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 - we recommend either:

  • Practising a couple of times and answer the question naturally
  • Writing 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
  • Make sure you’re in either the left or the right side of the frame – Robert Walters will add captions of key words and phrases during editing
  • 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
  • Take your time – you’re in control of the content you send so it’s worth trying a few takes to get it right
  • Feel free to introduce yourself, but this is not mandatory as Robert Walters will add necessary captions during editing

Example video interview

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