Video interviews are becoming a popular choice with graduate recruiters such as Aldi, Bird and Bird, Skanska and FDM. According to a recent AGR Survey 42% of employers have used video interviews. You can find out more here.
So what exactly is a video interview?
This blog will focus on one-way video interviews where an employer is using online video software to interview. The interview questions will be pre-recorded and the interviewee will be given a set amount of time to answer each question. At no point during these type of interviews are you talking to a live person. The interviewee will be given a log in for the software and will usually be given the option to complete a practice question before the assessed questions begin. The instructions on how to complete the interview will be clear. A typical amount of time given is 30 seconds to read the question and 2 minutes to respond but this will vary from employer to employer. The time will countdown on the screen for each question.
The good thing about a video interview is that the candidate can complete the interview in their own time and at a place convenient to them. The only thing needed is a computer and a webcam and some video interview software will also work on a mobile phone. This cuts out travel time and costs. Video interviews also cut time and costs for recruiters and mean that they can replay anything that interests them. As video interviews are timed all candidates get a fair and unbiased experience.
- Understand the mission and values of the organisation. Research the company and the sector just as you would for a face to face interview.
- Complete the practice question at the beginning of the interview. This will help you understand what the time given to answer the question feels like. Practice watching and timing yourself answering questions before the interview by recording yourself on your mobile phone. Maintaining good eye contact is key so practicing before the interview will help you with this.
- Complete your video interview at least a couple of days in advance of the deadline incase technology fails you
- Make sure your background is professional and that you are dressed smartly. The employer can still see you when they play the video back so dress the way you would for a face to face interview!
- If you have time left on the clock at the end of a question do act naturally- do not pretend the camera has frozen!
- Make sure that you complete your interview somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed. Tell your housemates beforehand and put a sign on your door.
If you have a video interview coming up and you would like more advice and support please do come and visit us during a drop in session in the Careers and Employability Service building.