More companies are using Skype to interview potential employees. So what should you do to help land your next job?
Create a network using Skype
We all know that using Skype is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family – whether you like chatting via Skype calls, Skype instant messenger, or Skype video calls – but boosting your Skype contacts is also a great way to stay connected with new and old work colleagues too. And it may just increase your chances of finding a new job.
Networking is now more than ever a key to successful job-hunting. So keep chatting via Skype – and you may just be the first to know when a position becomes available. You might also want to include your Skype ID on your business card too.
Brush up on your skills with Skype
If you’re thinking about changing careers entirely, or just want to update your skills to spruce up your resume, you can give your career chances an extra boost with online training.
Many companies offer training courses and sessions via Skype, so you don’t need to take the time out to go back to the classroom. With Skype, you can use your free time to learn everything from leadership skills to languages – all in the comfort of your own home.
Widen your job search with Skype
Spread your net wider with Skype and you might just land your dream job. More and more employers are now interviewing potential employees via Skype video calls, so you can search further afield without having to travel – saving you time and money while you’re job hunting.
You won’t have to restrict yourself to the country you’re in right now either – with Skype video calls and cheap international calls you can go global in your search for the perfect career.
Skype Interview Tips for Job Hunters
If you want to make the best first impression, brush up on your video interview skills with these tips on how to ace your job interview on Skype from Time.com
Here’s some additional tips we’ve put together to help you have a successful Skype interview:
• Keep relevant examples of your work on your computer in advance. Not only does this make it easy for you to refer to them during your interview, you can also use Skype’s screen sharing feature to show or Skype’s file send feature to send a copy to the interviewer promptly if he or she wants to see them.
• Have your job references ready to go. Be ready to share not only their names and email addresses but it may also be useful to have their Skype IDs ready to share too.
• Remember to dress in professional or business casual attire. Even if you are not there in person, keep in mind that first impressions count, even during a Skype call. Finally, remember to relax and smile. Look at the camera as much as possible. During a video call it can be hard to remember to look straight ahead, but it’s important to do this just as you would do during a live in-person interview.
Skype Interview Tips for Employers
If you’re trying to find someone who’s a perfect fit for your company, there’s a few things you should think about when you’re conducting interviews via Skype video calls too:
• Add the candidates to your Skype contact list in advance
• Make sure you’ve given them all the information they need before the interview – who will be making the call, for example? If a candidate is in a different time zone from you, make sure that you take this into account when scheduling the interview, and clarify which time zone you mean when letting them know when it will take place.
• Check your set-up and have a practice run first – your prospective candidates will already be nervous, so if everything’s running smoothly, it will put them at their ease, making your job easier. Getting the right lighting is important, so experiment with your set up.
• Make a good impression – you need to convince candidates that they want to work for you too. So make sure you’re dressed appropriately, your office looks tidy, and that there are no distractions from others or from background noise while you’re conducting the interview.
• Before you start the interview, ask the candidate whether they can see and hear you properly – some candidates may be nervous about bringing up an issue.
• Relax, smile and make sure you look at the candidate (not the camera) while you’re talking to them.
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