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Help Candidates Do Well in Video Assessment Interviews with These 6 Proven Tips

September 11, 2022

Tima Rassool

Tima Rassool

Content Writer

We all need help. That’s a simple fact of life. Whether young or old, rich or poor, we all need help from time to time. Even the strongest and most independent people need help sometimes. We all need help to grow, learn, and become better people.

The same thing applies to candidates as well. Sometimes, candidates need a few great tips and tricks to do well in their video assessment interviews.

In fact, companies are now using video interviewing software to assess, evaluate, and test candidates for open vacancies. However, not all candidates are well versed in video interviews. 

We understand there are many reasons for this trend – it’s convenient, efficient, and can help reduce hiring bias. But for recruiters to accurately assess top talent, candidates need to showcase their true skills and capabilities in their video assessment interviews. 

This article will share six proven tips a recruiter can use to help candidates unleash their full potential in their video assessment interviews. 

1. Help Candidates Get Comfortable with the Technology

A recruiter on a video assessment interview with a candidate

This is a no-brainer. If the candidates are not comfortable with technology, they will not do well in the video assessment interviews. It’s as simple as that. So the best way to help them get comfortable is to provide a practice run before the interview. 

Let them know what camera and microphone they can use, and ensure they have a chance to test it out. It’s also a good idea to provide them with a list of technical requirements, such as what type of internet connection they need and how to troubleshoot common problems.

The last thing you want is for the candidates to fumble with the technology during the interview. As this will not give you an accurate assessment of their skills and abilities.

2. Help the Candidates Prepare for the Interview

Recruiter helping candidates prepare for an interview

One thing we must understand is that the better the candidates are prepared for the video assessment interviews, the better they will do.  Luckily, you can do a few things to help them prepare.  

First, give them a list of common interview questions and ask them to prepare answers for each one. This will help them to think about their experiences and accomplishments in a way that will be useful during the interview. 

It’s also a good idea to provide them with an overview of the assessment process and what they should expect. This will help reduce anxiety and ensure they are comfortable with the interview format. 

Finally, give them a chance to practice their answers with someone who can give them honest feedback. This could be a friend, a family member, or a professional coach. The important thing is that they get comfortable speaking about themselves on camera.

3. Help the Candidates Relax

A recruiter helping a candidate to relax before assessment

Anxiety is a significant problem for many people, and it can be a real obstacle during a video assessment interviews. After all, if the candidates are too nervous, they will not be able to think clearly or present themselves in the best light. So, as a recruiter, you should be of help in that as well.

There are a few things you can do to help them relax. First, ensure they are comfortable with the interview’s technology and format. This will help reduce any anxiety from not knowing what to expect. 

It’s also important to let them know that there is no right or wrong answer – you’re just looking for their honest thoughts and opinions. This will help to take the pressure off and allow them to be more spontaneous. 

Finally, remind them to take a few deep breaths and relax their bodies before the interview begins. This may seem small, but it can make a big difference in their performance.

4. Help the Candidates Be Natural

A recruiter during a video assessment interview

One of the most important things you can do is to help the candidates be natural. This means they should not try to memorize their answers or sound like they are reading from a script. 

Instead, you can tell them to focus on being themselves and speaking naturally. This will help them to connect with you and come across as genuine. For example, many candidates who want to impress recruiters during an interview might overuse technical jargon and not accurately answer the interview questions. It’s also essential to remind candidates that there’s no need to be perfect. We all make mistakes, and that’s okay. The important thing is that they are honest and authentic.

5. Help the Candidates Handle Difficult Questions

A recruiter helping candidates out with difficult questions

There will be times when the candidates will be asked difficult questions. Therefore, they must know how to handle these situations in a way that will reflect well on them. First, they should take a deep breath and relax. This will help to clear their heads and allow them to think more clearly. 

Furthermore, they should take their time answering the questions. They should not feel like they need to rush or give a quick response. This will only lead to them making a mistake. 

Finally, they should be honest in their answers. If they don’t know the answer to a question, they should say so. It’s better, to be honest than to beat around the bush.

6. Help the Candidates Follow Up

Recruiters handling video assessment interviews

The candidates must follow up with a thank-you note after the video assessment interviews. This shows that they appreciate your time and are interested in the position. It also gives them one last chance to make a good impression. 

You can help them by providing a template or examples of what to include. You can also remind them to be specific in their thank-you note. For instance, they should mention something they enjoyed about the interview or something they are looking forward to about the job.

Wrapping Up

These are just a few tips to help candidates do well in their video assessment interviews. By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your candidates are prepared, confident,  and ready to unleash their full potential. 

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Tima Rassool

Tima Rassool

A wordsmith, storyteller, and content strategist – Tima is an MBA graduate with 6+ years of experience in the world of HR. With over 2,000 blogs under her belt, Tima's expertise and insights have helped businesses across the globe take their recruitment to the next level and stay ahead of the curve.

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Hire, assess, onboard and manage top talent for every job. See how Elevatus streamlines everything; from acquire to new hire.

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