Top 10 video interview questions and why you should ask them

By now, you’re probably familiar with the basics of setting up for a video interview: Find a quiet, clean place to have it, make sure your mic is turned on, and—seriously—put on some pants. But with more and more employers using Google Hangout, Zoom, or Skype interviews—and more and more job seekers knowing the basics—it’s a good idea to take your digital interviewing skills to the next level.

As with in-person interviews, the key to video interviews is to “be confident and show them your true self,” says says Muse career coach Adrean Turner, who hosts the career podcast Coach Adrean’s FIT Tips and has coached hundreds of job seekers through video interviews. But while your goals are the same as in a traditional interview, there are a few differences in how you achieve them, and you want to make sure that your interviewer can focus on your best qualities and not whether they can hear you.

These tips will help you overcome the unique challenges inherent in video interviews so you can put your best foot forward. (Want advice on how to get through a pre-scripted digital interview? Read more here.)

How To Answer Popular One-Way Video Interview Questions
  • Why are you interested in this position? …
  • What do you know about our company? …
  • What are your strengths? …
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? …
  • What is your ideal work environment? …
  • Describe your work ethic. …
  • Tell me about yourself.

Here’s what you can expect.

First, let’s answer some FAQs about video interviewing.

Are video interview questions much different than those asked during in-person interviews?

It depends! Regardless of the format, the fundamentals of interviewing remain the same. You’ll want to project confidence, professionalism, and enthusiasm for the job whether you’re being interviewed digitally or you’re in the same room as the interviewer.

That said, there are two kinds of video interviews, and the way questions are asked can vary during each.

Tell me about yourself.

This is one of the most standard interview questions for a reason. A job seeker answering this question can tell you a surprising amount of information about themselves and their goals from the information they self-select to share.

Why should we hire you?

Another one of the standard interview questions, this one helps you evaluate a candidates confidence and skill match with the position. If, while watching the candidate on video, they seem stumped on how to answer why theyre the absolute best person for the job, maybe its because they arent

FAQ

What should I say in a video interview?

What are the top 10 HR interview questions?
  • Why did you decide to apply to this role? …
  • What experience do you have that would be relevant to this role? …
  • Tell me about your experience in … …
  • What did you like most about the job description? …
  • Why are you leaving your current job? / Why did you leave your previous job?

How do I prepare for an HR interview round?

Treat Your Video Interview Like a Conversation

Be more personable. Be yourself. You want to talk like you’re talking to someone you know well” while still remaining professional, Turner says. Make sure your video call is “not just question, answer, question, answer,” Eonnet says.

How can I impress a video call on interview?

How to prepare for an HR interview
  1. Research the company you’re interviewing with. …
  2. Research the person who is interviewing you. …
  3. Carefully read the job description and understand every point, as well as how your own skills fulfil all the requirements. …
  4. Review your CV and be prepare to answer questions about it, as well.

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