In a technologically advanced society, Skype interviews are becoming more commonplace. Many hiring managers offering jobs for CPA professionals choose to interview potential candidates over Skype to save time. Chicago accounting recruiters also rely on Skype calls to vet potential job candidates. Long-distance interviews are especially popular for international or telecommuting positions. Here are a few tips Beacon Resources recommends for impressing a hiring manager during a Skype interview.
1. Tidy Up
Just because you’re interviewing from your home doesn’t mean your surroundings should look slovenly or unprofessional. While your interviewer will be focused primarily on you, he or she will still be able to see everything within camera view. Make the best impression possible by preparing your surroundings. If necessary, move your computer or laptop to an area with a clean, decluttered background. Remove any personal items like financial papers, photographs and other belongings from view. It’s best to keep the area as clutter-free as possible.
2. Dress Professionally
You may feel silly dressing up in professional attire at home, but you’ll look silly during your interview if you don’t. Act as if you’re preparing for an in-person interview by dressing appropriately, showering and freshening up. Studies show that you’re more likely to feel confident and act professional if you dress the part. This includes wearing dress pants or a skirt, even if the interviewer can’t see your bottom half.
3. Be Prepared
Keep your resume, cover letter and any other documentation you might need close by when you interview. It’s best to have it right there on your desk so you don’t have to get up and retrieve it during the Skype call. You should also recruit family members or friends to help you conduct mock interviews. The more questions you’re prepared to answer professionally, the more confident you will be.
While long-distance interviews can help you feel more comfortable, don’t allow your familiar surroundings to make you too relaxed. Keep this tips in mind and make a good impression during your upcoming Skype interviews with Chicago accounting recruiters.