Video Interviewing: guidance for candidates
Thank you for your interest in opportunities with Taylor & Francis Group. As the first part of the recruitment process, you may be invited to complete a video interview. Here’s what you can expect from the video interview process and answers some frequently asked questions.
What is video interviewing?
Video interviews are often used at the first stage of our recruitment processes, enabling us to shortlist candidates to invite for a face-to-face interview. Video interviews are quick and easy to set up, and allow you to tell us about why you think you are a good match for a role with us.
Video interviews aren’t a two-way conversation. Instead, you will be recording your responses to a series of questions, with your completed video then being sent to the hiring manager for review.
Why does Taylor & Francis Group use video interviewing?
Video interviewing allows us to get to know a bit more about you, your background, and why you feel you would be a good match for our team. This is your opportunity to express who you are, why you’re right for this role, and really stand out from the crowd.
What can I expect during the video interview?
During the video interview, you will be asked a series of questions and will be given a set time to prepare each answer, then a set time to record your response (usually ranging from 30 – 90 seconds). You can do as many practice questions as you like before you start for real.
What sort of questions will I be asked?
The questions you will be asked will focus on areas such as your interest in the position, your experience and background, and the specific skills relevant to the role. At the end of the video interview there will be a final slot for you to record anything you feel you may have missed in your answers, so don’t worry if you realise you have forgotten something.
How long will it take me to complete?
Completing your video interview should take no more than 30 minutes in total (including set up and practice questions), and our software allows you to complete this on your laptop or smartphone. You will just need an internet connection and a camera. Once completed, your video interview will be sent to the hiring manager to review.
Once you have received your invitation, you will have five days to record your video interview.
Do you have any tips for completing a video interview?
We aren’t looking for a polished, Oscar-worthy recording, we are more interested in finding out more about you and seeing whether we think you would be a good match for our team. However, here are some tips we think will help:
- Make sure you have a copy of the job advert to hand when preparing for your video interview, as this will outline the main responsibilities of the role and the skills and experience we are looking for.
- Make sure you’re in a quiet place, where you are unlikely to be distracted.
- Try and find somewhere well lit, ideally facing a light source (so that we can see you!).
- Make sure you have checked the sound levels of your recording before starting so that we will be able to hear you.
- Remember to relax, smile and be yourself!
What happens if I lose internet connection or have another technical problem during my recording?
Don’t panic! If you encounter any technical problems whilst recording your video interview, please contact the recruitment team on [email protected]
As a global business, we are committed to promoting equality, diversity and equal opportunities at all stages of employment and throughout the recruitment process. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to participate in the video interview then please contact a member of the recruitment team who can organise this on your behalf.