How to Prepare for an AI Video Interview?

A guide for job seekers to prepare and ace AI video interviews.
Reviewed by:
Javeria Khan
March 19, 2024
0 min read time
Nawal Malik

Job hunting is evolving with the advent of AI in hiring. Whether you’re interviewing for your first job, fresh after graduation, or trying to climb the ladder, you are now more likely to find yourself pitted against an AI bot in the initial interview instead of a person. 

Automated video interviews (AVIs) represent the cutting edge of this trend. You’ll get a bot that presents a predefined set of questions, allowing you a brief window to respond before swiftly rendering a decision. 

Some might say there’s not a huge difference between an AI Video Interview and an in-person one because, at the end of the day, you still have to make a good impression. But is there a difference between impressing an interviewer in person and impressing an algorithm? 

Confusing? It’s really not. Today, we’ll help you navigate the questions you might have to prepare you for an AI video interview. 

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7 Tips to Prepare for an AI Video Interview  

1. Get Familiar with the Platform 

Before your actual interview, spend some time getting to know the AI video interview platform, so there are no surprises on the day of. Test the equipment you’ll use in the interview, such as your laptop, mic, and camera, and don’t forget to secure a reliable internet connection. Also, choose a relatively quiet and well-lit space for the interview and a professional background with little to no distractions. 

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2. Research the Company

Like any other interview, you need to prepare for an AI video interview before taking it. This means learning about the company's culture, values, and the specific role you're applying for. This will help you tailor your responses to what the company is looking for in a candidate.

3. Prep for Commonly Asked Interview Questions

While the questions may be AI-generated, you know that an initial interview will entail a standard test of questions to gauge your skill-set, experience, and confidence. Practice your answers about why you're a good fit for the role.

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4. Practice Video Etiquette

If you’re camera shy, it’s time to get comfortable talking to a camera. Always remember to maintain eye contact, enunciate your words, and stay in a space with no distractions so you don’t lose your train of thought. Practice with a friend or record yourself answering questions to replay and assess your performance.

5. Dress Professionally

Dress as you would for an in-person interview. This will make you feel more confident and show that you’re taking an AI video just as seriously. Choose solid, neutral colors and avoid busy patterns that might distract on camera. 

6. Be Concise and Specific

The algorithm evaluates your responses based on specific criteria, and you will have a time limit to answer all the questions. Use the time well to ensure you speak clearly, concisely, and directly address the questions. Avoid unnecessary details and get to the point. Use examples from your work experiences to highlight your strengths and skills. 

7. Show Enthusiasm

Express genuine interest in the role and company. AI can analyze your words, tone and body language to detect enthusiasm, so let your passion for the opportunity shine through.

What does AI Look for in Video Interviews? 

AI video interviews use an algorithm to assess candidates' suitability for a position by analyzing their body language, tone, answers, and overall personality. However, recruiters also decide the weightage of the interview and your CV before making a final decision.  While the specific criteria and algorithms may vary, and companies may customize them based on their hiring priorities, the gist remains the same. The requirements below give you a general overview of how to present yourself in the best light during the interview.

Do’s and Don’ts of Introducing Yourself in AI Video Interviews 

Do you even introduce yourself in an AI video interview? Yes! Here are the do's and don'ts of introducing yourself in an AI video interview:

✅ Do Keep it Concise: Aim for a 60-90-second overview that hits the key points.

✅ Do Tailor Your Introduction: Emphasize skills and experiences that directly relate to the job you're interviewing for. 

✅ Do Express Enthusiasm: Convey genuine excitement about the opportunity.

✅ Do Keep a Professional Tone: Speak clearly and at a moderate pace.

✅ Do Look at the Camera: It might feel weird, but maintaining eye contact creates a more direct and engaging connection. 

❌ Don't Ramble: Steer clear of excessive details. 

❌ Don’t Get Personal: Don't delve into personal details or unrelated experiences. 

❌Don’t Use Jargon: Aim for clarity in your communication.

❌ Don't Wing it: Practice your introduction beforehand to ensure you hit the right points.

❌ Don’t Be Negative: Avoid negative language or expressions.

An AI video interview doesn't have to be as daunting! With a little bit of preparation and these tips you'll be acing your next AI video interview. Remember to be yourself and embrace the interview process to give it your best shot! Check out more tips on acing interviews.

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