Recording a Video or Audio Interview Response

Today, many schools want to get to know their future students in an interactive level beyond a written application, so you may come across a video/audio interview or recorded response requirement within your application. If you are new to recorded interview responses then please do not worry, we are here to help! A video audition or recorded response is the first impression you will leave on a school, and nailing it just might seal the deal.


Most laptops now come with built-in cameras. If you are using a Mac, you can use a program such as iMovie, QuickTime, and Photo Booth.  If you are using Windows, you can use Windows Live Movie Maker or you can download any of these free programs:


If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can keep it simple and record your video response with your phone.  For an instance like this, you will be just fine with using the camera on your phone rather than downloading a video recording app.


iPhone Tips:

  • Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  • Swipe from left to right across the bottom to switch from Photo to Video mode. (Or just tap the word Video.)
  • Tap the Record button to start your video, then tap the Stop button to end your video.

When using an iPhone, you will not be able to directly upload your video from your phone to the website/application. You will want to tap the Share button to access AirDrop, messaging, and social functions, and action options. This way you can transfer your video to your computer or email it to yourself in order to upload it onto DecisionDesk.


Android Tips:

  • Think about filming your video in landscape mode, so as to remove black bars on the sides of your video.
  • After recording your video send your video to your computer from your editing app if you decide to use one (i.e. KineMaster, WeVideo, Magisto, AndroVid Video Editor, etc).
  • Upload your video onto your computer either through the editing program used, email, cloud-based storage services, or whichever method you use and then upload the file from your desktop of laptop computer.  Some options are Google Drive and Dropbox.


When formatting your video or audio file, make sure it is a supported file type.

Video file types that are supported:  mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob

Audio file types that are supported:  mp3, m4a, aiff, wav, wma, aac


We accept files up to 5GB in size.  You can upload any resolution you would like. We do not recommend uploading uncompressed video, as this will be a time intensive process for you. While large HD videos can be compressed down, mp4 720p or similar is best. All audio is compressed to a minimum of 320 kbps and videos are compressed to 720p, 1100 kbps.


Here are some additional tips you can use to make your first impression count:


  • Adjust the lighting and background: Choose lamps or overhead lights or natural light, but try not to mix the two together so as to avoid shadows. The webcam will yield better results in brighter lighting. Make sure the space behind and around you does not distract from the focus. Make sure there is little background noise and sounds so as not to detract from your speaking voice. If using a smartphone, avoid rooms with echo or filming outdoors on a windy day!
  • Practice Makes Perfect. Run through your responses ahead of time before recording so you feel relaxed and natural in your video. A practice recording will also help get you comfortable with the recording software.
  • Dress appropriately.  Even though only the top half of you will be showing, you’ll want to dress like you’re going to an interview in person just in case you shift in your seat.
  • Steady, set, go! If using a smartphone to record, make sure to hold the phone steady! If your hands aren’t as a steady as a surgeon’s perhaps think about investing in an cheap or affordable smartphone tripod.
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