Video interview tips for candidates

by Marit Antik in — February 2016
Requesting a video along with an application from candidates is becoming more common for companies. Here is a guideline how to get you started on filming your CV.

Video tips for Job hunters

Sometimes you, as a candidate, might be asked to:

1.    make pre-recorded videos
2.    have the real-time video-interview with the recruiter
3.    make a video-resume about yourself

If you are really interested to get that job, take the video interview as serious as it would be face-to face interview. Here you’ll find some tips how to be prepared for that.

Prepare the technology issues and appearance of yourself

Testing and practising is extremely important as technology might sometimes let you down. When using Skype or similar tool, you should check the following things:

  • if the camera works
  • are settings and lightning ok
  • is the microphone on
  • do you have a correct background
  • position yourself in the middle of the screen so that you could be seen well.

When making the video look at the camera, not to the eyes of the person who is on the screen. Take care of the surrounding noise – switch off your cell phone, ask your family and pets not to disturb you. You should also think about what to wear – if the colour of your dress and your background are the same colour – otherwise the only thing to be seen on the screen might be your head. Better is to use contrast colours.

1. Pre-Recorded (automated) video interviews

Using this type of video-interview, the recruiter writes down or pre-records a list of interview questions for candidates to record answers to. Big advantages here are timing and distance. Interview time is not set and you may choose the most suitable time to record the interviews. You might live thousands of kilometres away in a completely different time-zone, yet this opportunity breaks down all the geographical barriers. The recruiters can watch and listen to the answers at their convenience, using suitable time and place.

Important for you is to follow the stated rules – there is usually time-limit, you might be asked to use different languages etc. Before sending the video, make some testing, ask your friends or family to look at it and give the feedback.
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2. Real-time live interviews using video tools

This solution is the closest to the face-to face interview. There are many different tools like Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Lync etc. to carry out the real-time video interview.

A live video interview allows interviewer and candidates to be in a contact remotely in real-time. This is a two-way conversation between the recruiter and potential employee which works just like an in-person interview, except that it happens over video.
See above mentioned tips about preparation, technology issues and appearance of yourself.

3. Video resumes and CVs

To stand out from the crowd, one option for you, as a candidate, is to create the video resume accompanied with the traditional CV.
It should give a possibility to become noticed by employers and to let you to speak about you in a more attractive way than just in writing. Recorded resume should be as creative and unique as possible and provide potential employers with more insight into what you, as a talented professional, have to offer. Consider the audience and tailor your video targeted to that.
Again, consider the time-frame – it should be no longer than 2-3 minutes; otherwise no one of the decision makers will bother to watch it.
2 examples of video resumes:
1.    Sajita Nair Short Video Resume   click here to watch the video
2.    Nick Belling Video Resume/CV – click here to watch the video

The main reasons why recruiters use video-opportunities are:

  • saving time
  • reducing recruitment costs
  • widening opportunities to have candidates from all over the world

These 10 tips will increase your chances of a follow-up interview and will help you land your dream job!

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