recruiters assessing with video assessment interviews

Candidate Advice

Ace Your Next Video Assessment Interview with These 7 Proven Tips

September 4, 2022

Tima Rassool

Tima Rassool

Content Writer

It's finally happened: after scouring job boards and sending out dozens of resumes, you've landed a job interview. Congratulations! We understand how competitive the job market is, so pat yourself on the back—you've made it this far.

This is an exciting first step on the path to your dream job. But as any seasoned job-seeker knows, the hard work isn't over yet. The next step is nailing the video assessment interview, which can be daunting.

As companies now rely increasingly on technology to screen candidates, video assessment interviews have become the new norm due to their ability to save time and money.

Therefore, this article will give you the inside scoop on how to ace your next video assessment interview with these seven proven tips. 

1. Be Prepared

a recruiter during a video assessment interview

I always refer to my favorite 5Ps: Proper, Preparation, Prevent, and Poor Performance. Those 5 Ps are essential for success in any field where we want to achieve something great.

Therefore, how do you prepare for the interview? You may be asking yourself that question right now. This means researching the company, the position, and the interviewer (if possible). It also means being familiar with the interview format and having all your materials ready.

This includes a resume copy, a list of questions to ask the interviewer, a notepad take notes, and your internet. Just because it is a video assessment interview doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared like you would for an in-person interview. If you don't prepare, you will likely make silly mistakes that could cost you the job.

2. Dress for Success

recruiter analysing candidates during interview

Even though the interview is not in person, it is essential to dress for success. This first impression will set the tone for the rest of the interview, so you want to ensure you look and feel your best.

Dressing for success means wearing appropriate clothes for the job you're interviewing for. If you're unsure of what to wear, opt to go on the side of conservatism. You can never go wrong with a suit or business-appropriate dress. Avoid dressing too casually, as this can send the wrong message to your potential employer.

3. Be on Time

recruiter having a video call with a candidate

This tip is vital for any interview but essential for a video interview. Being on time shows that you are professional and respectful of other people's time. It is also an excellent way to start the interview on the right foot. If you are going for a traditional in-person interview, you should aim to arrive 15 minutes early.

But for a video assessment interview, you should aim to be logged in and ready to go at least five minutes before the scheduled start time. This will give you time to ensure your audio and video are working correctly. It is also a good idea to have a backup plan in case of technical difficulties.

4. Know the Technology

recruiter assessing candidate after video interview

As we mentioned, a video interview is not just a Skype call. There are different types of video interviews, and each has its own technological requirements. For example, a live video interview will require you to have a webcam and a microphone.

A pre-recorded video interview will require you to have a computer with a webcam, microphone, and internet connection. It is essential to familiarize yourself with the technology requirements before the interview, so you are not caught off guard.

There are essential things to keep in mind when it comes to technology for your video interview:

  • Test your equipment in advance, like your webcam, microphone, and internet connection
  • The camera setting should be done correctly to ensure the interviewer can see you well
  • Check for any updates that need to be installed on your computer beforehand

If you are using a laptop, make sure it is plugged in and fully charged to avoid interruptions like system shutdowns. This will help avoid any technical difficulties on the day of your interview.

5. Make Eye Contact

recruiter during video cal with candidates

In a video interview, it is essential to make eye contact with the camera, not the screen. This can be difficult, especially if you are not used to talking to a camera. The best practice is to do a trial run with a friend or family member.

Making eye contact shows that you are engaged in the conversation and interested in what the interviewer says. It also makes you appear more confident, which is always a good trait in an interview.

6. Be Aware of Your Body Language

two recruiters and a candidate

Your body language says a lot about you, even in a video interview. Sitting up straight and maintaining good posture shows that you are interested and engaged in the conversation. Our tip? Avoid crossing your arms or legs, as this can be defensive.

Smiling is also essential, as it makes you appear friendly and approachable. If you are feeling nervous, try to take a few deep breaths before the interview to help calm yourself down.

Doing this will also help you project a more confident image to the employer.

7. Do Your Research

recruiters discussing after video assessment interview

Doing your research before any interview is essential for a video interview. This is because you will not be able to make an excellent first impression in person.

So research possible questions you could be asked and ensure you are prepared to answer them. You should research the company and familiarize yourself with its products, services, and mission statement.

The company's mission statement can be a great way to focus your answers and show the interviewer that you are a good fit for the company. So, make sure you take the time to do your research before your video interview.

It is essential to relax during your interview and be yourself. The interviewer wants to get to know you, so try to show them who you are. Be honest about your experience and qualifications, and don't be afraid to let your personality shine through.

Bottom Line

Ace your next video assessment interview by following these seven proven tips. By being prepared and confident, you will be able to show the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job. Good luck!

Recruit better, faster, and fairer

Join hundreds of recruiting teams who increased their hiring success and recruited winning teams with Elevatus.

Request a demo


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.

Recruit better, faster, and fairer

Join hundreds of recruiting teams who increased their hiring success and recruited winning teams with Elevatus.

Request a demo