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Lights, Background, Camera: Set Up Tips for Looking your Best on Video

When recording timed video responses on Kira, you'll want your environment to reflect how prepared and polished you are. Below are a few tips to help, however, keep in mind that the content of your response is what matters most to the admissions or hiring team.


Lights

Choose a well-lit environment to complete your Kira assessment. Natural light is preferable, and you should try to set the light source in front of you to ensure the admissions or hiring team can see your face clearly.


Background

When choosing an interview location, consider how you'd like to portray yourself. Try to avoid featuring an unmade bed or a cluttered shelf in the background, or a window with passing vehicles — a plain wall or simple background is typically best


Camera

Try to center yourself in front of the camera with your face and shoulders visible. Your camera and screen should be sitting at a distance and angle where it's comfortable to read the text just below eye level. You could stack a laptop on a few books to raise the screen if that helps :)


Action

When you’re ready to take your assessment, try to look into the camera. It's tough, but do your best to resist the temptation to watch yourself on the screen. The admissions or hiring team will appreciate you talking into your camera because they'll be able to make eye contact with you while reviewing your responses, making your responses even more engaging.

While completing your practice questions in Kira, you can replay your responses to ensure you're presenting yourself in the way that you want to be seen.