An increasing number of City law firms are using video interviews to assess candidates. Upon receiving the invitation, the first thing to do is to take a moment to congratulate yourself! You’ve made it past the first round of selections.
Next, it is important that you figure out what kind of video interview you have been invited to complete. They generally come in two varieties: “Skype” interviews and pre-recorded ones.
A Skype interview is likely if the role you have applied for is overseas, as an in-person interview would be impractical. This means that the Skype interview would be very similar to any other in-person interview, with similar questions planned such as a case study and possibly a free-flowing discussion about your application form. The Skype interview would be in real time, between yourself and someone from the firm. As the interviewer may be based abroad, you should take care when checking time-zone conversions to ensure that you don’t miss your slot! You may be asked to head to one of the firm’s offices (e.g. in London), or be given the option to complete the interview wherever you are (e.g. your room).
In contrast, you may be invited to complete a pre-recorded interview. You will be able to record them in your own time, subject to a deadline. Candidates are typically presented with a question, and then given a certain amount of thinking and then answering time. These tend to be general questions about your application, so you should expect questions that may be similar to those you would expect on an application form. However, should do more than simply repeat what you have already written and elaborate on your experiences. A general commercial awareness question is to be expected. As you will record these for Graduate Recruitment to review afterward, it is unlikely that you would be asked to go down to the firm’s physical office.