5 Do's and Don'ts for a successful video interview


Applying for a job in Corona times: the video interview.

Some have already experienced it, a job interview via video. Before the pandemic, most companies still stuck to the "face-to-face" interview. Understandable if you know that our communication is largely supported by non-verbal aspects (body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, etc.). What the future will bring is still uncertain but it is expected that the digital switch in our current working methods, will partly be continued.

Because a camera makes communication happen in a slightly different way, I would like to list the most important things for you.

The video interview : do's and don'ts

Here are some do's and don'ts in a row. Take these tips to heart when preparing for your job interview.

Check, check and double check.

What can you check beforehand?

The program used to set up the video link can differ from company to company. For this reason, it is advisable to test it beforehand. First of all, download the right program (Microsoft Teams, Skype, Bluejeans, Zoom etc.). If you don't succeed in signing up, you can let the recruiter in question know beforehand.

Then make sure the equipment is set properly: camera at eye level, a microphone that works and a neutral background. Placing yourself on a neutral and professional background is part of "making a good first impression" for a video job application.

Your clothes are also best for business. Put on the same clothes you would wear to a normal job interview. This creates the right atmosphere and comes across as professional.

Keep your focus

Sounds logical but this is even more important for a video interview than for a face-to-face interview.

Why is that? Because an interviewer can't always see who or what is distracting you, after all you are not in the same room. Being easily distracted creates a restless impression.

Three important things to keep your focus: Maintain a calm posture, maintain good eye contact with your interviewer and dare to look into the camera (not at the screen).

Don't let your attention wander.

Prepare some questions.

As with a personal interview, it is best to be prepared for possible interview questions. After all, practice makes perfect!

It can be useful to film your answers so that you can see for yourself how you look on screen. This will allow you to improve your presentation in order to come across even better during the 'real' video interview. You will also become more familiar with the camera.

Attention to the non-verbal.

"Hire for attitude, train for skills" is a credo with many recruiters. Personality is important and that's where the non-verbal aspect comes in. It ensures that there is a connection between both parties.

A video call makes a "click" more difficult, it's less personal than meeting someone in real life. Active listening and clear communication, as well as body language can certainly support what you are saying.

Communicate clearly and briefly.

The last element is about the duration of the call and how best to answer. Video interviews are not ideal for wide-ranging explanations. Therefore, formulate your answers briefly and concisely. This ensures clarity and a better chance of convincing the interviewer.

Long conversations give the impression of being one-way traffic, even though it is a conversation between two parties.

Round off the interview well. Summarize your strong points at the end of the interview, ask any additional questions and thank the recruiter for the interest shown.

Good luck!


Elle Fleurackers

Proactive & passionate MarCom Manager with a broad range of interests.