Last Updated Mar 9, 2011 6:45 PM EST
Recently I read an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the experiences of a professor who participated in three job interviews via Skype. I wanted to pass along some advice he offered after the experience, as well as other tips for conducting an online job interview or business conversation via Skype.
6 Skype Interview Tips
1. Make eye contact.During in-person interviews, it's a no brainer to make eye contact, but it's harder to do on Skype. To make eye contact on Skype, you need to look into the camera on your computer - not on the image of the person on the screen. You'll want to adjust your camera so it's ateye level.
2. Create a new Skype account.Create an account that isn't cutesy or crass like vegasguy. Stick with your name and, if that's already taken, add some numbers to it. Make sure the photo icon that you use with your account looks professional.
3. Understand the technology.Make sure you understand how Skype works before an interview. That includes being able to share links, files and photos, as well as instant messaging. Practice before the big interview.
Even if you think you've mastered Skype, the free video chat service is always updating its software. I've used Skype for a long time, but when I was ready to call someone recently, I realized that the interface looked different and I hadn't built in time for this aggravation.