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Remote-first opportunities and flexible working hours are highly popular perks. There is no surprise that remote video interviews have gained in popularity as well. When compared to telephone interviews, video interviews provide a more comprehensive representation of your personality and professionalism, so gaining experience with remote job interviews can significantly increase your chances of getting hired.

Here are The KC Group’s top tips for preparing for virtual interviews and making a lasting impression.

Preparing for remote interviews

1. Make sure your setup is robust

The last thing you want during an interview is to experience a technical issue that could (at best) cause you to lose focus, or (at worst) cost you the opportunity. You should therefore familiarize yourself with your tech setup before the interview.

Establish which video conferencing platform will be used for the interview (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc.) and make sure it is configured correctly.

Make sure your camera and microphone are working correctly by testing them a couple of times.

Use to check your internet connection speed – you need 8Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up for smooth, full HD video calls.

Be careful what else is open on your computer if you expect to share your screen during the interview!

2. Find out more about the company and the market

Research the company thoroughly so that you understand its products, services, news, and culture. Your genuine interest in the company will be demonstrated by this, as well as by your ability to formulate questions for the interviewer.

Stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the market you’re focusing on so that you can showcase your industry knowledge. This will not only impress the interviewer, but also help set you apart from other candidates.

3. Make Your Digital Brand Shine

More than ever, it’s important to have a strong online presence. Update your LinkedIn profile, highlighting your key skills, achievements, and recent projects. For potential employers, this adds credibility.

4. Make sure you have prepared your answers

Prepare answers to common interview questions such as your experience, strengths, weaknesses, and accomplishments. Provide examples that illustrate your problem-solving abilities, adaptability, and teamwork abilities – traits highly sought after in all industries.

5. Develop thoughtful questions

After the interview, ask insightful questions about the company’s projects, team structure, and vision. As a result, you’ll be able to assess whether the company aligns with your career goals and show your interest.

6. Make the environment as realistic as possible.

Think of the interview as a face-to-face meeting.

You should sit somewhere with good lighting and minimal background noise. You may want to position yourself in front of a white wall so the interviewer can focus on you instead of wondering what is behind you.

In addition to boosting your confidence, dressing professionally leaves a positive impression on the interviewer.

Keep in mind that you are on video! Using video, you can use your hands and upper body to communicate. Make sure you sit up straight and look directly at the camera lens, not your own video, throughout the interview.

12. Be gracious in your follow-up

Thank the employer for the opportunity in a personalised email after the interview. By doing this, you show that you value their time and are professional.

You will maximise your chances of securing a job offer that aligns with your career aspirations if you prepare, communicate effectively, and show professionalism. When it comes to making a lasting impression on potential employers, confidence and authenticity are crucial.


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