The background

First things first: you need somewhere to shoot. Ideally, you'll want a quiet room where you can close the door and set up, but you can do this just about anywhere.

You don't need a studio environment—in fact, it can add a little personality to your video if the scene looks homey or you can see certain features of the office. For example, a couch and plant combination? Perfect! A cozy nook? Great! In front of a bookshelf? You’d better believe it!

The gear

To create a good Video opener for your candidates, you really don't need to get the whole camera crew in to get something out. Use your smartphone or borrow someone's in the office who has the most upto date Android or iPhone for best results. 

If you want to take it up a level, you can purchase some extra's to make your camera look even more professional. We have attached a starter kit from Amazon. 

Total value comes to £28, for that, you do improve the quality of your video. 

The setup

You have your background, you have your gear, and now you’re ready to set up your shot. When you're prepping to shoot a video by yourself, consider sitting down. 

As for placing your phone, turn it landscape and use the front facing camera. This is for optimal results. As you won't be able to see yourself, take a few test shots to make sure that you are happy with the how it looks. 

As for camera placement, if possible, you want to position just above your eyeline, pointing downwards slightly. 

Now for lighting. You don't need to buy any fancy lighting equipment, the best light to use is natural light. So when finding your space, make sure that you are facing the natural light and the camera is facing away 

The shoot

For the shoot, we are going to take the approach of talking to the camera and explaining why candidates are taking this interview, so we will be following a script. Just bare in mind that you want to show personality and emotion for both yourself as well as the company you are representing. 

The script

We have put together a rough script, but you should make this your own. This is key to showing your candidates who you really are. 


Hey! My name is [name] and I am the [job title] here at [company name]. The reason you are watching this video is because we have invited you to complete a one-way Video Interview. 

We wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for your application and say good luck in your video interview! Once you have completed your interview, we will be in touch shortly after to explain the next steps. 

We have decided to invite you to a Video Interview so that we can get to know you, understand your passions and why you want to work here at [company]. A video interview is a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills, as well as making the process fair giving everyone equal opportunity to take the interview. This process also allows you to complete the interview in the comfort of your own space, in your own time. We have set you a number of questions for you to record your answers and submit back to us.

Most importantly, relax, you will do great! Good luck! 

Did this answer your question?