Tips

Advance Planning
  • ✓ Do not recite your resume.
  • ✓ Use your Audio Video to show and tell what employers cannot discover from your text resume alone.
  • Skills for e.g. playing musical instrument, singing, dancing, acting etc.
  • Areas of interest for e.g. social work, places visited etc.
  • Actual work for e.g. project work done in college, research work, on-job work etc.
  • Achievements and awards for e.g. participation in competitions, wining awards and recognition etc.
  • Family members and friends for e.g. your relationship, how their achievements has motivated you etc.
  • ✓ Practicing in front of mirror will make you at ease and ensure a good Audio Video shoot.

Attire
  • ✓ In a video interview, your attire plays a eminent role.
  • ✓ Wear formal corporate attire as you would normally do for an in-person interview.
  • ✓ Use light or pastel shades which go well with your skin and background wall colour.
  • ✓ Avoid clothes that have designer patterns or logos.
  • ✓ Your face reflects your personality. If you are well-groomed, it will definitely add confidence to your attitude.
  • ✓ Use basic make up creams and lotions in case you perspire.
  • ✓ Hair should be well-combed and cleaned. Try to keep your hair out of your eyes.

Location
  • ✓ Choose rooms with soft walls, if possible.
  • ✓ Background wall should be simple, clean and tidy.
  • ✓ Use chair which are non-reclining and avoid wheeled or revolving chairs.
  • ✓ In case you intend to keep a working table, remove unwanted things like extra papers, water glass, stationary etc.
  • ✓ Avoid recording sound in small rooms as they can produce echoes.

Audio
  • ✓ Choose your place which is free from noise and other distractions.
  • ✓ Use collar microphone, if available.
  • ✓ Ensure that your voice is clear and audible. Avoid speaking too fast or too slow.
  • ✓ Avoid taking unnecessary pauses and using “umm”, “hmm”, “aaa” etc.
  • ✓ Air conditioners and fans create hiss sound which becomes part of recording, thereby cannot be eliminated during editing also.
  • ✓ Check and eliminate street noises like vehicle horns, chirping of birds, human noise etc.

Lighting
  • ✓ Choose a properly lighted room.
  • ✓ It looks nice to get an eye light, where the reflection of the light can be seen in your eyes.
  • ✓ Make sure the lights don’t overpower you.
  • ✓ Lighting will have effect on your skin colour and clothing colour.

Camera
  • ✓ Use digital camera (point and shoot) of resolution more than 12 megapixels preferably more than 5x zoom.
  • ✓ Get a tripod, if available and place your camera on it. This will eliminate shaking of video / images.
  • ✓ Eyes should be at decent height and should look straight at the camera.
  • ✓ Follow the “rule of thirds” when framing yourself. Visualize two sets of imaginary parallel lines dividing the image horizontally and vertically into six zones.  Place yourself in centre of these frames.
  • ✓ Avoid too much headroom and adjust the video frame upto stomach level.

Self Appraisal
  • ✓ Use accomplishments found on your resume and elaborate how you achieved it or what skills you learned from getting your degree.
  • ✓ Be sure to include aspects you like in a job or a workplace.
  • ✓ Employers want to know your strengths, weaknesses, and even likes and dislikes. Be honest - making sure you align with their culture should be just as important to you as it is to an employer.
  • ✓ Start by mentioning your full name.
  • ✓ Focus on your professional endeavors and not your personal ones.
  • ✓ Discuss why you would be a good employee and what you can do for the company that hires you.
  • ✓ Thank the viewer for considering you for employment.

Audio Video details
  • ✓ Keep your video resume short i.e. one - two minutes.
  • ✓ File size should not be more than 10MB.
  • ✓ File extension should be in .flv, .wmv, .mp4, .avi format only. If you have video file with any other extension, please call bolCVbol and confirm it before sharing.