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What is a HireVue interview?

What is a HireVue interview?

Simply put, a HireVue interview is a relatively novel method that companies use to screen job applicants quickly. A Hirevue is a one-way interview where you will record yourself answering questions. You can complete a HireVue interview at any time as long as it is before the interview’s deadline. Regular interview conventions still apply! Ensu

re you are prepared for your HireVue interview (use a free service like Voomer), research the company you are applying for, and dress as if you are headed to a regular, one-on-one interview.

What questions will be asked on a HireVue interview?

Questions asked in a HireVue interview fall into two major categories:

  • Motivational questions: These will ask why you want to work at the organization you’ve applied to, why you are interested in that role, etc
  • Behavioral questions: These questions will probe your competencies and need to be answered using concrete examples

You can check out some HireVue questions in this article. Depending on the role you are applying to, you might be asked technical questions, but that is an exception and we rarely see questions that are not motivational or behavioral.

What can I expect from a HireVue interview?

A HireVue interview will always follow these steps:

  1. You’ll receive an email from the organization you applied to with a unique link. Do not share it with anyone!
  2. Click the link and head to the HireVue website to begin your interview
  3. You’ll get a chance to test your camera and microphone. Make sure they are working
  4. Next, the first interview question will be displayed. Typically this is as a short video, but sometimes the questions are displayed as text
  5. A timer will begin counting down. That is the time you have to prepare your answer. This timer will typically last 30 seconds. You can skip this timer if you like. The question will remain on screen while the count-down timer is running. You are NOT being recorded at this stage.
  6. Once you’ve skipped the answer prep timer (or let it count down to zero), HireVue will start recording you – this is your cue to answer the question. Another timer will start counting down, this is the time you have to answer the questions. Typically it is 120 seconds long (two minutes)
  7. After you are done answering the question and the timer has not reached zero yet, you can click on the “submit answer” button to stop the recording
  8. The next question will then be displayed and the above steps repeat themselves until there are no more questions

On occasion, you’ll also have to answer some multiple-choice or written questions. However, those questions are usually very simple, such as “do you have a valid driver’s license”. The video questions are the tricky ones, not the multiple-choice/written questions!

How do I ace the HireVue interview?

Simple – practice! You might know what a Hirevue interview is – but it is a completely different thing to be looking at your computer and have to answer a question live. Head over to Voomer where you can practice on HireVue style questions and use their AI-powered tools to quickly improve!  

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Unilever HireVue interview: Questions and strategy

Introduction

Unilever has been using HireVue as part of its recruitment process for a few years now and most of its global operations now use it.

Last year, for the Early Careers program alone, Unilever used HireVue to process 250,000 applications across 53 countries – all to hire only 800 applicants.  That’s a 0.32% pass rate!

To help you get through the first knockout stage of Unilever’s early careers process, practice answering questions on Voomer, a platform designed to help you ace the HireVue. You’ll be able to practice on current and past questions and get AI-powered feedback on your answers.

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Unilever hiring process & HireVue

Unilever’s HireVue is mostly the same across the globe. You need to answer 3 questions which will be shown to you one at a time via a pre-recorded video from someone at Unilever.

You’ll get roughly 30 seconds to prepare an answer and then roughly 2 minutes to answer.

You may choose to skip the prep timers or stop recording at any time, so you don’t have to use all the time available.

We recommend you use all of the prep time but stop recording your answer as soon as you’ve said what you had to say.  Needlessly extending an answer does not favor you, in fact, it increases the chances you can derail an answer that started off very strongly.  

Use the STAR method on your Unilever HireVue interview 

The STAR method will help organize your answer in a way that keeps you on track and also makes the recruiter’s or hiring manager’s life much easier.

Check out the video below to learn more about the STAR method:

Unilever HireVue interview specifics

Don’t fumble straight into the HireVue interview. Take some time to learn about Unilever’s values and try to work them into your answers.  The values are:

  1. Always working with integrity
  2. Positive impact
  3. Continuous commitment
  4. Setting out our aspirations
  5. Working with others

If you work these values into your answers (and make them as clear as possible), you’ll be a step ahead of the competition as Unilever is looking for those exact values in the people they hire.


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Before your Unilever HireVue interview

On the physical side of the HireVue interview, even though you are going to do the interview at home without a live interviewer talking to you – make sure you dress as you would for a regular face-to-face interview.

Place some lights behind your camera to make sure your face is well lit and raise the camera so that it is at your eye level.

Also, think about investing in a microphone to sound crisp and clear – even a cheap one will sound better than your onboard microphone

On Voomer, when you practice on past and current Unilever HireVue questions, AI algorithms will give you feedback on your physical and technical setup to ensure you are ahead of the competition before you answer your first question.

Start practicing today for free on Voomer to ace your HireVue and get that job at Unilever!

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Target HireVue virtual interview questions: What to expect

Target Virtual Interview

About a year ago Target stores changed their hiring procedures to include something called a “HireVue interview”, or Target Virtual Interview Process.

The purpose of these video or one-way interviews is to save everyone time.  You don’t have to drive down to a store for an in-person interview when the Target hiring manager has already made up their mind on another applicant.  And the hiring manager doesn’t have to sit through an interview with someone that clearly isn’t interested in the job.

So it’s a win-win right?  

Sort of.  

HireVue interviews can be very stressful for applicants since there is no live interviewer asking questions. Many applicants have told us this gives them anxiety since there is no way to know if your answers were solid or could be improved.

You can gain some confidence before your interview by practicing for Target’s HireVue interview on a platform like Voomer, where you can practice on Target sample questions and get instant, AI-powered feedback on your answers.

Let’s walk you through the Target HireVue interview and later you’ll be able to download some sample Target virtual interview questions.

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What happens in a Target Virtual HireVue interview?

In a HireVue interview, you’ll record yourself answering questions.

Those questions might be shown to you as a couple of lines of text or they might be displayed as a pre-recorded video by someone at Target asking you that question.

Then, you’ll get around 30 seconds to prepare your answer and around two minutes to answer.

The number of questions varies, so be ready to answer anything from 2 to 5 questions.  

You can answer on your cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer – as long as it has a camera.

Target’s HireVue interview specifics

Target is a retailer, so the vast majority of questions are going to be related to that business and your attitude in answering those questions should be one of a person who really cares about customer service.

If we take a look at Target’s values, it’s pretty clear what they are interested in:

  • Great shopping
  • Celebrating diversity and inclusion
  • Community engagement
  • Ethics at work

So make sure you care about giving Target customers a great shopping experience, have an open mind that values diversity and inclusion, that you think about your community and how to improve it, and – last but not least – have strong work ethics.

Below are a few sample questions that will get you familiarized with the types of questions asked on the Target HireVue interview.


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How to prepare for Target’s HireVue

Start with what you can control.

Start your interview in a place that is quiet – away from kids, pets, lawnmowers, etc. Not only will the person viewing your video have a hard time understanding you, loud noises right when you are about to answer a question might sap your confidence.

Even though you might be at home, dress as if you were at an in-person interview. People viewing your answers appreciate the professionalism of someone that took the time to think about this issue and record using appropriate clothing.

Lighting is absolutely key. If you record in an environment with low light, you’ll come across as a blurry, barely recognizable mess on video – which does not help your chances of getting hired.  Open your curtains to let in lots of natural light or turn on lights to brighten up the environment.  When it comes to lighting, more is always better – as long as the lights aren’t pointed at your camera!

Last but not least – PRACTICE! HireVue interviews can be extremely stressful. The only way to gain confidence in these interviews is by getting used to them and understanding how to best answer the questions.

Use the STAR method to format your answers into an easy-to-understand way that makes things simple for the hiring manager.

Voomer is a great way to do all that since you can practice on sample Target HireVue interview questions and get instant AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can land that job!  

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6 common HireVue mistakes

Introduction

Mistakes happen!  Unfortunately, HireVue interviews are very short and a careless mistake when answering questions on your HireVue can have an outsized impact on your chances of landing that dream job.

In this post, the HireVue experts at Voomer break down the 6 most common mistakes.  After you’ve read this, make sure to practice for your HireVue for free at tryvoomer.com and get AI-powered feedback on your performance.

1: Underestimating how strange and unnatural they can be

HireVue interviews are weird!  I remember bumbling through my HireVue quite some time ago and not getting the job.

Taking the time to do some prep before you open that HireVue link pays off handsomely.

It puts you at ease and helps get your mind ready for this very unnatural experience of doing an interview without an interviewer!

2: Getting distracted by your own video

When answering a Hirevue interview, some people get extremely distracted by their own video.

The best way to counter this is to turn off your camera feed in HireVue.  There is a toggle just below your video feed that you can flip to turn the camera off.

Don’t worry, you are still being recorded and your answers registered.

3: Not preparing examples

Some people are great at thinking on the fly, improvising and getting great results – but not everyone!

Take a moment before the interview to write down some of your greatest accomplishments as well as the toughest challenges you’ve faced.  

HireVue will ask about certain competencies – with those examples shortlisted you’ll be able to quickly answer anything they throw at you!

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4: Not using your prep time strategically

One of the few ways in which the HireVue interview is better than a live interview is that you get a couple of seconds to prepare an answer!

So make that prep time count.

Have pen and paper next to you and after you hear the question jot down 3 things:

  1. Context – what was going on
  2. Action – what did you do about that context
  3. Results – what were the results of your actions

With that easy method, you’ll answer any question with ease.

Typing out notes during the prep time can be very distracting – avoid that and just stick to pen and paper.

5: Dragging out your answer

You might be asked a very straightforward question but get lots of time to answer – for example, 3 minutes!

Just because you have all that time available to answer the question, it doesn’t mean you should keep talking on and on just to wind that timer down to zero.

Deliver a clear and concise answer.  After that click on the “submit answer” button and keep going!

6: Not doing any research on the company you are applying to

While most HireVue questions are classic behavioral interview questions, some might require some knowledge about the company you are applying to or its products and services.

Being familiar with the company you are applying to allows you to answer questions with examples that are far more relevant to the hiring team, thus increasing the probability of you getting the job.

Conclusion and next steps

Sadly, many applicants make the above mistakes which as you can see, are easy to avoid.  Follow the tips outlined above and you’ll be ahead of your competition.

Another way to get ahead of the other applicants is to practice.  Voomer is a great platform for that with hundreds of HireVue questions sorted by company and role. You’ll get AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can quickly improve and get that dream job!


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Answer any HireVue question

Introduction

HireVue interviews might seem very intimidating at first and many job applicants desperately search around Google for “(company name) HireVue questions” in a futile attempt to find what’s going to be asked and then memorize answers.

Well, I’m here to tell you that is possibly the worst way to prep for a HireVue!

Questions on any companies HireVue are almost always going to follow a very predictable pattern.  Let’s find out how you can decode this pattern and answer any HireVue question.

After reading this article, if you want to practice answering HireVue questions, Voomer is a great free resource.

Step 1 – Research competencies

If you aren’t sure what competencies are, they are the skills and knowledge that you apply to certain situations.

For example, a classic competency many companies want in their hires is customer focus.  Another is thinking with data.  This website lists several competencies in case you want to look at more examples.

The best place to find out what competencies the company you are applying to is interested in, is to visit the organization’s website.  Almost all organizations have an “about us” section.  If you read between the lines you’ll find the competencies they care most about staring you right in the face.

So if a company talks a lot about how they work in a very volatile industry – a competency they will be looking for is adaptability.  If they talk a lot about people and teamwork, you’ll definitively be probed on competencies related to dealing with people – from leadership to training others.

Sometimes, an organization will be really helpful and just flat out mention on the website what are the competencies they are interested in.

To wrap up this first step – write down all the competencies you can identify in the organization you are applying to.

Step 2 – Prepare for behavioral questions

HireVue can’t read the resumes of every person that applies to a job at a given organization and ask personalized questions – they have to standardize.

The way they do that is by asking behavioral questions using the competencies you found out step 1 as a guide!

Even if you don’t know what behavioral questions are – I’m pretty sure you’ve answered a few at some point.  

For example, “tell me about a time you had to deal with an angry customer”.  Or “tell me about a time you had to train someone”.

The first question draws on the “customer service” competency and the second one draws on the “enabling others” competency.  See how step 1 was important?

So now we know what type of questions will be asked and the subject of those questions.

An important note about behavioral questions

Before we move onto step 3, notice something about those behavioral questions above: They all ask about your past behavior, require concrete examples and ask about what you did.  Not your supervisor, not your teammate, what you did.

So when shortlisting examples to use when HireVue asks you about a certain competency, make sure to think about concrete examples where you were the person driving the narrative – not someone else.

They don’t care about what your supervisor or teammate did – they are hiring you, not them!

Step 3 – Learn the CAR method

The CAR method is a great way to organize your thoughts when answering any HireVue Question.

“C” stands for “context”.  What was the situation you faced: Did a customer send you an angry email about a missed deliverable?  Did you have an underperforming teammate that affected your work?  

Layout that context in a couple of sentences so that HireVue’s AI or the person viewing your video understands the scene.

“A” stands for “action”.  What did you do to solve the issues you laid out in the previous point?  Did you go above and beyond to try and get the customer what they needed?  Did you layout a development plan for that underperforming customer?

Remember, talk about what you did – not anyone else.

“R” stands for “results”.  This is the logical conclusion to the two previous steps.  What happened to the context after you sprang to action?  Did the customer actually get what they needed?  Did your teammate improve?


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Remember that if you did not get a stellar result with your actions, you can always talk a bit about the lessons learned, and what you changed in your behavior after going through all that.  This is also very valuable on a HireVue!

Conclusion

If you walk through the 3 steps I outlined above, you’ll be able to confidently answer any HireVue question.  

If you want to practice answering those questions on a platform that simulates many aspects of the HireVue experience, you can start for free at Voomer, where you’ll get AI-powered feedback on your answers!

Get those reps in and get that dream job!  

Good luck with your interview!  If you have any other questions or comments, please reach me at [email protected]

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Why am I not able to pass the HireVue?

If you’ve asked yourself this question, you are not the first. The deceptively straight forward and simple HireVue process actually requires preparation and practice to be able to perform at your best consistently. Each opportunity matters.

We have put together the Voomer Video Success Framework that highlights three core areas of video interviews and some strategies on how to perform at your best while practicing with the AI video feedback from Voomer.

Prep for your HireVue with our videos on YouTube and Voomer!

Using Voomer its possible for you to understand how an interviewer, and Artifical Intelligence (AI) will rate your performance on the three areas of the Voomer Video Success Framework and how you will compare to other candidates. Visual, Verbal, and Vocal are the three key components of the Framework.

If you are looking to nail your next interview, check out our YouTube channel, or other posts on topics such as Camera Angle, Audio, and Eye-Contact that can help you out!


Ok so here’s the problem that you can solve with the Voomer Video Success Framework:


You’re trying to find a reliable method for succeeding in the HireVue interview, you know you need to perform confidently, engagingly and convincingly – but for some reason you haven’t been able to progress to the next stage.

Each HireVue that you can’t get through is a valuable opportunity lost, and there is no feedback on what you can improve available. If you can’t get through you may have to go with plan B. On the other hand, getting it right means that every opportunity could potentially become an offer.

There are three steps that work together in unison to create the Voomer Video-Success Framework. A systematic way to prepare you to perform at your best in the one-way video interview.

  • Visual: Everything that can be seen, you, your background, and movement.
  • Vocal: How you say everything, and how well you can be heard.
  • Verbal: What you know, and the words you use.

The Visual Step

OK so let’s get started and look at the key parts to the Visual step. This is the first part of the Voomer Video-Success Framework.

Background: Try to go for something organized and minimalist. Let everything in the cameras view have a reason for being there. If all else fails go for a plain wall – it will look surprisingly professional. Adding a pot plant can really make the scene pop.

Lighting: Have the main source of light in front of you. Don’t sit with a window behind you, and use a soft table lamp to brighten up your face.

Having the light source in front of you makes you the focus of your video
A desk lamp is a great way to get a light in front of you, and helps with late night HireVues

Appearance: Imagine it is your first day on the job. Mirroring your colleagues, or going one small step smarter, is a great way to find the perfect balance and not appear overly formal. If there is a very strong corporate color scheme see if you can work that in with an accessory or tie. Think of what you would wear to your first day in the office – or any differences in geography. West coast technology startups have a very diffent expectation compared to East coast big law.

Eye-contact – try to maintain eye-contact with the camera, You can put a sticker where you need to look. Some people even print out a set of eyes to stick either side of the camera.

So now We’ve got those first parts, Background, Lighting, Appearance and Eye Contact, that make up the Visual step of the Voomer Video-Success-Framework. Now let’s now talk about the Vocal step.

The Vocal Step

This is another area that has had a massive impact on my own interview skills. What Tone, Pauses, and Microphone are, among other things, they are the Vocal step of the framework. This step is all about how you speak.

When it comes to tone, monotone is unfortunately our default. Much as we may think we are using emphasis when we are telling a story, for video interviews multiply this by ten. Imagine a tooth brush the size of a guitar, pretend and act out how you would brush your teeth with it. That difference is how much nearly all of us need to increase our emphasis when we are communicating.

The easiest way to improve your Vocal delivery is to find a word to emphasise in each sentence. Whisper wise words, the crux of the story, the deciding moment that you want the interviewer to focus on. Use rhythm to convey a ongoing or repeating process, and up your volume as you reach your conclusion.


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Pauses also draw the interviewer into what you are saying. Whenever you decide to pause count to three in your head. Sitting a pause is like the end of a gymnastic routine, sit the landing. It feels weird to you but by gosh to the interviewer it makes you look like a confident pro, a great benefit is that it also gives you time to think about how you want to finish your answer.

Finally, and most importantly, you’ve got to get an external microphone enabling you to be heard clearly. If you have bad audio, and all the interviewer can hear is your computer fan, the interviewer will skip your answer. Bad audio is so much worse than bad video. Even the headphones from your phone are a vast improvement. For less than $15 you can get yourself a lav mic from Amazon, I guarantee one of the best investments you’ll ever make.

Now that the interviewer can hear you clearly and you are engaging, this then aligns perfectly with the final step in Voomer’s Video Success Framework, which is the Verbal step.

The Verbal step is all about the content. Questions are behavioural (tell us about a time when… ) or motivational (why apply here? Why us? Why now?). We’ve got a video all about preparing for common questions here.

The Verbal Step

We all know that doing your research on the position and the company makes the difference. Focus on two main areas:

  • What are the company’s core values that you can tie your answers back to?
  • What are any recent public filings or press releases, read the exectutive summaries

Also make sure to come up with an answer for the two of the most common questions. “Tell us about a time you worked in a team”. “Tell us about a time when you handled conflict”.

Anyway the key is don’t freak out, be relatable, if you need to take a moment to think, do it with a smile and make it a confident pause.

Summary

Even if you have set yourself up with your very own Voomer Video-Success-Framework, the most difficult step is applying it in your actual day-to-day life. It can be very intimidating, even if you believe it will bring you more focus and better performance.

The best way to get over that barrier is to Practice. Practice. Practice. Use Voomer to prepare for your exact position, record as many times as you want and get specific feedback on the areas of the Video Success Framework to improve the most and pass the HireVue.

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Interview Hand Gestures You Can’t Live Without

Is your body is telling the same story as you?

It really is incredible to think about how much your body can communicate, even in a remote video interview or HireVue. In person hand gestures and body language can often be small and softly presented. On your video interview, however, you need to boost the message make gestures bigger and closer to the camera in order to have the same effect when responding to questions with your answers.

Our Top 3 Hand Gestures You Can’t Live Without

Using Voomer its possible for you to understand how an interviewer, and Artifical Intelligence (AI) will rate your enthusiasm and how you will compare to other candidates.  Hand gestures, movement, and body language play a significant role in the perception of your enthusiasm when people watch your HireVue Video Interview.

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I’m going to introduce you to 3 hand gestures that, although you may feel strange doing, to an interviewer will communicate that you are an enthusiastic, talented, confident individual ready to take on a career in their company.

These 3 simple hand gestures will increase the dynamism of your presentation, help you stay focused and ready to face the awkwardness of any video interview head on.

If you’ve ever struggled in a video interview, it is even harder to get clear feedback than a regular interview. It is difficult to know why you can’t get through – but you know throughout the interview you need to perform confidently, engagingly and convincingly.


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So here we go! The 3 simple hand gestures to be more dynamic in your video interview:

#3 On the one hand, on the other

On the one hand, on the other is one of those immersive hand gestures that takes the viewer along with you, providing a clear and coherent structure. It is best deployed when trying to present different options to choose from – or different viewpoints that you are expressing in an answer.

Mix it up with a variation!
On the one hand we needed to build a team that could be productive together, but on the other hand we also wanted to encourage each member of the team to contribute their own individual skills to the project.

#2 From the ground up

Progression, innovation and building momentum are the thoughts that come to mind when you use this hand gesture in conjunction with the phrase “from the ground up”. Executing this with a pause and the right tone will surely add confidence to your answer. While most hand gestures can be used in a variety of situations this one is more particular. Used rarely, but at the right tim e this move can blow the interviewer away.

#1 Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly.

This is a great way to explicitly connect with the interviewer by setting expectations and a well defined structure up front. As an interviewer you see a well informed confident individual able to take control of a situation and clearly communicate a solution.

“I’m going to tell you about three reasons why using hand gestures will make you a more compelling candidate. Number 1: Using your whole body on a video call enables you to communicate with enthusiasm. Number 2: The energy you put into your movement on the call is seen and felt by the interviewer as excitement and passion.  Number 3: providing a visual structure reinforces the narrative structure of your response.”

Now you have 3 simple hand gestures to make your confidence and enthusiasm shine in the video interview. When you are invited to do a remote interview you will no longer be worried that you are struggling to use everything at your disposal.

Summary

OK so you may find that using gestures on video calls doesn’t come naturally to you. Well if you make gesturing a natural part of your day-to-day routine it will start to feel more and more natural – practice makes perfect.

Practice in real life with your gestures!

If you are ordering an iced coffee at Starbucks, tell the barista that you only want a little ice – and accompany it with a loud and proud gesture communicating the same concept. You may even start to notice you are more energetic throughout your day and get more positive engaged responses overall!

If you are still reading, you want to really nail the remote video interview and secure your career of choice. This is the time to check out Voomer and start practicing getting feedback on how to be seen as more enthusiastic!

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HireVue Tip #4: Camera Angle

Introduction

A very important part of your HireVue interview is how you present yourself to the viewer – be it a human viewer looking at your recorded answers or HireVue’s AI.

An oft neglected part of this is your camera angle.

Just think of how people usually talk to each other face to face – at eye level right?

However, when sitting at a desk, our laptop cameras as usually below our eye level, so we angle the cameras upwards so that our face can be seen.  The result is that you’ll give HireVue a nice view of your nostrils! That doesn’t help anybody, so lets look into ways to fix this issue and get you that dream job.

After you go through the steps below, try a platform like Voomer to get AI-powered feedback on how you are doing with your camera angle and several other important aspects of your video interview.

Step 1

If using a laptop with an integrated webcam, raise the laptop to eye level by elevating it with books.

Make sure the camera lens is perpendicular to your eyes, you’ll probably have to angle the screen (where most laptop cameras are embedded) a little towards you to get a good angle.

Laptop raised on pile of books
You can use books to raise your camera to eye level

 

Step 2

If using a cell phone, you also want it at your eye level.

The major difference here is that cell phones don’t really stand up without any independent support, so what you need to do it place it on some sort of cradle.

There are several different ways you can hack together a cell phone stand out of household materials.  You can also just buy one if it makes your life easier.

Using a cell phone stand guarantees your phone will stay put in the correct angle after you’ve raised it to your eye level.

Step 3

Make sure the objects you’ve used to prop up your laptop or cell phone are sturdy!

I’ve seen countless videos where cameras are set on top of flimsy objects and will shake and vibrate as the applicant is recording their videos.  

Viewing a video that is shaky is just as bad as viewing one that has a bad camera angle.  Both usually go hand in hand, so keep an eye out for this issue!

Conclusion and one last tip

Having your camera raised up to your eye level and tilting it forward to be perpendicular to your face is an essential step in your HireVue preparation.  You’ll effectively simulate a conversation at eye level, which will ease the connection you’re trying to build with the person viewing your video.  In the case that the HireVue AI is analyzing your video, this will make it easier for it to analyze your facial expressions and improve your chances at getting that dream job.

Use a platform like Voomer that also uses AI-powered technology to check if your camera angle and stability are good to go for your interview.  On top of that, you’ll get access to hundreds of HireVue style questions, broken down by company and role.  

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HireVue Tip #3: Audio Quality

Introduction

Good audio quality is absolutely key for a successful HireVue interview.

You might have the best answers, great delivery and an amazing smile, but if all the person viewing your HireVue answers (or HireVue’s AI reviewing your answers!) can hear is a tinny sounding voice under the whir of your laptop fan, the neighbor’s dogs and echoes – you’re in trouble!

Set yourself apart from the rest of the applicants the moment the first word comes out of your mouth with great audio quality!

Follow the 3 simple steps below and later on find out how good your audio quality is on Voomer, where you can get AI-powered feedback before you do your HireVue interview.

Step 1

The easiest thing to do is to make sure your microphone is close to your mouth.

If using a laptop, simply scoot forward or pull the laptop towards you. If you are using a microphone tethered to your headphones, make sure they are turned towards your mouth – I’ve “heard” several people that submitted videos with their microphones close to their mouths but turned away! They didn’t sound very good at all!

Avoid that simple mistake and you’ll be better off than most applicants right from the get-go.

Step 2

Consider investing in a stand alone microphone.

If you follow podcasts or watch Youtube or Twitch you might think that a decent microphone costs hundreds of dollars. While some do, a $10 lapel microphone will probably be better than your onboard laptop microphone!

Using a stand alone microphone almost guarantees you’ll eliminate some distracting sounds like your laptop fan whirring – and yes, we can hear that!

So consider investing a bit in a microphon – your voice will come across loud and clear!

Step 3

This step is surprisingly simple – but many don’t even think about doing this. Record yourself on your computer (with your external microphone!) BEFORE you fire up your HireVue interview.

This will make it clear to you if you need adjust something in your set up.

Though keep in mind, the thing that might need adjustment can be the environment around you.

Be aware of any background noise (traffic, dogs barking, etc). Some people have done their HireVues from the bathroom simply because its was the quietest room in the house!

However, careful with recording in places that are surrounded by hard surfaces (like windows and tiles) since those reflect sound very well and can cause an echo.

Doing a dry run of your HireVue by recording yourself on your computer helps to ensure all of your audio prep is OK and your HireVue answers will come through loud and clear.

Conclusion & final tip

Ensuring your audio is coming across clear and crisply is as important as your answers on the HireVue.

If you can’t be heard well, the person viewing your answers will be dismissed and HireVue’s AI won’t be able to run its analyses on you – pushing your application to the bottom of the pile.

A great way to check if your set up is working is to practice on Voomer. You’ll get AI-powered feedback on how you sound and on top of that, you can practice on hundreds of HireVue style questions broken down by company and role.

Increase your chances of landing that dream job by prepping with Voomer!

If you want to see all of the above steps put in practice in video, check out this link on YouTube.


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HireVue Tip #2: Eye contact

Introduction

Pull up your most recent group selfie. Notice how most of the people seem to be looking slightly away from the camera.

That’s what happens when you aren’t aware of where the camera actually is and just focus on the image or video being shown back to you!

On a HireVue interview, maintaining a decent amount of eye contact is key to your success – regardless if your video is being assessed by HireVue’s AI or by a human reviewer.

Follow the steps below to ensure you make as much eye contact as possible. You can also use a platform like Voomer that provides AI-powered feedback on your eye contact when answering questions.

Step 1

Understand where camera is, and look at it!

The first part of that sentence might seem obvious, but you need to REALLY understand where the “selfie cam” on your phone or webcam on your laptop is.

With the camera app open in selfie mode, run your fingers around the bezel of the phone or laptop until you see a finger pop into the screen. That’s when you’ve found the camera!

Now you have to practice looking at the camera while you deliver your HireVue answers. That is easier said than done, so take a look at the next two steps.

Step 2

HireVue has a toggle in their recording interface that allows you to switch the video of yourself on or off.

We highly recommend toggling the video off. Don’t worry, HireVue still has access to your camera and will record your answers just fine.

Turning your video off allows you to do two things. It focuses your attention on looking at the camera, not at your video. That will increase the time you look at the camera and therefore the perceived eye contact.

The second thing this does is it avoid you freaking out about pet peeves of yours that honestly don’t matter one bit to the interviewer. You might be extremely self conscious about something on your face – a bad haircut you just got, a double chin, whatever. But the truth is that Hirevue’s AI review or the human reviewer just don’t care.

So toggle that camera off and focus on the questions and your answers!

Step 3

Recording your HireVue answers while looking at the camera is not something easy to do.

If you are unable to do that for the duration of all your answers, do the second best thing: Look at the camera when you are mentioning something particularly important on your answer.

That way you highlight parts of your answer that really matter and drive engagement with the person (or AI!) viewing your answers.

Conclusion

Looking at the camera when doing your HireVue can be very challenging. Follow the above steps to make sure you are able to look at the camera during most of your answer.

Use a platform like Voomer to get AI-powered feedback on your eye contact skills. You’ll also gain access to hundreds of common Hirevue questions broken down by company and role.

Practicing your HireVue on Voomer will build up your confidence so you can land that dream job!


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