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

When recording timed video responses with 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 team.


Choose a well-lit environment to complete your online assessment. Natural light is preferable, but if that's not possible, try to set up a light source in front of you instead of behind you to ensure the admissions team can see your face clearly.


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


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 on the screen just below eye level.

Quick tip: You can stack a laptop computer on a few books to raise the screen if that helps. :)


When you’re ready to take your assessment, try your best to look at the camera. It's tough, but do your best to resist the temptation to watch yourself on the screen. The admissions committee 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 seem more engaging.

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

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