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Nailing video interviews

The COVID-19 era led to a temporary (and in some cases more permanent) vacation of offices nationwide, which has stripped a human element from the recruitment interviewing process.

For job seekers and candidates, video interviews provide a chance to showcase themselves and their abilities in a way that doesn’t come across on a traditional resume.

Examples of video interview questions include:

  • What is your work-from-home set-up like?
  • How do you manage stress and avoid burnout?
  • What will you do in a video call with your team, but some technical issues arise?
  • How do you maintain a good working relationship if everyone is not physically present?
  • What do you do to upgrade and reskill yourself?

In terms of ‘Do’s’:

  • Make the case for why you’d be a strong fit for the role you’re interviewing for, with specific examples, data and anecdotes that demonstrate how your past experience and skill set translates to this role;
  • Talk about what makes you gritty, what drives you, and the challenges that you’ve faced in your life. All of these important factors of what makes you, YOU;
  • Try to keep your responses to the recruiter or hiring managers responses to around 60 seconds where possible. If they need further elaboration, they will ask and
  • Keep your environment looking simple and neat. Sit at your kitchen table, desk, or prop your phone on a bookshelf or table. Make sure your room is well lit, and keep the video from the shoulders up.

For the ‘Don’ts’:

  • Don’t get too personal and overshare when it comes to your story and past experience, that can turn an employer off.
  • Don’t over-respond to a question. Though it can be difficult to squeeze a response into just one minute, remember hiring managers will be interviewing lots of candidates and need the highlight reel given to them in an efficient manner.
  • Don’t get creative with camera angles or filters or place your furry friends into the frame.

Put your best foot forward

Malcolm builds expert resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles, which unleash an unbeatable business case to promote you as a ‘must have’ asset to an employer.