Candidates interviewed virtually are often rated lower than those grilled face to face. Find out how to land that dream job with our top tips.

Skype interview tips  - Women's Health & Fitness

Sure you can wear slippers with your skirt suit, but the perks of video interviews are offset by a likeability handicap according to a new study at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business.

If you are up for a V-call, researchers offer these tips:

Good internet connection is essential!

Use the best equipment and internet connection you can afford to lessen delays and technical limitations, which can make conversations less fluid and interactive.

Facial expressions are critical

Body language is important, but facial expressions are critical. Position the camera close enough to register facial expressions.

Practise, practise, practise

Practise speaking to the camera to ensure natural vocal tone, facial expressions and gestures, which tend to appear more subtle on camera. Rehearse exaggerated nodding, smiling and hand gestures and amp up intonation.

Position the webcam as close to eye level as possible

To get around the lack of eye contact caused by looking at the image on your monitor rather than into the camera, position the webcam as close to eye level as possible.

Avoid technical issues

 Practise using your equipment with friends and family to avoid technical glitches and ensure you’re not pre-occupied with whether your camera’s working.

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