Video now occupies a central place in both social media and job recruitment. A video interview is a new way of communication between a candidate and a recruiter, saving time for both parties. If you think that a video interview equals a live interview, then you’re wrong. Let’s review the main differences, the common mistakes made during video interviews and how to avoid them.
A video interview is a monologue. Think about it as sending a video CV to the recruiter. There is no instant feedback and no two-way communication.
Usually it looks like this: With the help of a specialized service, a recruiter creates a list of questions and time limits for answers. You’re sent a link by email that takes you to a video interview platform. You record the answers on camera. There are only several seconds to think before answering, or no time at all for preparation — everything depends on the recruiter and what he/she wants to know about you.
For example, he or she might want to see how you present your ideas, how fast you think and how you act under unpredictable circumstances. For sure, no one will tease you with questions about tennis balls or ask to find the square root of 4,634,289,423; so relax. Also, everything depends on the position you’re applying for. If you’re aiming for a position in a communications department then you definitely should be confident and talk candidly. A future risk manager must be able to think critically and structurally.
That’s it. Video interviews are no harder than any live interviews you’ve had in the past. Moreover, they’re easier to prepare for if you take our advice.
Good luck and remember to be honest with the camera!