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HireVue: What is not on your CV?

Introduction

HireVue video interviews can sometimes throw a curveball question – but those are actually quite rare.

Most questions in a HireVue interview follow a pretty predictable pattern and the vast amount of questions apply to a wide variety of industries, roles and seniority levels. The same applies to similar platforms like Spark Hire or VidCruiter.

In this post, the team at Voomer – experts at HireVue prep – break down one of the most common HireVue interview questions: Tell me something about you that’s not on your CV.

The actual question being asked

Well they sure aren’t hoping you answer what your favorite color is. What they are getting at with this question is that you might have an interesting story to tell – but it just doesn’t fit into the narrative on your CV or you didn’t have a question on the HireVue interview where it made sense to tell that story.

That’s what’s being asked – tell us something interesting about you that makes you unique.

You should be very happy if this wide open question pops up on your HireVue, as it is a golden opportunity for you to stand out from all the other applicants.

How to answer

The best way to answer this question is to combine two things – a strong competency or great example from your career with your personal life.

You don’t have to give them too much information about your personal life, just enough for the interviewers to quickly understand how unique you are and easily recall your answer when discussing with the hiring team later.

With this answer, you could use the C-A-R answer method – but it isn’t required, only if you are leaning heavily on a results based example from your career.

Example answer

Lets take a look at a short example to illustrate the above section.

During the onboarding program at ACME Corp., I found out that they offered employees some interesting online classes. Programming caught my eye since I figured that it would help me the most at work.
I worked through the entire programming curriculum and got pretty proficient at it, with some people at work asking me for help with their programming bugs.
Though that is on my CV, the coolest thing I did with my programming knowledge was to automate the fish food dispenser for the aquarium I keep at home. That way, my fish will be fed on time even when I’m out of the house!

Above we see a simple, straightforward example that follows the C-A-R method and definitively gave made this applicant stand out against the crowd of other applicants.

Common mistakes

I’ve seen this time and time again – some applicants will simply say “nothing” when asked this question.

That is the worst possible answer.

It shows that you can’t think on your feet. Everyone has something unique about themselves. If you can’t quickly think of something unique, talk about one of your passions and how you integrate that into your life. Chances are it will be something unique – at least to the interviewer!

Conclusion

This question is a great opportunity to score easy points – so take it! Make sure you think of a strong example beforehand and practice on how to position it in a what that shines a light on how unique and interesting you are.

However, even with a great example memorized, many people stumble when doing their HireVue interviews. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to practice on a tool like Voomer. You’ll get asked questions that are extremely similar to your actual HireVue, broken down into company-specific categories. You’ll also get AI-powered feedback on answers so you can land that dream job!


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HireVue: Tell me about a tough challenge you faced.

Introduction

Barely anyone enjoys taking a HireVue interview, but they are getting increasing popular with organizations and if you are here, it probably means you have one coming up!

Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to prepare for your upcoming HireVue. The questions on HireVue interviews tend to follow a pattern – and that pattern applies to almost all industries, roles and seniority levels. The same applies to other platforms like Spark Hire and VidCruiter.

In this post, the team at Voomer – experts at HireVue prep – break down one of the most common questions on HireVue interviews: Tell me about a tough challenge you faced.

The actual question being asked

As we’ve discussed in our other “common HireVue questions” blog posts, you should not take this question at face value.

Think about a tough challenge you’ve faced. It was probably something you knew little about, or it was a large, daunting challenge that took time to solve. What do all those have in common? A need to break up the challenge into smaller parts and prioritize what you tackle first.

That’s what this question is asking about – your ability to break things down and prioritize.

How to answer “tell me about a tough challenge you faced”

  1. Learn the C-A-R method for answering questions. That’s Context, Action, Result. We have a great blog post that explains this method in detail here.
  2. Establish context, set the scene for the interviewer. Briefly explain what the challenge was. Try and pick an example for your answer that had multiple issues that were best dealt with in stages.
  3. Show what actions you took. Explain to your interviewer how you broke up the challenge into smaller, more manageable parts. After that, explain how you decided what task to prioritize and how to tackled the most important tasks.
  4. Finally, explain the results you achieved with the preceding actions. While you could talk about the results of each individual task you mentioned above, the best answer here will discuss the overall results of that big, complex challenge you mentioned in point 2.

Example answer

The example answer below is a short and simple one – pay attention to the structure, not the content. If you learn the structure, you can apply it to any example you use when answering this question.

My boss asked me to write an article about how to answer a HireVue question. The problem was, I had no idea how to write one, much less post it on the internet!
To get around this issue, I searched online for information on HireVue questions, which led me to a shortlist of video interview experts – who I reached out to. I picked their brain for tips and wrote a great article. After that, I looked for some videos on how to post an article online. I found a great step-by-step one and managed to upload the article to the company website.
The article got a ton of views and ranked pretty well on Google. Not only that, but we helped a lot of people with their HireVue video interviews!

See? Follow the structure and you’ll have a solid answer.

Watch out

Many people freeze on this question, racking their brains looking for “the absolute toughest challenge” they’ve faced.

Don’t sweat it – answering with a well thought out structure, keeping calm and staying confident is far more important than finding the perfect example.

Conclusion

Don’t freak out! This HireVue question won’t be the toughest challenge you’ll ever face. Just understand what they are really asking you about (how you prioritize) follow the C-A-R structure and you’ll do just fine.

Keep in mind that HireVue interviews can be surprisingly stressful, so consider preparing with a tool like Voomer. You’ll gain access to company-specific questions, pratice in an environment almost identical to HireVue’s and get AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can land that dream job!


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HireVue: Tell me about a time you delivered disappointing news

Introduction

HireVue interviews can be intimidating and stressful.

The good news is that HireVue interviews follow a very predictable pattern and a good amount of questions asked are common to a wide variety of industries, roles and seniority levels. The same applies to other platforms like Spark Hire or VidCruiter.

In this post, the team at Voomer – experts at HireVue prep – break down one of the most common HireVue interview questions: Tell me about a time you delivered disappointing news.

The actual question being asked

HireVue doesn’t care about how well you are able to let someone down with bad news. What they are really interested is in how proactive you are.

Think about it – after you tell your manager bad news, their first reaction should be “what do we do about this?”. Thinking ahead to that point is what will make you stand out from the crowd of other applicants.


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How to answer “tell me about a time you delivered disappointing news

  1. Learn the C-A-R method for answering questions. That’s Context, Action, Result. We have a great blog post that explains this method in detail here.
  2. Establish context, set the scene for the interviewer. Briefly explain what bad news you had to deliver and skim over the reasons for that bad news cropping up in the first place. This is important since that is the hook that will allow you to show your proactivity and initiative in the following steps.
  3. Show what actions you took. Here I don’t mean just telling the bad news to your manager. I mean taking a look at the root causes of the bad news and coming up with a plan to turn things around. Presenting that plan along with the bad news is absolutely critical to demonstrate how proactive you are and how you take the initiative.
  4. Explain the results you achieved with the preceding actions. If your proposed action plan was implemented and actually brought about hard results, by all means mention them!

Watch out

The biggest pitfall applicants stumble into with this question is not talking about what they did after they delivered the bad news. Anyone can deliver bad news, but a strong job applicant is one that thinks one step ahead and delivers solutions and next steps along with the bad news.

Conclusion

This apparently simple question leads many to a simple answer – but don’t be that person! Look beyond the question and impress the interviewer with your initiative and proactiveness.

To ensure you ace this question, besides thinking of good examples from your career, make sure you practice answering the question in an environment that is as similar as possible the one you’ll face on your HireVue.

HireVue interviews can be surprisingly disconcerting, so it makes a lot of sense to prepare for them with a tool like Voomer. You’ll get asked questions that are extremely similar to the ones you’ll face on your HireVue, broken down into company-specific question banks and you get AI-powered feedback on your performance so you can land that dream job!