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如何在Skype上求职面试

Anne Fisher 2011年05月17日

如果你还没有在Skype上进行过重要的会面,比如求职面试,那你以后肯定会有机会的。准备好,给自己拍个特写镜头吧。

    据称Skype服务的用户数量已达1.7亿,并且正在以每年40%的幅度增长。而且,随着微软公司(Microsoft)开出85亿美元的高价收购Skype,该服务必将在企业界遍地开花。

    比尔•罗森塔尔表示,在Skype上进行面试已经成为雇主筛选求职者的新途径。它正在快速代替电话面试,甚至面对面的面试。

    罗森塔尔目前担任知言管理咨询公司(Communispond)首席执行官。这是一家拥有32年历史的培训公司,主要业务是对高级管理人员进行沟通技巧培训。如何在网络世界恰当地展现个人风采?罗森塔尔给出了六条建议:

    1. 选用正规的用户名。与你所使用的商务电子邮件地址一样,如果你用hotpants33或者partyanimal2011这样的名字作为Skype的账号,那绝对不是个好主意。

    2. 练习对着电脑说话。罗森塔尔建议,在参加Skype会面或面试之前,“要保证你熟悉这项技术。多多练习,可以先和朋友进行排练。”

    3. 布置合适的环境。你肯定希望对方看到的是简洁的背景,没有物品、动作或者声音会分散他的注意力。罗森塔尔表示:“你的背后不应该有亮光,因为这会让你的脸色变暗。如果有必要的话,可以换一下显示器的位置。”

    4. 排除干扰。一定要关掉你的手机,而且,如果你在家使用Skype的话,在面试期间把你的家人和宠物先赶出去吧。与传统的电话面试一样,狗叫声和孩子纠缠不休的声音,对你没有一点好处。

    5. 退后一点。罗森塔尔建议:“不要离显示器太近。你绝对不想对方只看到你的脸。”

    6. 进行(虚拟的)眼神接触。在讲话的时候,不要只盯着显示器,而不看摄像头;否则会给对方留下捉摸不透的印象。但是“也不要目不转睛地盯着摄像头看”,因为这让你看起来非常古怪。

    罗森塔尔特别强调:“切记,与面对面的会面或面试一样,你给对方留下的第一印象会产生持续的影响。”所以,特别是在求职面试的时候,一定要穿着得体:“即使那家公司是以工作环境宽松、随意而著称,你也应该穿上一套正装。”有些事情是永远不会改变的。

    Now that Microsoft (MSFT) is shelling out $8.5 billion to buy Skype, the service -- which already claims 170 million users and 40% annual growth -- seems poised to become even more ubiquitous in the business world.

    Already, says Bill Rosenthal, Skype interviews are fast replacing phone screenings as a way for employers to check out job candidates before, or even instead of, an in-person sit-down.

    Rosenthal is chief executive of Communispond, a 32-year-old coaching firm that teaches communications skills to executives. His six tips for projecting the right persona in cyberspace:

    1. Choose a professional username. As with an email address you use for business, a Skype account with a moniker like hotpants33 or partyanimal2011 is a dumb idea.

    2. Practice talking to your computer. Before a Skype meeting or interview, "make sure you're familiar with the technology," Rosenthal suggests. "Practice using it. Rehearse with a friend."

    3. Arrange the right setting. You want to be seen against an uncluttered background with no distracting objects, movement, or sound. "There shouldn't be light behind you, because it will darken your face," Rosenthal says. "Move your monitor if you have to."

    4. Block out interruptions. Turn off your cell phone, of course, but also, if you're Skype-ing from home, banish your family and pets for the duration. As with an old-school phone interview, howling dogs and importuning children will do you no favors.

    5. Back it up a little. "Don't move too close to the monitor. You don't want only your face showing," Rosenthal says.

    6. Make (virtual) eye contact. Gazing at the computer screen instead of the camera while you're talking will make you seem shifty. But "don't stare unblinkingly at the camera", either, which will just make you look weird.

    "As in a live meeting or interview, remember that the first impression you make will be lasting," Rosenthal notes. So, particularly for a job interview, be sure to look the part: "Even if the company has a reputation for being laid-back and casual, wear a suit." Some things never change.

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