Video interviews are the crux of a job candidacy. They are becoming more central to a successful candidacy than a good resume. Sometimes, video interview formats are evaluating a candidate’s career readiness competencies, and the use of narrative or meaning-making is needed for responses.
The asynchronous (one-way) video interviewing platform is a new recruiting tool. It is difficult to know how many employers are using them, because the Pandemic accelerated their adoption so rapidly. The recorded interview session is reviewed by either a staff member at the employer or by artificial intelligence. One out of five one-way interviews is likely to be AI-based. This technology compares a candidate against particular competencies by compiling their aggregated word choice. The algorithm uses personality theory and computational linguistic techniques. A candidate’s only control during the interview is to maximize and diversify their word choice. This can be accomplished by using narrative to extend a question response.
Candidates must carry the entire one-way interview by making meaning about themselves. The typical, allowed response time for a question averages three minutes. So, brevity is important. Story-telling can help in two-way video interviews as well, because the interviewer is more likely to be distracted and not listening as well as they would in a face-to-face encounter. Story-telling compels them to listen. In all three cases, preparing with these exercises can improve outcomes by creating elaborated responses.
Use these reflection tools to make sense of your involvement at NDMU. Opening these documents in Adobe Acrobat makes them fillable.
Employers use Behavioral Interview questions in every type of interview. These require a demonstration from the individual’s past by recounting a story. Here is a list of questions and their intentions. Use this list of story prompts (PDF) to develop responses. Some practice tools are listed below.
Long before the interview time, make sure you have prepared the ideal setting for your video interview:
This interview style simply eliminates the travel to get to an interview. It also provides a visual for a phone screen.
There are no significant differences to the dynamics of a face-to-face interview.
Prepare in the same way you would for a traditional interview. Research is needed to know:
Project a highly professional image. The background can be interesting but not distracting.
Two days before the interview, practice with a video partner:
One Hour Prior:
Five Minutes Prior:
The purpose of this interview style is efficiency. A job candidate can complete it when it is convenient. If it is reviewed by a human audience, they can also review it when they prefer.
In AI-based interviews, an algorithm measures personality traits that are matched to a customized candidate profile for each role. These systems gather data on an individual’s word choice and intonality. Some vendors also use facial expression data, but the leading vendor, HireVue, has ended this practice. Typically, the data on word choice is 80% of the input used by the algorithm. HR Departments are professionalizing their function with this technology and reclaiming a central role by digitizing performance factors for each job and improving diversity hiring by removing bias in the hiring managers.
This interview requires a performance whether AI-based or not. (The employer doesn’t always indicate who the audience is.) AI is used to differentiate candidates and requires data inputs to distinguish personality traits.
The preparation required is different than a typical interview. The task at hand with a one-way interview is to make meaning in order to influence the invisible audience whether human or AI.
This preparation can also be used in a two-way interview, but there is a higher need in one-way interviews because the candidate is a performer and not responding to the interviewer’s lead.
AI is sometimes not able to distinguish background objects from the main object (the job candidate). Sit against a blank wall to avoid any issues.
There is nothing to set up. Some of the platforms use an app; Some are browser-based. You will receive instructions when selected.
Pick a time when the house is quiet and the wi-fi is not being used.
Act naturally. You’re performing for an unseen audience. You can use eye contact if you wish but do whatever is natural. Be yourself completely. It’s alright to fidget, look away, and divert your focus. It doesn’t matter. The AI algorithm wants authenticity.
While your thoughts are fresh, after an interview, put them down in your notes and get to work on your thank you note(s). Remember, thank you notes are a sample of your business writing, so always run them through grammar check software to ensure you are putting your best foot forward.
If you do not have contact information for those interviewing you, reach out to your recruiter asking them to forward your thanks.