Interviewing via Web Chat
Interviews, in-person or via web chat, can be intimidating. Web chat interviews are becoming more and more popular in the workforce. The company might do it for economic reasons or it might be because you are applying for a telecommuting or work-from-home position. Either way, being ready is key. Here is your web chat 101 for all your future interviews.
What is Skype and how do web chatting services work?
Skype is software you can install on your computer to allow you to make phone calls, videos or just chat via the Internet. Skype is a free web chatting service with the option for premium services, available at a fee. This video can quickly show you what Skype’s many features are.
How do I prepare for a web chat interview?
Beyond doing your homework on the company you are interviewing for, be sure you practice the set up. The last thing you want to do is to have to fumble with your Internet connection or any plugins needed right before the interview. The best way to make sure there are no technical difficulties and you know what you can expect is to practice with web chatting with a friend. Some things to think about for web chatting interviews are:
- How much will the camera show? A good image says a lot and you have complete control over what that could look like. Distance is important, you want to be sure to show your face and shoulders to the camera. Anything closer or further becomes a distraction. This article shares how to manage your imageand eliminate distractions that could work against you.
- Is there a time delay? There is a possibility of experiencing some time delays on Skype that is why it is so important to set up ad practice ahead of time. Also, there are other web chatting services available; Skype is not your only option.
- Where to direct my attention? The most direct form of eye contact you can get in a web chat interview is to look right at the camera, not the screen. While it may feel more natural to see the other person’s face while you speak, it can come across as distracted or not confident in your answers.
Anything else I should know about using Skype?
Yes, you can record you web chat session! Evaer is recommended by Skype for recording video or audio. Now you can eliminate the distraction of taking notes on the interview because you can record the interview and play back at a later time. This allows you to take notes at your own pace without having to break “eye contact.”
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