How to Ace Your Video Interview for a Fintech Job Post

by | Jul 29, 2020

 Video call interviews have been around for quite a while. But, it has gained even more traction because of the pandemic. Today, companies looking to expand their teams are resorting to online recruitment instead of physical meetups. Most likely, if you apply to any of the fintech job postings in APAC, you would be invited to hop in a video conference with a recruiter or the HR team of the company you’re applying to. 

For many people, this can be quite an unnerving experience. Plenty of applicants are still adjusting to the new normal. To help you cope and to boost your competitive advantage, check out the list of video interview tips for fintechs below. 

Find a noise and interruption-free location 

Video interviews are mostly conducted remotely. To ensure a smooth interview, you must pick a location free from any forms of interruptions and distractions. Choose an area with a clear and clean background. For example, you can use the wall as your backdrop. If that’s not available, you can pick other areas of the house as long as it’s free from clutter.

It should also be well-lit. When you position the video camera, make sure to angle it correctly so it shows half of your body. As much as possible, never pick communal places as your interview venue.  

Double-check your laptop and internet connection 

The last thing you want is to get disconnected from a video conference. As such, make sure that you have a stable internet connection. Test your camera, headset, and other pieces of video conferencing equipment beforehand to avoid any distractions during the call. 

It’s also important to familiarize yourself with using the assigned video conferencing tools. Here are some examples of video conferencing apps:

  • Zoom
  • GoToMeeting
  • Skype
  • Google Meeting
  • Microsoft Teams 

Dress like how you would during a physical interview 

Remote interviews don’t give you the excuse to wear sloppy clothing. When you pick your interview wardrobe go for something that looks smart and professional. Also, avoid wearing brightly colored outfits as it may look too distracting on camera. If you wear glasses, be sure to adjust the lighting in the room or your laptop/desktop screen to minimize lens glaring.  

Watch your body language during the call

It’s important to establish eye contact during interviews. The same rule applies to interviews done via video calls. It’s virtually impossible to look at each other in the eyes at the same time, so instead, you should glance at the web camera from time to time. This way the interviewer gets to look at your eyes on his/her screen.  

Additionally, be mindful of how you sit. Avoid slouching or putting your leg up during the call. Instead, you should sit up and keep your feet planted on the flooring. 


Understand the difference between live and pre-recorded calls 

Talent acquisition specialists either make use of live or pre-recorded video interviews. For the live version, you will be informed to join the call using a link or a code. You get to talk to the interviewer in real-time and get answers to your queries within the call.   

There are also companies that make use of pre-recorded interviews. In this setup, you will have to record your answers to questions given in pre-recorded videos. The employer then reviews your response and tells you if you can move forward. 

No matter if the call is live or pre-recorded, see to it that you provide sufficient answers to the queries. Here are some examples of general fintech interview questions:

      • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
      • Why are you a great fit for the position you’re applying for?
      • What steps or recommendations can you give to improve the business?
      • What makes this position appealing to you?
      • What is your biggest contribution to your previous job?
      • What is your background in fintech?

Practice your public skills so you can articulate your points well during the discussion.  

Additionally, see to it that you pay attention to the instructions provided to you. Go through the email a couple of times so you don’t miss out on important details. 

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Land a video interview today!

Online recruitment is definitely here to stay. As the world embraces the new normal, you can expect more and more companies to conduct their interview process online. As a professional in your chosen niche, adapting to the changes will help you stay relevant and competitive.  

We hope the video interview tips for fintech applicants above help you boost your confidence in pursuing your career. If you’re ready to take on a new challenge in the fintech niche, check out our regularly updated list of fintech job openings in the Asia Pacific.

Alexis Nicole Amarillo is a Director for Operations & Research at Datasearch Consulting, a leading executive recruitment firm specialising in the Financial Technology & Data sectors.

You can download their FREE comprehensive guide on “The Complete Guide to Hiring Fintech & Data Talent – 5 Proven Steps to Secure your Ideal Fintech or Data Role”. Alternatively, you can view the Datasearch Consulting website or contact them directly on for a more detailed discussion.

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