About Video Interviewing

What is One-Way Video Interviewing?

A one-way interview (also known as “asynchronous interviews” or “on-demand interviewing”) consists of you answering a series of pre-recorded questions in your own time and in your own space. Unlike a traditional phone or video interview, one-way interviewing lacks the conventional conversation that you may be used to. Instead, you and every other candidate are given the same opportunity to answer identical questions, leveling the playing field for you to prove yourself to the hiring manager.

One-way interviewing is a great opportunity for you to separate yourself from the other candidates applying to a new job. It’s a chance for you to put your best foot forward and show what makes you right for the role. Plus, it’s super convenient! You get to determine the best time and place to conduct the interview, making it easier for you to interview on your terms, time, and location. 


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Here’s what you need for your one-way interview: 

  • A Device with a Webcam 
  • Stable Internet Connection 
  • Google Chrome or Safari Browser 

Before your interview, make sure to find a background that is plain (a door or wall works best) in a well-lit and quiet environment. You don’t want any distractions while you’re doing your interview! 

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Understanding the Video Interview

It’s good to know what you’re getting into. Let’s look at what you can expect from Criteria’s one-way interview process.

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You can practice.

You’ll be able to watch and record an answer to a practice question. You can repeat this question as many times as you’d like before you start answering the real interview questions.

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Be prepared.

Just like with a normal phone or in-person interview, you should take the time to prepare prior to your one-way interview. Read through the job description, do some research on the company’s mission, and review your own resume before getting started.

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Each question has a set time limit.

The first one is to prepare and gather your thoughts, and then a second time frame to record your answer. The time limit will be indicated at the beginning of each question.

Video Interviewing FAQs

Does an on-demand video interview replace a face-to-face interview?

Criteria’s video interview process is primarily used for first round interviewing and screening. By using Criteria, you have the opportunity to make a more personal impression on the entire interviewing panel at an early stage. This may speed up the process for you to get to the next stage.

How secure is a video interview and who can review it?

The Criteria application is designed with strict privacy compliance and security measures to protect both candidates and the company. A candidate’s video interview can only be reviewed by the selected hiring team of the organisation that the job relates to. Your privacy is very important to us and if you would like to find out more, please read our privacy policy.

Do I have to download software to take the video interview?

No, Criteria’s video interviewing platform is a secure, browser-based application that does not require any software to be downloaded.

Can Criteria video interviews work with any web browser?

Yes, Criteria’s video interviewing platform has been designed to work with all web browsers and operating systems as long as your browser supports WebRTC (this is standard for most devices, but it does mean that on an iOS device, you’re limited to Safari, due to technical restrictions enforced by Apple). The browsers include: Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari.

What will I need to start my video interview?

Technical Requirements

  • Stable Internet connection

  • Avoid public networks such as Universities or Libraries as well as Government Departments and other workplace networks, as firewall restrictions are often in place

You can take the interview using one of the following:

  • A computer running Google Chrome browser with microphone and webcam

  • Apple iPhone or iPad, running IOS 12 or higher, using Safari browser

  • Android phone or tablet using Google Chrome browser

What should I wear for my video job interview?

You should dress as you would for a face-to-face interview. If you are unsure about what is appropriate, it is better to be slightly more formal than informal. You’ll have the opportunity to see how you appear on the video screen before you record your video interview.

What happens if I don’t want to take a video interview?

As a candidate, the invitation you receive to take your video job interview will be from the employer you have applied to. It’s good news for you if you have been invited, as it means that the employer is interested in pursuing your application. The video interview responses that you record are secure and can only be viewed by the employer.

Bear in mind that other selected applicants will go through the same online job interview process as you, and once the video interviews are completed, the employer reviews and assesses the candidates for final selection. Video interviewing ensure fairness as all candidates for a particular job are given the same set of questions with the same amount of time allocated for each answer. This is your opportunity to ‘showcase’ yourself and let the employer know who you really are. If your application is only supported by your CV, you may miss out on a face-to-face interview later.

What if I’ve never used a webcam or maybe don’t have one?

Most laptops these days have built-in webcams which you may or not even be aware of. If you have never used the webcam facility, the Criteria video interviewing system automatically detects whether a webcam is connected to a computer and enables the user to check video and sound quality. It’s a very easy process and you don’t have to be technical!

Alternatively, your video interview can be taken on an Apple iPhone or iPad, running iOS 12 or higher, using Safari browser, or an Android phone or tablet using Google Chrome as your browser.

If you have any problems during your interview, you can use the chat box to connect with a live support specialist to assist you. If you’re having technical issues and you haven’t started your interview, you can contact support via email at support@criteriacorp.com