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What is a HireVue interview?

What is a HireVue interview?

Simply put, a HireVue interview is a relatively novel method that companies use to screen job applicants quickly. A Hirevue is a one-way interview where you will record yourself answering questions. You can complete a HireVue interview at any time as long as it is before the interview’s deadline. Regular interview conventions still apply! Ensu

re you are prepared for your HireVue interview (use a free service like Voomer), research the company you are applying for, and dress as if you are headed to a regular, one-on-one interview.

What questions will be asked on a HireVue interview?

Questions asked in a HireVue interview fall into two major categories:

  • Motivational questions: These will ask why you want to work at the organization you’ve applied to, why you are interested in that role, etc
  • Behavioral questions: These questions will probe your competencies and need to be answered using concrete examples

You can check out some HireVue questions in this article. Depending on the role you are applying to, you might be asked technical questions, but that is an exception and we rarely see questions that are not motivational or behavioral.

What can I expect from a HireVue interview?

A HireVue interview will always follow these steps:

  1. You’ll receive an email from the organization you applied to with a unique link. Do not share it with anyone!
  2. Click the link and head to the HireVue website to begin your interview
  3. You’ll get a chance to test your camera and microphone. Make sure they are working
  4. Next, the first interview question will be displayed. Typically this is as a short video, but sometimes the questions are displayed as text
  5. A timer will begin counting down. That is the time you have to prepare your answer. This timer will typically last 30 seconds. You can skip this timer if you like. The question will remain on screen while the count-down timer is running. You are NOT being recorded at this stage.
  6. Once you’ve skipped the answer prep timer (or let it count down to zero), HireVue will start recording you – this is your cue to answer the question. Another timer will start counting down, this is the time you have to answer the questions. Typically it is 120 seconds long (two minutes)
  7. After you are done answering the question and the timer has not reached zero yet, you can click on the “submit answer” button to stop the recording
  8. The next question will then be displayed and the above steps repeat themselves until there are no more questions

On occasion, you’ll also have to answer some multiple-choice or written questions. However, those questions are usually very simple, such as “do you have a valid driver’s license”. The video questions are the tricky ones, not the multiple-choice/written questions!

How do I ace the HireVue interview?

Simple – practice! You might know what a Hirevue interview is – but it is a completely different thing to be looking at your computer and have to answer a question live. Head over to Voomer where you can practice on HireVue style questions and use their AI-powered tools to quickly improve!  

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JetBlue HireVue interview questions and strategy

Introduction

JetBlue receives thousands of applications per year and competition is extremely tough. To speed up the processing of so many applicants, JetBlue started using HireVue some years ago and this is a mandatory step for all!

The HireVue interview – or video interview – is one of the first knock-out stages on your road to a career at JetBlue, so acing this stage is critical for your success.  

JetBlue uses HireVue to screen thousands of applicants per year.

In this article we’ll discuss many JetBlue HireVue interview specifics and how to prep for the interview.  

Make sure you practice for your interview on a platform like Voomer, where you can answer past and present questions in an environment that looks a lot like HireVue’s – building up your confidence for the big day!

Practicing on Voomer is the only way to get something this article can’t help you with – confidence!

JetBlue HireVue interview – what to expect

JetBlue’s HireVue interview is sent out relatively early in the application process, however, we’ve seen some cases where the HireVue invitations have taken over a month to hit an applicant’s inbox.  So don’t stress out if you submit an application and don’t instantly get invited for the HireVue.

When you finally get called up for a HireVue, you’ll get a link sent to your email. You can do the email on your phone or on a computer – as long as it has a webcam.  We recommend using a laptop since they usually have an integrated webcam and you’ll minimize camera shake.

After you click on the link for your HireVue interview, you’ll be shown a few introductory videos – which you can skip if you like.  When the actual interview starts, you will click a button to display the first question.  A countdown timer will appear which displays the amount of time you have to prepare your answer. Usually, this is about 30 seconds.

After the prep timer winds down to zero (or if you choose to click on a button that skips the prep timer ahead) HireVue will start recording. You’ll usually have about 2 minutes to answer before HireVue cuts you off.

This process will repeat itself 3 to 5 times until there are no more questions for you and the interview is over.

JetBlue HireVue interview specifics

Before you start your JetBlue HireVue, understand that JetBlue HR wants to find people that have a good match with JetBlue’s values and will be long-term, happy employees.

This means you should understand what JetBlue’s values are and make sure that you weave those values into your answers – this applies to the HireVue and to the in-person interview!  Jet Blue’s values are:

  1. Safety
  2. Caring
  3. Integrity
  4. Passion
  5. Fun

So make HR’s life easy!  Give them what they are looking for in your answers and you’ll get an easy pass into the next stage.


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Before your JetBlue HireVue interview

Before heading into your interview, make sure you go through our pre-HireVue checklist, which we go into detail in this article here.

That will ensure that you are ahead of the crowd before you even answer your first question! We discuss lighting, background, attire, sound quality, and more.

To really make sure you are ready for your HireVue interview, check out Voomer – where you can practice on past and present JetBlue HireVue interview questions and get AI-powered feedback on your answers to quickly improve in time for your upcoming interview!

Start practicing today for free on Voomer and land that job!

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Deloitte HireVue interview questions and strategy

Introduction

A few years ago Deloitte changed their hiring procedures to include something called a “HireVue interview”.

The purpose of these video or one-way interviews is to save everyone time.  You don’t have to drive or fly in for an in-person interview when the Deloitte hiring manager has already made up their mind on another applicant.  And the hiring manager doesn’t have to sit through an interview with someone that clearly isn’t interested or appropriate for the job.

So it’s a win-win right?  

Sort of.  

HireVue interviews can be very stressful for applicants since there is no live interviewer asking questions. Many applicants have told us this gives them anxiety since there is no way to know if your answers were solid or could be improved, which snowballs into a bad interview.

You can gain some confidence before your interview by practicing for Deloitte’s HireVue interview on a platform like Voomer, where you can practice on Deloitte sample questions and get instant, AI-powered feedback on your answers.

Let’s walk you through the Deloitte HireVue interview and later you’ll be able to download some sample Deloitte HireVue interview questions.

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What happens during Deloitte’s HireVue interview?

In a HireVue interview, you’ll record yourself answering questions.

Those questions might be shown to you as a couple of lines of text or they might be displayed as a pre-recorded video by someone at Deloitte asking you that question.

Then, you’ll get around 1 minute to prepare your answer and around 3 minutes to answer.

The number of questions varies, so be ready to answer anything from 2 to 5 questions.  

You can answer on your cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer – as long as it has a camera.  However, I strongly recommend using a laptop or desktop.

Deloitte’s HireVue interview specifics

After receiving the link to your Deloitte HireVue interview, you’ll typically have to complete the interview within 72 hours.

Deloitte is a professional services firm, so the vast majority of questions are going to be related to that business and your attitude answering those questions should be one of a person who understands and wants to grow in that business.

We can also take a look at Deloitte’s values, and it’s pretty clear what they are interested in:

  • Integrity
  • Outstanding value to markets & clients
  • Commitment to each other
  • Strength from cultural diversity

So make sure you care about giving Deloitte clients great value, have an open mind that values diversity and inclusion, that you value teamwork, and – last but not least – have strong work ethics and integrity.

Below are a few sample questions that will get you familiarized with the types of questions asked on the Deloitte HireVue interview.


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How to prepare for Deloitte’s HireVue

Start with what you can control.

Start your interview in a place that is quiet – away from kids, pets, lawnmowers, etc. Not only will the person viewing your video have a hard time understanding you, loud noises right when you are about to answer a question might sap your confidence.

Even though you might be at home, dress as if you were at an in-person interview. People viewing your answers appreciate the professionalism of someone that took the time to think about this issue and record using appropriate clothing.

Lighting is absolutely key. If you record in an environment with low light, you’ll come across as a blurry, barely recognizable mess on video – which does not help your chances of getting hired.  Open your curtains to let in lots of natural light or turn on lights to brighten up the environment.  When it comes to lighting, more is always better – as long as the lights aren’t pointed at your camera!

Use the STAR method to organize your answers into easy-to-understand snippets that make the hiring manager’s life simple!

Last but not least – PRACTICE! HireVue interviews can be extremely stressful. The only way to gain confidence in these interviews is by getting used to them and understanding how to best answer the questions.

Voomer is a great way to do all that since you can practice on sample Deloitte HireVue interview questions and get instant AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can land that job!  

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Target HireVue virtual interview questions: What to expect

Target Virtual Interview

About a year ago Target stores changed their hiring procedures to include something called a “HireVue interview”, or Target Virtual Interview Process.

The purpose of these video or one-way interviews is to save everyone time.  You don’t have to drive down to a store for an in-person interview when the Target hiring manager has already made up their mind on another applicant.  And the hiring manager doesn’t have to sit through an interview with someone that clearly isn’t interested in the job.

So it’s a win-win right?  

Sort of.  

HireVue interviews can be very stressful for applicants since there is no live interviewer asking questions. Many applicants have told us this gives them anxiety since there is no way to know if your answers were solid or could be improved.

You can gain some confidence before your interview by practicing for Target’s HireVue interview on a platform like Voomer, where you can practice on Target sample questions and get instant, AI-powered feedback on your answers.

Let’s walk you through the Target HireVue interview and later you’ll be able to download some sample Target virtual interview questions.

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What happens in a Target Virtual HireVue interview?

In a HireVue interview, you’ll record yourself answering questions.

Those questions might be shown to you as a couple of lines of text or they might be displayed as a pre-recorded video by someone at Target asking you that question.

Then, you’ll get around 30 seconds to prepare your answer and around two minutes to answer.

The number of questions varies, so be ready to answer anything from 2 to 5 questions.  

You can answer on your cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer – as long as it has a camera.

Target’s HireVue interview specifics

Target is a retailer, so the vast majority of questions are going to be related to that business and your attitude in answering those questions should be one of a person who really cares about customer service.

If we take a look at Target’s values, it’s pretty clear what they are interested in:

  • Great shopping
  • Celebrating diversity and inclusion
  • Community engagement
  • Ethics at work

So make sure you care about giving Target customers a great shopping experience, have an open mind that values diversity and inclusion, that you think about your community and how to improve it, and – last but not least – have strong work ethics.

Below are a few sample questions that will get you familiarized with the types of questions asked on the Target HireVue interview.


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How to prepare for Target’s HireVue

Start with what you can control.

Start your interview in a place that is quiet – away from kids, pets, lawnmowers, etc. Not only will the person viewing your video have a hard time understanding you, loud noises right when you are about to answer a question might sap your confidence.

Even though you might be at home, dress as if you were at an in-person interview. People viewing your answers appreciate the professionalism of someone that took the time to think about this issue and record using appropriate clothing.

Lighting is absolutely key. If you record in an environment with low light, you’ll come across as a blurry, barely recognizable mess on video – which does not help your chances of getting hired.  Open your curtains to let in lots of natural light or turn on lights to brighten up the environment.  When it comes to lighting, more is always better – as long as the lights aren’t pointed at your camera!

Last but not least – PRACTICE! HireVue interviews can be extremely stressful. The only way to gain confidence in these interviews is by getting used to them and understanding how to best answer the questions.

Use the STAR method to format your answers into an easy-to-understand way that makes things simple for the hiring manager.

Voomer is a great way to do all that since you can practice on sample Target HireVue interview questions and get instant AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can land that job!  

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6 common HireVue mistakes

Introduction

Mistakes happen!  Unfortunately, HireVue interviews are very short and a careless mistake when answering questions on your HireVue can have an outsized impact on your chances of landing that dream job.

In this post, the HireVue experts at Voomer break down the 6 most common mistakes.  After you’ve read this, make sure to practice for your HireVue for free at tryvoomer.com and get AI-powered feedback on your performance.

1: Underestimating how strange and unnatural they can be

HireVue interviews are weird!  I remember bumbling through my HireVue quite some time ago and not getting the job.

Taking the time to do some prep before you open that HireVue link pays off handsomely.

It puts you at ease and helps get your mind ready for this very unnatural experience of doing an interview without an interviewer!

2: Getting distracted by your own video

When answering a Hirevue interview, some people get extremely distracted by their own video.

The best way to counter this is to turn off your camera feed in HireVue.  There is a toggle just below your video feed that you can flip to turn the camera off.

Don’t worry, you are still being recorded and your answers registered.

3: Not preparing examples

Some people are great at thinking on the fly, improvising and getting great results – but not everyone!

Take a moment before the interview to write down some of your greatest accomplishments as well as the toughest challenges you’ve faced.  

HireVue will ask about certain competencies – with those examples shortlisted you’ll be able to quickly answer anything they throw at you!

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4: Not using your prep time strategically

One of the few ways in which the HireVue interview is better than a live interview is that you get a couple of seconds to prepare an answer!

So make that prep time count.

Have pen and paper next to you and after you hear the question jot down 3 things:

  1. Context – what was going on
  2. Action – what did you do about that context
  3. Results – what were the results of your actions

With that easy method, you’ll answer any question with ease.

Typing out notes during the prep time can be very distracting – avoid that and just stick to pen and paper.

5: Dragging out your answer

You might be asked a very straightforward question but get lots of time to answer – for example, 3 minutes!

Just because you have all that time available to answer the question, it doesn’t mean you should keep talking on and on just to wind that timer down to zero.

Deliver a clear and concise answer.  After that click on the “submit answer” button and keep going!

6: Not doing any research on the company you are applying to

While most HireVue questions are classic behavioral interview questions, some might require some knowledge about the company you are applying to or its products and services.

Being familiar with the company you are applying to allows you to answer questions with examples that are far more relevant to the hiring team, thus increasing the probability of you getting the job.

Conclusion and next steps

Sadly, many applicants make the above mistakes which as you can see, are easy to avoid.  Follow the tips outlined above and you’ll be ahead of your competition.

Another way to get ahead of the other applicants is to practice.  Voomer is a great platform for that with hundreds of HireVue questions sorted by company and role. You’ll get AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can quickly improve and get that dream job!


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Answer any HireVue question

Introduction

HireVue interviews might seem very intimidating at first and many job applicants desperately search around Google for “(company name) HireVue questions” in a futile attempt to find what’s going to be asked and then memorize answers.

Well, I’m here to tell you that is possibly the worst way to prep for a HireVue!

Questions on any companies HireVue are almost always going to follow a very predictable pattern.  Let’s find out how you can decode this pattern and answer any HireVue question.

After reading this article, if you want to practice answering HireVue questions, Voomer is a great free resource.

Step 1 – Research competencies

If you aren’t sure what competencies are, they are the skills and knowledge that you apply to certain situations.

For example, a classic competency many companies want in their hires is customer focus.  Another is thinking with data.  This website lists several competencies in case you want to look at more examples.

The best place to find out what competencies the company you are applying to is interested in, is to visit the organization’s website.  Almost all organizations have an “about us” section.  If you read between the lines you’ll find the competencies they care most about staring you right in the face.

So if a company talks a lot about how they work in a very volatile industry – a competency they will be looking for is adaptability.  If they talk a lot about people and teamwork, you’ll definitively be probed on competencies related to dealing with people – from leadership to training others.

Sometimes, an organization will be really helpful and just flat out mention on the website what are the competencies they are interested in.

To wrap up this first step – write down all the competencies you can identify in the organization you are applying to.

Step 2 – Prepare for behavioral questions

HireVue can’t read the resumes of every person that applies to a job at a given organization and ask personalized questions – they have to standardize.

The way they do that is by asking behavioral questions using the competencies you found out step 1 as a guide!

Even if you don’t know what behavioral questions are – I’m pretty sure you’ve answered a few at some point.  

For example, “tell me about a time you had to deal with an angry customer”.  Or “tell me about a time you had to train someone”.

The first question draws on the “customer service” competency and the second one draws on the “enabling others” competency.  See how step 1 was important?

So now we know what type of questions will be asked and the subject of those questions.

An important note about behavioral questions

Before we move onto step 3, notice something about those behavioral questions above: They all ask about your past behavior, require concrete examples and ask about what you did.  Not your supervisor, not your teammate, what you did.

So when shortlisting examples to use when HireVue asks you about a certain competency, make sure to think about concrete examples where you were the person driving the narrative – not someone else.

They don’t care about what your supervisor or teammate did – they are hiring you, not them!

Step 3 – Learn the CAR method

The CAR method is a great way to organize your thoughts when answering any HireVue Question.

“C” stands for “context”.  What was the situation you faced: Did a customer send you an angry email about a missed deliverable?  Did you have an underperforming teammate that affected your work?  

Layout that context in a couple of sentences so that HireVue’s AI or the person viewing your video understands the scene.

“A” stands for “action”.  What did you do to solve the issues you laid out in the previous point?  Did you go above and beyond to try and get the customer what they needed?  Did you layout a development plan for that underperforming customer?

Remember, talk about what you did – not anyone else.

“R” stands for “results”.  This is the logical conclusion to the two previous steps.  What happened to the context after you sprang to action?  Did the customer actually get what they needed?  Did your teammate improve?


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Remember that if you did not get a stellar result with your actions, you can always talk a bit about the lessons learned, and what you changed in your behavior after going through all that.  This is also very valuable on a HireVue!

Conclusion

If you walk through the 3 steps I outlined above, you’ll be able to confidently answer any HireVue question.  

If you want to practice answering those questions on a platform that simulates many aspects of the HireVue experience, you can start for free at Voomer, where you’ll get AI-powered feedback on your answers!

Get those reps in and get that dream job!  

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7 common HireVue questions

Introduction

HireVue interviews can be surprisingly stressful – you’re alone, awkwardly talking to a screen and you don’t get any feedback on your answers. It’s a very strange experience. Practicing on some HireVue questions can help ease that stress.

Fortunately, HireVue uses questions that follow a pattern. Most of the questions you’ll be asked are behavioral questions, and I wrote a blog post about them here.

In this post, the team at Voomer – experts at HireVue prep – break down 7 common HireVue questions. We hope this helps you land your dream job!

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Question 1: Tell me about yourself

This is a classic warm-up question, designed to break the ice.

However, the person viewing your video also actually wants to hear about you in your own words!

The best way to answer this is to not read off your CV! Many people make that mistake, and if you don’t, you are already ahead of quite a few applicants.

Make sure your answer is an executive summary of yourself and your career. It doesn’t have to go into details of each job or assignment you had or move in chronological order.

As long as the interviewer can place your overall career, aspirations, and style quickly, you will have accomplished your goal for this question.

Question 2: What’s the toughest challenge you’ve faced?

This is the first Hirevue question of many where we need to challenge the face value of the question.

What’s actually being asked here is “how well do you prioritize?”.

Tough challenges usually involve large, complex, interconnected problems that need to be broken down and solved one at a time – in a particular order!

Do you now see how the question is actually about prioritization? So when answering, talk about precisely that. Explain what tough problem you faced, break it down into its main parts, and walk through how you solved the first few steps!

Question 3: Tell me about a time you had to deliver disappointing news

This is another question where we need to take a second look at the question.

The actual question here is “are you proactive?”.

Think about it – what happens when you tell your boss that something bad happened? Assuming you have or had a good boss, their reply is usually “well, how do we fix it?” or even “great, have you fixed it already?”.

That is the answer that your interviewer is looking for.

So when answering this question make sure to explain how you delivered the bad news but also explain how you were one step ahead and already thought up of a plan to turn things around.

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Question 4: Tell me about a time you faced conflict in a team

This question asks about your people skills. Essentially, how good are you at empathizing with people, identifying potential problems, and bringing them to a resolution.

A classic mistake here where answering this question jumps to something like “I just fired that person”.

While that may be true and necessary, jumping straight to that conclusion won’t get you far with your HireVue. Explain the process that you went through until you reached that point.

Question 5: Tell me about a time you had to explain something complex

This HireVue question tests your ability to summarize a complex issue into a simple but powerful message.

If you start answering this question and run out of time because you are still explaining a complex issue using complex language and imagery extensively – guess what! You are doing it wrong!

Start the answer with the absolute toplines of the problem and how you were able to break the message down to make it easily digestible by your audience.

Question 6: Tell us something that is not on your CV

Applicants should be really happy when this question comes up since there are so many ways that this can be answered that benefit the applicant if they know what they are doing.

The point of this question is twofold. First, give the candidate the opportunity to talk about something where they feel they have a particularly interesting strength but where none of the preceding questions seemed appropriate.

The second point is to tease out something about the applicant that makes them unique. There are only so many applications you can go through before they all become a blur, so letting applicants add a little personal color to their HireVue helps to make them more memorable and therefore more likely to be hired.

Question 7: Why do you want this job?

Many people chafe at this Hirevue question due to its perceived cynicism. While I won’t get into the merits of the question, I will tell you where to direct your energy!

If you can’t think on the spot of a good reason to want this job, think of things about the job, career, or company that appeal to you and would make you “a happy camper”.

This could be customer interaction, fast-paced days, the possibility of travel for work, etc.

Conclusion and parting tips

These seemingly simple questions have many layers, and now you know how to peel them back!

HireVue interviews can be intimidating and stressful, especially when your dream job rides on acing it. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to practice for your HireVue on a tool like Voomer. You can browse our question database with company-specific questions and practice for them in an environment that is extremely similar to Hirevue’s. You can also get AI-powered feedback on your answers to help you land that dream job!


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HireVue Interview Guide Flight Attendant Edition

 

 

`You are preparing to take the next big step into the incredibly demanding career of becoming a flight attendant, with huge responsibility, offering the adventure of a lifetime and a close-knit community. Starting a career in cabin crew is a big decision, however, unfortunately, it is not the only step on your way to securing a position. Whether you are applying for Delta, American, United, Emirates, Singapore, Cathay Pacific, WestJet, Jazz, Mesa Airlines, Envoy or one of the many other carriers, a new challenge awaits you. That challenge is the HireVue Interview.

Getting off the ground and into the skies means you have to take off in your HireVue, so we have made the below guide to help you prepare with some tips, tools to practice, and common questions as post-COVID-19 pandemic hiring picks up and returns to pre-pandemic levels.

Putting in some time to prepare is definitely worthwhile given how few opportunities there are.

The HireVue one-way video interview (also known as the on-demand interview), a tool that airlines love and candidates love to hate, is a challenge that is often underestimated. Seemingly an easy task to record short video answers to behavioral and situational questions, the HireVue often takes applicants by surprise. Speaking to a mirror image of yourself in your laptop or phone is unnatural and difficult. Many strong applicants fail at this stage, so preparation is key.

Today many applicants just like you are struggling to find a reliable method for preparing for HireVue and succeeding. Even on HireVues that you feel you did well on, without any feedback, it is hard to know exactly what went right or wrong when you don’t progress to the next stage. This is very frustrating as you may have missed out on one of the few opportunities to pursue the career you love, and consistently doing badly on the HireVue could eventually mean you have to look for opportunities elsewhere, in other industries.

Having to work in an area you didn’t imagine and aren’t interested in can lead to feeling unhappy and unfulfilled, and losing hope. Often there are very few opportunities to get back into many industries if you don’t come through the standard applicant process with flying colors on your first try.

Once you discover Voomer, you can practice the HireVue with the actual questions used by many airlines and get instant AI-powered feedback on how you do. This helps you improve and understand what you do right and what you do wrong. Practicing the HireVue with Voomer gets you used to the awkwardness of speaking to the screen, helping you to not freeze in the moment if you get an unexpected question. Leaving you thinking: “omg this is absolutely freaking awesome – I know exactly what this will be like, I’m prepared to do my best”.

Alongside Voomer, understanding the broad variety of questions you can be asked in your video interview is essential. Generally for cabin crew, this is split into two categories. Firstly behavioral, and secondly situational questions. Behavioral questions want to learn about what motivates you and your overall approach within a position. Situational questions pose you with a problem, for example: “What would you do if you noticed a colleague taking food from the cart and placing it into their bag before deplaning?”.



American Airlines
Cathay Pacific
Delta Air Lines
Emirates
Envoy Air
JetBlue Airways
Singapore Airlines
United Airlines
WestJet

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Putting your best foot forward in the HireVue is straightforward with Voomer. You can create a preparation program on Voomer for your selected Airline, along with specific AI-powered feedback on the areas to improve the most, which will enable you to pass the HireVue stage. You will become more comfortable with speaking to the camera and delivering answers confidently with practice and feedback.

Being confident and comfortable on video comes with practice, especially one-way video interviews

Prepare yourself as you would do for any other interview. Mirror the airline that you are applying to. Check the standard hair, makeup, and dress style for the airline that you are applying and if you can’t mirror exactly add accent colors that match the airline. Remember, if you have multiple interviews with multiple airlines you will need to adapt your style each time.

Prepare as if you are going to work today so that the interviewer won’t see any red flags when reviewing your VI (video interview):

  • Remember to wear a watch! It is an FAA and airline requirement to have a working wristwatch for use in emergency situations and also useful for knowing if boarding slow.
  • Rings should be limited to two, and many airlines do not allow thumb rings.
  • Earings should be no larger than a quarter, and not pose a safety hazard. 1 to 2 earings are allowed depending on the airline. Wear a stud to be on the safe side. Don’t wear any crazy jewelry!
  • Take out all other facial piercings.

Now you have a fast and effective way to get a clear understanding of how to improve your performance in the HireVue interviews you take on your journey to become a flight attendant. When you are invited to the HireVue stage it will no longer be fear-inducing and never a disaster. Just don’t forget to put your phone on silent!

Trusting that preparation will make you feel confident and dynamic is the first step. Knowing that the video reviewer from the airline and Artificial Intelligence will see how enthusiastic, engaged and motivated you are will reduce the stress massively and keep you motivated and pushing onwards to pursue your dream in an incredibly fulfilling and exciting career. That’s the difference preparation can make.

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The Ultimate Goldman Sachs HireVue Question Guide

You are now part of the future of the hiring process worldwide. Each firm you are applying to that uses HireVue recorded interviews is telling you how great this new development of one-way interviews is in allowing them to speak to and analyze applicants. Indeed, Goldman Sachs has a video celebrating this new era of interviews on demand and providing you with some headline but not exhaustive guidance on tackling HireVue.

Unfortunately, it’s hard for you to share this joy with them. Like nearly all candidates taking HireVue recorded interviews, it’s your least favorite step – an awkward experience with no feedback, and no human connection. Another hurdle on your way to building that successful career you dreamt of. That is why we created Voomer, to enable you to get feedback and feel confident, and why we created this guide, to make one of the most challenging recruitment processes a little less daunting.

The guide has the following sections:

  1. Research
  2. Preparation
  3. Question Bank

Research

This section of the guide explores the key research factors in preparing you for success in an interview with Goldman Sachs. From looking at the firm itself to fundamental headline stats your research will set you up for success. Let’s get started!

  1. Research the firm
  2. Research the division
  3. Build global news awareness
  4. Know fundamental stats
  5. Conduct a PESTEL analysis
  6. Review recent executive movements

Research the firm

Form 10K: As with any other US public company, your first stop for research should be Goldman’s Form 10K. The Form 10-K, as well as other mandatory SEC filings, can be found in the SEC’s EDGAR database. Why exactly is the Form 10-K so useful that we’ve said it four times? That’s because it contains a comprehensive summary of financial performance. Company history, organizational structure, executive compensation, equity, subsidiaries, audited financial statements, and a discussion of current expectations and business conditions are often found here. This cues you into potential avenues to explore, or key factors that have led to historical decision making. We have one question: Could an applicant ask for more?

For up to the minute updates on Goldman we suggest using a financial news outlet’s company search feature, such as our favorite The Financial Times’ company search tool here. This will cue you in not only to Goldman news, but transactions, deals, and areas Goldman positions itself as a clear thought leader.

Research the division

For division research, A news platform’s company search tool can provide a great start. Build a filter around the specific topics and metrics you expect your selected divisions are interested in. If IBD (Investment Banking Division) is your focus you might want to look at cross-industry and cross-market effects on stock prices. If markets, consider what is moving the market right now, and what is the story behind current volatility (or lack of) in the market as a whole and particular groupings of stocks. Have a perspective on GameStop!

Build global news awareness:

Make it a habit to check in with CNBC just before or just after you check social media, or if you struggle to do that just follow CNBC on Facebook. Remember to keep abreast of any major changes in geopolitics and especially news that is relevant to your division. Open up a GoogleDoc and keep notes as to the topics of interest and update when you see new headlines. Remember that Form 10-K, how and where do these stories tie into Goldman’s current situation?

Know fundamental stats:

Know the price of Oil, Gold, and Bitcoin. Both the general levels Oil, Gold, and Bitcoin vary around and a specific price on the day of an interview. It is not likely to come up in the HireVue video interview but it is great practice for being ready for in-person interviews and not making a silly faux pas by saying Brent crude is $500 a barrel and Gold is currently at $75, and a bitcoin is $1000.  If you struggle with memorizing make sure you know the order of magnitude of the values and add them into finance apps on your phone. Build a habit.

Conduct a PESTEL analysis

Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental, Legal. Get a sheet of paper for each of these and create a mindmap, or use a tool such as MindNode on your phone or laptop. What are the main issues in each of these areas that are producing opportunities, risks, or both for Goldman today? Maybe that Form 10K seems incredibly useful now, eh? Think both at the high level of global trends which are bringing sweeping change to the industry, and specific events that are having a collateral impact of note on Goldman in particular – are there any events that are having a greater effect on Goldman versus competitors – or any that competitors are feeling the brunt of and Goldman is not impacted by. Why?

Review recent executive movements

No we are not talking about following executives on a motorcycle to a private jet to figure out where the next big deal is happening… we are asking: Where are the recent executive hires? Are there any positions that are currentl y unexpectedly open within the firm? Is there someone new in the division looking to create their legacy? What transitions are taking place? Why? All of this foundational knowledge can help you tie in answers and link your experience to current-day events in the company.

In this section, we explored the fundamentals of research in preparing you for success in an interview with Goldman Sachs. From looking at the firm itself to headline stats research, research will set you up for success. Now we have the basics in place, let’s progress to prepare for the recorded interview itself!

Preparation

This section of the guide explores a selection of ways to prepare you for your recorded interview with Goldman Sachs. Goldman suggests preparing for the HireVue recorded video interview as if it was a regular interview – we are here at Voomer to help you perform at your best. From looking at practical webcam and microphone tips to building your familiarity with the medium, we discuss how solid hardware and tools such as Voomer can position you for success. Let’s get started!

  1. Collect and collate meaningful personal stories
  2. Get the technology right
  3. Practice, practice, practice – with Voomer
  4. Check out the question bank
  5. Pick the time
  6. Set the mood
  7. Nail it.

Collect and collate meaningful personal stories for the Goldman Sachs HireVue

Make brief notes on 5-6 problems you experienced in college or in a previous job. Try out the PAR approach. Specify the Problem, describe your Action, celebrate the Result. Start off making brief bullets on the P, the A, and the R.

The Problem sets the scene, it doesn’t have to be a crisis but it should set forward a challenge that not every candidate would easily find a constructive resolution to.

“I was part of a class project team and two members of the team decided to go to the gym rather than help finish the assignment due that night.”

The Action shows the methodologies and dynamism of how you approach and address challenges. Make sure not to short-change this section of the answer – in many ways, this is the most important section. Discuss how you collected insights to decide, empathized with the other parties, and then competently, proactively, and with the buy-in of other stakeholders took an action to tackle the status quo.

“After speaking with my other teammates I determined that there was a significant amount of work to be done by the end of the day that required the expertise of those teammates who were planning to go workout and that collectively each of us felt that there were responsibilities that we did not feel comfortable releasing the other teammates from – they did sign up to work both equally and collaboratively on the project. I advocated for calling the other teammates directly, rather than passively brooding over what had happened and coming up with a scheme to out them – as other students had done in different classes. Understanding their reasoning for believing that the gym was more appropriate than the project was the next step.”

The Result provides your opportunity to show your value to the organization. It is all very well having problems and trying to do something about them, but do your actions result in measurable positive results for the team?

“After calling up the teammates directly, it seemed they hadn’t had the negative intent that was initially assumed. I discovered by asking them what went into their thinking behind heading to the gym rather than to work with the team, that they had both misunderstood the assignment instructions and due date. Within 15 minutes they had sprinted back across campus to work with us, we hit the deadline and we avoided turning a miscommunication into an unwarranted fallout between classmates. Since then I’ve worked on several projects with them and continued to excel together”.

Get the technology right

The first step in getting the technology right on the Goldman Sachs HireVue is knowing the limitations of the technology your laptop contains. Your laptop camera will generally be sufficient to record a great video interview. Your microphone quality on the other hand – not so. We’ve covered these issues in detail in this blog post.

Internal microphones can be incredibly sensitive, pick up all ambient noise, and sometimes even the fans inside your computer – making the interview reviewer feel like they are just taking off in a jet airplane! By using any headphones with an external microphone attached you are already upping your game significantly. Less external noise will be picked up, and the range of frequencies will be broader. Interviewers would rather listen to your voice, than to the sound of a wind tunnel! If you do have to stick with the internal microphone make sure to focus on finding the quietest place possible. Many successful recorded interviews have been taken in the bathroom!

Your camera angle is also important. Nobody likes exploring the inside of a nose with no warning! Your camera should be just above your eye line and tilted down so that the top of your head almost reaches the top of the video. A quick hack is to stack some solid books together to raise the level of your laptop, but be careful – try not to shake everything by leaning on the table by accident.

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Use a laptop stand or books to raise the camera to eye level.

For lighting it is important that you are brighter and more visible than your background – otherwise, you can appear washed out and barely visible. To fix this issue have at least one light source that is in front of you and behind the camera. Try to avoid sitting with a window behind you especially when the sun is coming through. Once you have your lighting sorted your face should be lit up and your expressions and enthusiasm will be amplified during the interview.

Hirevue lighting tips
Ensure your face is well lit with a lamp behind the camera.

If you can invest in some hardware for your video interviews and recorded interviews here is a quick list of key items that we use at Voomer which have brought our recorded video to the next level:

For clear audio that makes your voice stand out with a discrete microphone use the Rode SmartLav+ currently at $70 – and is from a household name in professional audio  – will work on your laptop.

For getting the perfect camera angle when you have run out of books to stack, there is the FENGE Standing Desk for Laptop at $79.99.

For lighting on a budget, to make you feel like a recorded interview superstar, and a lot of bang for your buck there is the Radiance Ring Light at a very manageable $15.99.

Practice, practice, practice – with Voomer

Eye-contact, body language, monotone, pauses, filler words, attire. It all matters, but it is easy to fall short. That’s why we created Voomer – to help you get a handle on all the areas you need to perform the Goldman Sachs HireVue with instant feedback. Set up your space as you would do in preparing for the actual interview. As you get closer to your planned day and time to take the interview dress the part, try on your interview attire, and see if you feel confident. If your clothing doesn’t make you feel right, switch it up.

The bottom line is practicing your recorded interview will help reduce stress and build confidence allowing you to move your focus to make a compelling connection with your audience rather than worrying about if you are performing at the required level. The more familiar you are with the recorded interview environment and the questions you’ll be asked, the better prepared you will be for your interview. Try Voomer now.

Check out the Question Bank

Practicing your interview answers with Voomer and its question bank will ease the stress during your actual HireVue recording, allowing you to focus in-the-moment on building a connection rather than struggling to come up with answers. The more familiar you are with the possible interview questions that come up, the better prepared you will be to succeed. At the bottom of this guide we’ve included an extensive question bank for you to dive into and review – it is also built into Voomer.

Pick the time

The most common time for people to take their video interview is in the late evening. Rather than yawning your way through the interview, we suggest you buck the trend and do your interview during energy peaks before lunch or just before dinner. Although the time of recording is not supposed to be a considered factor in the interview process – indeed HireVue is used to allow you to do the interview in your own time – if you are applying to a job where you need to be mentally optimal from 6am onward you have an opportunity to show you can nail the interview during the times you are expected to deliver on the job. Let us just say, 7:30am is much more compelling than 23:59pm on the last day that you can sit the HireVue.

Set the Mood

It’s the day of your recorded interview. Find that attire that is both smart and you felt the most confident in. The Goldman Sachs Interview Tips video features someone in a smart GS branded T-Shirt, for example, however, the safest choice is to go with the same attire you would wear to an in-person interview.

Remember to self-affirm, your skills, education, and dedication brought you this far and they can take you all the way. Take deep breaths and hold for a count of three before exhaling, while sitting at your desk with your eyes closed visualize yourself successfully answering the interview questions – taking a question you weren’t expecting in your stride with a smile. We’ve also created a top 5 playlist of songs to get you pumped up before the interview.

Nail it

Remember that if you have made it this far you have what it takes to go all the way. Goldman is particularly selective and focuses on individuals who can create not only meaning in their own lives but in the lives of others too. To be at this stage Goldman Sachs has already spotted something in you showing the promise of an exceptional colleague, they are excited to get to know who you are beyond your resume, genuinely, and hear what you have to say. You’ve got this.


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Conclusion

Well there you have it, our Ultimate Goldman Sachs HireVue Questions, Preparation, and Research Guide that will put you on the path to success. If you have any questions that or have ideas for us to update the post please email us: [email protected]

Besides knowing what the questions will look like, another way to increase your chances of getting in is by practicing. Voomer is an AI-powered interview prep platform designed for interviews like the one you’ll face at Goldman Sachs, both the live interview and the HireVue interview.

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