Yesterday I participated in a job interview via Skype. When I was younger, I could never have imagined living in a world where such a thing could happen.
In a room at a middle American university, five accounting faculty members were seated at a small conference table. I was seated at my office desk in South Carolina. Both of us had a high def web cam on a computer. The sound quality was excellent, at least on my end.
Their task is fairly straight forward. They are looking for a new colleague. So is my task, to find a new job. At this stage in the faculty recruiting process, the ball is in their court. They have been contacted by a number of professors. In a process not unlike speed dating, they have a few minutes of face-to-face time to form an impression about the prospective faculty member. If they see something they like, they will invite the job seeker to their campus for a day long interview.
I think Skype interviews are great. Oh, I had to get past the personal doubts about the impression I was making. However, as an important part of the job search process I don’t think Skype interviews can be beat. I was able to watch the recruiting committee members as they asked their questions and listened to my responses. Because of being able to watch each person, I felt much at ease.
And, they could see me. I hope I came across well. I dressed up for the occasion, and tried to speak in complete sentences. I’m sure the visual aspect of the interview will help them decide whether or not I have something to offer them.
by David Albrecht