What do I have to consider when doing an interview via video call?

Not only in times of Corona we observe a strong trend towards interviews via video call. The advantage is that a video interview can be conducted at any time and any place. Long time-consuming journeys to personal preliminary talks are avoided.
The following points should be noted:

  • Use a suitable and common software. The most common providers are Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp. Downloads are usually available free of charge from the respective manufacturers.
  • Check your software profile. Have you chosen an appropriate name?
  • Agenda and time frame should be coordinated. It is best to be ready to start 15 minutes before the scheduled start.
  • Choose the appropriate dress code. As a rule, the outfit that is suitable for a personal meeting in the company is also suitable for a video call.
  • Choose a suitable location for the interview. Avoid disturbing sources and background noise. Switch your mobile phone off silently or completely. Check the technology and network access in advance.

During the interview: Pay attention to your body language! Smile, eye contact and non-verbal communication are visible in the video call!

By Dr. Achim Gast

Executive Search Consultant for Chemical Industry, Paints & Coatings and Plastics Processing Industry

Dr. Achim Gast is Managing Director of DELTACON Executive Search. Together with his team, he is responsible for the chemical industry, paints & coatings and the plastics processing industry. In addition to his work as a Executive Search Consultant, Dr. Achim Gast has 30 years of management experience in sales, development, production and executive management functions in the chemical industry.