HireVue - Digital Interviewing Best Practices For Candidates
BEST PRACTICES FOR CANDIDATES
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR
It’s your first video interview and it’s your time to shine!
HireVue’s On Demand Digital Interviewing is the perfect
opportunity to show off your personality and abilities, all
from the comfort and convenience of your home. This is
your chance to set yourself apart from hundreds of other
applicants by telling your story in your own words.
Here are some helpful tips to get the most out
of your video interview experience.
KNOW YOUR LINES
It’s five minutes to show time! Prepare for your video
interview much like you would an in-person interview.
You’re a person with a distinct, unique story and that’s
just what employers are looking for. Just be sure
you know your lines before you press record.
KNOW THE COMPANY. Get familiar with their brand,
business, industry, culture, and any recent news
or press they’ve received.
KNOW THYSELF. Think of yourself as a company.
What’s your brand? What qualifications and experience
do you bring to the table? Know your top five skills
and be prepared to communicate them effortlessly.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Record yourself answering
practice questions to get more comfortable with the video
experience. Review the playback to make any adjustments
and be sure to stay within the designated time limit for
REVIEW YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE. Google yourself.
Chances are your future employer will do the same.
You might be surprised what comes up. While you’re at it -
make sure your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter feeds
portray a positive image as well.
DON’T BE A DEER IN HEADLIGHTS. You know that
awkward part of the interview when you’re asked if you have
questions? Don’t be caught wide-eyed with no response.
Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer.
You’re the star of this show, so set your stage.
That means putting yourself in the right environment
and eliminating any distractions.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Find a quiet, well-lit
room and minimize distractions such as barking dogs,
mobile phones, loud dishwashers, or even roommates
who might be potential photobombers.
DRESS TO IMPRESS. Well, at least from the waist up, since
that’s all the camera will show. No wardrobe malfunctions!
LIGHT IT UP! Create the most realistic and natural light
by positioning the lighting source behind the camera,
not behind you! Be sure to eliminate any glare that
might show on the monitor.
You have only one opportunity to answer questions
in the allotted time. Test the technology prior to the
interview to make sure that all systems are go.
CHECK THE JUICE. Be sure your computer or mobile device
has plenty of battery available or plug into a power source.
TAKE IT OUT FOR A SPIN. Do a test run to make sure
the camera, lighting, and application are all working
prior to the interview.
BE THE CENTER OF ATTENTION. Position the camera
at eye level and frame yourself from the shoulders up.
No one wants to see up your nose.
Just like in any interview, you won’t get a second chance
to make a first impression. On Demand interviews have
timed questions, which means you’ll only be able to
record your responses once. The amount of time allotted
for recorded questions will be displayed on screen.
PACE YOURSELF. Allot enough time to complete the
interview in one session. Be concise yet detailed in
MAKE EYE CONTACT. Look into the camera, not at the
STAY CALM. It’s normal to be a little nervous. Take deep
breaths between questions. Just be yourself and let
your personality show.
SIT UP STRAIGHT! Body language says a lot. Don’t slouch.
Don’t fidget. Remember to smile. Nod to show that you
GOT A TOUGH QUESTION? USE THE STAR METHOD.
The STAR method helps you answer difficult questions,
especially ones that deal with negative workplace
experiences. Learn more about the STAR method and
how it can help you in any interview.
AVOID COMMON MISTAKES. Long-winded answers
and unnecessary embellishments are just a couple of
things that can easily kill your interview. Learn how
to avoid the five major interview faux-pas.