Rejected after a video interview?

I hate the ways that corporations are finding new ways to handle the recruiting process. I find it disrespectful of candidates’ time. The video interview is a great example.

In most companies, the videos are not seen by managers, but rather by lower-level employees, or worse, independent contractors who do not even work for the company.

I find that video interviews actually go against the spirit of diversity and inclusion. I think that the secret to passing the video interviews is to make sure that you come across as similar to other employees at that company. Anyone with an accent faces discrimination. The smooth talkers come across as more impressive than they actually are. We know communication is important – but this really seems to be a contest of who can produce the slickest video recording. In my opinion, you can be a highly talented individual but not be very good at recording videos.

Another problem is that if you compare the person who has done 8 video interviews to the person who is giving his or her first interview, the one who has done this 8 times will come across as vastly superior. That is a bias that is genuinely unhelpful to everyone.

Back in the day you got the chance to talk to companies face to face, meeting several junior and senior managers. Now companies are receiving thousands of these videos which get reviewed by minimally qualified reviewers.

What do you think? Are video interviews a good or bad development for recruiting?

Some of the more important questions to prepare for any interview are:

  • Why do you want this particular role?
  • Why this company?
  • Why would you be good at this role?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • Example of teamwork.
  • Example of when you solved a difficult problem.

Then before you take the interview, get yourself into the right mindset:

  • Speak clearly and slowly (particularly if you are a non-native English speaker).
  • Do a Google search to see if anyone has posted the latest interview questions used by that company. If yes, prepare bullet point answers to these questions beforehand.
  • Use examples of your achievements to support your answer.
  • Follow the format of how an achievement should be presented: introduction, why difficult, why impressive, and then the final wrap-up of what it means.

Do not take more than 2 minutes to answer any one question

Pretend you are talking to a real person! Do not be boring! Smile, change the tone of your voice, show excitement. Use your hands to show you are excited.

Good luck – go out and get that job!


Peter is a true careers expert, and a leading authority on getting hired. He has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious employers including Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and Deloitte. At Harrison Careers, he runs an elite team with a 15+ year track-record of helping clients to win thousands of job offers from the world’s leading companies in Technology, Finance, Banking, Consulting, Accounting, Law and other industries. When he’s not coaching clients, he’s giving presentations, running, biking, or hanging out with his 5 teenage kids.


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