Applying during Corona times

An Degryse
  • 3 Min read

Some of you may have experience in having remote interviews. Most companies still stick to the "face to face" interview. Understandable, if you know that a lot of our communication is supported by non-verbal components (body language, facial expression, voice, etc.). Even if the scientific world disagrees on the exact percentages, a camera ensures that communication is done in a specific way. Some preparation or additional tips may be relevant. Some do's and don'ts in a row.

1. Check, check and double check.

What do you need to check beforehand?

Firstly, start with the right connection. Download the correct program (Microsoft Teams, Skype, Bluejeans, etc.). Every company, every recruiter has its own program or method. If you fail to log in through their application or at least perform the test and communicate about it, this may already be a reason not to continue the conversation.

Secondly, make sure the equipment is properly set, that your camera is at eye-level, that your microphone works well and try to choose a neutral background or blur your background so that your own image comes out sharper. Placing yourself in a neutral and professional setting is part of "the first impression" for a video chat.

Keep in mind that clothing is still very important. Remember to put on the same clothes as you would during a "normal" job interview. It creates the right atmosphere and certainly comes across professional.

2. Keep your focus.

This seems quite apparent, but it is even more important for a video interview than for a face-to-face interview.

Do you try to keep full focus with every job interview? Remain calm and try to convince the recruiter of your competences. During a video conversation, focus is all the more important because an interviewer cannot always see who or what is distracting you as you are not in the same room. Being distracted creates a restless impression. Therefore, a calm attitude and good eye contact with your conversation partner and daring to look into the camera (not at the screen) are three important elements. Don't let your attention wander.

3. Prepare some questions.

Just like during a "normal" interview, you better prepare for possible questions. Practice makes perfect! It can be useful to film yourself answering questions so you can see how you come across. This way you can plan your presentation and come across better during the "real" video interview. You will also become more familiar with the camera.

4. Attention to the non-verbal.

"Hire for attitude, train for skills" is a credo for many recruiters. Personality is important and that is where the non-verbal comes into play. It ensures that there is a connection between both parties. A video call makes having a "click" more difficult, it is less personal than meeting someone face to face. Active listening and clear communication and the use of body language can certainly support what you say.

5. Communicate clearly and briefly.

The last element is about the duration of the conversation and how answer best. Video interviews are not ideal for broad explanations. Briefly formulate your answers. This provides clarity and more chance of convincing the interviewer. Long answers and explanations gives the idea that it is a one-way street, while it must still be a conversation between two parties.

End the conversation well. Summarize your strengths at the end of the interview, ask any additional questions and thank the recruiter for the interest shown.


We wish you a lot of success.

Your Rainbow Resources Team

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