Video Interviewing: the key things you need to know

By Dominic Chapman / November 13, 2017

Video Interviewing: the key things you need to know

Good things are subject to change; methods update and improve to become stronger and more effective. Video interviewing is no exception, so read on for our tips on how to make the best out of yours.


StemX enhances and simplifies both employee and employer experiences online.


What makes the StemX experience different from any other video interviewing service? Well, we recognise that video interviewing may not be the most comfortable experience, even though it is becoming an essential tool for many global companies in regards to employment. This is why we have designed StemX to be easy to navigate and friendly to use for both the employee and the employer. We have broken down and explained every step of your StemX journey to guide you to the best possible outcome. We aim to make video interviewing an accessible and realistic option for every company and every job hunter.


Video interviewing offers more than one advantage.


Job interviews are a lengthy process for both parties. The travel time to and from an interview can be inconvenient, especially for those who are already working a job and struggle to take time away – there’s only so many sick days you can take, right? There are a few ways that video interviewing has raised the game for both employers and employees alike, and this is one of them.


Video interviewing allows you to have more control over your time; you can carry out your interview when and where it best suits you. It will save you on making excuses or having awkward ‘I have to leave, I have an interview’ conversations at work, whilst also being able to fit around other commitments, including overtime, shift work or even family.


Whilst some may believe that a face to face interview is more advantageous in making a strong first impression, we’re here to tell you how video interviewing also has the ability to make the same positive effects. Foremost, it starts with you – the interviewee. These tips will help you make the most out of your interview to help you secure that desired job.


Video interviewing starts with the video itself.


To make the best possible impression, it takes more than making yourself look good. As important as it is to look presentable, if your video quality is no good, it won’t matter. We understand that not everybody will be equipped with up-to-date technology, but if video interviewing is something that will be occurring more in your job hunt (which it will, we assure you), it’s worth spending the few extra pennies to get a new webcam. If you have a built-in webcam on your laptop, this won’t be an issue. StemX is always putting our customers first, which is why we now have every video option covered. You can carry out your interview on any smartphone and even on tablets, as long as you have Android, IOS and a good quality camera (no cracks or smears, please).


Now that you have the webcam sorted, check the quality. Make sure your webcam or camera isn’t dirty. Secondly, make sure the sound is sufficient. Most devices will have a feature that will allow you to check the sound is working properly – a video would be pointless if the audio is faulty. If you’re unsure of how to do this, fret not, StemX are one step ahead (again). We have designed a feature where you can test and trial your camera and sound by recording a practice video and playing it back. Don’t forget to ‘allow access’ to your camera and microphone on your laptop or smartphone before you go ahead with this. We won’t see this video, so why not take this opportunity to make yourself familiar with being in front of the camera; feeling comfortable and relaxed is a prominent step to a successful video.


A successful video interview is making sure you cover all areas, from dressing appropriately to choosing the best location.


What to wear: Dressing for a video interview should be no different than dressing from a face to face interview. Even though the camera is unlikely to see your lower half, don’t risk it. You never know what reflections might be picked up behind you!


Preparation: You’ll tend to have less control over a video interview than an interpersonal one – it’s not as easy to direct the conversation to showcase your stronger areas, so it’s a good idea to think about how you can incorporate what you want to say into an answer of a generic question. Prepare for your interview just as you would for any; learn about the company and the role in as much depth as possible.


Location: Location is everything. A well-thought location is more professional, and this will show. An ideal location would be somewhere quiet and well-lit, such as a kitchen or living room. Public spaces like cafes are too prone to noise and distractions – a risk you shouldn’t really take when you have one shot at the video.


Speak clearly, take your time: This may sound a bit obvious, however, a timed response can cause some people to buckle under pressure. You can practice talking with a timer by utilising our video practice feature, which you can play back to self-assess. When it comes to the real thing, you’ll get one chance at speaking.


The average answer time will be 30 seconds, but this can vary depending on what the interviewer sets. We understand that 30 seconds (on average) may not seem like enough time to answer an interview question, but why not set a timer on your phone and see how long it really is – you’ll probably find this is a lot longer than you think and you may even discover that you have more time than you need. Speak at a slow and steady pace so that your words aren’t rushed and they can be easily understood. It’s best to take advantage of the time, so if you’re able to talk the whole of the answer time, do it.


For any other questions you may have about video interviewing or our StemX process, please don’t hesitate to check out our support section or get in touch.