Selling Your Strengths
In Real Life or Skype -- Presenting Your Best
An interview is an interview. Whether it’s online or in person, some of the same tips apply to help you make the leap from applicant to employee.
|Arrive early||» Be logged in and accessible five to 10 minutes prior to your appointment. Practice with a friend to get familiar with the process.||» Arrive in the parking lot of the office 15 minutes before the interview. Take some moments to gather your thoughts and calmly walk in. Never rush into an interview in a breathless panic.|
|Dress the part||» Just because you’re online doesn’t mean you can dress down or wear shorts and flip-flops. Part of dressing properly is creating a professional state-of-mind. Read more here.||
» Start your interview off strong with a great first impression.
|Keep the peace||» Silence your cellphone. If you are at home and have a land line, turn the ringer off. Plan ahead to make sure children or pets don’t interrupt.||» Silence your cellphone. Don’t just turn it to vibrate. The vibration is still distracting.|
|Make eye contact||» This is tricky in Skype, and you need to practice. Remember, your
direct eye contact is in the webcam lens, not the monitor. Try placing a sticky note behind the camera as a reminder to look up.
|» Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and direct eye contact. Maintain eye contact when they are speaking as well as when you are.|
|Background||» Avoid plain, white walls, but also make sure the background isn’t
cluttered or distracting.
|» Don’t take an oversized handbag or brief case, which can be a distraction.|
|Language||» Use proper grammar and avoid slang, acronyms, negativity and rambling.
» Click here for new words to spice up your conversation.
|Off limits||» Gum … NEVER!
» Never lie about or exaggerate your qualifications.
» Don’t ask questions about pay, benefits or paid time-off in an initial interview.
» Don’t discuss personal problems.