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​​​​​​A video interview is a job interview that takes place remotely and utilizes video technology to communicate. There are two types of video interviews:

  • Recorded video interviews: you will record your answers and someone will review them later to determine if you have been selected to move forward in the interview process. ​
  • Live video interviews: this type of interview is set up in video conference format – you will have a live interview with an individual or panel of individuals. 


​​​​​​There are a variety of different video interviewing platforms and each of them works similar to one another. Here are some things you can expect:

Recorded video interviews

  • Once the interview is started, the first question will appear in text. Managers have the ability to pre-record themselves asking the question in addition to the text, so this may be seen this as well.
  • There will typically be 4-6 questions
  • You will typically have 1 to 3 minutes to answer each questions
  • You will typically receive 2-3 chances to record your answer for each question
  • A video interview can take between 15 and 45 minutes

Live video interviews

  • You will be on a video conference call with an individual or a panel of interviewers (these details may be noted in the interview invitation).
  • There will typically be 5 – 10 questions and interviewers may ask follow-up questions.
  • A live video interview can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes.

​​​​Many state agencies are utilizing video interviewing. Some of the benefits of video interviewing include:

  • Scheduling the interview to fit your schedule (for recorded video interviewing– not live video interviews)
  • More than one chance to answer a question.
  • No need to travel which is convenient and also yields no travel costs
  • No need to ask for time off from your current employer (for recorded video interviewing– not live video interviews)
  • You can set up a comfortable environment
  • Faster response times – you often hear back from the recruiter/hiring manager in less time.

  • ​​​Find a quiet, private, well-lit place, free from possible interruptions 
    • ​**Lighting tip: if possible, have most of the light coming from in front of you (natural or artificial lighting). This will allow interviewers to clearly see your face. 
  • Ensure your internet is stable
  • Test your computer's webcam
  • Test your audio
  • Close any unnecessary web browser tabs and applications.
  • Place your phone in silent mode to reduce distraction/interruption. 
  • Have a tidy, neutral background so the focus is on you
  • Practice with a friend or family member 
  • Look professional – dress for success!
  • Although you are talking to a webcam, remember that a real person is reviewing your video interview. Be sure to include natural parts of conversation such as:
    • Making eye contact (with the camera)
    • Smiling 
    • Hand gestures when appropriate
    • When listening, nod and smile to show you are engaged (for live video interviews)
  • Be true and be you!