Video cover letters

by Shelby Burke

Get to know your candidate's personalities a little more with our Video Cover Letter feature!


This tool allows candidates to film themselves in a short introduction to you. You will be able to review the video along with the rest of their application. 

You can choose to make Video Cover Letters optional, required, or even just completely off for each individual Job Template.


Here are some things to consider when deciding if using Video Cover Letters is right for your role:

  • Does the role require a certain type of personality? Sometimes it’s hard to spot that “spark” that you need for some roles based on a resume. Video Cover Letters let you see a candidate’s personality, not just their past jobs. 
  • Is this job one that is typically hard to hire for? If your role is already hard to find candidates for, then adding a Video Cover Letter might NOT be the best idea, as it adds extra friction to the application process. Consider turning this off for hard-to-hire jobs. 
  • Do you want to limit the number of candidates to a role? If you’re looking to review only candidates who are willing to go through a more rigorous application process, requiring this step is a good idea. You’ll get fewer candidates, but they will all be people who are interested enough in your role to complete this and other required steps.

NOTE: Indeed and ZipRecruiter applications do NOT support the video cover letter feature. This means that applicants that apply through those job boards rather than from the HigherMe site will not have the video cover letter step in their application process. You can always request more information from them to receive that. Keep in mind that any applicants you request more information from will be removed from your APPLICATIONS page until they resubmit.