When applying for a job in the international education sector, it’s become standard practice to interview over Skype when a face-to-face meeting isn’t possible. It’s important to remember however that just because the interview isn’t physically taking place in the same room…it’s still an interview!
You would be surprised at some of the stories our consultants have about some of the things they’ve seen! Here they are with some of their tips on how best to impress when on screen.
Be on time
Just because the interview is taking place online it still needs to be booked in and often across different time zones. It’s just common courtesy to arrive punctually or let your interviewer know if you are unable to attend, running late, need to rearrange etc. You wouldn't just not turn up to an in person interview would you?
Think about your presentation on camera
I have dialled in for Skype interviews with candidates and been surprised at what people have thought was acceptable dress and what’s in the background behind them!
Think about your profile name and any message
It would be an idea to have separate personal and professional Skype accounts if your personal Skype handle is something that could be seen as unprofessional. It may sound small but these things can definitely impact an employer’s perception of you. Make sure you are presenting your best version of you for interview.
Remain professional throughout
There is a process to go through. From when you first register online to when you sign the contract for the new position. Until the ink has dried on the offer acceptance, you need to remember this is still your chance to impress your potential employer and maintaining professionalism is key.