Video – a new great part of your application

We’re using the video interview to replace the pre-screening step of the selection process and move you forward faster. This is also a helpful step in your preparation for an in-person interview. You can choose the time as well as place and arrange to respond to video interview questions at your own convenience. 

This is a unique opportunity to bring your application to life and stand out from a pile of CVs. A video will represent you much better than a paper cover letter attached to your CV. 

What to expect?

After you’ve applied and passed the online tests:

1.      We will send you an email inviting you to our video interview portal.

2.      You have a number of days to complete the video interview. It is fully mobile adopted and there is an app for both, iOS and android devices.

3.      While you’re preparing, check your setup and practice with the test questions to gain more confidence.

4.      There will be a few questions assigned to you. Our recruiter will ask you a few questions in a short video and you will have time to prepare your response. Once you start your session you will need to complete it within the time assigned to the questions and will not be able to re-record your responses. We won’t be there on the other side of the camera in real time, but we will see your responses after you complete your session.

5.      You will see it on the screen when your session is successfully completed.

6.      We will follow up with you about the next steps.

What we look for in your video record?

We want to make sure the job you apply for is the right job for you. We’re not there to trick you. We’re just probing a bit more to your application form. You may have met us at your university or at our events, but we only have your written application so far. The video application is one of the elements that helps us to decide about the correct next steps to take in your recruitment process.

We know how you feel. It can be a little bit nerve wracking, but it’s the same for every candidate and we take that into consideration.

A video interview marks another step towards a successful application. 

Hints and tips

Preparing for your video application session

  • Do your research – find out more about PwC and specifically the job and business area you’ve applied to.
  • Be clear about your Personal Brand, how to present it in a few minutes and make a memorable impact. You might like to explore the Personal Brand section in our website and polish your preparation.
  • Practice - If you’ve not completed video questions before, you might like to try recording yourself answering some questions. If you feel nervous, invite your friends/family who know you well to give you feedback and suggestions on how to be more natural. You’ll also have an opportunity to try out some practice questions in the system. These are not the real questions and your answers to these practice questions will not be seen by us. 
  • Choose a nice and comfortable environment - Check your lighting and background – place a source of light in front of you, and avoid having sources of bright light behind you as this would make it hard for us to see your face.
  • Check your internet connection and camera - You’ll need a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone (computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone).
  • Log into the system early – Log in early to run the HireVue system set up; this will check your camera, connection and microphone and let you know if there is a problem with anything. Once it runs the check, you will receive a success message. You can then close your browser and come back later when you’re ready to take your interview.


Tips for a successful video application session

  • Dress code - Business casual is fine. If in doubt, have a look at our people on the PwC careers website.
  • Minimise distraction - Turn off your mobile phone - if it’s not the device you choose for recording – or any other distractions as this will be captured when you’re recording your response.
  • Speak clearly – Express yourself clearly and concisely.
  • Be specific – You only have a limited amount of time to give us your response.
  • Consider how to present yourself – Your body language also says a lot about you.
  • Smile – This will help you to relax and engage with us.

Although it may seem to be odd talking to a computer, we’ve done it as well, imagining you as the candidate on the other side. So, imagine someone you like talking to and be as natural as you possibly can be.

Everybody has a story to tell.

Good luck!