How to Master the Dreaded Skype Interview
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Due to the advances in technological communication, many interviews now take place online – either through Skype interviews or other online platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet (but let’s just call them Skype interviews, shall we?). This process of interview is advantageous in many ways. Who’d want to travel six thousand miles only to receive a rejection for a job? But there are difficulties with interviewing this way. Here are some tips on how you can master the Skype interview with ease and finesse.
Tips to ace a Skype interview
Don’t forget it’s an interview
First of all, remember that whilst you might be sat in your kitchen, it is still an interview and you need to take a formal approach. This doesn’t mean that you have don a full three piece suit, but a smart shirt or blouse and running a comb through your hair never hurt anybody. This is still the first impression that your prospective employer will have of you, so make an effort and look the part!
Find a quiet spot
This should go without saying, but make sure that you are in a calm, quiet place that has a stable internet connection. Don’t try and interview in a café or public area, as the background noise can be very distracting when using Skype. Though you can’t guarantee a stable connection, try do everything you can to avoid interruptions during the call.
If you have a time delay or a bad connection, give plenty of time to make sure that the interviewer has finished speaking before you begin your answer. Rather have a few delays than have awkward interruptions all the time! This probably isn’t going to be the ultimate decider about if you’re successful, but it does make for a much smoother and cleaner conversation – which can do a lot for your nerves.
Consider the space
In a usual interview, there is nothing you can do about the interview setting. But in an online interview, you can make sure you have the optimal background. Try to position yourself in front of a blank background, be it a wall or a “bland” background. This is so that there aren’t any unecessary *cough cough* distractions behind you.
Virtual backgrounds are not recommended, as they can make you appear a bit, well, odd.
Be aware of your lighting, so that your interviewer can see you clearly. When in doubt, natural light is best.
Test test test
Before your interview, test your computer. This includes your sound and camera, as well as your placement on screen. Make sure you are comfortable, both with your physical circumstances and with the technology. You may be understandably nervous during the interview, but – as in any interview – try not to let that show.
Another handy tip is to close all the other programs on your computer to ensure that the connection is as strong as possible. And don’t forgt to turn your phone on silent!
Don’t forget that it’s an interview
It’s important that you treat a Skype interview the same way you would if you were conducting the process in person.
Arrive early. Yes this might sound a bit odd, but even online you can enter a virtual room before the appointed time. This is to ensure you are not late for your interview, and that your interviewer is not waiting for you.
Some people try to have notes which the interviewer can’t see. Avoid this. Sticking to a script is never a good idea in an interview, because it can make you seem nervous.
Don’t forget your soft skills
Eye contact is especially important here, because it’s one of the few ways you can really connect over a webcam. Don’t throw away that opportunity – use this chance to show them you are engaged, friendly and communicative.If you are not used to speaking to someone online with your camera on, practise a few times first. Make sure you are looking at the webcam and not at yourself!
Be mindful of your body language. Don’t shift in your seat or move unnecessarily. Engage with your interviewer as you would in a face-to-face situation. Above all, try and look as comfortable as possible.
Do your homework
The most important thing is to do your homework: make sure you are well prepared. Do your research on the company and consider a few questions which might be asked during the interview. Consider your answers to these questions and how you would relay this to your interviewers. Even if you have never taught before, rely on your TEFL training as much as possible to answer any questions relating to teaching. The best thing you can do is to be prepared.
Read more: Common TEFL Interview Questions
And that’s it. We don’t think there’s anything more we can tell you! Be yourself, be prepared, and you’ll no doubt wow them in your Skype interview. Good luck!
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- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.