Tips for a great Skype job interview

Computer screen showing Skype logoSecuring a job in Canada is an all-important step on any migrant's journey - in fact, research shows that skilled migrants who go to Canada with a job offer in hand often do significantly better in the salary stakes. Having a job offer will also help to smooth your pathway to a visa and residency in Canada, but the long-distance interview brings its own set of challenges. With the stiff competition on the international job market, it's vital to interview as well as you can. Most employers want to meet and speak with potential candidates, and getting the right match between your skills and a potential employer is obviously much easier face-to-face.

Why use Skype?

One of the great things about a video interview is that it puts you right in front of your potential employer, adding a more human touch to the interview. It will also save time in the long run, as you can establish early on if there is a mutual interest and fit between you both.

Making use of Skype for the job interview process can also do away with the elements of distraction and poor reception that can affect the quality of a job interview over a mobile phone.

Another advantage of Skype is that it enables you to share supporting information such as presentations, reports, charts and figures. You can also record your interview by downloading compatible plug-ins, such as VodBurner, and this can provide helpful feedback for you to analyse post-interview.

Setting yourself up

There are several options for free video calling, although Skype is the dominant one. It’s a simple matter to log in at skype.com and follow the prompts to set up your account. The basic one-on-one service between account holders is free. Skype can be downloaded to your iPadiPhone or android, as well as your PC.

Other free applications in use (though not as widely as Skype) are Viber and Tango.

Tips for your Skype job interview

As you might expect, the common-sense rules of face-to-face interviews apply to all candidates:
  • Try to schedule your interviews discreetly, after hours in your own home, rather than from work.
  • Make sure the equipment is in good working order and the internet connection is strong.
  • You'll be arranging your interview across different time zones, so check out corresponding interview times using a site like worldtime buddy. This one takes into account daylight savings and will also save your cities so you don't have to reload them each time you visit.
  • Dress just as you would for a face-to-face interview (no track suit pants and trainers just because it’s outside of work hours!). You may be in your own home but with video interviews, first impressions will count just as much.
  • Always conduct yourself in a professional manner (sit up straight, be attentive, establish direct eye contact ), even if you are in your own home. Many recruiters and employers record interviews to share with other staff members and some may have organised a group video call, so take it for granted that other people are watching.
  • Do your research, just as you would for any interview. Have a bank of examples and relevant scenarios you can draw on to illustrate your skills and strengths. Research the company’s website so you are familiar with their target market, products and services. Prepare some intelligent questions to ask at the close of the interview, should you be offered the chance.

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