You’ve got to the interview stage so the hiring manager likes what they’ve seen on your CV. They know from your skills and experience that you’re capable of doing the job.
Now you need to convince them that you’re the best person
for the job.
Interviews can take on different formats – particularly when applying to work overseas, but the most popular type of interview is a Skype interview.
The growing popularity of remote (Skype) interviews due to busy schedules, globalisation and technological improvements means that you should prepare yourself for this interview style – particularly when applying to work abroad. The cost of flying teachers overseas for interview just isn’t feasible in most instances, and telephone interviews arguably make it difficult for hiring managers to make an accurate assessment of the person they’re looking to employ.
Skype interviews can be more challenging than face to face as you’re required to make an impression from a distance.
- Look the part – dressing well is as important as it would be for a face-to-face interview, and it helps you feel more professional.
- Consider your surroundings – ‘set the scene’ – a clean, neutral, office-like background is usually best. Make sure you aren’t disturbed during your interview.
- Don’t forget you’re live – it’s easy to stop smiling, look around the room and forget you’re being watched when talking to a computer screen. Listen intently at all times and talk directly to your interviewer.
- Take advantage of what they can’t see – put notes or post-it’s behind the screen to help you remember important examples, facts and discussion points.
- Don’t ignore technical problems – let your interviewer know if you’re experiencing problems and attempt to fix or redial.
Best of luck!