How to Stand Out in Video Interviews

Video is a smarter way to sell yourself to employers. It's proven that candidates providing a video in their application are much more likely to be taken through to the interview stage.

Key learnings:

  • Put across your personality remotely 
  • Show employers directly that you have strong communication and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively remotely 

Creating a video as part of your application

Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! 

  • Never script your answers as your video should be as natural as possible
  • Practise a couple of times and answer the question naturally
  • Write down keywords or bullet points to refer to when creating your video
  • Keep your responses concise – you have limited time to answer the questions so focus on the key points you want to get across to your employer rather than a monologue

Frame and background

  • Always film in landscape rather than portrait
  • It’s fine to film at home, but make sure you use a plain background with minimal distractions
  • Present yourself as you would in an interview, with professional attire


  • Keep your responses between 30-60 seconds
  • Avoid rushing your responses – slow down your dialogue and speak clearly and confidently
  • Record your video in an environment with limited background noise
  • Understand the number of takes you have and your time limit – and plan ahead so that you can control the content that is going out

Example video interview