Skype/video interviews – Dos and don’ts

University of Manchester Careers Blog

video interviewLast week The Guardian published an interesting article Top tips for Skype interviews. We have also noticed an increase in queries about video/online interviews in Careers Service. According to the Guardian article, 18% of candidates have experienced a video interview in the past year, so it seems timely to discuss them.

These interviews fall into two types:

  1. At an early stage of the recruitment process you might be asked to do a video questionnaire to help employers filter candidates. Instead of a live connection with an interviewer, you would log in and video your answers to a set of standard questions. Some systems allow you to re-record your answers but in most cases you will only have a shot at it.
  2. Video interviews which replace face to face interview or telephone interview. These are conducted at a pre-arranged time by the recruiter using Skype or similar software.


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