PREPARE TO RECORD YOUR VIDEO INTRO

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Below are some examples of Video Intros:

Now let’s get you ready to nail this so your Video Intro makes a great first impression

and helps you land the the job you want.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS

STEP 1 — SCHEDULE A TIME ON CALENDAR

  • Schedule a convenient recording time your Recruiting Manager’s calendar. The link can be found in his/her Email signature.
  • The sooner you can get this done the better.

STEP 2 — MAKE SURE ZOOM WORKS

  • If you plan to us a laptop, confirm the Video and Audio to work properly before connecting with your Manager.  Test it with a friend.
  • If you plan to use a Cell Phone (often a lot easier than a laptop and better quality too), download the free Zoom app.

STEP 3 — STAGE YOUR ROOM

  • Identify a bright spot in your house so the video quality is sharp.
  • The light source should be in front of you so your face is clear.
  • A solid color wall free of clutter is an ideal backdrop.
  • Select at quiet room free of dogs, TVs playing, or other background noises.

STEP 4 — POSITION YOUR CAMERA

  • Prop up your phone or laptop on books or a shelf so it’s eye level (not looking up at you).
  • Holding a phone while recording yourself results in a wobbly and amateur looking video
  • Record horizontally, not vertically, so it’s a wide-angle view.
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera lens when you are talking.
  • If your eyes are looking down or at the ceiling, it conveys a lack of confidence.

STEP 5 — DRESS SHARP

  • Wear the same outfit you would to attend an in-person interview — at least from the waist up!
  • No tee shirts, baseball hats, or recording from your car seat.
  • It’s okay to overdress! 
  • For example, a cyber analyst might wear a hoodie to work every day, but for an interview — or your Video Intro — you’ll be taken more seriously and make a great first impression if you wear a button-down shirt.

STEP 6 — BE YOURSELF

  • Imagine you’re having a casual and relaxed conversation with a buddy.
  • You want to appear loose and not come as stiff.
  • Do not read from a script.
  • It’s extremely easy for a hiring manager to notice your eyes darting back and forth, and that looks horrible.
  • Just be yourself and let your personality shine.
  • That always makes the best impression.

STEP 7 — SMILE!

  • Smile often!
  • It’s extremely important that you look like you’re having fun, enjoying yourself, and would be a pleasure to work with you.
  • It’s okay to laugh and not be so serious.

STEP 8 — ENTHUSIASTIC TONE

  • Show energy and enthusiasm in your voice, hand gestures, and facial expressions.
  • It’s crucial you sound excited for this job opportunity.
  • Dull, monotone, and super serious candidates rarely get hired. 

STEP 9 — BE CONDFIDENT

  • Be aware of your posture.
  • Sit tall in your chair – shoulders back, no slouching, no crossed arms.

STEP 10 — PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS

  • Spend 30 minutes now thinking about what you want to say when we’re recording, and your Video Intro will be amazing.
  • Again, don’t memorize or write down a script.  Just think about what you would say so you’re relaxed and confident when the camera is rolling.
  • We’ll record one question at a time and do multiple takes until you’re happy with your answer.
  • Keep the focus on why you’re a great candidate.  It’s okay to boast about your accomplishments.  This is no place to be modest!
  • Avoid long-winded answers and irrelevant details — be concise and get your points across quickly and confidently.

FOUR QUESTIONS WE'LL ASK:

QUESTION #1

  • Talk about your military experience at a high level…responsibilities, achievements, etc.  
  • Avoid military acronyms or jargon — imagine you’re speaking to a civilian. 
  • Limit to 30 seconds

QUESTION #2

  • What are your best characteristics and personality traits.
  • Tailor them to ones that you feel line up with the job requirements we’re helping you find.
  • Discuss what makes you a superstar employee — your unmatched work ethic, your persistence in the face of adversity, how you get along well with colleagues and supervisors, your “can-do” attitude, dedication, coachability, leadership qualities, etc.
  • Share a story as an example if you’d like where you overcame a challenge and got a great result.
  • Limit to  1 minute.

QUESTION #3

  • What interests you in a career in this industry and why will you be great at it?
  • Mention any industry-related skillsets, experience, or certifications you possess.
  • Limit to 30 seconds to 1 minute.

QUESTION #4

  • Tell us briefly about a hobby, interest, family life, etc.
  • Start the answer with “In my free time, I like to…”
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