Written by Margie Bogenschutz, Senior Director of Undergraduate Career Management and Recruitment
Most companies are now relying on using video interviews as part of their recruiting process. While, for the most part, the video interview has not yet totally replaced an on-campus or in-person interview, it is seen as an effective and efficient way for employers to do initial or secondary screenings.
There are different types of video interviews. Some companies use a vendor, such as Hire Vue or Spark Hire. These systems have students log in and then record answers to questions that are posted on the screen. In many cases, students can practice their answer before they hit record. Usually you cannot have a “do-over” once you record your answer. Other companies use Skype or WebEx so that the student can see the interviewer and respond to questions they ask – similar to having a Skype or FaceTime conversation with a friend.
In either case, the best way to be successful at the video interviews is to BE PREPARED and to PRACTICE! The Office of Career Management developed an optional QUIC Module – #6 – that gives you a lot of good information about how to prepare for a video interview. Even if you are already QUIC, you can still access the QUIC Modules on your Carmen site. Simply go to Module 6 and review the tips provided. When you finish reading the module, you can upload two videos of you answering two interview questions. A staff member will provide feedback to you about your video interviewing within two business days. This is a great way to practice and get some feedback – both important steps along the path of becoming a great video interviewer!