Video Interviews: Overview

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this blog on a quick overview of video interviews. If this is a bit basic for you, skip ahead to the blogs below for tips on video professionalism and questions.

If you’re still here, here’s a quick overview of what to expect in a firm’s video interview before you start preparing:

The myth…

It is becoming more and more common that a part of the application process for Vacation Schemes and Training Contracts involves a video interview. However, this is not typically a Skype-style of live interview with a member of the recruitment team on the other side.

These kinds of video interviews are timed and pre-recorded. The question will appear on the screen, you will have an allotment of time to prepare your answer, then a set period of time to answer the question. There may be a member of the recruitment team reading the questions out to you but contrary to popular assumption, it isn’t a live interview.

Things to think about

The thought of a video interview can be daunting for a number of reasons – primarily because people generally don’t like getting filmed. Here are some things to consider before you start your video interview:

  • Surroundings – make sure you’re in a quiet place and a white/light background is best
  • Technical issues – wi-fi, webcam, microphone etc
  • Question preparation – anticipate answers to commonly asked questions
  • Lighting – make sure you’re in a bright and well-lit place


Before you even open the link to start the video interview, you must practice! There are a few ways to practice such as videoing yourself, practising in front of a mirror or even a friend/family member. If you film yourself using the webcam you’re planning to use, you can review the video as well as test out the quality of your camera!

Pay attention to:

  • Posture
  • Hand movements
  • Eye contact
  • Fidgeting

Sometimes when people are in front of a camera, their voice changes in some way or another. This could be a change in your pitch (e.g. your voice gets higher when you’re nervous) and tone (e.g. people tend to sound monotonous when they tense up). Watch out for this in your practice videos. You have to sound as natural as possible (easier said than done ) so try and make sure you’re comfortable with the camera before you start!

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Good luck!

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