50+ Question you should be prepared for Online Video Interview in 2020

Job interviews are one of the most difficult points of a person’s life. Depending on how you ace it, it helps you to determine whether you will get the job or not. You may put on your nicest clothes print out the resume and smile really big while going inside for the interview but just when you think that everything is going well, the interviewer asks you a tricky question which you were not at all prepared for. And the best way you can answer the question is to do a lot of research on it and craft the answer accordingly.

The moral of the story is that the job seekers need to anticipate less conventional interview questions and should always prepare  curve ball questions as an opportunity to demonstrate the thought process to communicate their values and character and to show the recruiter how you can perform under pressure.

But most of the companies opt for asking normal common questions like “tell us something about yourself” “why should we hire you”. So a candidate needs to be prepared to answer these common questions accordingly.

Video interviews have become very much common these days. They are an increasingly common part of the hiring process. Most of the companies nowadays prefer to go for video interviews for their process of hiring. As far the current situation is concerned, video job interviews will obviously become a go to in the years to come while hiring any employee.

There are mainly two types of video interview. The first one being the face to face interview where the employer asks the questions and the candidates respond. This turns the process into a conversation and a connection. The whole interview takes place in the form of a video call meeting where the stability of the connection and many other factors should be taken proper care of. And the second type of video interview is the one way video interview. This interview mainly happens at the beginning of the interviewing process and is often used as a replacement to the phone interview which has typically served as the first step in screening the job candidates.

The process for the one way video interview is quite simple: the candidate gets a video from the recruiter which contains all the relevant questions in a pre scripted format. The questions come with a deadline for the interview. The candidates needs to answer these questions, recorded and send it back to the company. The recruiters can watch and re-watch the answers at their own convenience and can take the final call.



There are some basic steps that need to be followed to handle video job interviews:

·       You should read the instructions very carefully. You will be more successful in the interview if you demonstrate your ability to work carefully and in the interest of the company

·       You should have the login information ready with you. As part of the invitation you will receive an URL from where you can login and participate in the video job interview. Other login information like your interviewers name, password may also be sent to you as the part of the invitation. Make sure to have them ready

·       Make sure you have the right devices available. If you do-not have any other options you can always use your smart phone. But you are very likely to make the best impression if you are using a camera connected to a laptop or a computer assuming that the particular device has a microphone and a speaker. Also make sure you have a stable internet connection.

·       Always make sure to research well about the company before going in for the video interview. You need to carefully review the job description and highlight where you meet or fall short of the expectations. Learn about the company well, it’s products or services and its goals. Take time to learn about the recruiters and the interviewers as that will go a long way in the video job interview.

·       In a video job interview, the questions asked will be the same for all the candidates. And you need to frame your answer accordingly and uniquely to get the edge. Script out the answers properly, have them ready and practice the answers as much as you can. Most of the questions will be common questions but you need to frame the answers properly to crack the job interview.

·       Choose your best attire and sit for the interview. Go for a more formal look or a business class look as it will help to create a good impression on the interviewers. And always be the best of your version during the interview. Smile, show a positive body language and make the recruiters feel that you are really passionate for the job.



Questions in most of the interviews remain of the same type. Though the interviewers might feel to test your skills with some little off beat questions, most of the questions they will ask will be very much common like “What is the field you are an expertise in?” or “Why did you leave your last job?”. These questions may seem to be very much common and easy, but crafting the right answer to these questions is something few candidates can do. So here is a list of 50+ common questions which you should be prepared for a video interview:

1.            Tell us something about yourself.

2.            Why should we hire you?

3.            What accomplishment are you most proud of?

4.            Why do you want to work in this field?

5.            Why do you want to leave your current company?

6.            What can you offer us that someone else cannot?

7.            What are the three things your former manager would like you to improve on?

8.            Describe a time you disagreed with a teammate or your supervisor?

9.            What is your dream job?

10.        What would you like to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?

11.        How do you deal with stressful situations?

12.        Tell us about a product you think is well designed. How would you improve it?

13.        How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?

14.        What kind of culture are you looking for in a company?

15.        Describe a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone.

16.        What are some of your leadership experiences?

17.        How would you fire someone?

18.        What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?

19.        Would you work 40+ hours a week?

20.        When have you had many tasks to accomplish and a short amount of time to accomplish them?

21.        Do you value efficiency or creativity more?

22.        How do you set priorities or manage time?

23.        Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?

24.        You have 1000 unread emails in your inbox; whom do you reply first?

25.        Describe a time you made a successful sale.

26.        In what ways do you think can you make the greatest contribution to our team?

27.        What have you done over the past year for professional development?

28.        Are you willing to relocate?

29.        Are you willing to travel for your job?

30.        What questions haven’t I asked you?

31.        How do you stay on top of current knowledge in your field?

32.        What makes an effective team?

33.        What are you currently reading/researching/working on?

34.        What will you do if you don’t get this job/into the program?

35.        How do you define success?

36.        Are you applying for other programs?

37.        Are you willing to work extra hours or go on night shifts?

38.        What would you do if you caught your boss doing something unethical or illegal?

39.        Who has been your favorite boss/coworker?

40.        Who has been your least favorite boss/coworker?

41.        Do you view yourself as overqualified for this position?

42.        What was the last book you have read for fun?

43.         What is your coworker pet peeves?

44.        What is your favorite website?

45.        What gets you up in the morning?

46.        What does your direct report say about you?

47.        Would you work on holidays/weekends?

48.        What are your salary requirements?

49.        Discuss your resume.

50.        What questions do you have for me?



You always need to craft proper answers for your interview questions. Always remember that thousand of other candidates other than you, will be answering the same set of common questions. And only your unique creativity and your proper practice will help you ace the interview. So, get ready with all the 50+ common questions mentioned above and crack the video job interview.