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About Video Interviews
Video interviews are becoming ever more common in the recruitment process. They help employers to gain a better understanding of the candidate before any psychometric testing. This process therefore helps narrow down the pool of candidates before the next stage of the application process – typically a face-to-face interview or assessment centre exercises. Given the technological advantages provided by the Internet, these are increasingly replacing the telephone interview situation.
Video interviews made include questions about your achievements, previous experiences, previous roles, perhaps even previous education and qualifications.
Video Interview Questions and Tips
The best way to prepare for a video interview is to become familiar with the format and feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Practising answering questions and knowing what you roughly want to say for most of the questions that are likely going to come up is essential.
There are two main types of video interviews. There are ones where you are talking directly to someone from the hiring company (via skype, teams or any other video platform), or there are interviews where you are recorded answering questions that appear on your screen.
You don't need to have perfectly prepared answers for questions you think will come up because 1: unless you've perfectly memorised it, any sort of reading from a script or notes may go against you; and 2: the questions that are asked are likely to be slightly different to your prepared questions and so sticking to your pre-made answer won't fully answer the question.
You want to appear natural and confident, keep practising your responses until your answers flow and you don't stumble - the questions you prepared may not come up that's why you need to stay calm and confident.
Try recording and playing back your answers to questions such as:
- Describe a situation where you made an important decision that you knew would prove unpopular with certain people.
- Describe a time when you needed to develop an unconventional approach to solve an existing problem.
- Tell me about a time you needed to use teamwork to solve a problem.
- What motivates you at work?
- Which achievements are you particularly proud of?
- You are facing significant resistance from a prospective client over costs. How would you win them over?
Make sure you have a microphone and webcam connected to your computer. Also ensure that the computer is allowed access to microphone and camera on your phone. This can then be used to record your responses and then play them back to review your responses yourself. Note: To use the software you will also need Flash installed on your browser.
Advantages of Video Interviews
There are several advantages of the video interview process. The most obvious is the capacity of connectivity that becomes possible with the technology. Interviews can be held from the workplace to potentially anywhere with Internet access. It is also becoming more possible for video interviews to be conducted via smartphones. Other advantages include the ability to better prepare as you will have more time. You do not need to travel and get to an interview on time. You are doing it from the comfort of your home, hotel room, or even a café.
Video interviews can also be recorded so more people involved in the recruitment process can observe and evaluate a potential candidate if desired. Another advantage is that no time is taken up in preparing a meeting room or making sure all candidates make it to the workplace in question.