Skype Interview Tips from your Fort Bend Apartments

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Welcome to another informative blog post from Echelon on 99 luxury apartments in Richmond. In today’s post, we’re talking all about the modern interview.


There are few feelings better than getting a phone call or email informing you that the company you applied to wants to interview you. In today’s day and age of online applications and email responses, it’s rare that you get a response from every job you apply for. So, when you do get a response, it’s kind of a big deal. Below, you’ll find some advice for when that company wants to set up a Skype interview instead of an in-person interview. Take these tips to heart, residents!


#1. Find a way to estimate the appropriate outfit


In-person interviews are always a little easier to dress for, because if it's your second or third interview, you’ve been to the company offices before. Going into the company’s office allows you to see what people wear and dress accordingly. The general rule of thumb for interviews is to dress one level above what everyone in the office is wearing. If they're wearing casual clothes, you wear business casual. If they’re business casual, you go full business.


If you’re doing a Skype interview, you’re not going to have the chance to go into the company’s office to scope out the attire. Instead you’ll have to resort to stalking the company on social media. Look at their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and try to find pictures of people in the office. You can also go on the company’s website and find their blog page, if they have one. Blogs usually show off the company’s culture and sometimes include photos.


#2. Pay attention to your background


Here’s something that you’ve probably never had to think about in an interview before; the background. If your Skype interview is going to happen at your West Bellfort apartments, make sure there’s nothing inappropriate behind you that your interviewee will be able to see. The best thing to do is to just have a blank wall behind you.


#4. Remember to show those pearly whites


Smiling comes naturally when you’re sitting across from someone else in an interview setting. Smiles don’t come quite as naturally when you’re sitting in a room, alone, interacting with someone on your computer. Try to remember to smile while you speak during your Skype interview. You’ll probably have to force yourself to do it, but it’s going to look a whole lot better if you smile than if you’re stone faced the whole time. Maybe you can post a funny picture behind your computer screen to help you smile!


#3. Look at your camera, not your screen


This is, quite possibly, the trickiest aspect of a Skype interview. It’s very hard to make it look like you’re looking someone in the eye during a Skype interview. You have to avoid looking at the image of the interviewee on the screen. Instead, you should look at the small black dot at the top of your monitor. You’ll probably want to practice this with a friend a few times before your actual interview.


We’d like to thank our residents for taking some time out of their busy schedules to read the most recent edition of the Echelon on 99 blog. With any luck, you won’t find yourself applying to jobs any time soon. In the event that you do, however, we hope this blog post helps you nail your next Skype interview.


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