailing a Skype interview: USA Today

7 tips to nail a Skype interview: Forbes

I always thought I was a great at/with phone and in-person interviews. When I was unemployed, I had a lot of practice – and when I was the right fit, it all worked to my benefit. My confidence was right where it should have been, and I was hired! Regardless of my practice for in-person and phone interview, I have not have not had a lot of practice with Skype.

Perhaps if I were someone who used facetime all the time, or google video chat, I would be better. At the time. I was concentrating so hard on not looking at myself that it threw off intelligible responses and thought processes. Practice would have helped me focus on the questions being asked, and on the best responses. I also wonder if covering the screen would have helped me better.

There are a ton of other articles that cover similar tips. However, I read about one that is also important from Simplyhired.com’s article 5 Tips for Making the Most of your Skype job Interview: “Don’t forget to log off! This might seem like a no-brainer, but it bears mentioning here. No matter how professional an environment you’ve created, you can undo all your hard work if you “lift the curtain” by failing to log off. “It gets really funny because the other party can keep watching whatever you do,” says Deborah Sweeney of consulting firm My Corporation.”

I was going to put a list of pros and cons to Skype interviews and make the claim that I am absolutely against a 15-minute first online video interview. I can’t in good conscious knock the organization I wish wouldn’t have video-cammed (made up word) me before speaking with me on the phone or meeting me in-person. At the time, I felt like it was one more way an organization could profile me without actually meeting me in person. I also felt that video conferencing is an unnatural way to get the most out of an interview – particularly as it caused me insurmountable pressure; I couldn’t help but thinking “Not only are my interviewers judging my every word, but now I get to see myself do it too?” I am already hard on myself, why do I want to see myself perform in front of my own face? We are our own worst skeptics….I am over this video conferencing thing.

I was going to bust on organizations who use this as the sole mechanism to interview, but to be honest, I just need to learn how to deal with it, because this is where technology is going.

So, I turn to The Pros and Cons of Video Job Interviews – for Dummies that says, ”

  • Performance pressure: When it’s your turn to speak up, you have very little time to look away, down, up, or sideways to process your thoughts. When the “green light” goes on, the pressure on you is somewhat like a contestant at a quiz show: talk or walk.
  • Learning curve: Being judged in front of a camera takes some getting used to. Glimpses of awful screen tests of actors who later became famous confirm the point. While camera success may be ducks-to-water for a few people, more typically candidates start out feeling unnatural. Time and practice make them less so.”

OK, fine….I get it! It is ME, not THEM. I can’t blame anyone here but myself. I am sure by now you can guess that I bombed it. C’est la vie. I hope this post inspires you to do research on how to knock the socks off your Skype or online video interviewers.

Good luck out there! You can do it!

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