One of the initial interviews is often a Skype interview. Audio and video quality are important. What should I keep in mind when setting up my audio devices for a Skype interview?

I think speakers are out of the window, as I do not want to create an echo effect, so I decided to go with headphones. I have a few different kinds of headphones. Big over-ear gaming ones with a good microphone in them, simple looking over-ear Bose ones and simple white earbuds.

Are there any expectations regarding headphones? Are gaming headphones not done? Are over-ear headphones less professional than earbuds? Or is this all a matter of opinion?

What should I keep in mind when deciding on headphones for a Skype interview?

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    Why do you think speakers are out of the window? If by "echo effect" you mean audio feedback, there won't be any. If you're just worried about sound quality, it won't be anything significant. – David K Feb 1 '16 at 15:52
  • I think MS has figured out how to fix the echo. That said, I love my Jimi Hendrix headset with cords that don't tangle! – Amy Blankenship Feb 1 '16 at 15:57
  • "Big over-ear gaming ones with a good microphone in them" - I would suggest against headphones with a boom mic. – HireThisMarine Feb 1 '16 at 16:06
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a technical question concerning audio hardware. Said hardware being used for an interview is not sufficient reason to make it on-topic here. The only answer this community is truly qualified to give is "use headphones that work." – Lilienthal Feb 1 '16 at 16:40
  • For travel I've got little Microsoft headsets with microphone that fold up and fit into a compact bag. I rarely do video, but it's unobtrusive looking if that matters. It works very nicely as long as the Skype connection is good, and if it isn't no headset is going to help. – Spehro Pefhany Feb 1 '16 at 17:48

As someone who has had several Skype interviews I think you're way overthinking it. As long as the sound quality is reasonably good and the headphones aren't decorated with obscene gestures it's highly unlikely anyone would care in the slightest. Wear whatever makes you most comfortable.

  • I use regular earbuds with my laptop's built-in speaker, which gives decent sound quality, while not making me look like an airplane pilot with big over the ear headphones with a boom mic (as I've seen some people do). – Johnny Feb 1 '16 at 17:09
  • I do think wearing huge head phones might look a little silly. Wearing simple ear buds sound more reasonable than wearing huge bose head sets. – Dan Feb 2 '16 at 16:08

I'm just not hip enough to feel comfortable being seen with headphones on during an interview. Test out your system with some friends and see if the echo is a concern at all.

You'd also have to make sure you can control your voice. Even though you can hear it through Skype, some people aren't very good at it. Again, practice with a friend.

  • Practice is good. Also, one thing I like to do on skype is look at the camera if you can, and not the person on the screen. That gives the appearance of eye contact. – Laconic Droid Feb 1 '16 at 21:14

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