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So, you're going to be interviewed over Skype and you want to look better than this.
Well, here are 4 easy keys you can apply to look good in Skype interviews.
Key 1: Sound
Having good sound is just as important as having good video.
An empty room like this might sound fine to you in normal conversation, but it creates an annoying echo for anyone listening on video, especially if the floor isn't carpeted.
Basically, the more stuff that's in the room to deflect the sound, the less echo.
And make sure there's no loud noises in the background.
Loud office conversations, construction, an air conditioner—these will make your interview painful to listen to.
Key 2: Location
Create a good background.
This one is not good. It makes me look like a total slob.
This one is too distracting. What's that guy doing back there?
And this one...just make sure you don't have anything embarrassing in the background.
Keep it neat and simple.
A white wall is usually too plain, so I set up a bookshelf like this.
You can also use a houseplant, a lampshade, a piece of art, and so on.
If you're at the office, you can set up a clean desk with a computer in the background.
Now, you're probably using a laptop with a built-in camera or a webcam like this.
Notice how the camera is actually several inches below my eyes.
So, when you're looking through the camera, if you angle it at your face, it shows the ceiling.
So you want to stack it up on a box like this.
Basically, you want the camera at eye-level, because this is the way people are used to seeing you.
And you want to be a little more than arm's length away from the camera—so you're about this size in the frame.
And you want your eyes to be about two-thirds of the way of the way to the top.
Key 3: Lighting
Good lighting makes a huge difference.
Professional lighting uses four light sources but you really only need one.
If it's daytime, you can just use a window.
If it's too bright, pull the shades.
You need the window to be pretty much in front of you—not to the side or behind.
Wow, I think I've found the worst interview setup ever.
If it's nighttime or there's no window nearby, grab a lamp.
Don't use overhead lighting like this. It makes you look terrible.
And definitely don't light yourself from below, unless you're telling scary campfire stories.
What you want is a lamp in front of you, like this one, with the light slightly above the height of your eyes while you're sitting down.
Of course this one is great because I can adjust the levels, but pretty much any lamp will do.
If it's too bright, try moving it back. If it's too dim, just move it a little closer.
Key 4: You
Now that everything else is set up, make sure you look good.
Dress appropriately. At least on top.
You might want to wear makeup—yeah, even some men do it.
And don't look down at the computer screen while being interviewed—look directly at the camera.
Now, this might feel a little weird to you at first, but to the people watching, it looks like you're looking directly at them, which is good.
And try not to move too much.
Even just a few inches back and forth can be really distracting.
So to recap: Find a quiet place without distracting sounds.
Set up a good background, set your camera at eye level arm's length away.
Make sure you have good lighting.
Make sure you look good.
Now, I've put all this into a checklist for you, and you can find it in the link below the video.
That's it! Good night, and good luck.
By the way, I'd love to hear about your experience being interviewed by Skype, or what you think about this video.
So please leave your comments down below.
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How to Look Good in Skype Interviews - Tips & Training

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Courtney Shih published on March 24, 2020
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