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7 common Indeed Virtual Interview questions

Introduction

Indeed Virtual Interviews can be surprisingly stressful – you’re alone, awkwardly talking to a screen and you don’t get much feedback on your answers.  It’s a very strange experience. So it makes a lot of sense to get familiarized with common Indeed Virtual Interview questions! Fortunately, many Indeed Virtual Interviews use 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 Indeed Virtual Interviews prep – break down 7 common Indeed Virtual Interview questions.  We hope this helps you land your dream job!

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 resume! 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 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 that 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 a plan to turn things around.

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 Indeed Virtual Interview. 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 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 resume

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 Indeed Virtual Interview 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 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! Indeed Virtual 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 Indeed Virtual Interviews 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 Indeed Virtual Interviews.  You can also get AI-powered feedback on your answers to help you land that dream job!

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What is an Indeed Virtual Interview?

What is an Indeed Virtual Interview?

Simply put, an Indeed Virtual Interview is a relatively novel method that companies use to screen job applicants quickly. An Indeed Virtual Interview is a two-way interview where you will be live on camera with a person from the hiring organization. You can complete an Indeed Virtual Interview interview at any time as long as it is during the time block the interviewer has set their availability. Regular interview conventions still apply! Ensure you are prepared for your Indeed Virtual Interview 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 in an Indeed Virtual Interview?

Questions asked in an Indeed Virtual Interview fall into three 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
  • Knowledge questions: This is tricky and highly dependent on the role you are applying to and your seniority. The interviewer will ask you about specific hard and soft skills you possess

You can check out some common Indeed interview questions in this article.

What can I expect from the interview?

An Indeed Virtual Interview will always follow these steps:

    1. You apply to a job on Indeed
    2. Answer a few screening questions (usually multiple choice). This will determine whether or not you are suitable for the role you’ve decided to apply to
    3. Select a date and time for your virtual interview. The times displayed are when the interviewer is available. If you have a conflict with the shown times, find out a way around your agenda so that you can be free on one of the time slots
    4. Be ready and available on time for your virtual interview. Click on the button on your Indeed profile or confirmation email to start your interview
    5. You’ll get a chance to test your camera and microphone just before the interview. Make sure they are working
    6. Next, you’ll be connected to someone from the hiring company and your interview begins!

How do I ace the Indeed Virtual Interview?

Simple – practice! You might know what an Indeed Virtual Interview is – but it is a completely different thing to answer a question live. Head over to Voomer where you can practice on Indeed Virtual Interview style questions and use their AI-powered tools to quickly improve and land that dream job!