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10 Tips to Ace Your Next Video Interview and Application!

So maybe you’ve noticed video is taking over the world. It’s flooding your social feeds with the newest fail compilations and cute cat videos, but it’s way more than that. Businesses are using video not only to attract new clients, but also to find and attract new employees! It’s a relatively recent addition to the HR process but one that’s so valuable that it will quickly become the norm in the recruiting process. Don’t panic yet, camera-shy people! This blog post will help you feel confident enough to ace any video application or interview that you’ll have in the future! Video CV's are the next big thing, so let's take a look.

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Why video?

First off, it’s important to understand why video is being used for recruiting new talent. It gives a good first impression of the candidate without the hassle of going back and forth planning in a date or physically relocating (so you can look topnotch from above the waist and still wear your furry rabbit slippers). It’s a more focused approach to get the information they really need from you.

The wondrous world of video applications & interviews

Now, there are a few different ways companies do video-interviews and applications.

  • A live video/skype interview. When you have a live video or Skype-session with a potential future employer, make sure to test everything beforehand to avoid account-creation chaos, prolonged log-in-suspense or an overall bad internet connection.
  • Pre-recorded video questions. In this type of interview, you have to answer questions posed by the company via a link or webpage. There are usually no more than 10 questions and you’re given a set amount of time to answer each question before submitting.
  • Recorded video. The company gives you a set amount of time and a few questions beforehand. You record yourself on camera and send the video back to the company using their preferred platform (StoryMe for example asks potential new candidates to send in a one-minute videos via Whatsapp).



10 Tips and Tricks for Filming Like A Pro

Reading this, video-interviews might seem easy as pie but there are a few pitfalls you have to watch out for. Overcome them like the video-winner you are with these 9 tips and tricks!

1. Be prepared and don’t ‘wing it’. Video is a more relaxed way of interviewing someone but there still is a netiquette to follow (so no swearing or doing anything on video your nan would disapprove of)

2. Check everything beforehand (e.g. internet connection if necessary) and perfect your technical set-up. So if you’re recording a video with your phone, a tripod could be useful. If you’re using a laptop with webcam, make sure it’s on eye-level and to leave about a fist of space above your head.


3. Also make sure to pick out a spot with good natural lighting and to use a good video-recording tool like Soapbox if you’re using a computer and Clips (iOS) or ActionDirector Video Editor (Android) if you’re using your phone.

4. Remove all distractions from the room. This goes from NOT wearing a tie with a hundred little purple hearts on it to making sure your cat/sibling/infant isn’t around to distract you or the interviewer. Not so long ago the video of an expert being interviewed by the BBC went viral when his toddler and baby entered the room, quickly followed by the very apologetic mother. Sometimes it is inevitable and when this does happen, apologize, remove the distraction and continue (or reschedule).

You might’ve seen this funny interview gone wrong: 


5. Try to make ‘eye-contact’ with the viewer by looking just above the webcam but be sure not to overdo it (if you’re not sure what overdoing it looks like, Google the crazy girlfriend meme).

6. Smile but again, don’t overdo it. It’s a thin line between excited and creepy.

7. If you’ve been given a few questions to answer, try to actually answer them as they’re crucial for selecting the right candidates for the next round. If you’ve been given a set amount of time, stay within that time or your video might not be watched.

8. Make sure the sound is good (a good microphone, a space with no echo and no background noise) and don’t speak too fast. The recruiters can’t ask you to clarify or go in-depth about something you’ve said.

9.  Practice makes perfect! The thing about video-interviews is that you have the luxury to practice, so use it to your advantage and don’t submit the very first video you record.

10. Last but not least, be yourself! The reason why video works is because people are less nervous and more daring to be themselves. Be natural, show off that shining personality, and go get that dream job!


Hopefully, after reading these 10 tips and tricks you’re all set and ready to face any video-interview that comes your way with absolute confidence! Good luck and may the force of video be with you!

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Tags: Strategy, HR