Using VideoIntros in your application process: Awesome question ideas

As you’ve probably heard, we released our much-anticipated VideoIntros feature last week and it got us thinking: What are some of the best, most clever and quirkiest interview questions we’ve heard that you could use as VideoIntro challenges?

Here at Weirdly, we reckon allowing your candidates the chance to introduce themselves with a 15-30 second clip during your application process is smart. It lets them showcase more of what makes them shine in a way a resume never will. If you’re recruiting for customer facing roles, VideoIntros also give you the chance to see how they present themselves – you get a bit of a taste of what your customers might experience in their interactions with that candidate.

But how do you choose the right question to use with your particular candidates?

First, you’ve got to ask yourself what you’re after. Looking to see how well they “pitch” themselves? Want to find out how they align with your big mission? Or maybe you’re just trying to get a look at their personality – to see if they’ll slot into your culture or work well with a certain team?

Whatever you choose, you’ll get an insight into your candidate, and your candidate will also learn something about your employer brand and company culture. For example, a question like

“In 30 seconds or fewer, tell us the top three words your last manager would use to describe you, and why”

tells the candidate you value transparency and honesty, self-awareness and performance (because let’s face it, noone is going to assume you want to hear “lazy, late and rude” as their three words). Whereas a question like

“In 15 seconds, tell us who you think would win in a fight: A 🐯or a 🐻?”

says to your candidate that you have a culture of fun, with a slightly oddball sense of humor.

That means it’s an awesome opportunity for you to differentiate yourself from your competitors, to make your application process feel more engaging and inclusive.

Pretty great opportunity right? If you’re like me and suffering from a bit of decision-fatigue, don’t get stuck trying to come up with the perfect question on your own. Use the list below to tweak (or you know, steal) the right question for you. We’ve even handily categorised them for you!

Thanks, us!

VideoIntro questions: Our favourites so far

Questions that get candidates to pitch themselves to you

Why are you such a good fit for this job? (Tell us your name and answer in 30secs)

In 30secs, which parts of this role do you think you could hit the ground running with, and why?

If we hired you for this job and we gave you three wishes what would they be? (Tell us in 30secs)


Challenges giving you insight into core values/mission alignment

Tell us about why are you job hunting at the moment (in 30secs or fewer).

You’ve got 30secs. Tell us about 2 things on your bucket list.

Growing up what did you always want to be? Tell us in 30secs or fewer.

Our company’s core mission is to provide the highest quality goods for the lowest possible prices. In 30secs, tell us how or why that mission resonates with you.


Questions to encourage transparency or self-reflection

In 30secs, which of your previous roles best prepares you for this one and why?

What would your last manager say if I asked them to describe you? (Tell us in 30secs)

Tell us, what were your first thoughts when you saw that we were hiring? (in 30secs or fewer)


Quirky questions to showcase personality

Are you a cat or a dog person? (Tell us in 15secs or fewer)

In 30secs or fewer, what would you buy if you won a million dollars?

In the news story of your life what would the headline be? (Tell us in 15secs or fewer)

Teach me something I don’t know in 45 secs


Got a great idea for a question? Share it with us on twitter, or book a demo with our crew to find out how you could integrate Weirdly VideoIntros seamlessly into your own recruitment process. This is your chance to give your candidate experience a big boost in the new year.



#PeoplePeople: The ultimate slack community for Recruiters, Hr and Talent people

The world of work is changing. Rapidly. Like, insanely fast. So a groups of us got together and figured it was time to build a global community for the inspirational people at the forefront of that change. A crew of People-people.

As the people in charge of finding, nurturing and helping people find fulfilment in this world of work, recruiters, HR folks and people with confusing talent-related titles are the forward guard of this change. Most of us meet up at conferences or chat online in twitter chats and LinkedIn groups but it’s kind of sporadic and often we’re only rubbing shoulders with other locals.

A more global community, one that makes it easy to share ideas, learn from each other’s successes (and failures) and inspire each other to keep pushing people and culture forward. That’s the kind of group we want to build here.

Who can join PeoplePeople?

This group is for anyone in the recruiting, HR or People-and-Talent community. If you spend your days hiring people (for yourself or on behalf of others) or building culture in your organisation, this is for you. We want your input, your ideas and your opinions on the way the world of work is changing.

As well as any killer gifs you’ve been saving up about having the Best Week Ever!

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Why use Slack for this recruitment community?

The long and the short of it is, Slack is hella convenient. A steadily increasing number of us are using this new communication platform in our businesses already. That means we don’t have to go somewhere new to access our gang of PeoplePeople. We’ll all be right there, at the end of your finger tips whenever you need to bounce an idea off someone, get some advice or feel inspired by other talent experts.

Also, Slack is pretty beautiful. And who has time to look at ugly software all day?

I want in! How do I join PeoplePeople?

Jump on the button below and request an invite. We’ll fire you through a link to join within 24hrs, click on that and you’re in!

Don’t forget to set up a profile picture and tell us a bit about yourself – this is an awesome chance for some of that personal branding everyone keeps talking about too!

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