8 Typical Video Interview Questions & Answers To Prepare For

The use of video calls for interviews has over the years started to become more popular, and since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK in March 2020, face to face interviews were almost impossible, and video interviewing become the overnight new way to recruit. Employers have started to see how video interviewing can help to reduce recruitment timescales and also modernise the interview process.

Previously some companies would use video interviewing for their first screening interviews, but now, more and more employers have used video calls for the full interviewing process.

Video interviews differ to face to face as they:

  • Can reduce the timeframe of hiring someone in some companies by up to 50%.
  • Help reduce the risk of bias or unconscious hiring bias
  • There is the option to record and save the video interview which can be reviewed again or reviewed by other managers, or be kept for audit purposes
  • Reduce the cost of hiring

Tips for preparing for a video interview – Candidates

  • Test the technology that will be used; ensure the WIFI signal is sufficient (if not – look at connecting your computer directly to the modem.)
  • Ensure the laptop/computer you intend to use is fully charged, have a charger close to hand just in case
  • Ensure no distractions nearby, so you don’t lose concentration
  • Ensure you keep eye contact (know where your camera is!)
  • Think about body language and how to sit facing the video
  • Keep a copy of your CV, the job advert and job description (if have one) close by to refer too.

Tips for preparing for a video interview – Employers

  • Be transparent with the candidates, some candidates may not be used to using technology or being interviewed remotely
  • Put your candidate first and explain how the video will be used, ask them to provide information on themselves or examples of what they have done, to help put them at ease
  • Structure the video interview to ensure consistency, have a standard list of questions to ask all candidates
  • Use a decent video software

Top 8 Video interview questions and how to answer them

Below are 8 interview questions you can expect when on a video call and suggestions of how to provide good answers to these.

  1. What do you know about the company?

Ensure that you have done your research into the company and can provide information that you know about them. Being able to provide information such as, the products or service they offer, the main customers, how long the business has been operating for, number of employers or sites and company culture, shows that you have taken an interest, before the interview to find out as much as you can about the company.

  1. Tell me about yourself

This question is popular with interviewers as it is an open-ended question for the candidate to discuss themselves.

The best way to tackle this question is to stay focused and talk about career history and why you are looking for a new role, fresh challenge, new career path, do not go too far back (unless specifically asked to). You can provide basic information about your personal life if you wish to, such as where you live and who with, but try to focus mainly on work and career aspects, the interviewer isn’t interested about where you went to primary school and who your best friend was!

  1. Why do you want the job?

Explain how the role will suit you and your skills, refer back to the person specification and job advert. Talk about previous experiences and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are being interviewed for,  provide examples that relate to the job.

  1. What is your greatest strength?

Ensure that the strength you choose to answer with is a skill required for the job you are interviewing for, give examples of how you have excelled at this skill within previous roles and that you are looking forward to being able to bring these skills into a new role.

  1. What would you say is your main weakness?

When looking to answer these types of questions, it is best to look for something that relates to your skill base and is real to yourself. Once you have explained what your weakness is then provide information on how you are planning to overcome this weakness. By providing information on improvement it will show that you are open minded and ready to overcome problems.

  1. Why did you leave your last job?

There may be very easy explanations for moving jobs roles, these can include the end of a fixed-term contract, redundancy or relocation, or more complex issues such as conflict with your boss, bullying or harassment issues, no career development opportunities. During an interview always try to be as positive about leaving any position as you can be.  Do not get into a discussion where you are being negative about a previous company or manager.

Focus on the positive and say that you left for career progression and you are looking to advance your career in the way that the role you are being interviewed for will offer.

  1. How do you cope with or manage Conflict? 

Try with this question to have an example already prepared, explain how you have managed conflict in a previous role and provide information on who the conflict was with; it could have been with a colleague or manager but it is important to provide as much information on the issue and how you dealt with it, so the interviewer can get an idea as to the type of person you are.

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Candidates responses to this question will vary a lot. By asking this question the interviewer wishes to see how you see yourself and your future career plan, to see if you will fit in with the company culture and goals. When answering this question be honest, but avoid coming across as too ambitious, wanting to be top boss in a few years, or lacking any goals by not having targets.


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