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Ep 631 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains some of the details you need to execute in order to set up doing a Skype interview.

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Let's talk about video interviewing, Skype interviewing, FaceTime interviewing… A whole bunch of stuff. I want to make a point.

It's important to have a relatively blank backdrop behind you. If you were to look over my shoulder, you would see the pictures of my son at the young age. Books. However, you might not be looking at me.

If I were to move over slightly and hand the blind backdrop behind me, what happens is that you are focused on me..

Also, I wore striped shirt today. I have bolder stripes but, in some cases, stripes don't video quite as well. You want to have a solid shirt on. Right now what I'm wearing looks slightly washed out and, yes, your attention is on my face but their are better looks that I have the would complement a video for better.

For you, a blank backdrop, solid shirt, dress appropriately for the organization that you are interviewing with. You could be doing a video interview with a startup that respects casual attire but you know the difference between great casual attire and sloppy casual attire.

Look like a star wherever you can.

When you speak to the camera, I also watched be aware of your hands but if you bring your hands into the line of the face they become a distraction. Again, as I've said in my videos and podcasts, always keep your hands away from your mouth. You can use your hands up to the middle of your chin. But, at the end of the day, solid shirt or blouse, blank backdrop, be careful with your hands because they can wind up being very distracting.


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