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10 Tips to Ace a Skype Job Interview

1. Be prepared for your Skype job interview.

Prepare your Skype job interview as you would approach an in-person interview. Practice and rehearse interview questions ahead of time. Have a list of questions to ask interviewers.

2. Do a test run on Skype prior the job interview.

Check out the lighting and the background. Do a sound check. Practice to focus on the camera while you speak.

3. Dress as you’re going to a face-to-face interview.

Treat your Skype interview as a face-to-face interview. You want to look professional and sharp on Skype.

4. Make sure your background is clean and neat.

You want the interviewers to focus on you during the interview and not to be distracted by the untidy background. If possible, you may want to consider to have a warm background (e.g., a bookshelf instead a blank wall).

5. Check the lighting.

You want to make sure your face is well-lit.

6. Select a quiet setting.

Let your family and roommates know ahead of time that you cannot be interrupted during your interview. If you have pets, make sure they are not in the room.

7. Turn your cell phone off & turn off applications on your computer.

You want to turn off incoming e-mail and text messages.

8. Watch your camera, not your screen.

You want to establish the eye contact with interviewers. You want to focus on your camera when you talk. It may feel unnatural at first since the tendency is to focus on the screen. You can tape a picture of a friend above the camera to help you focus on the camera.

9. Smile.

10. Be prepared for technical problems.

In the beginning of the interview, agree on if the connection drops, who will call back.

7 Stress Management Tips during Job Search

“Be here now.”
-Zen Saying

1. Meditate

Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress. You’ll find that it helps you learn how to get away from the worries of life to a more peaceful state of mind. Just a few minutes of meditation everyday can make a huge difference by bringing peace and relaxation to your body, mind, spirit. One meditation technique is to focus on your breath. By focusing on your breath for a few minutes, you will notice your thoughts start to slow down. Your mind becomes clear and you will be more relaxed.

2. Eat healthy.

We are what we eat. I recommend eating as many fruits and vegetables as you can. Fruits and vegetables have the highest prana of any food category. Check out fruit & vegetable benefits published by CDC.

3. Exercise

Exercise is great for relieving stress and making us feel better. Exercise also increases the level of brain chemicals called growth factors that help make new brain cells and establish new connections between brain cells to help us learn.

4. Include humor in your life.

I absolutely love funny movies and hilarious news quiz programs. Laughter is the best medicine. Check out Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, NPR: Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell me.

5. Spend time in nature.

Nature is nurturing and healing. Take time to watch sunrises and sunsets. Take a walk on the beach. Watch ocean waves crashing against the shore line. Breathe in the ocean air. Gaze brown pelicans flying through the sky…

6. Be grateful.

The study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons has shown practicing gratitude can increase happiness by 25%. The practice of gratitude is simple and easy to do. Get a piece of paper or a journal. Write down things you’re grateful for.

7. Help others.

The fastest way to be happy is to do something for someone else with no expectation that they will do anything for you in return. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, give a homeless person a dollar or just give a warm smile to the cashier where you shop. There are countless ways to help others. By helping others, we feel good about ourselves. When we are feeling good, we tend not to ruminate on the past or worry about the future.

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