I had an interesting exchange in one of my groups earlier this week about a (potential) client interview I have coming up. This individual didn’t believe that, as a freelance contractor and business owner, that I should be doing interviews. They thought the interview process would put me in the employee category rather than contractor. I don’t agree (and will have an article about that down the road), and look forward to my Skype interview later this week. From my experience with these interviews, however, I have a list of 5 must-dos before your next Skype interview. Read on…
1. Lock your pets up on the other side of the house. While this may sound cruel, I definitely have my reasons besides that of a barking dog. Imagine this… Last September, just as Dave and I were starting our business, we had a request for our very first Skype interview. Not realizing I could accept the call as voice only, I accepted with video as well. About halfway through the interview I noticed activity behind me on the screen showing my picture. There, right behind me, were our male and female cats going at it. I was MORTIFIED! What could I do?!? Turn around and tell the cats that this was not a feline pornography session? I don’t think so! I had to keep talking and pretend I really didn’t know what was going on. Somehow I got the job.
2. Put on a clean shirt. Yup, sounds pretty simple, right? As a self-employed business owner it is very easy to become relaxed about our appearance when we’re working at home for ourselves all day. I’m guilty about this, and I will admit it. But when you add in a baby who likes to eat my shoulder and a tendency to spill coffee and food down my front I can look pretty disastrous. So, before you have a Skype interview, change your shirt. You have no idea if the client will want to see you or show you something that’s not on the computer, so you had better be prepared.
3. Set the scene. For now, my “office” is a corner of my living room/family room. As a busy business owner and parent there are times when the recliner on the other side of the room serves as a makeshift laundry table. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want potential clients seeing a mess around me and thinking my business is a mess as well. Even if you have to shift the mess out of view, take 10 minutes to do it.
4. Put on some makeup. You know what? This doesn’t only apply to women. Guys, your under-eye circles can look just as ravaging as ours do. Don’t give your clients the impression that you just walked of the set of the Walking Dead and put a little concealer under your eyes.
5. Brush your teeth. No, your Skype interview-er won’t be able to smell your breath, but they will be able to see your teeth when you smile. And you should smile. But when you smile you want to make sure your greens from lunch aren’t between your teeth or that your freshly applied lipstick isn’t smeared across them.
Do you have any horrifying Skype Interview stories? Please share them by commenting!
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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