Video Interviewing 101

Picture this; you apply to a bunch of jobs and a recruiter calls you to set up an interview. The recruiter mentions it’s going to be a video interview. You’re excited for the opportunity, but wonder what the heck a video interview even is!

Each year, the CCD fields questions from students about video interviews. Many of the employers who participate in campus recruiting utilize video interviews rather than sending representatives to campus. Sometimes, they are also used if a job seeker would be relocating for the position. Most often, it is used for first-round interviews.

Whatever the reason, remember that the goal for a video interview is the same as an in-person interview: to make a good impression and to receive an invitation for a second-round interview.

Video interviews can be pre-recorded or live.  In a pre-recorded interview, the employer sends a link with pre-recorded interview questions, to which you would record your responses. A live video interview is similar to a face-to-face interview, but conducted via webcam.

As is the case for all interviews (in person and video), preparation is key. Want to ace the video interview?  Make sure you prepare!

Practice using Big Interview (found on Handshake)

Big Interview is an online mock interview system that will help you improve your interview technique, practice answering tough questions, and build your confidence. This can be especially beneficial for video interviews, as the format will be very similar to the real thing!

Once you feel prepared in answering questions, make sure you prepare your interview space. Follow these tips for your mock interviews so that you are comfortable and confident for the real thing.

  • Choose a quiet area. Don’t have your TV on or music playing in the background.  Turn your phone off or switch to silent.
  • Check your internet connection, microphone and camera before the interview. Make sure everything is working properly.
  • Lighting is very important. Can the interviewer see you?  Have a plain wall behind you, not a window.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Dress like it’s an in-person interview. Wear a suit.
  • Sit up straight.
  • Make eye contact. Look at the camera lens and not the computer screen.

Of course, whether you have a video interview or an in-person interview, following up with the recruiter is the same. Remember to send a thank-you note or email.

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