How To Prepare For Your Next Video Interview

“It’s kinda like Snapchat…”

If you’ve been in the job market at any point during the last 2-3 years, you know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t, let’s catch you up.

You probably think of firm handshakes, intimidating executives, and a lobby full of potential candidates when you think about going to an interview. The next interview you do get invited for, however, may look – and feel – a lot different. More and more companies are conducting their preliminary interviews virtually through on-demand recruiting applications, especially during the social-distancing times that we’re in right now. In fact, a recent study by Gartner has shown that 86% of companies are including video interviewing in their hiring process.

With the ongoing inclusion of tech in recruiting, it’s important to identify the different types of video interviews. You’ve probably been familiar with two-way, live video calls for years now – thanks to FaceTime, Zoom, and the likes. Although these are still prevalent in the virtual interviewing process, most companies are adopting on-demand video interviewing, especially for the preliminary phases of their assessment.

What that means is that you will be given a link for an on-demand recruiting software that has a series of questions that are pre-recorded by the hiring company. You will respond to these questions by recording a video of yourself for each answer. Since this interview won’t be live, you will typically have a set deadline for completion.

Video or not, job interviews are nerve-wracking for practically everyone. Preparation is the key to nailing any job interview, and video interviews are no different. Here’s a checklist that will help you prepare for your next video interview:

1) Get the necessary information.

The first thing you’ll need is the link for your video interview. Most on-demand platforms allow you to register and come back to complete the interview whenever you’re ready. Register ahead of time to make sure that you have access to the interview and are good to go.

2) Be sure to keep the interview deadline in mind.

You wouldn’t be late for an in-person interview, so don’t be late for a virtual one either. First impressions are still everything even if you aren’t physically present with the interviewer.

3) Check your equipment and space.

Make sure you have a stable internet connection. Confirm that your mic and camera are connected. Most interview platforms have help documents that can guide you through the setup process. Be sure to sit in a clean, quiet, and well-lit space where you won’t have any distractions. Don’t forget to turn off your notifications, and keep all devices on silent.

4) Feel free to go mobile.

Trust me, more people complete their interviews on their mobile phones than you would think. The whole idea behind on-demand interviewing is to provide convenience to interviewers and job seekers. As long as you look professional and sound clear, feel free to go selfie-mode!

5) Utilize the Practice Question.

Most online recruiting applications will give you the ability to take a practice question. This is a great way to shake off the nerves, and get used to seeing yourself on camera. If you want to get a head start for your next video interview, take DigitalHire’s practice interview.


6) Dress for the role you’re interviewing for.

Your attire for an on-demand video interview should either be business professional or business casual, depending on the role. If you’re unsure of how to dress, don’t hesitate to ask the recruiter for clarification.

7) Focus on your body language and tonality.

What you say in an interview is important, but how you say it is equally important. Similarly, non-verbal communication is crucial for building a genuine connection, especially on video. Therefore, focus on using a positive tonality and open body language to seem relatable and engaging. Look directly at the camera for showing confidence. However, refrain from reading notes so that you can sound natural and unscripted.

8) Showcase your personality.

Not only do hiring teams assess the skills that candidates have, but also how good of a cultural fit they are for their organizations as well. Given that companies typically use on-demand interviewing for preliminary assessments, they are most likely going to ask behavioral questions. Elaborate on your answers by highlighting your experiences, accomplishments, and goals.

The way companies conduct interviews may have changed, but the goal of the interview hasn’t. An interview is designed to get to know you better so smile, be your genuine self, and take your best shot!