How to Succeed in Fullstack’s Cyber Bootcamp Video Interview
Once you’ve decided to submit an application to the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp and taken your assessment, the next step in the admissions process is to complete a video interview.
From an admissions team perspective, the video interview is our favorite part; we love getting to know you both as a student and as a person, however, we understand that video interviews can be nerve-racking.
We want you to ace your video interview, so the Fullstack Academy Cyber Bootcamp Admissions Team put together a detailed description of the procedure as well as six dos and don’ts to demystify this next step.
Let’s get you on your way to a new exciting career in cybersecurity!
Interview Procedure Overview
After completing your assessment, you’ll receive an email inviting you to complete your interview.
On that email, you’ll find the four prompts you’ll see when you record your interview.
Here they are again for your reference:
- Tell us a little bit about why you want to pursue a career in cybersecurity and what you’ve already done to learn more about this field.
- As part of preparing for this interview, we asked you to take our free Hacking101 course. Tell us about your favorite parts of Hacking101.
- This program is rigorous and requires determination and grit to be successful. Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever accomplished and how you stay motivated when faced with challenging situations.
- Fullstack is committed to creating a supportive and collaborative learning environment. Tell us about a time you worked with a group or partner to accomplish a goal and some of the struggles and learnings you got from that experience.
Once you’re ready to record your interview, you’ll open up the link you received via email and head to our interview platform, MyInterview. You’ll be prompted to allow video and audio access. Once authorized, you’ll see the following screen.
In the upper left corner, you’ll see a “Checklist” button. Upon clicking, you’ll have a notepad where you can organize any notes you have or important bullet points to keep yourself on track.
In the bottom right corner, you’ll see a teal waterdrop with a message blurb inside. This is MyInterview’s support feature. Should you encounter any issues while recording, click on this button.
Ready to go? Click “Start Recording” to record your answer. You’ll see, “3, 2, 1, Go!” at which time you can begin speaking.You’ll have two minutes to answer each question and three opportunities to record each question, so don’t panic about not getting it right the first time.
When you’re finished, click “Stop Recording.” It will then present you with two buttons: “Retake?” or “Next.” If you’re all set, click “Next.”
After you’ve recorded the fourth answer, you’ll see “Finish” instead of “Next.” Once you click “Finish,” you’ll see “Congratulations!”
Interview Dos and Don’ts
DO prepare your answers in advance.
You certainly don’t need to have it memorized, but a rambling answer indicates to us that you don’t take this very seriously. Furthermore, a poorly prepared response will give us doubts about your ability to perform well in job interviews and ultimately land a job.
DO dress professionally.
Again, we want candidates in our program who we feel are ready to interview for cybersecurity jobs in a few months. While we won’t necessarily disqualify you if you don’t wear a blazer or a tie, it will be hard for us to imagine you taking job interviews seriously if you record your interview in a hoodie.
DO use professional or academic examples in your responses instead of personal ones.
Again, this is because we want to see that you can do well in a real job interview. While we love getting to know our students more informally on campus, we recommend keeping things as professional as possible for now.
DO take Hacking 101.
If we don’t see that you have enough passion to take Hacking 101, how can we have confidence that you’ll be passionate enough to succeed in a 17- or 26-week program? It’s important for us to see that you’re interested in learning more about cybersecurity. Make sure to cite a few examples from the series!
DO record your interview in a well-lit room with minimal noise.
We want to be able to see and hear you clearly. Your background doesn’t need to be fancy (a plain wall will do), but again, we want to see that you’ve put some effort into being professional and presentable.
DON’T be nervous!
We want you to succeed. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your Student Advisor or to firstname.lastname@example.org.