What Is a Video Interview?

Just as it sounds, video interviews are interviews via video. This means that employers will interview you via Skype or send you a link to an interview platform that contains pre-determined interview questions. Here, you will have a chance to briefly view the question before you record and submit your answer. Although seemingly easier, this method of interviewing means you do not have a chance to expand upon your answers or explain yourself further. Thus, it's essential that your answers be spot-on.


Video Interview Information

Since 2013, the popularity and use of video interviews has increased by over 63%. Furthermore, 51% of candidates have reported that video interviews are a typical part of the hiring process.

It's been noted that 80% of companies with more than 5,000 employees have conducted video interviews, compared to the about 65% of companies with between 1,000 and 4,999 employees who have conducted video interviews. Therefore, it's important to prepare for video interviews as the chances of encountering one during the hiring process are increasing.


Tips for Video Interviews

Similar to Skype interviews, video interviews are conducted through cameras and video platforms, such as an applicant tracking system (ATS) or interview streams. Video interviews are not like in-person interviews, and they require you to keep several unique and challenging aspects in mind while recording your interview answers. JobTestPrep has provided some key tips to remember when preparing for video interviews.

  • Be aware of your posture – As you answer each question, be sure to stand or sit up straight. Don’t fidget as this will make you appear nervous and unprofessional.
  • Look into the camera – You want to make as much eye contact as possible (as you would in a face-to-face interview), so try not to look at your own reflection/image or let you eyes wander about the room.
  • Prepare the space – Sit in a clean and quiet environment as this will help you look prepared and professional.
  • Test your equipment – Be sure that your microphone and camera work.
  • Dress for the interview – Although you might be in the comfort of your own home during a video interview, employers do not want to see you in your pyjamas. This is still an important and vital interview, so dress for the part.
  • Be prepared – Have your resume or CV on hand as you might need to reference it throughout the conversation. Additionally, have scratch paper on hand in case the interviewer mentions important information.
  • Practise – Try to run through your answers before you record them. This will help you avoid silly mistakes (language or fumbling with papers) or long anecdotes that don’t address the question.

 


Interview Questions and Answers

Question: Tell us about a time you had to deal with a challenging customer.

Answer: Reflect on the experience, the way you dealt with it, and the positive results. Be sure to focus on how you approached the conflict (by not avoiding the issue or clashing with or yelling at customers), and emphasise your interpersonal skills.

Reasoning: Employers want to see if you can meet goals and expectations while still creating a pleasant environment for customers. They want to know that you can demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.

Question: Why should we hire you?

Answer: Recall your professional experience, relevant job knowledge, skills and achievements, and your motivation for the job. The best way to incorporate the aforementioned information is through examples and brief anecdotes.

Reasoning: The interviewer wants to understand and grasp your strengths as well as ensure that you understand the responsibilities and duties of the position you're applying for.

Question: What are your transferable skills?

Answer: Include and highlight examples of management, problem-solving, listening, and negotiating skills. Additional skills that interviewers and employers "love" are teamwork, creativity, organising, and producing.

Reasoning: Employers want to know what you can bring to the table, especially if your previous job experience is not in the same field as the job you are applying to. Be sure to reflect on both personal and professional skills as this will make you appear well rounded.


Prepare for Your Video Interview

JobTestPrep offers an Interview PrepPack™ which is designed to help you ace an interview and bring you one step closer to the job you're after. We provide you the tools to pick relevant interview questions and assess your overall interview skills, thus giving you the chance to thoroughly improve as well as highlight your strengths. Start preparing today to ensure your success.