How to prepare your Skype interview?

With Internship provider, you won't be competing with other potential interns. Indeed, if a company wants to have an interview with you, that would mean it already is very interested by your profile. From that point, 80% of the work is done but the last 20% are completely up to you. This interview will be your moment, the moment you introduce yourself to your future tutor and make him/her understand that you're the one for the company. To have all the odds in your favour, you should be well prepared.

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A few days before the interview, inquire all the information you may need to know about the company. Thus, you will be able to show how motivated you are. Yes, you are. In the same aim, prepare questions about the company, the team or the missions. It will be highly appreciated.

Stop being shy and learn how to talk about yourself. It's not easy, I know, but your interlocutor has already read your resume and your cover letter so he knows everything about your educational and career path but he doesn't know you. Try to find out what make you be unique.

If English is not your mother tongue, make sure you master the basic conversational words and, even if you're native, the specific vocabulary. You can do some researches and prepare sentences for example, it will make you feel more comfortable. Have a look on our Facebook page. I put English vocabulary frequently. You can also watch series, movies or videos on internet in order to be get used to the pronunciation. Keep in mind we also propose English courses abroad.

Do not forget that we can plan a training Skype, like a fake interview if you want. Making sure you have the best profile is part of the package so enjoy it.

The D-day

A few minutes before the interview, you should warm your mouth up. Does it sound ridiculous? But trust me it is not because thanks to those 5 minutes-prep, you won't stutter and look more comfortable while you speak. I found this very good video for you, from Benjamin's English classes on Youtube.

During the interview, be honest. Don't lie about your skills and yourself, your contact person would notice it straight away. If you don't understand a word or a sentence, it's ok, feel free to ask the person to repeat. You still haven't understood? Don't panic, it's ok, it can happen but it would be a shame to show you're incapable to cope with stress. Focus on keywords as verbs, pronouns and then, the context will help you to understand more easily.

Think simply, do not try to make long sentences or to say too much at the same time. Rephrase if necessary, it's ok.  

And finally, smile, be nice, polite and the person will adore you!

A few examples

Tell me about yourself / Describe yourself

What are your strengths?

Do you have any questions for me?

What are your goals for the future?

What major challenges have you handled?  

Tell me about your studies

Did you participate to extra uni activities?

Do you speak any foreign language?

What do you think you can bring to the company?

 

 

 

How to prepare your Skype interview?

Cheers,

Cassandra

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