Conquering One-Way Recorded Interviews

Posted: September 26, 2017

One-way recorded video (on-demand) interviewing, otherwise known as “asynchronous” interviews, are on the rise and since it can be somewhat awkward for candidates, it is all the better to be prepared! What exactly are these types of interviews, you ask? They are conducted with software that companies use for distance interviewing that takes the place of an actual “live” person asking you the questions.

There are 2 kinds: either the employer will request a video from the candidate in which you answer pre-scripted questions due by a certain deadline OR in the video interview, you will be the only one visible but you’ll hear an interviewer ask you the questions. Certain software might only allow a specific number of attempts at answering the question, so being prepared will ensure that you provide an impressive response with the time and attempts allotted. Here are a few tips to ensure your success with these types of interviews.

Review the Details:

You should receive all the details about this kind of interview from the employer. If you have to submit your responses by a certain date, make sure you know and meet the deadline! If something isn’t clear about the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to your contact at the company to get clarification prior to beginning.

Test Your Technology:

Use a computer with a microphone, speaker, and webcam. Phones may work but you don’t want to take the chance if the application software isn’t compatible. Test your device prior to beginning your interview to ensure internet connection and installation of appropriate software. 

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare:

And then you’re off!  Prepare just like you would with any other interview. Review the job description and figure out how your qualifications meet the employer’s needs. Ask yourself ‘why do I want to work at XX company?’ Be prepared for the typical questions, including behavioral (i.e., “Tell me about a time when you took initiative.”) and be ready to tell your story (i.e., “Tell me about yourself.”) Research the company’s website and newsfeeds to learn about current trends in their company or industry.

Use ECS Resources to Practice:

ECS offers an online mock interview tool named Big Interview. Registered students can access this software through their CareerEngine account, located under the “Shortcuts” section on the upper, right-hand side of the homepage. Preparing through Big Interview is one of the closest ways to simulate the one-way recorded interview process. This will help you not only refine your responses, but also aid in decreasing your nerves with practice.


“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe