One-way video interviews, also known as asynchronous video interviews, are becoming increasingly popular in the hiring process. They allow candidates to answer predefined questions on video at their convenience, which employers can review later.  Don’t shy away from this opportunity – this is an excellent way to move your application to the top of the stack.  Woody Allen said “90% of life is showing up” – that is certainly the case in the recruitment process.    Many job seekers refuse to complete a one-way video interview which means that the applicant pool is MUCH smaller for the seekers that do participate.  Here are some tips to help you excel in a one-way video interview:

  1. Choose a suitable location:
    • Find a quiet, well-lit space with a neutral background.
    • Make sure you won’t be interrupted during the recording.
    • Check your internet connection and test your equipment in advance.
  2. Eliminate distractions:
    • Turn off notifications on your computer or phone.
    • Close unnecessary tabs or applications to minimize distractions.
  3. Dress professionally:
    • Wear attire that is appropriate for the company and position.
    • Dress as you would for an in-person interview.
  4. Practice your answers:
    • Review common interview questions and practice your responses.
    • Keep your answers concise and to the point, aiming for 1-2 minutes per question.
  5. Time management:
    • Pay attention to the time limit for each question.
    • Aim to finish your responses comfortably within the allotted time.
  6. Review your recordings:
    • If the platform allows, review your responses before submitting.
    • Make sure you’re satisfied with your answers, and if not, re-record if possible.
  7. Focus on STAR stories:
    • Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your answers to behavioral questions – in other words, provide examples of your work and experience.
  8. Stay engaged:
    • Make sure your enthusiasm and interest come across in your responses.  Remember that one-way interviews are a chance to showcase your personality and fit for the role.
    • Pretend you are talking to a real interviewer, not a camera.  This can be awkward – try to ignore the fact that it is your face on the computer screen – focus on the camera.
    • Speak naturally and authentically.
    • Sit up straight, smile, and use natural hand gestures.
    • Avoid distracting movements or fidgeting.
  9. Be confident:
    • Believe in your qualifications and experience.
    • Confidence can come through in your voice and body language.

Remember that one-way video interviews can be less personal than in-person interviews, so it’s essential to make an extra effort to convey your skills, enthusiasm, and cultural fit through your recorded responses. Practice, preparation, and a positive attitude can go a long way in helping you succeed in these interviews.  Good luck out there!

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