Many clients are conducting first interviews via FaceTime or Skype. Treat this as a face to face, in person interview. Dress professionally, ensure that you are in a quiet place, turn off the ringer on your home phone, lock up your animals so that the dog doesn't bark or your cat doesn't walk across your desk during the interview. Yes, this happened!
We always do a practice run with our candidates to make sure they are comfortable using this technology. We want to make sure that we can see each other clearly, that the candidate is centered in the screen, there are no distractions in the background and to ensure that the candidate is comfortable with this method of interviewing. If using an iPhone, it might need to be propped up on a shelf since one should not be holding the phone during the interview.
It is important to smile, be relaxed and most of all, be yourself. The interviewer is assessing your ability to connect with them, your body language, how you engage in conversation and think on your feet. The candidate is making the same assessments.
Preparation is the key to a successful interview.
This video is a perfect example of what you do not want to have happen while doing a Skype interview.