Revealed: The most common interview questions asked during asynchronous video interviews

Willo – one of the world’s fastest growing platforms for asynchronous video interviews – has used its technology to uncover the most common questions candidates face during interviews.

Data collected from more than 15,000 real-world job interviews conducted this year using the asynchronous video hiring tool has uncovered the questions candidates are most likely to be asked during interviews – a godsend for job seekers.

The six most common questions candidates face are:

  1. Why are you open to a new position?
  2. Why do you think this role is a good next step in your career?
  3. What makes you different from other candidates in your field?
  4. In your current or most recent position, guide me through your daily duties. What does a typical day look like?
  5. Tell us about a time when you faced a challenge with a specific project you were working on, and how did you overcome that challenge?
  6. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How would you best summarize your background and experience?

Euan Cameron, co-founder and CEO of Willowhich the company aims to provide the technology to evaluate candidates based on their skills and potential and not just points on a resume, said: “A Google search will return billions of answers to the most common interview questions, however to most these are probably not used by recruiters.

“Questions like ‘Why should I hire you?’ and ‘What are your greatest strengths?’ seem like obvious questions, but they’re not very effective questions in terms of evaluating candidates, so we don’t see recruiters using these types of questions very often.

“Professional recruiters tend to ask much more meaningful questions. These are questions that have a specific direction but are open-ended to allow candidates to answer freely. We know that many high-performing candidates tell a story about a personal experience with these types of questions, but only if the question leaves room for authenticity.”

According to Euan, candidates can expect more questions like these as potential employers recognize the need to improve interviewing for candidates and hiring managers.

He added: “Recruiters tell us that they see the benefits of improving the way they ask candidates. Because better questions get better answers, which is the central interest of both sides. It’s important to build a relationship with a candidate early on by asking engaging questions that allow for authentic expression.

“Recruiters are increasingly aware that an interview is also a two-way process where in-demand candidates can and do leave companies with poorly-crafted interviews.

“We advise recruiters to give candidates sufficient time to respond. ask questions openly but not vaguely; provide context for why you are asking a question; ask original questions; and don’t frustrate candidates by asking things they already know.” Revealed: The most common interview questions asked during asynchronous video interviews

Fry Electronics Team

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