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Old Aug 19th 2014, 10:16 pm
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My husband had a skype interview where his employer claimed that their camera wasn't working. They could see him but he could only hear them. I think it was to see how he coped in an unexpected situation and if he was uncomfortable. To this day we don't know if they did it on purpose.

He got the job tho
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My husband had a skype interview where his employer claimed that their camera wasn't working. They could see him but he could only hear them. I think it was to see how he coped in an unexpected situation and if he was uncomfortable. To this day we don't know if they did it on purpose.

He got the job tho
Awesome. I'm so happy for him. That scenario sounds really tough.
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Old Aug 20th 2014, 2:28 am
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I had a Skype interview not for my current role but a potential role with another employer and well the manager I was sky ping with was not so handy with Skype and I could see up her a nose for a good portion of the interview lol
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Old Aug 20th 2014, 8:15 am
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Thanks for the help, I will keep it all in mind. You have covered a lot that I had not thought of, really appreciate your advice
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My husband had a skype interview where his employer claimed that their camera wasn't working. They could see him but he could only hear them. I think it was to see how he coped in an unexpected situation and if he was uncomfortable. To this day we don't know if they did it on purpose.

He got the job tho
I had one of those. I'm almost convinced it was a deliberate ploy on the interviewer's part. I was very annoyed with myself afterwards that I had allowed it to rattle me as much as it did: it was very disconcerting speaking on camera to a disembodied voice - either a two-way video or a phone call would have been easier to deal with.

I didn't get the job, but eventually consoled myself with the thought that either they're a devious bunch of twunts who I wouldn't want to work for anyway, or are so incompetent they can't even work a webcam. It made me feel a little bit better
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Thanks for the help, I will keep it all in mind. You have covered a lot that I had not thought of, really appreciate your advice
One more thing, if it's not too late: skype with a friend or relative as a practice interview before the real thing. Not so much to deal with likely questions (although that can help) but ask the person at the other end to critique you for voice (volume, pitch, speed) and for any vocal, facial or physical tics that might pass unnoticed in person but are amplified on screen. Watch out especially for hand gestures: sure, use your hands for emphasis, but be aware of when they are on and off screen (and whether you end up with a hand and arm flying into and out of shot as you get animated...). Set the zoom on your camera (or sit further away from it) so that you get your whole upper torso and not just your face on the screen.
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This video has helped me a lot for learn skype interview tips and you can check it here: How to do a job interview on Skype · engVid
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Is there any Skype interview conversations available over the internet? If we follow-up that, it will be quite useful to learn all aspects from the body language, accent and much more.
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I'd reiterate the advice to have a practice with a friend, to double check the background, ambient noise, & practise talking more slowly than you normally would.

A trick if you're nervous: focus on the space between your interviewer's eyebrows. It looks as if you're making eye contact, but is less unnerving.

Good luck!

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Hahaha that's awesome. At least if you're going to do something like that, make it goofy enough to have a laugh over it! Well played.
Maybe not if you are applying for a job in accountancy.
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I'd reiterate the advice to have a practice with a friend, to double check the background, ambient noise, & practise talking more slowly than you normally would.

A trick if you're nervous: focus on the space between your interviewer's eyebrows. It looks as if you're making eye contact, but is less unnerving.

Good luck!

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Whaddya do if they have a monobrow?
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Whaddya do if they have a monobrow?
Quick mental calculations

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