5 Keys to Online Job Interview Success

5 Keys to Online Job Interview Success

By Mr. Chien – VIETSINGWORKS SEA Recruitment Manager  

When you want to take a job in Singapore via Employment Agency, you usually have two online job interview (some companies is three). The first one is made by Singapore Agency to make sure you meet the requirement of job description about language skills, experience and working attitude. The second interview is hold by employer. It look like any normal interview, the only thing is different is that it happens online via Skype instead of face to face directly.

So I hope my below tips could help you pass two interviews in a successful way.

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1. Know whether you can take the call when it comes.

Hopefully, you'll be able to schedule the call for a time when you can focus completely. Be in a quiet place where you are comfortable and unlikely to be interrupted (or overheard, if you are not at home).

2. Have the documentation you need at your fingertips.

Having easy access to the company and job information will allow you to confidently respond to questions without fumbling regarding which job you are talking about. So have a copy of both the job description and a copy of the resume or application you submitted in front of you before the interview starts.

3. Know your answers to the common questions.

Brief "yes" and "no" responses will not move a Skype interview forward, but will end it quickly. So, start by practicing your answers to the common interview questions now so that you are ready when the unplanned Skype interview occurs.

Paint visual pictures with your words by telling stories that demonstrate results you achieved or contributed to. Answers that express the who, what, when, where, how, and why. Those answers will make you stand out.

The more you prepare now, the less you will ramble and leave out when the interview arrives.

4. Smile while on the phone!

It is important to make you different with other candidates.

Place a mirror by the phone (practive only), and make a point of looking into it and smiling while you are talking on the phone.

You will find that you sound more upbeat and engaged when you do this. Your smiles will be "heard" by the interviewer making for a POSITIVE IMPRESSION.

5. Focus on your language and voice.

Again, you can only go on the power of your voice in a Skype call. Speak clearly, stay upbeat, use positive language, smiling and say “thank you” at the end of the interivew are the key factors to score the interview.

You must remember that the words you choose (your language) and the motivation you put forward (tone, modulation, enthusiasm) will help determine your outcome.

Bottom Line

These steps will guide you successfully through the Skype interview. Remember, do not leave your interview to chance – prepare now for success!


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