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Video interviews

  • Types of Video Interview
  • How to prepare
  • Technology advice

With remote interviewing becoming increasingly popular across all job sectors, this section provides top tips to help you prepare effectively. 

There are two main types of video interview;

  • live interviews
  • or pre-recorded.

It is important that you read any instructions the recruiter sends carefully so you are clear about which type you are preparing for. Video interviews are often used in the early stages of the interview process.

This can filter the number of candidates, employers are also seeing benefits such as:

  • accessing a geographically dispersed talent pool,
  • effective working across different time zones
  • reduced travel costs
  • co-ordinating a strong panel of interviewers.

A live video interview is with an interviewer or panel of interviewers conducting the interview through a platform such as:

  • Zoom
  • Teams
  • Skype
  • Google Hangout.

You will be sent a link to access the interview at a pre-scheduled time. The format will closely replicate that of an in-person interview.

On completion of this stage of the application process some recruiters would still invite you for an in-person interview. However, for some employers this could be the final stage in the process before making an employment offer.

A pre-recorded video interview (or one-way interview) involves recording yourself answering a set of pre-recorded questions.

This works in the following way:

  • Employers will send you a link to video interview platforms such as ShortlistMe, Sonru and LaunchPad with a tutorial or instructions for completing the interview. This will often include links to practice sessions, and a test to assess sound and vision quality.
  • This will often include links to practice sessions, and a test to assess sound and vision quality.
  • As there is no interviewer present you can record your answers at your own convenience before a set deadline.

You will be given a set amount of time for each answer, for example, 1 minute to read the question and begin to formulate your response and 2 minutes to answer it. It is advisable to practice giving answers in 2 minutes, it’s easy to either have too much to say or not enough. 

As there is no interviewer present you can record your answers at your own convenience before a set deadline. It is not advisable to leave this until the last minute in case of technical issues. You may also want to consider what time of day you are likely to perform most effectively, if you are a morning person then don’t try and record late in the evening as you will not be at your best.

How to prepare for a video interview

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