If you can master the Skype Interview, your chances for MBA admission are greatly improved. While the basics of interviewing remain the same whether conducted in person, via Skype or by phone, there are a few extra things to keep in mind when being interviewed by Skype.
1. Make sure the space behind your camera is clear and uncluttered
Film yourself against a plain wall if possible, and any larger shot of your room in the background should be clean and organized. There should be no passing people, animals or distracting piles of laundry in view. Video is just as much about what you see as about what you hear.
2. Make sure your face is well-lit
Set up a test beforehand to ensure your lighting is strong - not too bright or too dark. You may want to try moving your screen to different venues in your home to secure the best light.
3. Dress properly
While it is true that no one will see you dress, you will project with more confidence and professionalism if you wear the same thing you would wear in a face-to-face interview. Men should be well-groomed and women should wear the same makeup they would wear for an in-person interview. Dressing and grooming professionally sends the message that this school is a priority for you.
4. Ensure excellent sound quality
Seek a quiet space and use headphones if needed. Make sure your microphone is working properly and computer settings are updated for audio. Speak at your normal volume and pitch. Your voice should be clear and easy to hear. Your voice should be the only one that's heard in the interview.
5. Test your Internet connection
By all means, make sure the internet connection works before you attempt to open it at the time of call.
6. Don't read from hidden notes
It is fine to note down thoughts to share, but do not read full sentences from a script. The interviewer can tell if you are reciting, which will undermine your authenticity.
7. Maintain eye contact
Eye contact is very important. While it is tempting to look at yourself on your screen, be mindful to engage the interviewer by looking at the camera instead. Have good posture and smile.