Archive for May 2012

How To: Master Your Skype Or Phone Interview

May 3, 2012

The importance of phone and Skype interviews has skyrocketed in recent years. Most companies like to verify that a candidate is worth their time before bringing them to the office for an in-person interview. Phone and Skype interviews are popular with entry-level job candidates because many of them are still in school or currently employed—making it difficult to slip away for an interview.

Amy Levin-Epstein spoke with professionals and compiled a list of tips on how to ace both the phone and Skype interview.

Here are a few of the tips I found most important.

Skype Interviews

  • Avoid technical difficulties. Triple check your Internet connection before your interview begins. Make sure that your speakers and microphone work. Call a friend on Skype and do a sound check.
  • Know proper web cam etiquette. Look at the camera and not the screen so that you are making eye contact. Sit up straight and don’t sit too close to the camera. Use the camera to check out what you look like on screen before the call so you see how they’ll view you.

Phone Interviews

  • Stand up and smile. According to career trainer Frankie Picasso, “When you stand up, there is more energy in your voice and the physical act of smiling makes you instantly sound friendlier and relaxed.” Personally, I like to pace slowly when I talk on the phone and I feel it gives me a more natural and confident tone of voice.
  • Don’t drive & interview. The best thing about a phone interview is that you can have your notes out in front of you. Take advantage of that! Also, you should be fully focused on the task at hand.
  • Go hands-free. Use a headset so that you are free to take notes or gesture as normally would. This will help you sound more comfortable and natural when on the phone.

General Phone & Skype Tips

  • Get rid of distractions. Make sure that you’re in a secure, quiet place. Make an announcement and put a sign on the door to let your family or roommates know you are not to bothered during that time.
  • Don’t sound sleepy. Wake up an hour before your interview. People can tell if you just woke up and it sounds unprofessional. Call a friend and talk for a few minutes to get your voice ready.
  • Be succinct. It’s hard to pick up on non-verbal cues in these situations. Don’t babble and stop yourself when you’ve answered the question completely.

For more tips and information check out Levin-Epstein’s articles on skype tips and phone tips.


Job Seekers: Get Social Now! via Come Recommended by Kate D’Amico on 4/20/12

May 1, 2012

It’s no secret that social media is an important part of your job search (see here, here and here). But how important is it? This infographic from says that companies are expecting to recruit online for more than 80% of their job openings. That’s a lot of online recruiting!

Some other statistics to note:

What networks are recruiters using?

  • 98% use LinkedIn
  • 42% use Twitter
  • 33% use Facebook
  • 19% use Twitter in conjunction to LinkedIn

What roles are recruiters looking to fill?

  • 39% looking to fill executive or upper management roles
  • 77% looking to fill other management roles
  • 36% looking to fill non-managerial hourly employees
  • 82% looking to fill non-managerial salaried roles

How are recruiters using social media?

  • 58% are sourcing applicants
  • 49% are posting job opportunities

Why do recruiters use social media?

  • 84% to recruit candidates who might not otherwise apply
  • 67% to save money
  • 54% to target a specific job level
  • 60% to increase the company’s brand recognition
  • 52% to target a specific skill set

How can you find a job using social media?

  • Make a good impression — people look at your profile for an average of less than 6 seconds
  • Use keywords in your social media profiles
  • Try other sites like,, and
  • Follow recruiters on Twitter; @electra, @Fishdogs, and @smheadhunter are good ones (so is @HeatherHuhman, founder of Come Recommended!)