Following quite a recent trend, some companies conduct screening interviews by video instead of by phone. Here’s how it works. First, you are sent an email inviting you to complete a video interview. You are given a web link which you click on to access a secure website. Once there, you may be able to see the questions you will be asked and perhaps you’ll also have a chance to practice your response before completing your recording. All you need to complete a video interview is a computer and webcam.

For companies, video screening has a number of advantages.

  1. They can view and assess your body language.
  2. The video interview process saves them time.
  3. They can check that all assessors are consistent in their judgements.

As a job applicant, you also have some advantages in a video interview as compared to a phone interview.

  1. You can choose the time to complete your interview (subject to any set deadlines).
  2. You will usually have a chance to practice your response before completing the final recording.

Tips for video interviews

  • Dress as though you are attending an interview in person.
  • Make sure your room is well lit. Avoid any backlight from windows that may make it difficult for the interviewer/s to see you clearly.
  • Look at your webcam during recording, not at the computer screen. If you look at the screen it will seem as if you are looking away from the camera. Looking directly at the camera will make you appear more confident.
  • Smile!
  • Sit up straight in your chair – think of the alert, attentive body posture of TV news readers.