Whether this is your first, second, or fifth time performing a video interview, it most likely won't be your last. More and more employers are turning to video interviews to streamline their recruiting process and augment their hiring decisions.
So what does this mean for you?
Taking a video interview, especially for first-timers, can feel a little awkward. So while your video interview may feel different, you can rest assured knowing you are answering the same questions as every other candidate. With a video interview, you get the chance to explain the skills and experiences that make you uniquely qualified.
More important than the medium of the interview is how well you prepare. The best way to get a job is to be the best person for that job. So let's get started at making that person you.
Digital interviews enable employers to more objectively evaluate a candidate's skills, personality, and aptitude. Digital interviews:
An on demand interview will level the playing field between you and the other candidates, since it means everyone will be evaluated on the exact same criteria. So what can you do to give yourself an advantage? Here are a few tried and true HireVue video interview tips.
Remember, only half of the interview process is determining if you’re a good fit for the company. The other half is determining if the company is a good fit for you.
Your potential employer doesn’t want just anyone, they want candidates whose values, work habits, and ambitions align with their own. Just like friends and colleagues share hobbies and interests, recruiters and hiring managers want to find candidates who share their company's vision and ambition for growth and personal development.
Here are some steps you can take become familiar with a company’s culture:
It’s very likely, once you make it past the initial screening phase, that you’ll be interviewed by the person you’ll be working under. Learn about their role in the company, work history, and interests. This should provide you with some great talking points.
While we recommend you research this person, we also recommend keeping your digital distance. While a connection on LinkedIn maybe justified in some cases, you may want to wait till you’ve built a relationship in person before you request their friendship on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
Here's some action steps you can take to familiarize yourself with your potential future boss/ manager:
This process has two tiers. The first is knowing what problem the company’s product or service solves for the consumer. This is critical to sounding informed in a video interview. You can’t solve a businesses’ problems unless you know what problems they are solving for their customers.
The second tier is understanding the company’s value proposition. After you discover what their product or service solves for their customer, you need to know what incentivizes customers have to shop with this company as opposed to a competitor.
Unless the company’s product or service is absolutely cutting edge, it’s likely they have a fair amount of competition in the marketplace. If you can enter an interview knowing what makes that company better or different than its competitors, your evaluators will be much more likely to perceive you as a qualified candidate.
Here's some action steps you can take to familiarize yourself with your potential employer’s product or service:
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Learning the history of your potential new employer will not only provide you with interview talking points, but glimpsing into their past can also answer questions you might normally have during the post interview process. Why? Because the past is honest. Seeing where a company has been can tell you a lot about where it is going.
Knowing a company’s history will enable you to both,
Knowing a company’s history may not seem essential, however, it is simply one more way to keep your quiver of relevant knowledge full in the event you might need it during your video interview.
Here's some action steps you can take to familiarize yourself with your potential employer’s history:
Keep in mind that on demand video interviews are always structured interviews. You are answering the same questions, in the same order as everyone else who’s interviewing for the position. The employer is going to reserve this time for questions that really matter to them for their initial evaluation.
Video interviews also mean candidate control. No questions will be asked or even can be introduced into the interview that might originate from your race, gender, sexual orientation, dress, previous work experience, hair cut, or anything! You don’t have to prepare for or anticipate curve balls or inappropriate questions. video interviews want to measure your potential to succeed based on merit, not bias.
So what does this mean for you? It means rehearsing answers to questions that solely measure your merit to succeed at the job.
Here are some steps you can take to rehearse or practice for your Video Interview:
According to a recent survey by Adecco, 75% of hiring managers believe the top interview mistake millenials make is wearing inappropriate attire. With millennials being the largest working class in America, it’s likely that you’re either one, or competing against one for your job. While this mistake might be one of the most prevalent within the generation, take heart that it's also one of the most avoidable, meaning you can make yourself a little more competitive by simply wearing the right thing.
In a Psychology Today study, they assert that, “Our clothes make a huge difference to what people think about us – and without us knowing or in ways we couldn’t even imagine.” According to the study, our dress affects our perceived confidence, success, and financial status within those evaluating.
Different companies may have different interview dress standards, If you're unsure how formally to dress, it's better to err on the side of more formal than less.
In most cases something modest, and business casual is perfectly suitable for a video interview. Check with your interview liaison about interview dress attire if you’re seeking further instruction.
Imagine pitching your plans for a company’s next big project and then, boom. Your computer battery dies. These technical difficulties can range from frustrating to terrifying. Prior to conducting your video interview. Run through this “check your tech” checklist.
Have you ever applied for a job that seemed out of your reach just to see what would happen?
In 2016, Workopolis determined that only 2% of applicants get asked to interview. 2 percent!
It’s no wonder why slim odds like these sometimes inspire us to take the “shotgun approach” to applying. Lucky for us, sites like LinkedIn and Indeed have made it so we can apply for a job in a single click! So while applying for jobs has never been easier, the recruiting and hiring professions have never had more clutter.
Video interview software is what creates the happy medium between you and your potential employer. You get the chance to interview, and they now have the means to objectively evaluate hundreds of candidates who, otherwise, would have potentially never gotten a chance to interview.
Because of video interviewing, 100% percent of applicants can be interviewed.
We encourage you to think of your video interview as a chance to show off your skills and elaborate on your resume. This is your chance to prove to your potential employer that you’re more than what you can fit on a sheet of paper. Here are HireVue we believe that everyone deserves a chance to tell their story. We wish you all the best telling yours. Good Luck!