Are the video interviews the future of CVs?

How to use them to your advantage.

Video interviews set to replace CVs.” came the quote in the latest industry journal.

If you’re applying through a recruitment agency, you’ll start to find more and more of them asking you to do a video interview as part of the application process. It’s essential that you know how to handle this, to maximise your chances of getting through to the next round.

We all know that it’s hard to tell what a person’s like from their CV. If an interviewer is reviewing 100 applications, they can all blend into one.

It can be really difficult to choose who to interview – or to persuade someone to interview you, based on two pages of black and white print. And that’s why more and more recruitment agencies are sending companies video interviews of candidates instead of CVs or resumes. So what does that mean for you? And how can you make sure your video interview gets you a job interview? The good news is that there are 5 simple steps you can take, to make sure your video interview does you justice.

Ask the recruitment agency to let you know the questions in advance.

This means you can start to prepare. Prepare just as you would for a face-to-face job interview. If the agency won’t give you the questions in advance (which may well be the case), then it’s even more important to prepare thoroughly. Ask them whether you’ll be allowed a “second go” at any questions that go badly. After all, it’s in their interests for you to perform well.

Are the video interviews the future of CVs?

Watch what you wear

Remember that old saying “television adds 10 pounds”? Well it also adds creases, funny wavy lines, bags under the eyes and potentially nerves.
So it’s really important to know what to wear to a job interview and to avoid narrow stripes and any fabric that creases badly.
Avoid bags under your eyes by getting a good night’s sleep and drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to the interview.

Ask the recruiter for advice

If the recruiter’s using this strategy, then they’ll have reviewed plenty of video interviews. This means they’ll know what works and what doesn’t.
Ask them for tips on how to come across well on camera. Make sure they know you’re open to feedback, even if it’s about little things like the way you’re sitting or whether to look at the camera.

Make sure you’re confident

Just as it distorts our appearance, the camera can also accentuate any trembling in your voice or shaking hands. It’s essential to do your homework and know how to manage your nerves before this interview.

Write your CV / Resume, as usual

Why? Because the act of writing your CV and cover letter helps you clarify in your mind why you’re applying for the job. It also gives you a chance to review your experience and skills, so you’ll find it much easier to give strong answers in the interview. So even if the recruiter isn’t asking for your CV, write it and take it with you. You never know when it might be useful.