Last season, we had a Brave Supplicant send along some tricks for getting the right setup for his Skype MBA interview that we had not thought of. We’re categorizing this in Success Stories since it’s from a previous Brave Supplicant who made it in — but it could just as well go in the Interviewing section.
Here’s what this successful Brave Supplicant said, in case it might be useful for you, too.
Thanks so much for your help with the essays. Your interviewing guide was really useful also.
A few specific things I discovered for a Skype Interview
- Lighting. A few days earlier I checked what the natural lighting was at the same time as my interview, and setup an array of lights accordingly. (seriously, I had 5 lamps strategically positioned to give a warm glow while not creating glare off my glasses. ‘Lil bit anal, I know)
- Strobing/color. Didn’t realise how many of my ties caused a ‘strobing’ effect on a webcam (not a big deal, but it can be distracting). And all of the solid colors (grey/blue) just looked black (combined with a dark suit, I looked liked I was going to an awards ceremony).
- Positioning of webcam. On a laptop, tilting the screen upwards seemed awkward and meant I would be looking down to see my interviewer. A stack of GMAT books underneath meant I could look straight on as I talked.
- Things to have by your side: Water, pen/paper (to jot down their email), headphones (in case of audio feedback).
- Unplug the landline phone (don’t want interruptions), but keep your cell nearby (on silent) as a backup.
Although if you really want OCD, I scheduled my interview time purposefully and played it safe by not interviewing too soon to valentine’s day (If they had a good V day, they would still be in a good mood two days after; If they spent the day sobbing and listening to James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” they would have recovered). [This was a Round 2 interview, obviously. – EssaySnark]
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