6 Tips to Ace Your
Next Video Interview
If you got an invitation to take a HireVue video interview or you’re expecting one, you may be wondering what to do next. To help you stop wondering and start preparing, here are 6 tips for acing a video interview.
Just what is a HireVue video interview? It’s a simple way companies use to get to know you faster and better understand your skills and experiences beyond your resume or job application.
You simply respond to some job-related questions. And you typically have 30 seconds to prepare for or practice each question and up to 3 minutes to respond. To keep things fair, every candidate that interviews for the role will answer the same questions.
To maximize your success, before you start recording review these 6 ways to ace your video interview.
1) Check Your Tech
You can take a HireVue video interview when and where you want. All you need is a mobile device — like a smartphone — with a camera, or a computer with a webcam, and internet access.
If you don’t have access to your own device, check with your local library to see if you can use a public computer with a camera and internet connection.
For more detailed information about tech setup, look here in our Candidate Help Center.
And rest assured that the HireVue video interview platform will test and ensure your microphone or volume is on and working.
2) Create Your Perfect Interview Environment
Before you start your interview, first and foremost, you want to be comfortable. And since you can interview anywhere, find the place where you’ll be the most comfortable, and where you can enter the “zone.”
Remember, the employer will see and hear what’s goes on around you, so pick a spot to record that’s quiet and free from distractions.
And check your lighting. You want to make sure your lighting is in front of you since light from behind isn’t flattering. You want to find a room or location with decent lighting, so your face is clearly visible. If you’re sitting in front of a window during the daytime, close the blinds to prevent heavy backlighting.
Don’t worry about making eye contact with the camera. To maximize your comfort level, if you want, you can hide your video while you answer the questions.
3) Prepare Like You Would for Any Other Interview
In a HireVue video interview, because employers choose the questions they ask you, you’ll be asked common types of interview questions.
These are some common types of interview questions, and questions that show up frequently in video and live or phone interviews:
- Job Scenario Questions. In these questions, you’ll be asked what you’d do in a scenario you’ll probably see on the job. For example: “A customer has just gotten off the phone with another support representative and is angry. Describe what steps you’d take to calm them down.” You might also be asked to act out what you’d do. For example: “A customer has just gotten off the phone with another support representative and is angry. Describe what steps you’d take to calm them down.”
- Past Experience Questions. You’ll be asked to share a past experience and what you did. For example: “Tell us about a time you calmed down an angry customer. What steps did you take, and why?”
You can also research other common interview questions as you prepare. What’s most important is having a list of stories and experiences you can apply to different types of questions. Some of the places to find common interview questions include Glassdoor and Indeed.
What if My Interview Includes Games?
Some interviews include a series of short games played within the HireVue interview platform. Each game takes roughly 3 minutes to complete and comes with its own instructions. Some of the games may remind you of “brain-teaser” type games. Other games take on a chatbot-like format where you respond to incoming text messages.
Different games have different rules, so be sure to read the instructions so you go into each game prepared and ready. When you begin, you’ll see a countdown starting at “3.” When the countdown reaches zero, start playing.
Some games require concentration and focus. Finding a distraction-free area, and playing when you feel awake and sharp, are the most important steps you can take to succeed.
4) Set Aside Time to Interview
Most interviews take less than 20 or 30 minutes to complete. At a minimum set aside around 45 minutes of distraction-free time. It probably won’t take that long, so this is just to stay on the safe side. And know that, depending on the role, some might take longer.
Games typically add around 10 minutes to the interview. And if you’re interviewing for a software development role, you’ll probably also be asked to complete one or more coding challenges.
No matter what job you’re interviewing for, set aside ample distraction-free time. This way you won’t feel rushed taking your interview and can be your best.
Practice makes perfect, and video interviewing is no exception. If you’ve researched common interview questions, and prepped answers, practice until you feel comfortable and prepared.
When you start your interview, you’ll be able to practice as much as you want within the HireVue platform. Take as much time as you need to get ready.
6) Be Yourself
A video interview, just like an in-person or phone interview, is your chance to shine and share what you offer. Relax, have fun, and let your skills and personality shine! Most importantly, be authentic.
And don’t worry about making eye contact with the camera. Just speak and focus in the way that makes you comfortable.
You’re going to do great!