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6 Tips for a Skype Interview

An interview via phone or Skype might seem less intimidating than one in real life. However, it is your biggest chance to showcase your qualifications, skills and achievements, and convince your potential employer that you have the required ability and experience to perform the advertised job.

If you do not impress during this first interview round, you are unlikely to win this job and will have to start all over again with a different employer. To help you succeed, we have compiled a list of tips for your Skype/Phone interview. Keep them in mind and you will be one step closer to landing your next fabulous kitesurfing job.

  1. Background Noise and Distractions
  2. Make sure you choose a place where you can be heard loud and clearly, without disturbance. Internet cafes and other public places with street noise or other conversations in the background will make it harder to understand you. It may also be worth investing in a headset, so you can have an interference-free conversation. Make sure you turn off other phones or put them on silent. Tell people around you that you are in an interview and should not be disturbed.

  3. Confidence and Composure
  4. While you won’t be able to shake hands and be in the same room as the hiring manager, your tone of voice, neatness of appearance and facial expressions will give an impression about your personality. Make sure you have had a shower and wear fresh clothes. Sit upright and pay attention to your posture. Focus on your interviewer, speak with confidence, comprehension and in full sentences. Avoid phrases like “sort of”, “you know”, and “like”.

  5. Prepare for the interview
  6. Your Skype call will be more than an informal chat. Do your homework. Visit the company website, understand what they are offering and how they operate. Familiarize yourself with the job description and prepare answers for common interview questions. Compile some questions you have about the job and company you are interviewing. A comprehensive list of relevant questions can be found on Laia's website. Some information about the pay and other perks you can expect are explained in the article about instructor salaries. Print out your CV and notes to help you along when need be.

  7. Be Brief and Concise
  8. Most Skype/Phone interviews are much shorter than in-person interviews. A Skype interview typically lasts about 15 minutes to half an hour. You need to make sure that your interviewer gets to hear about all the important information that you want to convey. Don’t get caught up in too much detail. Focus on the main qualifications, experiences and achievements you want your interviewer to know about.

  9. Keep Reference Material Ready
  10. Unlike an in-person interview, you can arrange your desk prior to a Skype interview and keep all relevant information handy. Print out your CV and notes to help you along during the conversation. Also, have information about the company you are interviewing in front of you as reference. This will help to reduce your chances of freezing up or drawing a blank. Have the original job advertisement and any other correspondence in front of you.

  11. Ask About the Next Step
  12. The Skype interview is only one more step towards a job offer. Towards the end of the interview, thank your interviewer, and firmly express the interest you have in the position. Then ask what the next steps will be and when you can expect to hear back from them.

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