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In Real Life or Skype -- Presenting Your Best

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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.

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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.