Video interviewing is fast on the rise and on its way to being the norm. Despite widespread adoption of the on-demand video interview, there is not much material available on how to prepare for them.
The majority of interviewing guides are designed with one-on-one interviews at its core. Here is an allround guide to video interviewing.
Getting the hardware sorted
If you are about to take an invite to a video interview, there are various things you require prior to attending one:
If you are taking the interview via your desktop computer you will need:
Adobe Flash Player
- A webcam. Most modern day laptops come with in-built webcams. However if your computer does not contain one, a USB-compatible webcam works fine.
Ensure your microphone and webcam are setup properly before you accept the invitation. There exist plenty of online mic tests for you to test your camera on.
If you are about to take an online interview on a tablet or mobile phone, you would be required to download their app. In order to take video interviews with your mobile device, just download the app and enter your interview code.
What’s in store?
You should be prepared ahead of your next video interview. On-demand video interviews are different to one-on-one interviews. There are no live interviewers at the other end. Here’s where you should expect on-screen prompts instead of questions from live recruiters or a hiring executive. There are multiple methods most companies use in delivering questions so be ready for:
Questions via pre-recorded video: once the video ends, you are given time to respond
- Via simple text format: usually 30 seconds are given for you to read the question and prepare a response.
- Requiring you to draw or write: with roles that have a lot of writing, expect to be asked for written responses to a prompt. Usually these require outside research so don’t close the interview window. Start by drafting your reply in a word document.
- A coding challenge: if applying for software or technical roles, you should anticipate coding responses to a prompt. The challenge could be regarding any language so do your research around which languages you are expected to know. Be ready in explaining how and why you coded your response in the manner that you did.
Common Interview Questions
Tackle these common questions in the following manner:
What is your biggest weakness? Many articles are written about the positive spin being spun as a weakness. This is unfortunately not the response companies are looking for. The purpose here is to gauge your self-awareness.
- Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Here’s where employers are seeking true ambition. Set goals ahead of the interview to answer this the best.
- Why do you wish to work here? Your company research plays a big part here in helping you show off how much of an asset you’d be to the employer.
In case you feel like you blew it, don’t worry – everyone does! Video interviewing is new for plenty of candidates. Don’t let it get your spirits down, remember you’re in the same boat as others.