Flexible working hours and remote-first opportunities are highly popular perks in the Technology job market. It is no surprise that remote video interviews have risen in significance too. Video interviews allow for a more comprehensive conveyance of your personality and professionalism compared to telephone interviews, so honing your expertise in remote job interviews can substantially boost the likelihood of getting that job offer.

In this article, we’re sharing our top tips to help you prepare for virtual interviews and make a lasting impression.

Video Interview Preparation: Tips for Success in the EU Tech Job Market

1. Ensure A Robust Setup

Interviews are nerve-wrecking for most people, the last thing you want is to experience is a technical issue that (at best) would cause you to lose focus, or (at worst) cost you the opportunity entirely. Therefore make sure you familiarise yourself with your tech setup prior to the interview.

Find out which video conferencing platform will be used for the interview (Skype, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, etc.) and ensure it is set up correctly.

Test your camera and microphone a couple of times to ensure a glitch-free experience.

Check your internet connection speed using www.speedtest.net – the speed you’re looking for is 8Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload to support a smooth, full HD video call.

Tip: If you are expecting to share your screen during the interview, beware of what else is open on your computer!

2. Research the Company and Market

Conduct thorough research about the company so that you have a good understanding of their products, services, recent news, and company culture. This will demonstrate your genuine interest in the company and help you draft questions for the interviewer.

Stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the European Technology market so that you can showcase your industry knowledge, you may be able to bring fresh insights to the table, which will not only impress the interviewer but also help set you apart from other applicants.

3. Polish Your Digital Brand

Your online presence matters more than ever. Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, highlighting your key skills, achievements, and recent projects. This provides an additional layer of credibility for potential employers.

Read our tips on how to create a professional LinkedIn profile.

4. Prepare Your Answers

Practice answering to common interview questions such as your experience, strengths, weaknesses, and accomplishments. Additionally, prepare examples that highlight your problem-solving skills, adaptability, and teamwork abilities – traits highly sought after in the IT sector.

Be ready to demonstrate your technical expertise through coding challenges, whiteboard exercises, or technical questions. Showcase your problem-solving skills and how you approach complex IT scenarios.

5. Prepare Thoughtful Questions

At the end of the interview, ask insightful questions about the company’s projects, team structure, and vision. This not only shows your interest but also helps you assess if the company aligns with your career goals.

If you’re struggling to come up with 4-5 questions to ask during your interview, we’ve shared some generic questions that you can ask your interviewer during any type of interview.

6. Simulate the Environment

Prepare as if you are going to an in-person interview.

Make sure you’re sitting somewhere with good lighting and minimal background noise. If you can, position yourself in front of a white wall, it helps keep the interviewer’s focus on you instead of wondering what is on the wall behind you!

Dress professionally – this not only boosts your confidence but also leaves a positive impression on the interviewer.

Don’t forget you’re on video! Armed with the aid of video, you have the opportunity of using your hands and upper body to communicate. The interviewer will be assessing your eye contact and body language throughout the interview, so make sure you’re sitting up straight and looking directly at the camera lens, not your own video.

12. Follow-Up Gracefully

After the interview, send a personalised thank-you email expressing your gratitude for the opportunity. This small gesture showcases your professionalism and appreciation for their time.

Mastering the art of remote job interviews is crucial for IT professionals looking to make their mark in the European Technology market. Preparation, professionalism, and effective communication will set you apart and maximise your chances of securing a job offer that aligns with your career aspirations. Remember, confidence and authenticity go a long way in leaving a lasting impression on potential employers. Best of luck with your remote job interviews and your journey into the European Technology market!