Here is a list of tips I’ve gathered for recruiters in order to record better questions for their video interviews. First of all, there isn’t one right way to do recorded video interviews. Some people prefer a more relaxed style where as others a more formal one. If you are new to video interviewing in general, we recommend you read this as well. Our aim should be to give your candidates a good understanding of what is expected from them. Keep your organization and its culture in mind, and think about what kind of message you want to send to your candidates. After all, employer branding is an important part of today's recruiting.
A few tips for you
There are some good practices that can be applied to most recorded video interview settings. Here are a few of them:
1. Make sure the lighting is good. Best results can be achieved with natural light, so for example, position yourself opposite to a window.
2. Pay attention to the background. Neutral background is often a good choice, since you want the attention to be on you and not your background.
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3. Dress accordingly. A good rule is to dress the same way for a video interview as you would dress to a face-to-face interview.
4. Look at the camera. It’s the same as keeping an eye contact with your conversation partner. You can also look little bit below the camera, if that feels more comfortable.
5. Speak loud and clear. Testing the microphone before-hand is not a bad idea.
6. Take your time. Especially if you are new to recording video interviews, take your time before completing the final questions.
7. Be creative. Nowadays candidates have probably already participated in numerous video interviews, and many of the questions tend to lack imagination. How can you separate yourself from the crowd? Creativity can mean different things for different roles, but a unique touch can make a big difference. With boring questions you will get boring answers, with creative questions you will get (hopefully) creative answers
8. Don’t be too serious. Answering interview questions can be an intimidating situation for the candidates. By showing that you are not such a hard ass (even if you are), the candidates will most likely feel more relaxed. That will also make it more pleasant for you to screen the answers
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9. Be natural. Talking to the camera is not always easy, but try to speak as you would speak to another person. Try to be calm and remember that you are not in a hurry. Short pauses and little stammering are not too dangerous
10. Substance matters. Brief and to the point is often the best solution, candidates do not have the whole day either!
11. If you expect a certain answer length, let your candidates know. You can either say it on video or write it on the questions title
12. Create a "Welcome" and/or "Thank You" video, where you don't ask anything but state some important details regarding the recruiting process and give brief guidelines to the candidates so they know what is expected of them. Keep the candidates informed!
13. Create three to five questions. More questions can often lead to a heavy screening process. After all the purpose here is to make things more efficient
14. Let candidates ask questions. Create a question where the sole purpose is to ask candidates if they have any questions. Recruiting is never a one way process
The next step after sending the video interview invitations is to pick the right candidates for personal interviews. But how to know who has the right attitude for the job? Click here to find out!
It’s good to notice that some tips can be in conflict and the purpose is not to offer a recipe for a perfect video interview. Life is not perfect after all. The interview settings and questions may differ depending on if they are addressed to a school teacher, cashier or a senior manager. Nevertheless the basic principles are still the same. Have you come up with some good tips for video interviews? Let us know by sending us a message below!