I don’t know about other majors, but engineering majors are highly encouraged to pursue internships during their summers. It’s almost a requirement! So I’ve been working on getting my summer together. Unfortunately, I was only able to apply for one internship; applying from thousands of miles away is harder than you’d think! But it was one that I really wanted. Eight weeks working for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation as part of their Fleming Scholars Program. Anyway, I fretted over my application until it was as perfect as I could make it, and I submitted it. And I waited.
About a month later got the good news that I had been selected as one of 25 applicants who were invited for an interview! WHOO!!! But, since I happen to be in a different country, the interview would be conducted via Skype. It was one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve ever done.
Some of it was like a normal interview. I picked out my most professional outfit (I didn’t have a ton to work with, so that was interesting), made sure I was up to date on the company, and I had plenty of questions. But I also had to make sure the Internet was working properly, make sure I wasn’t backlit so they could see my face, make sure my room was clean, make sure my flat mates would be quiet, etc. there’s definitely a lot more to consider when you sign up for a Skype interview.
But, for better or for worse, the day of my interview finally came. Everything went fine (once we got past some technical difficulties on their end) except that it was kind of hard to hear them. I would advise using head phones with a built in mic for your interview. Unfortunately I couldn’t get my hands on any. I got an email from them yesterday notifying me that I was selected as an alternate(!!!) and I should know yea or nae for sure on March 25th.
So the take away here is that skype interviews suck. I did learn a lot about how I interview from it, but I sincerely hope I never have to do it again.