Tips to ace your video interview

Congratulations on making it to the next round of the Macquarie recruitment process.

For some roles at Macquarie, the next step will be a video interview rather that a face-to-face one. If you've received an invitation to a video interview, don't be daunted! We've put together some tips to help you ace it.

The process involves a set of pre-recorded questions that candidates film themselves answering, using the camera on their mobile phone or laptop.

The video interview generally takes no longer than 30 minutes and you can complete it when and where you would like, as long as it's before the due date. One of the benefits of video interviews is that it removes the scheduling issues and time-zone challenges that sometimes delay face-to-face interviews.

You'll also have the opportunity to express your passion for the role you are seeking, in a way that may not come through in a written résumé.

If you are progressing to a video interview, your Macquarie recruiter will send you a link to our platform with further information.

Tips for your video interview

  1. Relax and be yourself

    We know interviews make some people nervous, and video interviews are no exception. Try to relax and be yourself. Be honest with your responses and let your personality shine through.

  2. Do your research

    The video interview is designed to be relaxed and professional. We suggest you prepare for it in the same way that you would prepare for a face-to-face interview: make sure you've done your research on Macquarie and the role for which you're applying. If you have notes that you want to refer to during the interview, feel free to look at them. However, remember that eye contact is important.

  3. Give concise answers

    Although you'll have two minutes to answer each question, you don't need to use up the whole time. Keep your answers consistent. When responding to a competency or behavioural question, we suggest using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique. For example, describe a situation you've faced, the task or goal you worked towards, the actions you took, and the result you achieved.

  4. Look professional

    We want you to be comfortable but, remember, this is a job interview. Check what's in the background of your video and make sure we can see your face.

  5. Test your equipment

    You'll be given the opportunity to do this while you are setting up your video interview. We strongly recommend you do this to ensure that your microphone is on and your camera is well positioned.

  6. Practice!

    You'll be given a few practice questions that won't be recorded as part of your interview. Give them a go so that you become familiar with the technology.

We look forward to getting to know you.

By providing personal details, submitting an application (including where you undertake video interviewing) or CV, or registering interest for employment with the Macquarie Group of Companies ('Macquarie'), you will supply Macquarie with personal information, including your application data, gender, right to work status, educational history and contact details ('your information'). Please note that, once entered, Macquarie will only collect, use and disclose your information where this is necessary for the administration of the recruitment process and, where applicable, your employment/engagement with Macquarie, or where Macquarie has a legitimate interest in processing the data. For example, this could be for the following purposes:

  • to assess and administer your application for employment/engagement in accordance with Macquarie's recruitment and administrative practices (including conducting psychometric assessment and reference checks);
  • to communicate with you in relation to your application or other suitable roles within Macquarie;
  • to comply with any legal or regulatory obligations;
  • internal reporting; and
  • to monitor and review Macquarie's recruitment practices.

In carrying out the above activities, your information may be controlled and processed by any of Macquarie's officers, affiliates, agents, contractors and service providers worldwide. Where it is necessary for your data to be transferred to other jurisdictions, Macquarie will take steps to protect your information against misuse or loss and will comply with local law (where relevant) in respect of the transfer. Please do not submit your information if you do not want your information to be dealt with in the ways described in this notice.

If your application is unsuccessful, Macquarie may retain your information on file for up to 3 years, to the extent permitted by local law, and may contact you if another role arises. We will make best efforts to either delete, anonymise or put your information ‘beyond use’ after 3 years, to the extent permitted by local law. Please contact Macquarie if you do not want Macquarie to retain your information on file. If your application is successful, Macquarie will retain your information as part of your employment records.

You are not required by law to submit your information, but Macquarie may not be able to accept or process your application for employment if the information is not supplied. You may request access to your information (and the correction of incorrect information) at any time by contacting Macquarie at If you are in the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area, you may also request that the personal data that you have submitted to us be transferred to another controller. Macquarie will address any such requests in accordance with the obligations applicable to us under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  If you are concerned about the way in which Macquarie has processed or used your personal information, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner in your location, if available.

For further details on Macquarie’s approach to data privacy, please view Macquarie's Group Privacy policy.

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