How to Perform Well in a Video Interview

by | Published on May 21, 2019 | Interview Transcription

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Video interviews have become commonplace as the first stage of the job interview process and video transcription helps recruiters get the most out of the captured content. Video helps recruiters attract top talent much faster, stay competitive, save on costs, and communicate more effectively about the company. Twitter, Apple, Facebook and Google are among the top companies that use videos as part of their recruiting strategy.
How to Perform Well in a Video Interview
There are two types of video interviews: a system where the candidate answers pre-recorded questions, and live on-screen interviews such as FaceTime and Skype, which are similar to the conventional face-to-face. Preparing well for a video interview can help you ace it.

  • Follow the instructions and know what to expect: In a one-way interview, you need to follow all the directions precisely. So read the instructions carefully. Instead of questions from a live recruiter, you may have to respond to on-screen prompts. When questions are asked via pre-recorded video, you will be given about three minutes to answer. Pay attention to the time allotted for each question. Giving a long answer for one question means you would need to shorten other answers. You may be also asked to provide answers in written format. Software developers may be required to code in on the job and also provide explanations. Make sure you give specific answers. Check out if there is an option to re-record your answer, though it’s better not to use it if you want to stand out.
  • Submit your answers to meet the company’s deadline: In an on-demand video interview, you can record your answers at your convenience, but you should meet or beat the recruiter’s deadline. Know the due date and avoid waiting till the last possible moment to do the interview.
  • Present yourself well: This means you should treat your video interview just like a regular live interview. Dress appropriately and maintain a professional attitude – this will convey that you are serious about the job you applied for. Dressing too casually can have a negative impact on your performance. Watch your posture – don’t slump in your chair even if you are in your living room!
  • Speak clearly: As you will have only a limited amount of time to respond to each question, it is necessary to speak clearly. Be pleasant, and as creative and engaging as possible as more than one recruiter may see your interview.
  • Avoid notes: A Forbes article cautions against using notes in a one-way video interview. Relying on notes may give the hiring manager the impression that you are not well prepared or confident, which will affect your chances of landing the job. On the other hand, if you receive the questions in advance, you can script out your answers and be well-prepared.
  • Choose the right location: Make sure the room where you set up your computer is well-lit, neat, and quiet. Keep the background as simple as possible. Test your internet connection and your computer’s audio and webcam.
  • Ensure the best camera angle: Experts recommend the best position for the camera as the same height as top of your head ( Be sure to sit up straight and looking at the camera. This is important to convey the impression of maintaining eye contact with the interviewer, similar to the traditional face-to-face.
  • Have a resume/application ready: Have a copy of the job description and your resume or application available for reference. Make sure the content matches what you state in the video.
  • Practice, practice: To sound natural, you must know your script well. So practice till your presentation style is perfect before the official interview begins. After you make a recording, analyze it and make the necessary changes. Recording yourself in practice will help you understand see what needs to be changed.

Pre-recorded video interviews are not a substitute for face-to-face interviews and final selection. Once they get through this first stage, candidates will typically be invited for a face-to-face. Interview transcription service providers document the interaction, allowing employers to better understand the respondent’s unique perspectives.


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