In recent years, we have seen a large influx of people from all professions who have chosen Ireland as the best location to develop their careers. In these circumstances, it can be daunting relocating into the unknown with a new job, so employers have followed suit. Companies are increasing the use of Skype, Google Hangout and other methods to qualify their candidates before investing in a relocation package. Although it may not be as nerve-racking as a transitional face-to-face interview, it is crucial you take a number of steps to ensure a successful call.
If you are setting up a new account or hunting through your computer looking for your old Skype password, it is vital you make sure you have everything in order. Hiring managers often operate on a tight schedule so delays when the call is scheduled may impact poorly on your application. Make sure you double-check that everything works fine on your chosen device and make sure you send your Skype name and the email it is connected with, as there may be more than one Mary Murphy out there.
2.Can you hear me?
When doing video interviews, the stakes are still high in order to make a strong impression on the interviewer and develop a rapport. The biggest culprit for destroying those chances often comes in the form of a poor connection. If your internet connection is not 100%, it is essential you don’t jeopardize your chances. Always do a test run to make sure you can be seen and heard clearly, as you will only have one chance to make a lasting impression.
3.Cross the T’s and Dot the I’s
Individuals often forget that although you may be in the comfort of your own home, presentation needs to be faultless to ensure the interviewer wants to hire you. A golden rule is that you should always be 1 step over-dressed than the person who will be interviewing. That means a suit, or any form of professional attire will suffice. Also make sure that there are no dirty coffee mugs in the background, fire-engine sirens coming from an open window or any phones vibrating throughout the duration of the call
4.Eyes on the Prize
It can be tempting to have a few bullet points in front of you to remind yourself of key skills and attributes you would like to get across in the interview. However, just like a normal interview, the interviewer wants to see what kind of person you are. Therefore, it is important that you keep eye contact and don’t get distracted. By looking elsewhere, the interviewer may believe you are disengaged, and this may be detrimental to your application.
On the day of the interview, it is important to sign in at least 10 minutes beforehand be ready to go. The groundwork for the call is the same as a traditional interview and this will give you a few moments to look over your notes. Make sure you speak slowly and clearly to ensure the interviewer can accurately assess your skills. Finally, end the call by thanking the interview and follow up with an email.