An in-the-flesh interview is usually not practical, especially not if you are living on the other side of the world, looking to relocate to the UK.
JFL Search and Selection Managing Director Ros Kindersley takes a look at how Skype is fast becoming a recruiter’s best friend, having just placed a candidate living in Australia with a new company in the UK.
Here at JFL we are noticing an increase in applicants from across the world and naturally if the candidate is strong then they should not be discounted from the selection process just because they don’t currently live in the same country as those wishing to interview them – or even the same time zone. This is where Skype becomes invaluable. However, in our experience, some companies are still a little frightened of this new hiring tool.
In a recent case we dealt with, a UK citizen was living and working in Australia. He was looking to relocate back to London but until we took him on, he had been discounted from many roles he was perfect for just because he couldn’t make a face-to-face, in-the-flesh interview. Luckily for us – and him – a leading insurance company was a little more forward-thinking and offered my candidate a position having conducted the whole interview process via Skype. Indeed, he was interviewed via this amazing medium by several members of the company including the CEO, his prospective line manager and HR. He will start his new job in January, 2014.
Here are some of my top tips for a successful Skype interview:
Make sure you practice. After all, practice makes perfect, so dial up your family or a good friend and ask them to do a mock interview with you, so you can check your technology is working.
Try and use an HD webcam. Set the scene. Sit in front of a plain background. Clutter or vibrant colours might create the wrong impression or distract the interviewer. Do make sure you are well lit.
Even though you are interviewing at home, do remember to look the part! Pyjamas or a tracksuit are not appropriate attire. Remember to dress your whole self smartly, just in case you have to get up during the interview.
Make sure you sit up straight, be enthusiastic and give it your all. Warn any house mates – adults and children – that your interview is taking place and shut pets out of the room.
Finally, maintain eye contact with your interviewer – don’t get distracted. Keep your energy in your voice. Good luck!