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You Have Been Invited to an Interview - Now What?

OpenReel looks similar to a Zoom meeting. Please read the directions below at least 24 hours prior to your invitation start time. You will receive an emailed invitation from OpenReel 10 minutes prior to your invitation start time. Once you've entered the virtual room, the director will take control of your camera and guide you towards the next steps. 

Before proceeding, determine which device you will use to record. An Apple iOS device (iPhone or iPad) is preferred for a high-quality recording. If you don't have an iOS device, you can use the webcam on your computer. The directions for each device are below.

   

Apple iOS Device (iPhone or iPad) Directions

24 Hours in Advance:
Day-of, Prior to Shoot:
  • Make sure your device is charged 100%
  • Find a location in your home, office, classroom, or lab that has minimal background noise
  • Choose a location that allows at least 4-5 feet of room between you the wall behind you
  • If you don't have a tripod, place your device on a stack of books or on a windowsill, and make sure that your camera is at eye level
  • Declutter your background and only include items that support the message you would like to portray in your interview
  • Ensure your space has good lighting - natural lighting on one side (windows) plus a table or floor lamp on your other side is best
  • Turn on the Do Not Disturb feature on your device
  • Open the invitation received from OpenReel on your device and click the "Go to Room" button
  • You will be connected directly to the app and will be taken to the recording room where you can see and talk to the director
During Your Shoot:
  • The director will welcome you and take control of your camera settings
  • The director will guide you to enhance your surroundings from improving lighting to arranging objects
  • The director will let you know when the recording has started and will record a 10 second test
  • After a successful test, the director will let you know when the shoot has started
  • A guest, project manager, or the director will ask you questions as the shoot records
  • The director may stop the shoot periodically to upload small segments of the recording
  • Once the recording has concluded, please keep the OpenReel app open until the recording has finished uploading to the OpenReel cloud
  • When the director tells you the upload is finished, you may close the browser to end your session

Webcam / Computer Directions

   
24 Hours in Advance:
  • Update your browser to the latest version (please use Chrome of Firefox only)
  • Clear the Cache on your browser
  • Disable any personal firewalls or VPN's
  • Ensure that you have a strong WIFI internet connection with an upload speed of at least 3mb/s
  • Ensure that you have at least 5GB of free space on your computer as the file will record locally before it's uploaded to the OpenReel cloud
  • Sign our Media Release Form
 
Day-of, Prior to Shoot:
  • Find a location in your home, office, classroom, or lab that has minimal background noise
  • Choose a location that allows at least 4-5 feet of room between you the wall behind you
  • If you're using a laptop, place it on a stack of books and make sure that your camera is at eye level
  • Declutter your background and only include professional items that support the message you would like to portray in your interview
  • Ensure your space has good lighting - natural lighting on one side (windows), plus a table or floor lamp on your other side is best
  • Close out any other software and close out of any additional browser tabs
  • Check your email for an invitation from OpenReel and click the "Join Room" button
  • Allow webcam and microphone access
During Your Shoot:
  • The director will guide you to enhance your surroundings from improving lighting to arranging objects
  • The director will let you know when the recording has started and will record a 10 second test
  • After a successful test, the director will let you know when the shoot has started
  • A guest, project manager, or the director will ask you questions as the shoot records
  • The director may stop the shoot periodically to upload small segments of the recording
  • Once the recording has concluded, please keep your browser open until your recording has uploaded to OpenReel cloud
  • When the director tells you the upload is finished, you may close the browser to end your session
 

Please contact Jacleen LeMay jaci@wpi.edu with questions related to using OpenReel.