7 video call job interview mistakes to avoid

Ezra Finch
3 min readMar 29, 2022

Are you planning a job interview via video calling soon? Then pay close attention. You want to avoid these mistakes in such an important conversation.

Thanks to corona, the development towards ‘remote’ working has accelerated. Even if we finally say goodbye to COVID-19, we will probably continue to work from home a lot. These tips for a job interview via video calling will not only come in handy now, but also in the future.

As if a job interview wasn’t exciting enough, a job interview via Teams or Zoom also brings other challenges.

Mistakes during a video call job interview

Avoid these seven mistakes when interviewing on Teams or Zoom. You better be well prepared.

1. Do not test your microphone and camera

You can do your best to appear professional, if your microphone or camera works poorly or even not at all, you destroy everything. Especially if you are not familiar with a specific video call app (for example, you always use Teams and not Zoom), it is good to test the program beforehand with your partner or a friend.

You can also practice the job interview right away, so that you go into that interview more confidently.

2. Environment too dark

Of course it can happen that it is a dark gray day, but that is no reason to sit in the dark. Your conversation partner thinks it is important to ‘meet’ you online, otherwise he or she would have asked for a telephone conversation. dark day? Make sure you turn on a light.

3. Wrong outfit

This is a mistake you can always make, but it is easy to make now that you have been working from home in less professional clothing for 1.5 years. Try to match your outfit with the employer. For example, when you apply for a job at a creative start-up, a stiff suit and tie will not match. Are you unsure about your outfit? In general, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed in a job interview.

A few more dress tips specific dish on a video call job interview:

  • Wear pants (yes, really). You never know when you might have to get up during the conversation.
  • Avoid stripes and patterns that can…