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The Ultimate Yale MBA Kira Video Question Bank 2022

Introduction

Everything submitted. Application done. “Oh wait what?! There is some sort of video requirement?”. Yes, that’s right you’ve just remembered you have to answer video questions as part of your application to proceed – and you definitely don’t want this to derail your application.

We’ve researched an extensive, but not exhaustive, set of possible questions to help with your preparation – and guess what! All these prompts are all built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools here.

Yales’s style

Yale SOM, like most other prestigious MBA programs, wants to really understand why you want to attend, what drives and motivates you – and especially what you plan to do with your time at Yale SOM.

This year is definitively an unusual one with all that is happening in the world, but we believe that Yale should stick to their usual questions outlined below.  

Keep in mind that the third question usually has a longer prep time, due to the fact that you will have to answer something related to a “raw” case study (if you have no idea what’s that, look up Yale’s “raw” and “cooked” case study method).  Also, since it is case study based, we have no way of knowing what will be asked.

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Yale Kira Video Question Bank

1. Where do you want to travel in the world and why?
2. Explain your hobbies
3. What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
4. What are your personal steps to conflict resolution?
5. Do you think technology divides or unites us?
6. How do you define success?
7. What is your most significant accomplishment?
8. Describe a leadership style you admire.
9. What qualities would your friends use to describe you?
10. How would your friend and coworkers describe you?
11. Please respond to the following statement: “Without Arts, an education can not be accomplished” Do you agree or disagree? why?
12. Do you think the people who raise capital in an organization are the most important part? Why/why not?
13. What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
14. “As businesses become more global, the differences between cultures decrease.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
15. Tell us about a challenging work experience and how you handled it.


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16. Tell us about how you engaged with a community or an organization.
17. Tell us about your leadership style.
18. How did you contribute to your company/organization?
19. Talk about a team disagreement and how you handled it.
20. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
21. Tell us about a difficult decision and how you handled it?
22. Tell us about a creative solution you designed.
23. Tell us about a shortcut you and a team could have taken, but decided not to.
24. How will you resolve a conflict with your future classmates at the program?
25. Why is now the time for you to pursue an MBA?
26. Tell us about a time when you fell behind on a task/deadline. Why did 27. you fall behind, and what steps did you take to catch up?
28. “The People who we remember most are the people who break the rules.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
29. Tell us about a time when you had to exert extra effort to complete a task. What was that task and what steps did you take to be successful?

Conclusion

Well there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the Yale Kira video questions. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected].

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MIT Sloan MBA video statement guide 2022

Introduction

MIT is pretty unique among MBA programs in the sense that it requires a one minute video submission along with all your other application materials.

In early 2020 I submitted my video submission and got accepted into MIT Sloan.  Watching that video again today makes me cringe – but who cares, it worked!  Today, with that experience behind me and with some hindsight I’ll walk you through how you should go about recording a strong video submission.

What MIT Sloan is looking for

MIT’s motto is “Mens et Manus”, which roughly means “Mind and Hand”.  MIT really lives and breathes that motto and the Sloan School of Management is no exception.  Theoretical or purely academic pursuits are great and all, but what really sets apart MIT is how the students there apply that to the “real” world – thats the “manus” part.

Generally, Sloan wants people in their MBA cohorts that aren’t afraid of going out into the world and getting things done.  They want to see evidence of that in what you’ve done so far and a desire to ramp that up after your MBA.

What to answer on the video submission

While the above should guide the tone of your video, MIT Sloan does not look for submissions that answer a secret question.  They want you to be authentic and in fact welcome creative and memorable messages and settings – as long as they make sense and are not gimmicky.

Below are some suggestions that work well for the video.

  1. Look to your past to explain why you want to get an MBA at Sloan.  Use evidence from your past achievements to forge a compelling story arc that builds towards getting an MBA at Sloan.
  2. Look to the future to explain why you want to get an MBA at Sloan.  Getting an MBA offers many a chance to “reset” their lives and careers and start on a new path, which is probably more compelling to the applicant.  Talk about the amazing things you want to do and how an MBA will empower you to do so.
  3. Talk about how you are unique.  If you have a particularly unique story, make sure to talk about that and bring it to life.  If you are one of the thousands of people with consulting and finance backgrounds but you make artisanal goat cheese in your spare time – talk about that!
  4. Be authentic – admissions has been doing this for much longer than you think.  They know how to detect BS and don’t think very highly of gimmicky props unless they help tell a story as opposed to being the story itself.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match (I touched on all four points in my video!) but make sure the narrative of the whole video makes sense, and is not a disjointed, rushed mess.


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Technical considerations

Fortunately, since you’ll record the video on your own time, you can re-record as many times as you like.  That allows you to look at what you’ve recorded and check for technical issues.

Sound – Make sure you can be heard clearly.  If not, think about whether the root cause is the microphone you are using or if you aren’t speaking loud enough.  Admissions has been looking at videos all day, don’t make them strain to listen to your voice!

Lighting – Make sure your face is well lit and if you wear glasses, that there are no reflections bouncing off them.  You want to be memorable in your video, being able to be seen clearly is a big part of that!

No editing, music, etc – Sloan does not want any fancy post-production effects.  The star of the video is you, and only you.  Any gimmicks are interpreted as distractions from what should be the most interesting thing – you.

Don’t read from a script – Reading from a script usually drags down the energy of a delivery, so avoid that.  Jot down bullets of everything you want to say or touch on but talk about those in your own, spur of the moment words.

Conclusion

Many see the MIT Sloan video submission as a pain or are intimidated by it.  My recommendation is to embrace it.  You will not get a better chance to tell your story in such an interesting and compelling way.  

Just be authentic and show them what is special about you!

If you feel I’ve left anything out and would like me to update this article, please email me: [email protected]

Use a platform like Voomer to prep for the submission.  It is a MIT based start up that uses AI-powered analysis tools that evaluate your responses so you can improve quickly.

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The Ultimate LBS MBA Kira Video Essay Question Bank 2022

Introduction

Everything submitted to the London Business School’s admissions department. Application done. “Oh wait what?! There is some sort of  video requirement?”. Yes, that’s right you’ve just remembered you have to complete a video essay as part of your application to proceed – and you definitely don’t want this to derail your application.

We’ve researched an extensive, but not exhaustive, set of possible questions to help with your preparation – and guess what! All these prompts are all built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools here.

We recently made a video that goes over some of the things I’m going to discuss in this article.  Take a look at the video but read on for more!

LBS’s style

You need to answer two questions.  The first one is a variation on the “why an MBA and why this school”.  If you are at this stage in your application, you’ll probably already have the answer to that question on the tip of your tongue.  Just make sure to make sure you have something unique that LBS has to offer ready to go on your answer.  LBS admissions isn’t stupid – they know that you’re probably applying to several other programs, but if you can mention something uniquely LBS (a class, professor, club, track, etc), the person reviewing your video essay will definitively pay attention.

OK so here we go! Brace yourself it’s a long list. As you know, there is much more to a strong performance than just being confident in potential questions – structure, performance, eye contact, vocal tone matter too – that’s why we created Voomer to empower you to communicate who you are more effectively.


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LBS MBA Kira Video Essay Question Bank

1. What will you gain from the London Business School MBA Program that you won’t gain from another MBA program.  You are almost certainly guaranteed to get this question!  If you are only going to prep for one question, make sure its this one!
2. Tell us about a time a team member did not “pull his weight” in the team.
3. How did you handle this situation?
4. Tell us about a time you were introduced to a new culture. What did you gain from this experience?
5. Why do you think you are fit for working in an international environment?
6. What is the importance of diversity at the workplace?
7. What is the most important aspect of teamwork?
8. What is the most challenging aspect of working in an internationally diverse environment?
9. Tell us about a situation in which you were part of a dysfunctional team, and what steps did you take to improve the situation.
10. Please give an example of an encounter you’ve had with another culture, and what did you learn from it.
11. Tell us why working in an international environment is important to you?
12. What, in your opinion, is most challenging about studying in a diverse study group?

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Conclusion

Well there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the LBS Kira video essay. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected].

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The Ultimate Kellogg MBA Question Bank for the Kira Video Essay 2022

Introduction

Everything submitted. Application done. “Oh wait what?! There is some sort of  video requirement?”. Yes, that’s right you’ve just remembered you have to complete a video assessment – or video essay, as Kellogg calls it – as part of your application to proceed. You definitely don’t want this to derail your application.

We’ve researched an extensive, but not exhaustive, set of possible questions to help with your preparation – and guess what! All these prompts are all built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools here.

We recently made a video that goes over some of the things I’m going to discuss in this article.  Take a look at the video but read on for more!

Kellogg’s style

Kellogg is known for trying extending offers to applicants that have a good cultural fit.  Kellogg is located in the greater Chicago area, which in turn is in the US Mid-West.   Midwesterners are known for being very down to earth, genuinely friendly and upbeat.  Keep all that in mind when you answer the questions on Kellogg’s video essay.

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2020 Kellogg Kira Video Essay Question Bank

1. Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.
2. What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?
3. 2020 has been a year of seismic disruption — fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, tragic deaths that have brought systemic racism and social justice issues to the forefront of long overdue conversations, and economic and political divides that are growing deeper and deeper. How has this unprecedented year challenged you and how have you faced that challenge?

That’s it?  Yes it appears so!  This year Kellogg has eschewed their usual question bank and will ask applicants to answer those three questions.  

However, if we take a look at the question bank from past years, we can see what I mentioned above – Kellogg is really looking for an applicant’s cultural fit, what attitudes they have to life, etc.  Overly bragging, boasting and exaggerating probably won’t get you very far.  

Kellogg Kira Video Essay Previous Year Question Bank

1. Why are you applying to Kellogg?
2. What makes you a great fit for Kellogg?
3. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try?
4. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
5. What is the most interesting course you took as a student?
6. If you could meet anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why?
7. What is your most treasured possession and why?
8. What inspires you?
9. Why did you choose your college major?
10. What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?
11. If you could teach a class on any subject, what would it be and why?
12. What is one interesting thing about you that you would want you future Kellogg classmates to know?
13. If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
14. What word describes you best and why?
15. Tell us about the first job you ever had?

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16. What’s the best book you have ever read and why?
17. When you have a problem, whom do you approach for advice and why?
18. What accomplishment are you really proud of?
19. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
20. If you could witness any event..past present or future-what would it be?
21. Tell us about an organization or activity in which you have dedicated significant time. Why was it meaningful to you?
22. What good deed has anyone for you and how did you feel about it?
23. Tell us about the most interesting place you’ve traveled to. What did you enjoy most about it.
24. What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?
25. If money was not a concern. what would you do?
26. What is the most meaningful thing anyone has done for you in your life?
27. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
28. What food do you like? Will you be able to eat that food everyday?
29. How have you changed in the last 5 years?
30. Whom do you respect most, and why?
31. What is your favorite motto or quote, and why
32. What risk have you taken and what did you learn? What impact do you have on your co-workers?

Conclusion

Well there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the INSEAD Kira interview. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected].

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The Ultimate Boston University Questrom MBA Kira Video Question Bank 2022

Introduction

You just submitted your application for BU’s Questrom School of Business MBA or one their many MS/masters or online programs – great!

However, there’s one more step!  Now you have to submit a video essay (sometimes called a video interview) run by Kira Talent.  Keep in mind that it is on that submissions that admissions will actually hear you talk for the first time, and first impressions matter!

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of questions that have come up on Boston University’s (BU) Questrom School of Business MBA interviews.

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BU Questrom’s style

Before we dive into the questions, its worthwhile taking a look at BU Questrom’s style.  Business schools have their own personalities, and if you really want to get into Questrom, understanding that is essential.

Questrom’s culture is relatively different from the rest of BU for one main reasons.  BU’s campus is very spread out around Boston, so there isn’t that much mingling with students not studying business (though you can easily find and mingle with them if you set out to do that).

Besides the usual platitudes you’ll hear from admissions on how great Questrom is, one thing in particular that places Questrom in the top MBA’s in the US is how geographically diverse the student body is.  The vast majority are from outside the state and around 1/4 are from outside the US.  So when answering the video essay, make sure to play up your cosmopolitan credentials, how you’ve  dealt with teammates from different cultures, if you are interested in learning about other cultures, etc.  Admissions will be looking for this!


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Now that you understand what BU Questrom is looking for, lets take a look at some questions that have been asked in the past on the video essay or video interview:


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BU Questrom MBA Kira Video Essay Question Bank

Motivation questions:

1. Why an MBA now?
2. Why Boston University?  Why Questrom?
3. How long have you been considering doing an MBA and why now is the right time?
4. What specific skills are you looking to gain at Questrom?
5. What is unique to the MBA at Questrom that attracts you?

Competency questions:

1. What is the most significant personal weakness that you have identified, what did you do about it and what was the result?
2. Imagine you are proposing a business innovation idea for a class project and the audience is not interested. What would you do?
3. Discuss what you would do if you and your teammates cannot come to an agreement on a project decision.
4. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
5. What is the most interesting or innovative thing you own?  How would you improve it?

Conclusion

Go over those questions for the Questrom MBA or MS programs in your head, but make sure to practice them as you would on the actual Kira video essay or interview.  Voomer is a great tool to help you practice since those questions and more are loaded into our system and you can practice in an environment that is nearly identical to the one you’ll face on the actual interview.

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Stanford GSB MBA interview questions and strategy 2022

Introduction

Congratulations on getting an invitation to a Stanford GSB interview!
The MBA from Haas is consistently ranked as one of the top three in the US, so though your test scores, grades, essays and letters of recommendation have gotten you this far, it pays not to be complacent and prep for the interview as intensely as you prepped for everything else so far.

The Stanford GSB interview format

Stanford GSB usually interviews applicant through its alumni pool.  Normally, those interviews can be in person, but given the current COVID-19 crisis, interviews are being done through Zoom/Skype and last anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes.

In either case, interviews are usually friendly and the interviewer will not have read your application, which means this is a blind interview.  This also means that there is little room for deep probing questions.  Probing questions – if they are asked at all – will usually be superficial and based on potential issues raised in your response.  

Questions will be split into three broad categories:

Firstly, classic MBA interview type questions (for example, “why do you want to get an MBA?”).  

Secondly, light probing questions that seek to shine some light on issues that the interviewer might have picked up in one of your verbal responses.  

And last but not least, behavioral questions – these are such a staple of MBA interviews that I have written an extensive article on how to deal with behavioral questions here.  Stanford GSB tends to focus on questions designed to probe how much of a team player you are.


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Stanford GSB MBA interview sample question list

  1. Tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume
  2. Why do you want an MBA?
  3. Why Stanford?
  4. Why is now a good time for you to go into an MBA program?
  5. How will you contribute to Stanford GSB?
  6. What was the toughest challenge you faced?
  7. What was the best piece of advice someone gave you?
  8. Tell me about a time you had uncooperative teammates
  9. Tell me about a time you were a champion for diversity
  10. Are you lucky?
  11. Tell me about a time you failed
  12. What do you plan to do after leaving Stanford GSB?

Conclusion

Even though Stanford GSB does not stray too far from the norm when it comes to its MBA interviews, it pays to practice – and practice a lot.  Ultimately, it is repetition that will make you feel more at ease with the format, the questions and answering them in a clear, concise and convincing way.

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Berkeley Haas MBA interview questions and strategy 2022

Introduction

Congratulations on getting an invitation to a Berkeley Haas interview!
The MBA from Haas is consistently ranked as one of the best in the US, so though your test scores, grades, essays and letters of recommendation have gotten you this far, it pays not to be complacent and prep for the interview as intensely as you prepped for everything else so far.

The Berkeley Haas interview format

Berkeley Hass usually interviews applicant through its alumni pool.  Normally, those interviews can be in person, but given the current COVID-19 crisis, interviews are being done through Zoom/Skype and last anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes.

If this were a normal year, on campus interviews would usually be led by second year MBA students.

In either case, interviews are usually friendly and the interviewer will not have read your application, which means this is a blind interview.  This also means that there is little room for deep probing questions.  Probing questions – if they are asked at all – will usually be superficial and based on potential issues raised in your response.  

Questions will be split into three broad categories:

Firstly, classic MBA interview type questions (for example, “why do you want to get an MBA?”).  

Secondly, light probing questions that seek to shine some light on issues that the interviewer might have picked up in one of your verbal responses.  

And last but not least, behavioral questions – these are such a staple of MBA interviews that I have written an extensive article on how to deal with behavioral questions here.  Berkeley Haas tends to focus on questions designed to probe how much of a team player you are.

Berkeley Haas MBA interview sample question list

  1. Tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume (usually the first question asked)
  2. Why do you want an MBA?
  3. Why Haas?
  4. Why is this the right time for you to get an MBA?
  5. What do you want to accomplish at Berkeley Haas?
  6. How will you contribute to Berkeley Haas?
  7. Tell me about a time you worked with a diverse team
  8. Tell me about a time you had to manage conflict
  9. Tell me about the greatest risk you took
  10. What was the most complex problem you’ve faced?
  11. Tell me about a time you had to lead a team or person
  12. What was the best piece of advice you received and why?

Conclusion

Even though Berkeley Haas does not stray too far from the norm when it comes to its MBA interviews, it pays to practice – and practice a lot.  Ultimately, it is repetition that will make you feel more at ease with the format, the questions and answering them in a clear, concise and convincing way.

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The Ultimate Question Bank for INSEAD Kira Interview Prep 2022

Everything submitted. Application done. “Oh wait what?! There is some sort of  video requirement?”. Yes, thats right you’ve just remembered you have to complete a video assesment as part of your application to proceed – and you definitely don’t want this to derail your application.

We’ve researched an extensive, but not exhaustive, set of possible questions to help with your preparation – and guess what! All these prompts are all built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assement tools here.

OK so here we go! Brace yourself its a long list. As you know, there is much more to a strong performance than just being confident in potential questions – structure, performance, eye contact, vocal tone matter too – that’s why we created Voomer to empower you to communicate who you are more effectively.

INSEAD Kira Interview Question Bank

• Tell me about a time when you had to speak with someone that had an accent or couldn’t speak the same language as you. How did you adapt?

• What makes you a good candidate for INSEAD?

• Describe a time when you got a negative feedback from a supervisor/professor. How did it make you feel?

• What is a risk you have taken that backfired?

• What challenging goals have you set for yourself during your first year at INSEAD?

• What does diversity mean to you?

• Describe a time when understanding someone’s perspective helped you to understand them better.

• How would INSEAD MBA help you in your career objectives?

• What are you expecting to learn during your INSEAD MBA?

• How would you fight stereotypes in a work environment?

• What was the most interesting project you have worked on? Why was it interesting to you?

• Why INSEAD?

• How would you establish the foundations of your company?

• What is your management style?

• How did you build your international experience?

• Describe one situation where you faced an ethical dilemma? How did you resolve it? What factors did you consider while resolving it?

• One project which interested you the most and why?

• If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be and why?

• Tell me what you like most about INSEAD.

• Give me an example of how you convinced your other team members.

• Give me an example of how you were attracted by culture from other countries.

• What are 3 key successful factors to be an entrepreneur?


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• If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?

• What word describes you best and why?

• Tell us about the first job you ever had.

• What’s the best book you have ever read and why?

• When you have a problem, who do you approach for advice and why?

• What accomplishment are you really proud of?

• What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

• If you could witness any event – past, present, or future, what would it be?

• Tell us about an organization or activity in which you have dedicated significant time. Why was it meaningful to you?

• Tell us about the most interesting place you’ve traveled to. What did you enjoy most about it?

• What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?

• If money was not a concern, what would you do?

• What is the most meaningful thing anyone has done for you in your life?

• If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

• What food do you like? Would you be able to eat that food everyday?

• How have you changed in the last 5 years?

• Who do you respect most and why?

• What is your favorite motto or quote and why?


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• What risk have you taken and what did you learn?

• What impact do you have on your co-workers?

• Describe someone you know who lives a meaningful life and why.

• Have you ever faced discrimination? How did you react?

• How do you keep track of your vision and the vision of your company?

• How do you keep abreast on the latest about INSEAD?

• You are leading a group project with a team who have never met each other and are from diverse cultural/professional/educational backgrounds. What is your strategy for how to foster a collaborative environment?

• How do you stay focused on your company’s vision?

• What skills do you think are necessary for an entrepreneur?

• What are some stereotypes about your culture and how do you feel about them?

• What do you do when someone comes to you with a problem?

• What’s your understanding of the INSEAD’s MBA programme you are applying to?

• Describe a time when understanding someone’s culture helped you understand their perspective better.

• Your new boss from a different culture is being offensive in the local culture. What will you do?

• Have you been criticized for a job you thought you did well? How did it make you feel?

• How would you approach your classmate who is having a hard time adjusting to a new culture?

• What are the challenging goals you have set for yourself during your year at INSEAD?

• How is the diversity situation in your current company?

• How meaningful should your career be to be considered successful?

• What will INSEAD give you that no other MBA program will?

• Describe a situation where your family/company has adopted something from a different culture and how has it impacted you (positive/negative).
• Why should INSEAD offer you admission?

• How would your colleagues describe your leadership style? Give an example.

• What are the most important values and ethics that you demonstrate as a leader? Give me an example of this in practice?

• In one minute tell me how INSEAD fits into your career plan?

• What do you feel is the biggest challenge when dealing with people from another culture?

• Tell me about a time when you received criticism on a piece of work you feel you have done very well. How did the criticism make you feel?

• Tell me about a time when you had to deliver bad news. What was your strategy?

• Tell me about a time you had an argument due to different culture. How did it make you feel?

• Describe a time when you creatively solved a situation.

• Why is cultural awareness so important in the workplace and the community?

• How do you challenge yourself at work?

• What will you do as a team leader, when a member continuously undercontributes to the team?

• What is “meaningful life” to you?

• Tell me about when you understand others’ perspectives by understanding their culture.

• What are the most important factors for successful entrepreneurship?

• What value in society is most important to you? How do you imcorporate it into your daily life?

• What are 3 characteristics of INSEAD that attracted you?

• Tell me about an experience living, travelling, studying or working abroad. What was this experience like for you?

• Tell me your views on shareholder wealth as a measure of a company’s success.

• What makes you better than other candidates?

• What are the keys to establishing and running a successful business?

• Describe a time you had culture shock.

Well there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the INSEAD Kira interview. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected]

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MBA admissions interviews in 2022

Introduction

Whether you are applying for the class of 2022 or 2023 (which means you are applying in early or late 2021) the unusual year of 2020 will cast a long shadow over your admissions process.

Economic crises tend to increase the amount of MBA applicants which means that the cohorts you are applying to will be tougher to get into.

On top of that, MBA programs in general strongly felt the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and had to quickly adapt to changing conditions.  The most obvious changes were on the academic side as class delivery shifted from a (mostly) classroom based, face to face process to one done virtually.  However, MBA admissions has also changed and expect to see those changes manifest themselves especially during the interview.

How are MBA interviews changing in 2021?

The most palpable change is how some MBA programs are rethinking their interviews.  Historically, there where three ways an applicant could sit for their interview:

  1. Travel to the campus where the MBA program is run for a face to face interview.  This usually means that admissions staff will interview you, though some programs use their current MBA students as interviewers.
  2. Go to one of many remote interview locations that are not on campus.  Depending on the amount of applicants a country has, someone from admissions may travel to that country and hold an “interview week”.  If a particular country or region has few applicants, some programs also hold face to face interview sessions in those places but in this case they are usually run by alumni.
  3. Connect through Zoom or Skype from wherever you are in the world for an interview with someone from admissions.

Under normal circumstances and when money was not an issue, candidate’s order of preference would be 1 then 2 then finally 3.  COVID-19 eliminated the possibility of 1 and 2, everyone was interviewed through Zoom and Skype.

While admissions claimed that they consider all interview types to be equal, the truth is that only the first option guaranteed a high quality interview and improved the chances of you forging a connection with your interviewer while also demonstrating to them how committed you are to getting into the program.

With all interviews being held virtually, admissions has realized that there are two benefits to this system – the playing field is leveled for all candidates (since money and time are no longer issues for getting to a face to face interview on campus) and they can interview more people per day and do so without having to depend on people ushering them in and out of the admissions department.

That means that preparing for interviews held virtually took on an extremely prominent role within all the prep an applicant has to go through for a successful MBA application, since virtual interviews are not a one-for-one replacement for face to face interviews.

What to expect on a MBA admissions interview in 2021?

2020 was a momentous year for every one on the planet.  If you are a serious applicant that has an interesting track record, you probably faced complex challenges during that year.  Admissions will definitively want to hear about what you faced and how you faced it – after all, COVID-19 was as close to a “universal equalizer” as we can hope for.

Prepare to answer how your world changed – and how you dealt with it – by using the PESTEL framework.

The PESTEL model helps applicants organize their thoughts and put forward a structured case of what they had to deal with during the COVID-19 crisis and all of its ramifications.

Each letter stands for a category that you can touch on when explaining what happened during that year:

  1. P – Political
  2. E – Economic
  3. S – Social
  4. T – Technological
  5. E – Environmental
  6. L – Legal

Think through each of those steps about how you and the people and organizations around you were affected in 2020.

Pick out the most interesting cases and articulate them in a compelling way for your interview with MBA admissions.


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Conclusion

For better or for worse, 2020 changed the MBA landscape.  From a higher number of applicants, to virtual classes, the standardization around virtual interviews and finally the inevitable questions about what you did in 2020 during your interview.

Take the time to properly think about those questions and make sure you do lots of practice runs so you are comfortable answering 2020 and COVID-19 questions.

Voomer is a great way to get that practice since it was built from the ground up with this scenario in mind.

Questions on Voomer match what you’ll get on the interview of your dream school.  After going through a set of questions, you’ll get an artificial intelligence powered report on your results with specific, actionable steps you can take to improve your performance.

Your response is broken down into multiple components and analyzed individually and then as a whole.  From delivery to content to body language and camera position, multiple data points are analyzed to ensure you have the best MBA video interview prep available.

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PayPal video interview questions: What to expect

Introduction

Some time ago, PayPal changed its hiring procedures to include a recorded video interview. You might have heard about these on platforms like HireVue and Sonru.

The purpose of these video or one-way interviews is to save everyone time.  You don’t have to travel to an office for an in-person interview if the PayPal hiring manager has already made up their mind on another applicant.  And the hiring manager doesn’t have to sit through an interview with someone that clearly isn’t interested in the job.

So it’s a win-win right?  

Sort of.  

Video interviews can be very stressful for applicants since there is no live interviewer asking questions. Many applicants have told us this gives them anxiety since there is no way to know if your answers were solid or could be improved.

You can gain some confidence before your interview by practicing for PayPal’s video interview on a platform like Voomer, where you can practice on PayPal sample questions and get instant, AI-powered feedback on your answers.

Let’s walk you through the PayPal video interview and at the end of this article you can take a look at a few sample PayPal video interview questions.

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What happens in a PayPal video interview?

In a video interview, you’ll record yourself answering questions.

Those questions might be shown to you as a couple of lines of text or they might be displayed as a pre-recorded video by someone at PayPal asking you that question.

Then, you’ll get around 30 seconds to prepare your answer and around two minutes to answer.

The number of questions varies, so be ready to answer anything from 2 to 5 questions.  

You can answer on your cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer – as long as it has a camera.

PayPal’s video interview specifics

The questions asked will be mostly behavioral ones, so make sure you are brushed up on how to answer those. The best way to answer them is via the STAR method – if you aren’t familiar with how to ace every question using that method, check out the video below.

You also want to be aware of PayPal’s corporate values. You want to answer the behavioral questions on video through the lens of those values. This will make the hiring manager’s life very easy as they are looking for those values in every person they evaluate.

You can find PayPal’s corporate values on its website. Also take a look at their website to familiarize yourself with PayPal’s history and corporate goals, because knowledge of those can be extremely helpful in an interview.

How to prepare for PayPal’s video interview

Start with what you can control.

Start your interview in a place that is quiet – away from kids, pets, lawnmowers, etc. Not only will the person viewing your video have a hard time understanding you, loud noises right when you are about to answer a question might sap your confidence.

Even though you might be at home, dress as if you were at an in-person interview. People viewing your answers appreciate the professionalism of someone that took the time to think about this issue and record using appropriate clothing.

Lighting is absolutely key. If you record in an environment with low light, you’ll come across as a blurry, barely recognizable mess on video – which does not help your chances of getting hired.  Open your curtains to let in lots of natural light or turn on lights to brighten up the environment.  When it comes to lighting, more is always better – as long as the lights aren’t pointed at your camera!

PayPal video interview questions

Below are some PayPal sample questions.

  • Tell me about yourself (a classic video question)
  • What was the toughest challenge you’ve faced
  • Tell me about a time you faced a problem with a team member
  • Tell me something that is not on your resume
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Pro-tip & conclusion

Practice makes perfect – boost your confidence before the interview by practicing for your PayPal video interview on a tool like Voomer.  

You can browse our question database with company-specific questions and practice for them in an environment that is extremely similar to a video interview.  

You can also get AI-powered feedback on your answers to help you land that dream job!

Good luck with your interview!