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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: 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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