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Video Interviewing

What is a video interview?

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 a panel. 

What can you expect?

There are a variety of online video interviewing platforms that state agencies use to get to know applicants' qualifications a little better. The recruiter will provide you with instructions and information about the specific program you will use, but they generally work similarly 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 question
  • 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.

Benefits of Video Interviewing

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.

Tips for a Successful Video Interview

  • 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!