Check your equipment the day before to ensure all is working and to avoid a last minute stressful setup
We look at how to make Skype work for you and how to strike the right balance when you need to present yourself in a professional setting.
Presentation is vital so we focus on several things to consider before the session takes place. Firstly, your Skype username, profile and status should be appropriate. Secondly, do take a professional picture to go with your Skype profile.
Kim Kontos our student communications manager says her most important tip is to check your equipment the day before to ensure all is working and to avoid a last minute stressful set-up.
The strength of your internet connection has a big impact on the quality of your call. If you have a weak connection then Skype detects and reduces the quality to prevent the call from being dropped. Do not overload your internet with other tasks, close all other programmes you don’t need. This is particularly important if you use Wi-Fi and will ensure you have a consistent reception.
Your interview area must have a clear, tidy background. A window with a curtain flapping in the wind will be distracting. Do check your lighting is in front of you. Strong light behind you, like a big window, can give you a dark silhouette and make your face difficult to see.
If you are new to Skype, practise your set-up with a friend well in advance. A practice session will give you a feel-good boost and you can check your pace and volume of speech. Your friend can feedback if you speak clearly enough and point out anything else to make sure you have enough eye contact. A headset will give you the best sound quality and clarity.
Something else to consider is a copy of your CV or resume in case your interviewer requests it during the call. It is easy to share a file with a drag and drop into the chat window.