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What are the common pitfalls to avoid in a video interview?

Kira Talent video interviews offer a chance to stand out from the application crowd. However, certain pitfalls can hinder your performance. Here’s a breakdown of common mistakes to avoid:

Technical Mishaps #

  • Unreliable Technology:  Ensure your computer, webcam, microphone, and internet connection function flawlessly before the interview. Test recording beforehand to avoid technical glitches during the actual interview. 
  • Unprofessional Background:  Choose a neutral and uncluttered background that doesn’t distract from you. Avoid busy backgrounds or overly personal spaces.
  • Poor Lighting:  Ensure good lighting to showcase your face clearly. Natural light is ideal, but if unavailable, use a soft lamp positioned in front of you to avoid shadows or harsh overhead lighting.

Content and Delivery Weaknesses #

  • Unprepared Responses:  Winging your answers can lead to rambling or missing key points. Research common Kira questions, prepare strong narratives, and practice delivering them concisely.
  • Lack of Enthusiasm:  Project confidence and genuine interest in the program. Speak clearly and articulately, avoiding monotone delivery. Maintain good posture and make eye contact with the camera.
  • Rambling or Going Off-Topic:  Focus on delivering clear and concise responses that address the prompt directly. Avoid irrelevant details or going off on tangents.

Professionalism and Presentation #

  • Unprofessional Attire:  Dress professionally, even though it’s a video interview. This conveys seriousness and respect for the program. Avoid overly casual clothing or distracting accessories.
  • Poor Posture and Body Language: Maintain good posture throughout the interview. Avoid fidgeting, slouching, or looking away from the camera. Your body language should project confidence and attentiveness.
  • Disruptions and Distractions:  Choose a quiet and private space for the interview. Turn off notifications and silence your phone to minimize distractions.

Additional Tips #

  • Time Management Issues:  Be mindful of the time limits for each question. During practice, rehearse, delivering a complete and impactful response within the allocated timeframe.
  • Not Proofreading Written Responses:  If your Kira assessment includes written elements, proofread your responses carefully before submitting them. Typos or grammatical errors can create a negative impression.
  • Forgetting to Thank the Interviewers:  Even though it’s a video interview, conclude by thanking the interviewers for their time and consideration. This demonstrates courtesy and professionalism.

~ By familiarizing yourself with these pitfalls and taking steps to avoid them, you can confidently approach your Kira video interview and showcase your potential to admissions committees. Remember, preparation, a professional demeanor, and clear communication are crucial to making a lasting positive impression.

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