We all know the feeling. Imagine this; Sitting in a waiting room trying to act cool and relaxed whilst you twiddle your thumbs and grind your jaw whilst your forehead induces a waterfall of sweat – constantly listening out for someone to call out your name so you can be led into a room where you will receive a thorough personal interrogation. Sweaty handshakes, weird vocal sounds and fear of saying something stupid all parts of this….
Yes, you definitely know the feeling.
This is a job interview.
However, this whole lengthy (perspiration inducing) process may become something of the past. Online interviews, rather ‘Skype Interviews’ as they have been coined, are beginning to take over. This is due to companies looking at new ways to cut costs and time spent on the interview process – a simple way to interact with perspective candidates for a job. The job applicant also benefits from this new form of online interview also, not being hassled with going to a certain location just to wait and let nerves shake them around like a pneumatic drill.
As previously stated, both sides benefit from online job interviews. It is not unheard of a company spending hundreds or even thousands flying out a candidate, housing them, feeding them etc . So, from a company’s perspective this would be a step forward in cutting costs dramatically and we will be seeing Skype interviews being far more in the future. Why fly twenty job applicants out, they can fly out the 2 or 3 finalists?
For the applicant, being able to being able to attend an interview from the comfort of one’s own home is perhaps a godsend. In the past, People have perhaps struggled with the medium of phone interviews as you cannot see the person interviewing you. Lack of sight in a phone interview cuts out a level of crucial analysis of body language both for the interviewer and interviewee, and can lead to things being misinterpreted. With Skype interviews this is not a problem as you can see fully what is going on. Also, the internet is constantly gaining a faster connection speed so dropping frame rate and lag is becoming less of an issue. On top of this, if you haven’t noticed there is a recession going on, which means people are sometimes not able to afford to travel across the country to an interview they might not even land; resulting in online interviews surely paving the way forward.
Disadvantages & Techniques
There surely are some horror stories floating about online, which probably range from a dog bursting into the room barking its tail off or mothers knocking politely at the bedroom door enquiring if there is any dirty pants that need washing. However, all a candidate needs to do is make sure that this won’t happen and prepare themselves accordingly. Here is a checklist of things you might need to do before, and during, an online interview:
- Make sure your flat/house is nice and quiet before and during the interview.
- Make sure where you are conducted your interview is suitable, clean and in order. Besides from your face, the interviewer will inspect what is around you naturally.
- Make sure you are not badly lit, for instance a window or bright light behind you will only make your face darker to the interviewer.
- When you answer a question look into the camera, not at the image on the screen.
- Dress accordingly, but avoid patterns and the colour white – you want your interviewer to be mysteriously drawn to your glorious eyes and teeth.
- Sit in your chair straight, don’t slump and give off the wrong impression. You should have the top half of your body showing – perhaps to just below your shoulders.
- Remember to smile!
- Have your resume ready to send as an attachment.
With not many disadvantages it is clear to see why Skype and online interviews are the future, and you will begin to hear about them more. Hopefully the stress of not having to travel and not be in your own comfort zone will reduce the nerves of a job applicant…and online interviews will definitely eliminate all the psychology needed behind that dreaded simple handshake!
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