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Let UK CV Experts Coach You through Your Skype Interview

If you are applying for a job in another part of the UK, or if you are applying from overseas, you will find that an increasing number of employers will offer you a telephone interview, or a Skype interview that includes video. Skype video calls offer the employer a fast way to start their assessment process, without having to wait for you to travel to the interview, or for them to fund your travel costs.

Obviously, you need a Skype account and video camera on your PC or Mac to be able to participate in such an interview, and relying on your broadband connection can present you with its own challenges.

The team at UK CV Experts has used Skype to host global conference calls and make client presentations using their shared screen functionality. We have over 16 years experience interviewing and preparing candidates for their ideal job. For us, it's a natural extension to help you prepare for your Skype interview so that you maximise your chances of being offered the job.

Call us on 020 8123 8169 to book your Skype interview coaching.


Our Top Tips for Skype Video Interviews

For those of you who are happy to risk going it alone, here are our top tips for your Skype video interviews.

1. Check your Username

Your friends may think your Skype username is wacky and that reflects who you are on a Friday night, but there are times when 'bigboobs72' won't win you a new job. It is free to register a Skype account, so if your current Skype name is inappropriate, register a new professional name. It makes sense if the new account is simply your name. Once you've registered your name, confirm it in writing to the person who will conduct your interview.

2. Check your Settings

If you usually stay with the same employer for three years, then this call is worth your current annual salary multiplied by three years. That's a lot of money. So, now is the time to check your Skype connection, video, microphone and broadband connection. Don't leave your success to Lady Luck!

3. Check your Time Zones

In the UK, we live on the Greenwich Mean Time Zone but we also have daylight saving hours where we put the clocks forward an hour in the spring and back and hour in the autumn. If you live abroad, go to Google and make sure you know what the exact time is in the UK before you attempt to make your call.

4. Check your Back-drop

Log into Skype and look at yourself on the video. What do you see? Will you host your call in your bedroom? Is the lighting bright enough? Is there a pile of dirty washing and chaos behind you? Can you hear children screaming in the background? Have you warned your housemates or children not to make a noise at your interview time? Remove any distractions. You want the interviewer to concentrate on your well-structured answers, not to be judging you by your surroundings and trying to work out if that dirty sock is actually crawling away!

5. Check your Interview Outfit

Treat your Skype interview exactly the same as a face-to-face interview. Take the same level of care and attention to detail as you would for a normal interview. Work out which outfit you will wear in advance. Check that your outfit is pressed and that it has all of its buttons. Sit in your outfit and make sure that the interviewer isn't going to get an eyeful of cleavage if you lean forward towards the video.

6. Check Yourself

Finally, keep yourself in check! Just because you may be sitting at home for this interview, don't slouch lazily on your chair and do aim to keep eye contact with the interviewer. Try and retain the usual formality of an interview and stay up-beat. Remember that this is your chance to impress the interviewer so put your best foot forward. Host your interview in your usual charming fashion, and then follow up with a polite email thanking the interviewer for their time. DO NOT use Skype messenger to communicate with the interviewer. They have been paid to assess you; they are not your friend and you are not entitled to chat or send them instant messages. Be warned.

If you aren't sure you can stick to these basic rules, then it might be time for a role play. Click here to find out how to book one of the UK CV Experts to hold your hand through this process.

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