The job market is as fierce as ever, and with the unemployment rate at an all-time low, employers are doing everything they can to find and recruit top talent as fast as possible. This means companies are adopting new methods of connecting with candidates and placing them in jobs — namely, video interviewing.

For people who aren’t familiar with the technology, video interviews can be a daunting experience. But it doesn’t have to be! Video interviewing gives you the freedom to complete a job interview where you want, when you want. No more worrying about arriving late, or if your shoes match your shirt. Interview preparation has never been this easy!

the benefits of video interviewing

it’s fast and convenient

Not only does video interviewing mitigate the risks of getting stuck in traffic or getting lost on the way to your in-person interview, it expands your geographic pool of opportunities by eliminating the need to travel altogether. This is particularly useful if you’re considering relocating. Most Randstad recruiters also have technology which enables you to complete a video interview on your own time, by recording answers to job-specific questions we provide you.

it's discreet

If you are actively looking for a new job, there are only so many dentist and doctor appointments you can have during work hours without causing your manager to raise an eyebrow. Most video interviewing technologies work on smartphones, which makes an interview over a 30-minute break much more feasible.

you can better represent yourself

And, compared to phone interviews, video interviewing is much more personal. Certainly, you still need to prepare your talking points so you can sell yourself like a rockstar, but real-time video interviews allow you to offer visual cues to your interviewer, like nodding and smiling. These help signal that you’re listening closely and engaged in the conversation.

get matched with hiring managers more quickly

One benefit specific to Modern Hire (Randstad’s video interview tool of choice), is that your recruiter is able to record your interview. Your recruiter can then share this video clip of your conversation with employers who are hiring. The hiring manager could then share the clip with any other individuals at their company that need to be involved in the hiring process. This could end up saving you several hours of time that you would spend meeting with each person individually. Plus, once the interview process is said and done, no one can see that you’ve been wearing your lucky slippers this whole time!

get familiar with the technology

Your video interview could be conducted on any number of platforms. Because navigating a new interface can be tricky (and cause undue stress), we put together a list of some of the most common platforms employers use. As a bonus, each platform includes a link to a helpful how-to guide, providing technical answers to all of your video interview questions.

  • Modern Hire
  • Skype 
  • FaceTime 
  • Google Duo or Google Hangout 
  • Facebook Messenger 
  • WhatsApp 
  • Zoom 

Ultimately, the only thing you should have on your mind during your next video interview is presenting the best version of you. Skip the stress of commuting to your next job interview and enjoy the comfort of your own home or other quiet space.