More and more employers in Singapore are conducting initial job interviews via Skype, hoping to get a better feel for applicants than a phone call interview provides. However, interviews done through video calls require a different type of preparation compared to traditional personal interviews. Here are five important tips to ensure you’re making a great impression from a distance.

1. Check Your Side of the Spectrum

To avoid possible destructions of your professional image, follow the fundamental rule of Skype interview: log into Skype 15 minutes before your scheduled interview and check your settings, including your profile picture, display name and your internet connection. Once you’re sure that you already look competent, you’re all set.

2. Dress Professionally—and Not Just from the Waist Up

They may never see what you’re wearing down there, but for your own good (in case you will need to stand up and reach for your resume on the other table), swap out those sweatpants for a pair of decent jeans. The more professional you look, the more professional you will feel. For the make-up, no need for full contour; just make sure to look tidy and office appropriate.

3. Prepare Your Background

Your space says as much as your appearance does. So, pick a quiet place to take the video call, without elaborate backdrop so you can be the focal point on the frame. Remove those band posters and photographic evidences of your friend’s bachelorette party, and keep everything in the background neutral.

4. Practice Beforehand

Doing a run through video call interview with a friend is helpful, because Skype calls can get awkward since you’ll have to retain yourself to look at the camera and not the computer screen. Play around and try different things beforehand, so that when it’s time for your interview, you can focus on your employer without getting distracted by the program.

5. Be Honest and Be Yourself

Do not hesitate to tell your interviewer that it’s your first time doing a video call interview. It helps break the ice, and most interviewers are very understanding (and even let you take a quick break if you’re feeling uncomfortable). Just answer the questions honestly and be yourself while the interview is going on.

Just like traditional face-to-face interview, online interviews allow employers to get a glimpse of your personality and know whether you’re fit for the job. Do your best to leave a great impression and perhaps qualify for a face-to-face interview or even get hired right away.