Pre-recorded Video Interview: A Complete Guide


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When you’re looking for a job, you’re likely to run into a lot of different applications and interview types. While many employers still stick to the standard process of in-person interviews, others are using technology to help simplify the hiring process while also making it more efficient.

Pre-recorded video interviews are a tool that many employers are starting to utilize. But what is a pre-recorded video interview? How can you prepare for one?

This article is going to dive into pre-recorded video interviews and will provide recommendations and best practices for how to manage this style of interview.

 Let’s dive in.

What Is a Pre-Recorded Video Interview?

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Pre-recorded video interviews are one-way filmed recordings that feature a candidate as they answer a round of pre-set questions that were established by the hiring manager beforehand.

The process allows for hiring managers to test more candidates while saving time. This type of interview is treated like any other interview, and the candidate is meant to take each question seriously, and to dress appropriately (if you want to double check on dress code expectations for your pre-recorded video interview, you can use the recommendations in our how to ask about dress code guide).

Typically, a pre-recorded video interview is conducted as an earlier stage interview in the process and is used to a hiring manager to assess whether the candidate should continue along the hiring process.

Generally, you can expect a pre-recorded video interview to be conducted via a tool like one from this list.

Are Pre-Recorded Video Interviews Normal?

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Pre-recorded video interviews may be new, but they’re indeed normal. This style of interview may also help take a little stress off both the candidate and the hiring manager, while still providing crucial information for the hiring process.

Video interviewing became more popular over the last few years with the rise of remote work. As the workplace shifts, so does the way people are hired.

How to Introduce Yourself in a Pre-Recorded Interview?

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Each pre-recorded interview will probably differ from the other and, because of this, the way you begin the interview may also change. It’s always recommended that you follow the directions sent to you by the hiring manager. Be sure to prepare for the interview beforehand, just as you would for any type of interview.

For most pre-recorded video interviews, you’ll want to introduce yourself clearly and just as you would during a Zoom or similar interview. Clearly state your name and return any greeting that may have been pre-set. Be sure to look at the camera when you speak, and to sit up straight, showing confidence in your answers and stance. Confidence is often important when it comes to getting hired. After your greeting, you’ll follow the questions that were pre-set by the hiring manager.

For additional tips and recommendations on how to introduce yourself in a pre-recorded video interview, check out our how to introduce yourself professionally article.

What Questions Are Asked on a Pre-recorded Video Interview?

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Often, interview questions in a pre-recorded video interview tend to be like those in other interviews. This is because many employers value the same qualities, and certain niches demand certain skills.

Some common questions asked during a pre-recorded video interview may include:

  • ‘Tell me about yourself.’
  • ‘Why are you interested in this position?’
  • Why do you want to leave your current job?’
  • What skills can you bring to the team?’
  • ‘Tell me about your experience.’
  • ‘Tell me about a time that you went above and beyond for your team.’
  • What accomplishment are you the proudest of?’
  • ‘Tell me about a time where you had to overcome an issue in the workplace.’

There are many different questions that a hiring manager may ask. Be sure to take some time to prepare and to really think about your career, your goals, and how you would answer some common interview questions, like the ones listed above.

For recommendations on how to answer the most common interview questions, take a look at our how to ace an interview guide.


Using pre-recorded video interviews is a great way for hiring managers to easily interview prospective employees. The candidates are also able to compose themselves more easily, as there is time in between the questions. For some systems, candidates may even be able to re-record their answers! This style of interview is easy, saves money, and saves time.

Preparing for a pre-recorded video interview should be the same as preparing for a standard interview. Remember, while you may be talking to your camera, real people will be reviewing the footage, so its best to treat the interview as you would any other. When done correctly, these interviews are a great way to hire, and to get hired. 

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Ted Wilson

Ted Wilson is a writer and marketing specialist with over thirteen years of experience. He has worked with clients of all types, including major brands like Bed Bath & Beyond. He has years of experience writing for career management and education websites and often tells clients seeking to advance their career that passion and consistency are key.

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