How to Succeed in a Skype College Interview

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With today’s changing technology, many interviews are now taking place on Skype. There are steps to take for a Skype interview which are outlined below. It isn’t just company Human Resource Departments that use Skype as a way to interview potential employees. many colleges and universities use Skype to interview students who apply to the school.

Colleges Using Skype

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Wake Forest University – As of December 1, 2008, colleges and universities are using Skype as part of the interview process for prospective students. Admissions offices prefer face-to-face interviews, but compared to phone calls, Skype is a better way of understanding the prospective student’s personality. Here are some schools that partake in Skype interviews:

What is Skype?

Skype, founded in 2003 in Luxembourg, is an online communication tool that allows you to video chat, voice chat, and instant message. Skype has many additional features that make it unique. It’s available on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. Along with computers, it is available to use on smartphones, tablets, television, and handheld devices like iPod touch and PlayStation Vita.

Why are companies choosing to interview through Skype?

There are several reasons why companies choose to use Skype rather than a phone or personal interview. Skype is easy to use, and there is no special equipment needed by the employer or the potential employee. It has become a cost-effective way to conduct long-distance and international interviews. Employers can get a better feel for the personalities of those being interviewed to determine if they are a good fit for the company.

Why are colleges using Skype  To Interview?

Admissions Office
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College and university admissions offices are using Skype to interview students and assist them in receiving information for any questions they may have. Skype is helpful for students who are interested in attending a school that would require them to travel far.

Skype is effective because students can get an honest feel for the school they want to attend. Since they will talk virtually with an admissions official, the interview is more personable than a phone interview.

Don’t be surprised if you see Admissions Departments’ contact information include their Skype username. Take a look at the contact information for CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on the left side of the page. Along with email addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers, its Skype user name is listed.

Important Steps BEFORE the interview:

  • Make sure you have a professional username and profile picture on Skype.
    • If you are already on Skype, make sure your profile picture and username is professional. The profile picture should be a thumbnail of your face. Creating a username with your first and last name is the ideal option.
  • Practice before the interview.
    • Make sure the microphone and camera work on the computer/laptop.
    • If you rehearse with friends, they can point out mistakes you make during the mock interview. That way, you will be better prepared for the real interview.
  • A stable internet connection.
    • If your internet goes in and out, you should hook your computer/laptop up to an ethernet cord or go to your friend’s house with better internet service.
  • Keep your laptop charging during the interview and on a hard surface.
  • Research the company or college where you are interviewing. It’s good to show your knowledge of the place you aspire to. It shows that you are interested and committed to fitting in.

Video Interviewing Tips

  • Diploma Frame DisplayBackground-The background is important. There is a limited space to look when you are video chatting.
    • Showcase your credentials. You earned them; you should show them off. You can create a professional backdrop by featuring your diploma(s) and certificate(s) in high-quality frames. Why frame your diploma? Framing your diploma and other important documents protects and preserves hard-earned achievements. If you have multiple documents you want to frame, create a wall arrangement.
  • What to wear? – According to Corporate Fashionsta, shades blue and green look the best on the video including solid colors. Patterns do not look good, especially dots and stripes.
    • Don’t dress completely – just dress your top half.
    • Don’t wear gaudy accessories such as a watch, earrings, or necklace. They can easily get reflected and blind the interviewer.
  • Hair and Make-up – Skype’s technology is high quality, so keep makeup simple. Using neutral colors would be ideal because they don’t come off too bright. Hair should be out of your face and styled so you won’t have to touch it during the interview.
  • Lighting– Make sure there is sufficient lighting but not too much where you look like a ghost or not enough that the interviewer can’t see your face.
  • Eye contact– Look at the webcam since it is like a real face-to-face interview.
  • Quiet Environment– The interview should happen in a quiet place where there are no distractions.
    • If you have the interview take place in your house, make sure you silence your house phone and cell phone. Also, it is important to remember that if your computer makes a sound when you get a new message on Facebook or someone tweets you, turn off those notifications for the interview.
  • Position– Your face and upper shoulders should be in the frame.

Important Steps to take AFTER the interview

You should consider a Skype interview to be as formal as a face-to-face interview. You should follow up the interview with a thank you email.

Best of luck in your upcoming Skype interview!

Related Articles

‘You Look Like A Convict’ And The Most Common Pitfalls of Interviewing Over Skype –
7 Deadly Skype Interview Sins – from Huffington Post
Skype Interview Etiquette – From Dynamic Computer Services Corporation
8 Important Tips for Skype Interviews – CNN/CareerBuilder

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