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HireVue Interview

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| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

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Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at HireVue, than any of our competitors?

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  1. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at HireVue, than any of our competitors?
    • Before your interview, be sure to research HireVue and any awards or recognition they have recently received. In their industry, and competitive space, where do they stand out? Be sure to speak positively about the organization's recent achievements to show that you are interested and engaged in their work.

      HireVue has a few main product categories:

      - On-demand, asynchronous recorded interview tools
      - Live video interviewing
      - Interview assessment tools
      - Coding skill assessments
      - Scheduling for candidates and interviews

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I was preparing for this interview I was hard pressed to find any company that provided a product suite as complete as HireVue's. Another way that you stand out is through competitive pricing, customer support, and easy-to-learn products."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "After reading reviews on your company, I believe that your reputation is the most solid and sincere of all your competitors. Amazing service is always the best way to stand out."


  1. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at HireVue. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?
    • Talk to the interviewer about your work habits and the way in which you prefer to approach a new project. If you have a sense of how HireVue prefers to approach their work you should discuss that method. For instance, if the interviewer tells you that they prefer extensive research before beginning a project, that is your queue to talk about your excellent research skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I agree that research is the backbone of a strong project. Without it, important details are missed and much time is wasted. I like to research before starting a project so that I can lay out a plan and understand the potential hurdles as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although there are some instances where jumping right it may be required, I always prefer to research before I being a project. Rest assured; I would always follow your preferred methods, should I be hired."


  1. Working at HireVue, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a significant component of your project due to the presentation of new information?
    • Being able to swivel the focus of your project is a necessary skill for your success in most careers. Talk to the interviewer about a time when a significant change occurred on a project. How did you handle the implementation of the new information?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year we saw new federal regulations come through which affected 80% of our ongoing projects. We had to adjust our plans quickly; however, we were able to deliver a timely product that met federal regulations."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "All of our products are thoroughly tested after the design and prototype phase. My production team was certain that the design would hold up to the endurance testing, based on the components used, but it did not. We had to go back and adjust the entire product design to determine the cause and correct the fault."


  1. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
    • There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you have experience in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications. I am best versed in Trello, and Slack. No matter which system you use I am sure that I can pick it up very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I have not worked with a team based messaging application, I am confident that I would learn very quickly. Which team based messaging apps do you use at HireVue? I would love to get a head start and begin learning."


  1. Culture fit is important to us at HireVue. How would you describe your personality?
    • HireVue may ask plenty from their employees, but the rewards are also high.

      Here are some reviews said by employees a HireVue:

      - 'There is a genuine sense of honesty & openness.'
      - 'Good energy and everyone helpful.'
      - 'Truly the best group of people I've ever worked with.'
      - 'Diverse, transparent & full of personality.'

      Show the interviewer that you can fit in with the HireVue culture by describing your personality and work style.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I like to go the extra mile, and I am a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it comes to delivering far above what my customers expect. I believe my personality will work very well with the innovative and team-based culture here at HireVue."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have a personality of helpfulness, cheerfulness, and a willingness to try new things. I will jump into a situation and learn on the spot, and also enjoy taking on new challenges that include problem-solving and innovative thinking."


  1. At HireVue, we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
    • Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my previous role, I recognized that our team needed a training program to bring others in at a quicker rate. I took the initiative to create the training program, playbook and schedule, incorporating all the work we did in a way that people could easily replicate. The team loved having it, and more so, enjoyed having others, fully trained, join us quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I recently made suggestions to my manager about the team messaging application we were using. I found a team based app that offered a lower monthly cost, with added features. He took the suggestion, and it has worked well for our team! The company was happy with the cost savings as well."


  1. Tell me about a time when you were unable to meet a project deadline. How did you react?
    • The interviewer wants to know how you respond to perceived failure. Nobody is perfect! The interviewer knows that there will be times when deadlines pass, and projects go sideways. What they want to know is - how do you react? Are you someone who will have a workplace temper tantrum or are you the type to keep plugging away, despite the perceived failure?

      Perhaps you merely underestimated the depth of the project, or maybe you faced a distraction at work. Whatever the situation was, discuss what you learned from the outcome. Show the interviewer that you do not have a defeatist mentality.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last month I missed a project deadline primarily because I underestimated the need for support staff on the project. Despite working overtime, I missed the deadline by three days. When I realized that the deadline was fast approaching, I called the client and apologized. I did take full accountability for the inconvenience and met the second deadline that I promised the client."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I once had to update our IT security systems across the organization. Once we knew the initial project timeline was too advantageous, we utilized transparency and communication to let our leadership team know we would be delayed and assured them we were doing everything we could to meet the new deadline."


  1. What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?
    • This question can stand in for the common 'What is your greatest weakness' question. The interviewer is expecting you to be unprepared because it's an uncommon way of asking a question. You may be less scripted than other points in your interview, and the interviewer wants to see how you deal with that.

      Two scenarios commonly play out: either a candidate blurts out a weakness, or they pause and respond with something thoughtful. This question gives the interviewer information about you but also a good sense of if you can think on your feet and answer a tough question. Use this as an opportunity to show how weakness can be a strength, or explain something they have not yet asked, but may be an objection to you getting the job. It is then up to you to overcome the opposition.

      Remember: it is okay to pause and be thoughtful about your response rather than blurting something out or seeming too rehearsed. Be prepared, but be sincere in your replies.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I suppose I did not want you to dig into why I applied three years ago and rescinded my application. I feel embarrassed about it because I thought I was ready to leave my current organization and decided that, to be the superstar I want to be at HireVue, I needed a bit more time and experience. I know that in these past three years I have learned everything I could need to know to shine here and I can't wait to put those last three years of learning and growth into action."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I didn't want to discuss why it took five years to graduate college. I was working full time while attending college and double majoring. Initially, I was taking the full course load and working full time, then eventually I also switched my major, which added a semester. At that time, I hunkered down and upped the course load while working full time. So, while it may have taken me longer, I learned a lot both in and outside of the classroom, including time management and upping productivity. I know these are important skills that I bring with me to any position, and look forward to leveraging them here at HireVue."


  1. What is HireVue's company mission, and what does it mean to you?
    • HireVue's mission is 'Delivering the best talent, faster with hiring intelligence.' HireVue helps global enterprises gain a competitive advantage in the modern talent marketplace with video interviewing software and assessments.

      We recommend that you memorize this company mission before your interview. However, going the extra step to understanding what it means, is also very important.

      Explain to the interviewer what this means to you. Be sure to express your excitement when it comes to joining them in their mission!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I know that HireVue's mission is to deliver amazing talent to companies, much faster, by harnessing technological intelligence. To me, this means that HireVue wants to empower hiring authorities around the world with knowledge and resources, to find the best people. It's an incredible mission, and I look forward to being a part of it."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "HireVue's mission is to deliver the best talent, faster, using hiring intelligence. To me, this means that HireVue wants to be the ultimate purveyor of talent acquisition tools in the digital age making great hiring decisions available to anyone who seeks them out."


  1. Why should we hire you?
    • Interviewers want to hear about that one unique skill that sets you apart from the other candidates applying for this job. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

      Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This skill could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "You should hire me because I'm qualified and passionate about your HR based products. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization and will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond for your customers."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "You mentioned earlier in the interview process that you were struggling with maintaining software and technical staff and retaining them. I have an incredible onboarding strategy that took my current company from a 35% turnover rate in the tech department to just 5% in twelve months. I will turn this pain point around for you."


  1. HireVue celebrates diversity. In which ways do you honor those different from you?
    • HireVue says, 'Let's build it together.' They refer to themselves as the 'Vue Nation,' and the synergy between their team members indeed shows. HireVue helps companies to increase diversity through the use of artificial intelligence in the hiring and onboarding process. They truly support the importance of diversity in the workplace. Share with the interviewer the ways that you celebrate diversity and inclusion.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "As a visible minority myself, I make a conscious effort to include others in learning about my unique culture. Also, I am broad-minded with it comes to the needs and differences of others. Diversity to me is not simply a matter of culture but also of gender identity, age, and more. I am conscious of being sensitive to others in every action that I take in the workplace."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I appreciate the open and transparent effort that HireVue makes when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I embrace those different from me and utilize those differences as learning opportunities. I am sensitive to the needs of others and empathetic to the fact that everyone walks a different path, whether that be related to gender identity, sexual orientation, heritage, and more."


  1. What does greatness, and success, mean to you?
    • This question is a discovery-based inquiry, genuinely focused on how you think versus what you do. Go with your initial instinct when it comes to how you define success and greatness. There is no right or wrong answer, but do give a reply that is insightful and well thought out.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "To me, greatness and success means achieving the goals that you set for yourself. I know the sense of accomplishment when I can make that work, and it makes me feel like I am on top of the world."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "To me, success comes when you accomplish a goal, and that needs to be something specific that you have your eyes set on. I often encourage my team to set specific goals for themselves. Second, greatness ties into that because without believing that you are great, you will not likely succeed and meet your goals!"


  1. How would you prefer to be compensated?
    • The interviewer would like to know what type of compensation structure makes you the most comfortable. Are you looking for a compensation structure based primarily on salary, commission, or a blend of both? Maybe additional perks are more critical for you, such as vacation time, flex days, a health spending account, a generous medical plan, pension, shares, RRSP matching, car allowance, cell phone allowance, expense account, and more! Discuss with the hiring manager how you would prefer to be compensated but be sure not to pigeonhole yourself. Freely ask the interviewer what they offer, if you are unsure.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am currently compensated primarily on a base salary with the opportunity to earn a quarterly bonus based on the company's profits. I am certainly open to hearing more about your compensation structure as I know every company is unique."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making a strong base salary with a bonus incentive on a quarterly and annual basis. I would like to continue down that path but am open to exploring other compensation components such as commission or stock options."


  1. We want to hire people at HireVue who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?
    • Discuss with the interviewer your level of responsibility in your current position. If you have managed larger teams than you currently are, you can also discuss that particular role from your work history.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Currently, I am supervising 12 employees with an overall portfolio responsibility of $24MM. In my role, before this one, I managed 23 employees but with a smaller portfolio of $6MM. I can handle a large range of employees."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I did not officially supervise anyone in my most recent position, I always had my eye out for opportunities to lead or mentor the more junior staff."


  1. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
    • Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "A confidentiality agreement has never bound me; however, I would never knowingly break an agreement."


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