The world has gone video…

Sadly your resume is likely sitting on some person’s desk or filed away in their email box, waiting to be reviewed.  We at Gentis Solutions believe that talent sells itself and that getting in front of the person is the hardest part.  Tools like YouTube, VINE, and Snapchat have taken the world by storm by placing photo and video content at every mobile user’s fingers.  We are so convinced that video can help reduce the time to hire while also increasing your chances of being hired, that we are prepared to put our time and money into recording it.  To that end, we would like to schedule a few moments with you to record a brief introduction for our clients.   


Preparing for your Video Interview

First impressions are key to the interview process.  How you look and sound in the first 30 seconds of your video is critical to making a connection with the customer.  Below are some of my suggestions on how you can make the best impression possible.

Visual

  • Test your camera to make sure it is functioning properly before your call
    • A test video call to a colleague or friend works best
  • Make sure there is an abundance of light in your room.  
    • Don't be afraid to temporarily move a lamp or two into the room.
  • Wear a collared shirt that is clean and ironed
  • No headwear (hats, sunglasses, or headphones)
  • Remove excess jewelry
  • Sit up straight

Audio

  • Test your microphone to make sure it is functioning properly.
    • A test Video call to a colleague or friend works best
  • Take steps to limit any outside noises such as dogs, lawnmowers, children-at-play, etc.

BODY LANGUAGE

  • Look directly at the Camera.  Your eye contact with the camera is critical to establishing a connection to your audience
    • We recommend you minimize all windows after the call starts
    • Smile!  
  • Speak slowly and clearly.  
  • Avoid restless behavior such as rocking in your seat, bouncing your legs, or drumming your finger

Standard Questions and Example Answers

1.    Would you please introduce yourself? 

“Hi, my name is Paul Smith, and I am currently a CIO employed at PWC’s corporate headquarters in Tampa, FL.  I am a proud father of two; girls, ages 6 and 13.  I am a Cross Country Cycling fan and when time permits I like to hit the trails.”

2.    Can you tell me a bit about your most current position?

“I am the CIO for the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Price Waterhouse & Cooper.  I joined them in 2010 as a consultant and worked my way up the ranks to my current role.  My day to day duties include managing a staff of 8 developers and 4 technology professional who power tools and solutions for the company’s growing portfolio of acquired accounting firms.”

3.    Tell us something that distinguishes you from others in your career path?

“I have a real love of finding business value from technology investments.  Sure reducing cost by 3% from a license renewal is good, but empowering the sales organization to make one more deal because we built a tool that sifted through 83M rows of company data… now that is fun!” 

4.    What degrees and/or certifications do you possess?

“I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.  I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Technology which I completed in 1988 with a GPA of 3.8.  I completed both Black Belt and PMP certification from Rutgers in February of 2007 and 2009 respectively.”

5.    What are your hobbies/interests?

“Cycling and my daughters take up much of my free time.  That said, I am also an avid fan of Chess and have played competitively since I was in high school."