So, you’re going to be interviewed over
Skype. And you want to look better than this. Well, here are four easy keys you can apply
to look good in Skype interviews. Key 1: Sound Having good sound is just as important as
having good video. Basically, the more stuff that’s in the
room to deflect the sound, the less echo. And make sure there’s no loud noises in
the background. Loud office conversations, construction, an air conditioner—these will
make your interview painful to listen to. Key 2: Location Create a good background. This one is not
good. It makes me look like a total slob. This one is too distracting. What’s that
guy doing back there? And this one…just make sure you don’t have anything embarrassing
in the background. Keep it neat and simple. A white wall is usually
too plain, so I set up a bookshelf like this. You can also use a houseplant, a lampshade,
a piece of art, etc. If you’re at the office, you can set up a clean desk with a computer
in the background. Now you’re probably using a laptop with
a built-in camera or a webcam like this. Notice how the camera is actually several inches
below my eyes. So when you’re looking through the camera, if you angle it at your face,
it shows the ceiling. So you want to stack it up on a box like this. Basically, you want the camera at eye-level,
because this is the way people are used to seeing you. And you want to be a little more than arm’s
length away from the camera—so you’re about this size in the frame. And you want
your eyes to be about two-thirds of the way of the way to the top. Key 3: Lighting Good lighting makes a huge difference. Professional lighting uses four light sources.
But you really only need one. If it’s daytime, you can just use a window.
If it’s too bright, pull the shades. You need the window to be pretty much in front
of you—not to the side or behind. Wow, I think I’ve found the worst interview
setup ever. If it’s nighttime or there’s no window
nearby, grab a lamp. Don’t use overhead lighting like this. It
makes you look terrible. And definitely don’t light yourself from below, unless you’re
telling scary campfire stories. What you want is a lamp in front of you, like this one,
with the light slightly above the height of your eyes while you’re sitting down. Of course
this one is great because I can adjust the levels, but pretty much any lamp will do.
If it’s too bright, try moving it back. It it’s too dim, just move it a little closer. Key 4: You Now that everything else is set up, make sure
you look good. Dress appropriately. At least on top. You might want to wear makeup—yeah, even
some men do it. And don’t look down at the computer screen
while being interviewed—look directly at the camera. Now, this might feel a little
weird to you at first, but to the people watching, it looks like you’re looking directly at
them, which is good. And try not to move around. Even just a few
inches back and forth can be really distracting. So to recap:
Find a quiet place without distracting sounds. Set up a good background
Set your camera at eye level arm’s length away.
Make sure you have good lighting And make sure you look good Now, I’ve put all this into a checklist
for you, and you can find it in the link below the video. That’s it! Good night, and good luck. By the way, I’d love to hear about your
experience being interviewed by Skype, or what you think about this video. So please
leave your comments down below.