Skype interviews

Okay, so being quite junior, my job is thus very temporary and as such I am applying for several other jobs (such is the nature of the academic job market). Many of these are, of course, thousands of miles away.

In particular, I’ve been offered a job interview in London. Being at such short notice booking a flight is prohibitively expensive. Consequently they have offered an alternative – an interview via skype.

Should I accept this offer, or try to persuade them to delay by a couple of weeks, when I may well be in England anyway? Is being interviewed in this way known to disadvantage an application or not or what???

Does anyone reading this have any experience of Skype based interviews? If so, is it sensible to approach these in the same way as any others or is it worth doing anything a differently?

Any comments/suggestions/tips are all VERY VERY VERY welcome. Thanks.

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3 Responses to “Skype interviews”

  1. Clare Says:

    I’ve never been offered a skype interview, but I know people who have interviewed over skype very sucessfully – they got the job afterwards. I think as long as you have a good and stable internet connection it shouldn’t be a problem.

  2. Ben Says:

    I’ve used skype quite a few times when I’m traveling. As long as your internet connection is half decent its just like talking on the phone. So treat it just as a phone interview!

  3. Peter Cameron Says:

    Fine as long as you have a good connection. Even unprejudiced interviewers tend to get a negative impression if you keep disappearing. But as Ben said, it is like a telephone interview, and these can work fine.

    If your prospective employer is like mine, they probably need to see you in person before they confirm the job (I heard this from other places too), so if you are going to be in London anyway, tell them so.

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