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The Ultimate LBS MBA Kira Video Essay Question Bank 2022

Introduction

Everything submitted to the London Business School’s admissions department. Application done. “Oh wait what?! There is some sort of  video requirement?”. Yes, that’s right you’ve just remembered you have to complete a video essay as part of your application to proceed – and you definitely don’t want this to derail your application.

We’ve researched an extensive, but not exhaustive, set of possible questions to help with your preparation – and guess what! All these prompts are all built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools here.

We recently made a video that goes over some of the things I’m going to discuss in this article.  Take a look at the video but read on for more!

LBS’s style

You need to answer two questions.  The first one is a variation on the “why an MBA and why this school”.  If you are at this stage in your application, you’ll probably already have the answer to that question on the tip of your tongue.  Just make sure to make sure you have something unique that LBS has to offer ready to go on your answer.  LBS admissions isn’t stupid – they know that you’re probably applying to several other programs, but if you can mention something uniquely LBS (a class, professor, club, track, etc), the person reviewing your video essay will definitively pay attention.

OK so here we go! Brace yourself it’s a long list. As you know, there is much more to a strong performance than just being confident in potential questions – structure, performance, eye contact, vocal tone matter too – that’s why we created Voomer to empower you to communicate who you are more effectively.

 

 


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LBS MBA Kira Video Essay Question Bank

 

1. What will you gain from the London Business School MBA Program that you won’t gain from another MBA program.  You are almost certainly guaranteed to get this question!  If you are only going to prep for one question, make sure its this one!
2. Tell us about a time a team member did not “pull his weight” in the team.
3. How did you handle this situation?
4. Tell us about a time you were introduced to a new culture. What did you gain from this experience?
5. Why do you think you are fit for working in an international environment?

6. What is the importance of diversity at the workplace?
7. What is the most important aspect of teamwork?
8. What is the most challenging aspect of working in an internationally diverse environment?
9. Tell us about a situation in which you were part of a dysfunctional team, and what steps did you take to improve the situation.
10. Please give an example of an encounter you’ve had with another culture, and what did you learn from it.
11. Tell us why working in an international environment is important to you?
12. What, in your opinion, is most challenging about studying in a diverse study group?

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Conclusion

Well there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the LBS Kira video essay. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected].

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The Ultimate Kellogg MBA Question Bank for the Kira Video Essay 2022

Introduction

Everything submitted. Application done. “Oh wait what?! There is some sort of  video requirement?”. Yes, that’s right you’ve just remembered you have to complete a video assessment – or video essay, as Kellogg calls it – as part of your application to proceed. You definitely don’t want this to derail your application.

We’ve researched an extensive, but not exhaustive, set of possible questions to help with your preparation – and guess what! All these prompts are all built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools here.

We recently made a video that goes over some of the things I’m going to discuss in this article.  Take a look at the video but read on for more!

Kellogg’s style

Kellogg is known for trying extending offers to applicants that have a good cultural fit.  Kellogg is located in the greater Chicago area, which in turn is in the US Mid-West.   Midwesterners are known for being very down to earth, genuinely friendly and upbeat.  Keep all that in mind when you answer the questions on Kellogg’s video essay.

OK so here we go! Brace yourself its a long list. As you know, there is much more to a strong performance than just being confident in potential questions – structure, performance, eye contact, vocal tone matter too – that’s why we created Voomer to empower you to communicate who you are more effectively.

2020 Kellogg Kira Video Essay Question Bank

 

1. Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.
2. What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?
3. 2020 has been a year of seismic disruption — fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, tragic deaths that have brought systemic racism and social justice issues to the forefront of long overdue conversations, and economic and political divides that are growing deeper and deeper. How has this unprecedented year challenged you and how have you faced that challenge?

That’s it?  Yes it appears so!  This year Kellogg has eschewed their usual question bank and will ask applicants to answer those three questions.  

However, if we take a look at the question bank from past years, we can see what I mentioned above – Kellogg is really looking for an applicant’s cultural fit, what attitudes they have to life, etc.  Overly bragging, boasting and exaggerating probably won’t get you very far.  

Kellogg Kira Video Essay Previous Year Question Bank

1. Why are you applying to Kellogg?
2. What makes you a great fit for Kellogg?
3. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try?
4. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
5. What is the most interesting course you took as a student?
6. If you could meet anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why?
7. What is your most treasured possession and why?
8. What inspires you?
9. Why did you choose your college major?
10. What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?
11. If you could teach a class on any subject, what would it be and why?
12. What is one interesting thing about you that you would want you future Kellogg classmates to know?
13. If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
14. What word describes you best and why?
15. Tell us about the first job you ever had?


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16. What’s the best book you have ever read and why?
17. When you have a problem, whom do you approach for advice and why?
18. What accomplishment are you really proud of?
19. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
20. If you could witness any event..past present or future-what would it be?
21. Tell us about an organization or activity in which you have dedicated significant time. Why was it meaningful to you?
22. What good deed has anyone for you and how did you feel about it?
23. Tell us about the most interesting place you’ve traveled to. What did you enjoy most about it.
24. What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?
25. If money was not a concern. what would you do?
26. What is the most meaningful thing anyone has done for you in your life?
27. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
28. What food do you like? Will you be able to eat that food everyday?
29. How have you changed in the last 5 years?
30. Whom do you respect most, and why?
31. What is your favorite motto or quote, and why
32. What risk have you taken and what did you learn? What impact do you have on your co-workers?

Conclusion

Well there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the Kellogg Kira interview. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected].

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The Ultimate Boston University Questrom MBA Kira Video Question Bank 2022

Introduction

You just submitted your application for BU’s Questrom School of Business MBA or one their many MS/masters or online programs – great!

However, there’s one more step!  Now you have to submit a video essay (sometimes called a video interview) run by Kira Talent.  Keep in mind that it is on that submissions that admissions will actually hear you talk for the first time, and first impressions matter!

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of questions that have come up on Boston University’s (BU) Questrom School of Business MBA interviews.

After reading this article, make sure you check out Voomer, where you can practice and get AI-powered feedback on your answers.

BU Questrom’s style

Before we dive into the questions, its worthwhile taking a look at BU Questrom’s style.  Business schools have their own personalities, and if you really want to get into Questrom, understanding that is essential.

Questrom’s culture is relatively different from the rest of BU for one main reasons.  BU’s campus is very spread out around Boston, so there isn’t that much mingling with students not studying business (though you can easily find and mingle with them if you set out to do that).

Besides the usual platitudes you’ll hear from admissions on how great Questrom is, one thing in particular that places Questrom in the top MBA’s in the US is how geographically diverse the student body is.  The vast majority are from outside the state and around 1/4 are from outside the US.  So when answering the video essay, make sure to play up your cosmopolitan credentials, how you’ve  dealt with teammates from different cultures, if you are interested in learning about other cultures, etc.  Admissions will be looking for this!


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Now that you understand what BU Questrom is looking for, lets take a look at some questions that have been asked in the past on the video essay or video interview:


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BU Questrom MBA Kira Video Essay Question Bank

Motivation questions:

1. Why an MBA now?
2. Why Boston University?  Why Questrom?
3. How long have you been considering doing an MBA and why now is the right time?
4. What specific skills are you looking to gain at Questrom?
5. What is unique to the MBA at Questrom that attracts you?

Competency questions:

1. What is the most significant personal weakness that you have identified, what did you do about it and what was the result?
2. Imagine you are proposing a business innovation idea for a class project and the audience is not interested. What would you do?
3. Discuss what you would do if you and your teammates cannot come to an agreement on a project decision.
4. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
5. What is the most interesting or innovative thing you own?  How would you improve it?

Conclusion

Go over those questions for the Questrom MBA or MS programs in your head, but make sure to practice them as you would on the actual Kira video essay or interview.  Voomer is a great tool to help you practice since those questions and more are loaded into our system and you can practice in an environment that is nearly identical to the one you’ll face on the actual interview.

If you are curious about how Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools can help you to prepare thoroughly for your upcoming video essays click below to get started!

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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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