Millions of people across the world have sat in front of a video camera to answer questions from an unknown interviewer since it became more common. Though phone interviews are still widely used as well, one-way videos now take up much less time for companies who can’t make travel plans due to distance or scheduling conflicts. It’s also been reported that this type of interview is increasing because they’re easy on all parties involved; there’s no need to worry about transportation costs or schedules when you just upload your application online.
The many uses of interviews are being challenged by this new video interview mode. Contrary to the normal in-person one, these types of interviews will allow for an unbiased assessment and removal from any biases that may be present on either side.
Definition of a One-Way Video Interview
The linear format of the face-to-face interview is now a thing of the past. The new, and quite frankly bizarre one-way video interview can make you feel as if your talent has been rejected before it was even seen by them!
The onus to impress falls solely upon us in this uncomfortable position where we are treated like contestants for their reality show without getting any feedback or response from those who select our fate.
This lackadaisical attitude exhibited by employers would almost be acceptable were they not so crucial to our livelihoods which makes me wonder what exactly does an employer want?
Tips in Handling One-way Interviews on Video
1. Follow the instructions
To be successful in the interview, you must follow all directions very carefully. Following these instructions will help show that you are able to work with care and attention to detail which is a valuable skill any employer would want on their team!
2. Have the required tools and devices in hand
When you’re preparing for the interview, make sure to double-check with the interviewer whether or not your smartphone is appropriate. You should also do a quick test of your connection before starting so that everything will go smoothly during the interview!
Make sure your microphone and camera work before you record. If they don’t, it doesn’t matter how perfect your answers are–you won’t be heard or seen!
3. Prepare the login information beforehand
When you receive an invitation to interview for a position, be sure to have your login information readily available. The interviewer may send it as part of the personalization process and will ask that you log in during the interview itself so they can get chat-style feedback on how well their questions are going over with participants.
4. Review everything about the company and job descriptions
Carefully review the job description and highlight where you meet or exceed the requirements.
In today’s digital world, it is easy to learn all about a company by spending some time on its website and social media pages. Review what they have published online in order to know who they are as well as what direction they want to go into next with products/services that cater to your skillset (if any).
Then, be sure you focus on how you align with this employer’s goals for success along with meeting—or even exceeding–the specific qualifications listed within their job descriptions when writing out your response so employers can see just why YOU should be considered above anyone else!
5. Choose the right location
For the best possible interview, choose a quiet spot where you will be alone and uninterrupted. Keep distracting factors as far away from your subject’s background or body as possible to avoid distraction during filming. If at all feasible, have some sort of light on their face so that they are well lit for being filmed by either another person or recording apparatus like a camera. Test different positions with this in mind until finding one which is flattering to both parties involved in the video-sharing experience.
6. Dress up
You should always dress to impress for an interview, but make sure your clothes are appropriate. This means avoiding busy prints and loud jewelry so you can be the center of attention instead of what’s bedazzled around your perfect suit or blouse.
In the first place, dressing to impress will help you get in an interview state of mind. Not only can this make you more confident about what comes next, it tells your interviewer that they’re talking with a serious professional who takes work and their job seriously—and not some slouching person half-asleep during their shift.
Have you ever had to stand up and grab something? Imagine if, during your video interview for the job of your dreams, all of a sudden an emergency arises. You don’t have time to go looking for shoes or clothes that represent professionalism; just think about how much stress it would take off!
Why Do Employers Do This?
The greatest benefit of using an interview simulation service is increased efficiency. Employers are able to reduce the time spent scheduling and conducting live interviews, even over the phone, which can greatly cut down on their personnel hours for reviewing candidates. An interviewer will be done with a candidate sooner than what would have happened in a live interview — wasting no more precious time or giving false hope if it doesn’t go well from the start.
One of the few benefits for employers is that recruiters and HR people can’t identify who they’re talking to, which means fewer calls from job seekers checking in. This isn’t so good if you’re a candidate.
Benefits for Job Applicants and Seekers
Job seekers can avoid traveling to the employer’s location for an interview and also reduce exposure to Coronavirus by using one-way interviewing platforms. Some of these platforms allow candidates the opportunity to review their answers before submitting them or rerecord those they think could be improved.
Job seekers lose the chance to ask questions that are answered immediately, limiting their ability to collect more information about the employer or interview. They also must use new technology in high-stress circumstances which may be challenging for them.