A TV sportscaster in Georgia had a Skype video job interview with an employer for whom he desperately wanted to work.
He blew the interview because he did it in a t-shirt and gym shorts.
Another sportscaster blew his video interview by doing it while walking down a street.
Follow these three tips for Skype job interviews so you don’t make the same mistakes our friends did.
1. Dress appropriately
Dress for a video call job interview as you would for an in-person interview. You’ll look good for the employer and feel better about yourself. We all carry ourselves with a bit more pride when we’re dressed for success.
It’s just like athletes say, ” Look good, feel good. Feel good, play good.”
2. Find a quiet spot
Make sure you’re in a quiet location. You don’t want jackhammers outside, a loud television in the other room, a cackling bird (or wife. Sorry, honey), or screaming children.
3. Check your background
Be certain that whatever the employer sees in the background isn’t anything you would mind him seeing or anything that would be distracting. Your dad’s circa 1976 poster of Farrah Fawcett is probably not the best thing to have behind you when you’re talking to a potential employer.
Treating video job interviews with the same professionalism and urgency as in-person meetings will help you avoid mistakes that can cost you the job.