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I have one scheduled for next week. Any protips you want to share?
I've been interviewing people for the last six weeks at my job. Our HR department booked in someone from overseas to do an interview by Skype. When we asked them where to go and what equipment to use they told us that you can't use Skype in our company.
did a phd interview through skype does that count
think the general rules are:
- still dress smart
- take posters or whatever down from the wall behind you (if in your bedroom)
- have post-it notes in front of you with key facts on
- check the connection / lighting beforehand
however i followed zero of these and still won
what do you mean
The interview is just to determine that you are serious about wanting to do a PhD.
i got technical questions at all of my interviews and i know for a fact they rank you based on how you did
so there *blows raspberry*
was it just one person or several people interviewing you? I'm worried they're gonna have me on like a big screen or whatever and there'll be a group of people around a table and I'll completely lose my cool
it was just two people sat around a desk. seems unlikely to me that they would get loads of people to sit around a table for a job interview... i mean this isn't what happens in physical ones
But two interviewers is pretty standard.
2. be naked from the waist down
Drop her a PM.
make sure a cat is around to climb onto the laptop and sniff the camera
(also - good luck for the interview)
you only need to dress waist up
Didn't get it.
have the stock answer web page up (ask jeeves)
as stated above - be naked from the waist down
felt really awkward about my mum potentially listening outside.
got the job but ended up not taking it.
so it looks like you're taking time out on your holiday to do the interview. Ensure that a corner of the poster comes away from the wall just as you are terminating the call.
There were three of us doing the interview and the candidate was on a projector screen in a conference room so she looked massive. Was slightly surreal all round really - only reason we suggested it was because we cancelled previously at short notice and the interviewee had to come down from Manchester - but she did really well.
She started last week as it happens. I can go and confirm if she was naked from the waist down if you like?
Back when I was going to countless interviews I had my third interview for The Economist with the team in New York City. At the time I was in a bit of a pickle and did the interview balancing the laptop on my bed, which has leopard skin sheets because I had fallen out with my flatmate who was using the living room.
DON'T DO THIS.
The main pointers are, have a sheet in front of you with bullet points about the job/why you're applying, look directly in the camera (it's cringing, hate it) but just act like it is face to face.
I had two more interviews for the same role after that, and the decision maker was based in NY. I didn't get the job as they were still a bit concerned. I'm not a fan of being on video and I think you can't truly get a feel for someone you want to employ unless you emet i the flaesh. But then I'm an old fashioned bired.
at my desk at workv eating a full English veggie breakfast and it's so good
Had to phone me to hear what I was saying
not as good as in person, but handy. Make sure you're somewhere naturally lit if possible, quiet and with the best possible internet connection
As above, dress as you would as if you were actually there.
Prepare as you would for an onsite interview.
Install Skype, test the video and audio and add them on Skype the day before the interview.
Decide where you will have the interview and as mentioned above, have a plain background, removing pictures and such. You want to be sitting upright, so not slouched. Make sure it's a quiet room as well, it's not good if there are thing going on in the background. Basically, it has to be like you are there, but just on video
One good tip is about 15 minutes before the interview, setup everything and do a final test just so you have enough time if there are any issues.
Also, make sure you have their telephone number to hand, just in case you have trouble trying to connect to them via Skype.
Regarding having some notes to hand, I'm not 100% sure on that, you don't want to appear distracted looking at something else. It's up to you
Wish me luck etc