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The Best Questions to Pose During a Video Interview

The Best Questions to Pose During a Video InterviewConducting video interviews makes a hiring manager’s life much easier. You’re able to interview a wide range of candidates, without having to worry about tough scheduling and other concerns that make in-person meetings a challenge. However, the questions you ask during a video interview are important, especially when candidates are recording their answers on their own time. In order to ensure that you get all of the information you need to assess the individual fully, make sure to pose the following inquiries:

Why are you the best candidate for this job?

This question allows the person to speak about their past work experience, their passion for the company or industry, and other special skills that they have that would be beneficial to your organization.

What kind of working environment do you most enjoy?

The concept of company culture often comes up naturally during a face-to-face discussion, but it’s important not to let it get lost during a video interview. By coming out and asking this question directly, you make sure that the person doing the interview addresses how and why they would be a cultural fit within your organization. This is becoming increasingly important to managers and employees alike, so touching on this subject is key.

Discuss a time in your career when you had to overcome an obstacle. How did you manage to do it?

This prompt hits on the person’s problem solving skills, work ethic, and commitment to their position. It also gives them a chance to brag a little bit, while showing you exactly what they’re capable of. You want an employee with some grit, and talking about overcoming obstacles is a good way to verify that this trait is present.

What would your co-workers say about you?

Not only does this question give the person a chance to list some of their positive attributes, it also clues you in to how they relate to others. If the answer they give is tinged with contempt about the people they work with, this is a red flag. However, if they speak pleasantly and positively when the subject of their colleagues comes up, you can feel confident that they will “play well with others.”

What other questions do you make sure to ask during a video interview?

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Lauren Levine

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