Tes Editorial

The Skype is the limit for online interviews

Mark Steed offers some advice for those undertaking video interviews

I’ve conducted a dozen or so interviews over Skype in the past fortnight and have looked up several noses, looked down on bald patches, spoken to cut-off heads and even been introduced to a cat …

So, given that Skype interviews are becoming increasingly common, here are a few dos and don’ts:

Do

  • Adjust the height of the camera so it’s at eye-level when you’re sitting down.
  • Practise speaking into the camera: the key is “to look through the lens”.
  • Push the camera back a metre or so. It makes the whole experience less intense.
  • Invest in a cheap extension microphone. It will ...

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