Not Your Parent's Interview

By: LeJane Carson

May 25, 2017

Graduation gowns have been worn, mortar boards tossed and pictures of that happy Graduation Day have been posted. The bubble has burst and now it’s time to get serious on securing interviews for the next stage. And, don’t be surprised if with your first interview you don’t even need to leave the house. More and more recruiters and HR professionals are relying on technology, such as Skype, to conduct the first round of interviews and weed out the masses. Danielle Yates, career services advisor from The Art Institute of Raleigh—Durham, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, offers these steps when trying to make that good first impression...technologically speaking.


5 Tips for a Successful Skype Interview

•         Always check your technology the day before. The last thing you want to find out 15 minutes before your interview is that you don’t have the latest or compatible version of their program and you have to download under duress. 

•         Log in 30 minutes before your scheduled time. This will have you waiting for them versus them waiting for you to join—a much better position. 

•         Be aware of your surroundings and background. What? Your roomie is running the vacuum (she NEVER cleans…why now?) Or, your disorganized heap of a closet is showing in the background. Ask a friend to sit in the location you are considering and Skype them to see how it looks on screen, the day before. And make sure you tell anyone who may be at your house about your interview. If you have a dog, consider hiring a dog walker to take Fido for some exercise. Trust us, if you don’t, this will be when the mailman decides to deliver and barks ensue.   

•         Dress as you would in an interview. This will help keep your energy level up and make you feel more professional. which will most likely translate into a better interview.       

•         Make sure your session is off and your computer is shut down before having any discussions. You felt good about the interview. Now, don’t ruin final impressions by wondering if the interviewer heard your post interview comments. Get in this habit and you’ll be worry free.

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By: LeJane Carson

May 25, 2017