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INTERVIEWS / DEC. 24, 2013
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How to Stand Out at a Skype Interview

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When you are using technology, you can never be certain that everything will work as planned, so be ready for the unexpected. Start by making sure your Skype connection is working properly; the sound and video quality are good ahead of time. In case you experience a technical problem, just bring it up and if the problem persists do not hesitate to stop the call and redial. “The future employers may take away that you’re a problem-solver, and you would provide top-quality service if employed by them” suggests Ben Cober, director of business development and research at PGAV Destinations in St. Louis, MO.

In today’s tight economic situation, Skype interviews are deemed a more convenient way to conduct an interview and a growing number of recruiters are tapping into video-communication tools to perform job interviews. Even prestigious schools like Harvard Law School are using Skype to screen applicants during the application process. Moreover, many job interviewers might use Skype to see how an applicant looks like before the official face-to-face interview.

Nowadays, making a good first impression isn’t necessarily done in person.  According to an OfficeTeam survey, 63% of U.S. companies now conduct some or all of their employment interviews via Skype. Skype interviewing is a cost-effective and quick way for recruiters to evaluate applicants.

Having a good presence on video is as important as making a good impression at a face-to-face interview, so you will need to prepare accordingly before taking a Skype interview. I have chosen the most valuable tips from famous American career coaches to ensure you make it to the face-to-face interview:

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