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


Jobbing in Corona times: the video interview.

Someone has 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 brings is still uncertain but it is expected that the digital switch in our current practices, will partly be continued.

Because a camera makes sure that communicating in a slightly different way happens, I like to list the main issues for you.

The video interview: do's and don'ts

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

What can you check beforehand?

The program to set up the video connection can differ from company to company. For this reason it is recommended 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. It's important to make sure you have a neutral and professional background to make a good first impression when applying for a video.

It's important to make a good first impression. Keep your focus

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

How come?

How then? Because an interviewer can't always see who or what is distracting you, after all you're not in the same room. Being easily distracted makes for a restless impression.

It is important to be able to see what is going on.

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


Don't let your attention wander.

Prepare a few questions.

As with a personal interview, it's best to prepare yourself for possible interview questions. After all, practice makes perfect!

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

Attention to the non-verbal.

between both parties.

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

Communicate clearly and briefly.

The last element is about the length of the conversation and how best to answer. Video interviews are not ideal for wide-ranging explanations. So formulate your answers briefly and to the point. This ensures clarity and more chance of convincing the interviewer.

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

It's important to make sure that the interviewer is clear about what you want to say.

Conclude the interview well. Sum up your strong points at the end of the conversation, ask any additional questions and thank the recruiter for the interest shown.

It's a good idea to have a conversation with a recruiter who is willing to listen to your questions.

Wishing you lots of success!


Elle Fleurackers

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