Video Interview Coaching: What Do You Think?

Video Interview Coaching: What Do You Think?

by Kerry Scott on 4 December 2009

Stefanie from SnagAJob emailed me today (well, actually Tuesday, but I’m way behind on my email…as usual).  Her team has put together a video job interview coaching thingy.  It’s kind of like a choose your own adventure thing, where you hear the interview question and then choose an answer.  Then you see how that answer plays from the interviewer’s perspective.  She asked for my feedback, and I gave it to her via email…but I’m curious as to what you think.  Is this helpful?  Are the questions/answers on target?  Are there other questions they should cover?  What do you think?

Disclaimer:  I have no connection, financial or otherwise, to SnagAJob or Stefanie.  I just like her, and I figured it would be more helpful for her to get feedback from a bunch of people rather than just me.  Especially since it took me four days to respond to her email.  We bought that Elf on a Shelf thing a couple of weeks ago, but what I really need is an elf to handle my email.  In fact, if he could handle my email AND bring me cans of pop and ice cream, I’d be all set.

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Sabrina December 4, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hey if you want to hire an email assistant, I know where you could get one. ;)

I thought the video thing was interesting and gave me some ideas on how to answer questions. Now I’m going to go back and give the wrong answers for entertainment purposes. :)

Michael December 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Just like the choose your own adventure books I read in grade school. Good to get job seekers, especially less experienced ones, thinking about things from the perspective of an employer/customer/someone else. Reading a blog about answering interview questions is one thing, but the videos drive the point home.

The wrong answers are just as valuable as the right ones. Perhaps Stephanie would want to put links to the other two answers on the answer pages.

Other questions to include? Sure. Maybe the standard basic, if lame, “Tell me about yourself,” or “What is your greatest weakness.” Perhaps an example of a more in depth question. This format would also be good for demonstrating things other than answer content, such as body language.
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Sid Prince December 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Pretty cool

Intro should have an estimate of how long it will take, or give you a count of the # of questions (it may do that at the bottom of the list, but I didn’t scroll and I’d guess many others won’t either).

The questions should have more nuanced choices for the answers. You might still only need 3 canned responses from the cute HR chick, but answering the questions with just the “best fit” feels incomplete somehow and that impacts credibility.

Over all, very well done!


Seriously, how cute is she? Am I right?
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Kerry Sandberg Scott December 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Sid—she’s definitely cute.

Terri Bishop December 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

I liked this idea. Videos make more impact than just reading questions and answers in print. It would be nice to see it expanded with more of the predictable questions. Great start!

P.S. Kerry, I love your blog!
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Michelle December 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Great for some things, not for others. My honest answer for “why did you leave your last job?” was that I hated it with every fiber of my being and quit it the moment I could get health coverage through my husband. Yes, I know that I should say, “The job wasn’t a good fit for me,” or something, but if I’d prefer a different work environment, wouldn’t it be prudent to answer with a less ‘safe,’ “I didn’t like [these specific] things about my job.”? Or am I cracked? I suppose it depends on the specifics… Either way, I found it too generic to be helpful.
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Kerry Sandberg Scott December 7, 2009 at 7:29 am


Michelle—I think there’s a happy medium. I’ve had jobs like that too, and I think you can say safe things while letting them know there’s more to the story with body language (don’t overdue, but if you say, “Well, there was little room for growth and there were some behaviors I was uncomfortable with” while squirming in your chair, for example, they know that means that there was harrassment/stealing/other bad behavior).

But on OTHER question that are less directly connected to your previous employer’s identity, you can make clear the issues or behaviors that are dealbreakers for you. That way you’re not trashing your former employer directly, but you ARE making it clear that you aren’t interested in a job that includes [whatever]. You’re saving them and yourself a lot of grief by doing this.

novice-hr December 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I don’t think the feedback provided in the video were really helpful. It was too brief and generic. If the purpose of the video is to help candidates do better in interview, the response to each answer should be in more details. If you notice, the best response from the candidate were those that provided specific examples and outcomes. Pointing that out would be a great help to candidates.

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