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Kira interview

Kira interview questions, strategy and answers

Introduction to the Kira interview

Kira interviews (or Kira video questions, depending on who you talk to!) are gradually becoming a staple of university admissions. Starting with MBAs their use has expanded to non-business-related master’s programs and even some undergrad courses. Kira interviews are run by a company called Kira Talent and they, unfortunately, provide precious little information on how to ace these interviews.

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Kira interview structure

While the specifics of your Kira interview will vary according to the program or university you are applying to, a few things are the same with any Kira interview. They are designed to be done asynchronously – that means that there will be no one asking you questions and writing down notes on your answers – you’ll be completely alone. An advantage of this interview method is that you’ll be able to complete the interview at whatever time works best for you. The Kira interview is usually just composed of a video component but an increasing number of universities use Kira’s essay functions as part of the overall assessment.

Kira video interview step-by-step

Typically you’ll have to answer between 3 and 5 questions. These are displayed one at a time, typically through a video with someone from university admissions reading them out. However, on occasion, some universities prefer to display the question as text, without reading them out loud on video. After you are shown one question, a timer will show up. That is the “prep timer”, which tells you how long you have to think about the question. You are not being recorded while this timer is running! Use it to prepare your answer. This timer typically lasts between 30 and 60 seconds. We at Voomer suggest you write down two bullet points:

  1. How do you plan to start the answer
  2. How do you plan to finish the answer

The reason for those two bullet points is that right after the “prep timer” counts down to zero, another timer will pop up and you are now being recorded! If you panic, you can quickly look down at your two bullet points and remember how to begin your answer. The same applies as the timer starts getting perilously close to zero – in a pinch just look down at your second bullet point and finish your answer on a strong note. Kira typically does not allow you to re-record any question, so after the first one is done, you’ll be shown the following question and the whole process repeats itself until there are no more questions and the video interview is over.

Common questions on the Kira video interview

These are some typical questions asked in the Kira video interview. Notice that they are not particularly hard-hitting questions, but designed to help the admissions staff get to know you better and assess whether or not you are able to communicate ideas well.

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Which personal achievement are you most proud of?
  3. What will you bring to this program?
  4. How will others in the program benefit from your experiences?
  5. What do you plan to do after you complete your studies?

Kira written questions

The Kira written questions test your ability to write a short essay under timed conditions. You’ll be shown a question and at the same time, a timer will start – typically 5 minutes. A live word count will display how many words you have written – but don’t try and target a particular length. Keep in mind that the Kira written questions are meant to test whether or not you are able to write a passable text in English (or any other language) under timed conditions. You are not expected to be the next coming of Shakespeare in 5 minutes! After you are done writing your answer, hit the “submit” button. Another thing that many people worry about is whether they will be recorded while answering the written questions. Kira claims applicants are not recorded. So you can write your answer without worrying about how you look on camera!

Common questions on the Kira written section

Similar to the Kira video questions, the written questions are not particularly challenging or designed as “gotchas”.

  1. Tell us about a recent news story that caught your attention.
  2. What interested you the most about the program you are applying to?
  3. Tell us something interesting from your upbringing.
  4. What is unique about your application?
  5. What do you want to accomplish during the program?

Tips to ace your Kira interview

The #1 tip for acing the Kira video questions, is to try to think of them as a face-to-face interview. That means you should prepare and present yourself just as you had a real, live person in front of you. Take a look at some other key tips to ace your Kira interview:

  • Dress business casual or match whatever the dress code is expected at the program you expect to attend
  • Place a lamp behind your camera so that your face is well lit
  • Turn on the lights in your room so that your background is well lit
  • Avoid bright lights, windows, or mirrors in your background – those can cause you to be backlit
  • Tidy your background, try and present a professional-looking background such as a bookshelf. In a pinch a white wall is fine
  • Raise your camera so that it is at your eye level to facilitate eye contact
  • Practice before the interview and check that your audio quality is good. If your audio seems off, check your computer input/output devices to ensure you have the right microphone selected and potentially invest in a stand-alone microphone. Even a cheap one can sound much better than an integrated laptop microphone

Conclusion and final tip The Kira interview is not hard – the main obstacle to ace the Kira interview (especially the Kira video questions) is you. The first time I went through a Kira interview I barely practiced and once the timers started counting down – clearly a mistake. That is one of the reasons that I co-founded Voomer. Voomer allows you to practice for your Kira interview video questions in an environment that looks a lot like the real thing. Not only that, you can practice on several past and present questions to gain the confidence you need to ace the Kira interview!

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Video resume tips

Video resume mistakes

One of the worst things you can do on your job search is present yourself in an innovative, interesting way – but fall short due to mistakes that end up hurting your chances rather than helping them. In this article, we’ll specifically look at video resume mistakes. 89% of recruiters want job applicants to submit video resumes. But only 56% of the applicants that submit video resumes get any benefit from them. Why? Because their video resumes aren’t made in a way that paints them in the best light. How do ensure that *your* odds of landing that dream job improve with a video resume?

Mistake 1 – Location and background

Some people record their video resumes in a place that is noisy and badly lit. That is the cardinal video resume mistake. You want to record your video resume somewhere that is quiet and well lit. While recording outside during the day might be great for lighting, there will be a lot of ambient noises you can’t control, such as wind, traffic, dogs barking and stuff like that. So I definitely recommend you record indoors. Chose a professional-looking background that isn’t distracting – such as a bookshelf. You can always choose just a regular white wall Turn ceiling lights on to light up your background – you don’t want to be shrouded in darkness. Beware of any mirrors, windows or other light sources in your background! Those can cause glare or leave you backlit – both are really distracting to the recruiter watching your video resume.

Mistake 2 – Lighting

Video resumes are a primarily visual tool, I’ve seen too many people submit video resumes with awful lighting where you can barely see the applicant’s face. It is critically important your face is well lit.

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Turn on all lights before recording your video resume.

Fortunately this is easy to do – just place a lamp behind your camera so that your face is well lit. Record a short video and adjust your lighting as necessary until you are happy with the result.

Mistake 3 – Audio

How would you like to be at a face to face interview with someone mowing the lawn right outside the window? That would be very distracting to everyone right? Well, the same applies to your video resume. A video resume should only have your voice on it. So either make sure you record in a quiet, secluded place or ask the people around you to be quiet while you record. Try and place your microphone at a reasonable distance to your mouth – that way your voice will come through loud and clear.

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Place your microphone in front of your mouth.

Record a short video and watch it – does your voice sound great or is it tinny, muffled, or crackling with static? If that’s the case, you can invest in a decent lapel microphone for as little as $10 and your audio quality will improve significantly.

Mistake 4 – Eye contact

When it comes to video resume mistakes – this is one that affects almost everyone. Recording a video resume might feel a bit weird. After all, you are on camera by yourself, not with someone else on facetime having a good time. Because of that, some struggle with maintaining eye contact with the camera. A simple hack is to make the lens really obvious to you – place a sticker next to the camera so you know where to look.

Mistake 5 – Camera angle

If you want to record while sitting at a desk using a laptop, that’s fine – except for this major issue! You’ll most likely end up recording yourself with a really weird angle, looking up at your nose – simply because the laptop camera will be way below your eye level.

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Use a stand or other sturdy objects (such as books) to raise your camera to eye level.

Fixing this is really easy – just raise your camera up to eye level using books or any other sturdy object.

Mistake 6 – Dress code

Just because you are recording your video resume at home, doesn’t mean that you should wear whatever you normally wear at home! What you wear on your video resume should match whatever you wear to a regular interview. Industries and roles tend to have similar dress codes – so match your own dress code to what people usually wear in that industry.

Mistake 7 – What to say

The video resume mistakes I’ve covered so far mostly deal with the way you look or sound on camera. Let’s take a look at something equally important – what you say. A huge mistake way too many people make is reading off your regular, written resume. Video resumes are completely different and you should adjust what you communicate accordingly! The best way to structure your video resume is into three, simple sections:

  • Executive summary
  • An achievement
  • The future

This video goes into detail on how you should structure what to say on your video resume and I definitively recommend it: https://youtu.be/lKck0J-0JzA

Mistake 8 – Lack of energy!

Now there is one final ingredient that is critical to an amazing video resume that will boost your chances of landing that dream job – and that’s energy.

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Avoid being low energy on your video resume!

If your video resume showcases a happy, upbeat person full of energy it is going to be far more interesting than if the video resume showcases someone that is tired and doesn’t really care about presenting themselves well. So even if you are an introvert like me, do your best to smile and speak energetically – it makes all the difference! Avoid that mistake at all costs!

How to ensure you don’t make these video resume mistakes:

Now that you know the basics, make sure end up with an amazing, AI-optimized video resume at Voomer. You can upload, host and share your video resume for free at Voomer and on top of that, you can use AI-powered tools to ensure your video resume is the best it can be – ensuring you have the best show and making an amazing impression on the recruiters and hiring managers that are the gatekeepers to your dream job! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments or reach out directly to mae at [email protected]! I usually reply within a day!

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Video resume tips

How to make a video resume

Introduction

Video resumes are the ultimate hack to getting hired – 89% of recruiters want to see a video resume and the majority of them improve their perception of a candidate after watching a video resume. In this article, I’m going to walk you through how to get your recording set up at a level that will make recruiters think you’ve had expert help! After you are done reading this article, I highly recommend you head to Voomer, where you can quickly and effortlessly record, host, and share your video resume!

Location & background

Everything we’ll discuss today depends on your setting, so where you plan to record is really important. You want to record your video resume somewhere that is quiet and well lit. While recording outside during the day might be great for lighting, there will be a lot of ambient noises you can’t control, such as wind, traffic, dogs barking, and stuff like that. So I definitely recommend you record indoors. Chose a professional-looking background that isn’t distracting – such as a bookshelf. You can always choose just a regular white wall.

Plain background for recording video resume on Voomer
You can always choose a plain white wall as a background!

Turn ceiling lights on to light up your background – you don’t want to be shrouded in darkness.

turn-on-lights-before-your-voomer-video-resume
Turn on all lights before recording your video resume.

Beware of any mirrors, windows, or other light sources in your background! Those can cause glare or leave you backlit – both are really distracting to the recruiter watching your video resume.

Lighting

We just talked about lights in your background, but you have to be well lit too! Fortunately, this is easy to do – just place a lamp behind your camera so that your face is well lit. Ring lights are very popular these days but any old desk lamp will do just fine!

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Point a light at your face to brighten it up!

Record a short video and adjust your lighting as necessary until you are happy with the result.

Audio

A video resume should only have your voice on it. So either make sure you record in a quiet, secluded place or ask the people around you to be quiet while you record. Try and place your microphone at a reasonable distance to your mouth – that way your voice will come through loud and clear.

person-using-microphone-for-voomer-video-resume
Place your microphone in front of your mouth.

Record a short video and watch it – does your voice sound great or is it tinny, muffled, or crackling with static? If that’s the case, you can invest in a decent lapel microphone for as little as $10 and your audio quality will improve significantly.

Eye contact

For some people, recording a video resume might feel a bit weird. After all, you are on camera by yourself, not with someone else on facetime having a good time. Because of that, some struggle with maintaining eye contact with the camera. A simple hack is to make the lens really obvious to you – place a sticker next to the camera so you know where to look.

Camera angle

If you want to record your video resume while sitting at a desk using a laptop, that’s fine – except for one small issue. You’ll most likely end up recording yourself with a really weird angle, looking up at your nose – simply because the laptop camera will be way below your eye level. Fixing this is really easy – just raise your camera up to eye level using books or any other sturdy object.

laptop-stand-for-voomer-video-resume
Use a stand or other sturdy objects (such as books) to raise your camera to eye level.

Dress code

What you wear on your video resume should match whatever you wear to a regular interview. Industries and roles tend to have similar dress codes – so match your own dress code to what people usually wear in that industry.

What to say on your video resume

OK – so you’re in a quiet room, lighting is great, your audio is loud and clear, the camera is in position and you are ready to go. What are you going to say? What is your video resume going to be about? The best way to structure your video resume is into three, simple sections:

  • Executive summary
  • An achievement
  • The future

Check out the video below where I go into far more detail on each of those sections so that what you say is as great as how you say things. https://youtu.be/lKck0J-0JzA

Energy

Now there is one final ingredient that is critical to an amazing video resume that will boost your chances of landing that dream job – and that’s energy. If your video resume showcases a happy, upbeat person full of energy it is going to be far more interesting than if the video resume showcases someone that is tired and doesn’t really care about presenting themselves well. So even if you are an introvert like me, do your best to smile and speak energetically – it makes all the difference!  

How to make a video resume

Now that you know the basics, make sure you end up with an amazing, AI-optimized video resume at Voomer. You can upload, host and share your video resume for free at Voomer and on top of that, you can use AI-powered tools to ensure your video resume is the best it can be – ensuring you have the best show and making an amazing impression on recruiters and hiring managers! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments or drop me an email at [email protected]! I usually reply within a day!

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Video resume tips

What to say in a video resume

Introduction

89% of recruiters want to see video resumes, and most recruiters improve their perception of a candidate after watching one. Unfortunately, what holds back many great candidates is what to say in a video resume. So how do you make a killer video resume? In this article, I’ll walk you through just a few simple steps that will ensure your video resume boosts your chances of landing that dream job! After you’ve understood what to say, head over to Voomer, where you can easily record, host and share your video resume with prospective employers and land that dream job!

Video resumes are NOT written resumes

The first thing you need to be aware of is a huge mistake so many people make – a video resume is not a recorded version of your regular, written resume. Many great candidates stumble by reading off their written resumes when recording a video one. They each have completely different purposes. A video resume brings you to life, talks about your competencies and contains relatively little information while written resumes are a chronological list of your accomplishments and job titles – not to mention very information-dense. So don’t bother talking about where you went to school, who was your previous employer, and how long you worked there – all that information is already in your written resume! There is no need to repeat it!

How to position yourself

Now that we understand the role of a video resume, let’s think about the roles you are applying to. Are you applying to a sales job where interpersonal skills are critical? Or are you applying to an audit and accounting role where attention to detail is key? Each type of job requires different skillsets – so understand which of your skills need to be on full display on your video resume. This also determines how you want to come across. For example – in a video resume for a sales or customer service role, you have to be high energy and likable. If you are applying for a finance-related position, make sure you highlight how you are a detail-oriented and methodical person in your video resume.

Structuring your video resume

A great video resume is around 60 seconds long. No recruiter has time for anything longer than that. What this means is that you have precious little time to convey information that will make someone want to hire you. We recommend you structure your video resume into three sections:

  • Executive summary
  • An achievement
  • The future

Each of those sections should be roughly 20 seconds long. Lets break down each section:

Video resume intro – executive summary

The executive summary is the most important part of your video resume. You have to communicate who you are and what you are about in a clear and concise way. Here is my resume’s executive summary: “Hi! My name is Patrick, I’m a seasoned recruiter that loves to help people reach their goals. I’ve lived and worked in 4 different countries – so I’m very comfortable with fast-paced environments!” In just a few words you already have a general idea of what I’m about and you’re left thinking “hmm, interesting, tell me more”! This is the hook that will hold the viewer’s attention for the rest of the video resume. Note how I did not break down information that is already on my written resume. There is no need to repeat that information! Think about what you would say in that first section and let me know in the comments and I’ll happily give you some feedback! I usually answer in a day.

Video resume body – showcasing an achievement

The next section of your video resume is where you showcase an achievement or accomplishment. The reason why you want to briefly talk about an achievement is that recruiters like me are always looking for how you accomplished something – your thought process and actions. Written resumes aren’t designed to contain that information – but video resumes are the perfect medium! When talking about that achievement, you want to use an abridged version of the STAR method. That’s when you split your answer into situation, task, action, and results. Just below this paragraph is a video that goes into more detail about that method. https://youtu.be/xwN2uu9DmSE Here is the achievement showcase on my resume: “My proudest achievement was proposing and executing a recruitment drive that increased the diversity index at my previous employer tenfold. I did that by challenging and reversing internal prejudices that prevented hiring a more diverse workforce!” I briefly talk about what the situation was, what I did and what the results were. Several competencies are on display – leadership, inclusiveness, and execution. That easy-to-follow structure is music to a recruiter’s ears! Remember to keep the example you use as close as possible to the industry and role you are applying to for maximum effectiveness. If you are just starting out your career, you can use examples from school or your personal life.

Video resume conclusion – talk about the future

The conclusion should be about your plans for the future. The secret here is to talk about how you are an ambitious person that wants to help build something that matters and makes a difference. These are the final seconds of your video resume and the seed you want to plant in the recruiter’s mind is how you will hit the ground running – not because someone tells you to, but because a great work ethic is something intrinsic to you. This is how I wrapped up my resume: “Joining a YouTube channel that helps people achieve their career objectives aligns perfectly with my personal mission of helping others reach their goals. I’d also be able to reach more people than at a regular company, so I’m really excited to apply for this role!” If you want to take a look at how everything looks on video, check out this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/lKck0J-0JzA Wrap up your video resume on a high note and you’ll be ahead of the competition!

Pulling it all together

Great, now we know what to say on our video resumes! Figuring out how to record, host and share your video resume can be a little tricky – that’s why Voomer recently launched a new service that is the best place to record, host and share your video resume so that you can land that dream job!. Not only is it incredibly easy to upload your video, but there are also multiple ways to share your video with recruiters. On top of that, you get AI-powered feedback on your video resume! So you can quickly iterate and maximize its effectiveness – helping you land that dream job. So head to Voomer today and create your video resume today for free! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions I did not cover this article (or just reach out at [email protected]) and good luck with your applications!