You might not know this, but video interviews are becoming a popular part of the job hiring process. About 60% of company interviews are now done through videos, which means at some point you might find yourself in such an interview. If you are here, it is safe to assume you are probably preparing for a video interview, or looking to apply for one. It is important to remember first impression matters when it comes to video interviews. Your composure, confidence and ability to communicate clearly will play a major role in the success of your interview.
Why are Video Interviews Becoming Popular?
Video based interviews are becoming popular for some reasons:
- It has the benefit of allowing an interviewer see the interviewee in person without having to go through the resource consuming process of meeting them. In situations where the interviewee is staying in a different city, he or she can have the interview conducted without the need to make travel plans. It is obvious how this can come in handy.
- It allows for easy standardization of a recruitment process depending on the platform the company is using. The worry of a ‘crowded’ reception is taken care of with the video technology. Hundreds of candidates can be interviewed easily.
As you can see, it is easy to understand why this interview method is becoming a popular one.
What Are the Types of Video Interviewing?
There are basically two types of video interviews, and an employer can use any one of them depending on personal preferences or company needs.
Asynchronous or One-Way Video Interviews
This got its name because this form of video interview allows the interviewee to act independently. The interviewer creates a set of questions either as pre-selected questions or pre-recorded video questions which they need you to answer. The link will be sent to you, and you are required to go to the page and record a video of yourself answering each question. This allows the employer to watch your response at their own convenient time. It also gives you the convenience of having one or two tries at answering each question, depending on the number of pre-allowed tries the interviewer sets for each question. Interviewees can even use their phone cameras when it comes to one-way interviews without the need for a webcam (it is advisable to use a high quality camera for better picture).
Two-Way or Live Video Interviews
In this type of interview, the interviewer can use any one of the different video applications out there. This includes Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, among others. The interviewer can schedule a time for your interview and call your user-id or have you join the interview through a link that will be sent to you.
This has the feel of a live interview because the interviewer asks you questions which you are required to answer immediately as in a one-on-one interview. Some companies have online platforms which they use for their interviews without the need for social video networks. This allows them to track each candidate in a more organized form, monitoring their progress and rating their responses.
The world has gone digital. An understanding of this basic information on video interviews will get you on your way to building a better understanding on what to expect on a digital interview.