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No-Gos in the job interview by video

A blog post in the series 'Job Change in Agribusiness' by Dr. Jochen Riebensahm, Agribusiness Lead 'Livestock & Technology' and Partner of Riebensahm Agribusiness Recruiting.


Since Corona, the first meeting between applicant and company is almost routinely conducted via video. Unfortunately, when evaluating interviews, I notice that time and again candidates *) who are best qualified in terms of their CV and competencies are not invited to the second appointment or do not receive the job offer they had hoped for. From my point of view as a personnel consultant with the experience of more than 1000 job interviews, you should definitely pay attention to the following no-go's during video interviews or avoid them through good preparation:


  • Show up unprepared: Make sure you have the necessary software installed and are familiar with the video conferencing tool. Test the camera, microphone, and Internet connection in advance to .

  • Distracting backgrounds, interruptions and other distractions: Pay attention to your background during the video interview. Avoid messy or distracting backgrounds. Choose a quiet location with neutral or professional surroundings where someone isn't unplanned walking through the frame behind you or the mailman is ringing the doorbell during the interview. When the video connection is up, mute your cell phone and inform roommates or family members about the interview to avoid interruptions. Make sure that you are well lit, but at the same time that no blinding light or sun disturbs the interviewer..

  • Inappropriate attire: dress appropriately for the interview, even if you are attending from home. Choose appropriate business attire to make a professional impression.

  • Too little eye contact: Try to make regular eye contact with the camera and not look at the screen or other elements. This will make you appear more focused and engaged to the interviewer.

  • Inappropriate speaking speed: it is understandable that you may be excited. Even then, make sure you speak at an appropriate pace so that the interviewer can understand you well. Avoid speaking too fast or too slow. Try to articulate yourself clearly and distinctly..

  • Lack of interaction: Show active participation and interest during the video interview by agreeing, nodding and giving appropriate non-verbal signals. Let the interviewer finish and do not interrupt.

  • Do not ask questions: When given the opportunity, use it to ask your questions. Show interest in the company, position or team. Avoid asking no questions or only superficial questions..




By avoiding these specific no-go's, you'll do a lot to make a professional and positive impression during the video interview.


If you have any questions about this or the entire topic of job interviews, talk to the consultants and coaches at Riebensahm Agribusiness Recruiting:


Bettina Lichtenberg – Coaching Lead - LINK

Stefano Pettinella – Pet Industry Lead - LINK

Michael Witt – Agribusiness Lead ’Crop’ LINK

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