How to ace a video interview

As technology and access to internet continues to grow, many employers are taking their interviews online — and on camera. Here are six tips to ace a video interview. Photo by: Pietro Naj-Oleari / European Union 2011 PE-EP / CC BY-NC-ND

If you’ve been applying to jobs for some time, finally making it to an interview can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.

“What will they ask? How should I answer? What if I say something wrong?” These are the questions that may start running through your head, making an even well-prepared candidate feel nervous.

This anxiety can be compounded when that interview is being conducted on camera. As technology and access to the internet continue to grow, many employers are taking their interviews online. In international development, where candidates and interviewers can be dispersed around the globe, video interviewing is a cost-effective and practical tool.

Some recruiters will use services such as Skype or Google Hangout to conduct an online video interview, but many are taking it a step further and using platforms such as HireVue, which allows for recorded, one-way interviews. Your potential employers can send a link to complete the interview at your convenience — then you answer a set of predetermined questions while your responses are recorded. Recruiters and hiring managers can watch your interview when it’s convenient for them and schedule more traditional, two-way interviews with the finalists.

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This article was last updated on 14 November 2017

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.