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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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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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IESE MBA Kira Interview Questions

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 interview (as IESE – calls it, or the “Kira interview” which is what everyone calls it!) as part of your application to proceed – and you definitely don’t want this derailing 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 built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools.

IESE MBA Kira interview structure

IESE MBA admissions started using Kira interviews as part of their admissions process some years ago, and this academic year is no different.

Admissions wants applicants to have a chance to make their case in a more interesting medium such as video, since the essays and test scores can be very dry.

The way the Kira interview works is as follows:  A few weeks after you submit your application and you are successful in getting approved by the first stage of the admissions process, you will receive a video interview invitation by email.

After receiving the invitation, you will have a few days to complete the video interview – make sure you use that time to prepare with a platform like Voomer, don’t rush off and record your answers immediately.

IESE MBA Kira Interview Questions

The questions you’ll be asked in your Kira interview can be split into two main categories.  

The first category will be behavioral questions, which will take a look at the competencies that IESE is interested in.  You’ve probably been asked one of those before, they usually start with “tell me about a time when…”.

We wrote a great article on how to tackle those here.

The second category will be questions that probe your motivation and drive.  For example, those questions will ask you about the reasons for deciding to apply for an MBA.

There is a third category, but it rarely shows up on Kira interviews, so we won’t go into too much depth in this article.  These are questions that probe technical knowledge in your field of expertise, what the latest innovations are, etc. Since those questions are highly context-dependent and Kira is a “one size fits all” solution, they rarely crop up.


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Next steps

Practice on those sample questions in your own time to think about answers that reflect your true self and also check the boxes that admissions is looking for.

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University of Manchester Alliance Business School MBA Kira Interview Question Bank

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 an online video assessment (as the University of Manchester calls it, or the “Kira interview” which is what everyone calls it!) as part of your application to proceed – and you definitely don’t want this derailing your application.

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Manchester University Alliance Business School requires a Kira video interview

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University of Manchester Alliance Business School MBA Kira interview structure

The Manchester Alliance Business School started using Kira interviews as part of their admissions process some years ago, and this academic year is no different.

Admissions wants applicants to have a chance to make their case in a more interesting medium such as video, since the essays and test scores can be very dry.

The way the Kira interview works is as follows:  A few weeks after you submit your application and you are successful in getting approved by the first stage of the admissions process, you will receive a video interview invitation by email.

After receiving the invitation, you will have a few days to complete the video interview – make sure you use that time to prepare with a platform like Voomer, don’t rush off and record your answers immediately.

The questions you’ll be asked in your Kira interview can be split into two main categories.  

The first category will be behavioral questions, which will take a look at the competencies that Manchester Alliance is interested in.  You’ve probably been asked one of those before, they usually start with “tell me about a time when…”.

We wrote a great article on how to tackle those here.

The second category will be questions that probe your motivation and drive.  For example, those questions will ask you about the reasons for deciding to apply for an MBA.

There is a third category, but it rarely shows up on Kira interviews, so we won’t go into too much depth in this article.  These are questions that probe technical knowledge in your field of expertise, what the latest innovations are, etc. Since those questions are highly context-dependent and Kira is a “one size fits all” solution, they rarely crop up.

Manchester’s Alliance Kira MBA Interview Questions

  1. Why do you want to study at Alliance?
  2. Why is now the right time for you to get your MBA?
  3. What will you do after you get your MBA?
  4. What is your background?
  5. You have to speak to your boss about an overdue promotion, but she is hesitating. Show me how you would negotiate a successful outcome.
  6. What do you think is the future of your field?

7. Tell us about a time you were overloaded with work, how did you handle it?

8. Tell us a time where you had an idea and had to convince your team or manager.

9. Tell me of a time when you demonstrated a high level of drive to achieve a goal.

10. How are you involved with your community?

11. What is the business you most admire and why?

12. Tell me about a time you had to work with a very diverse group.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the Manchester Alliance MBA 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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University of Cincinnati Kira Interview Questions

Introduction

So you are looking up information on the University of Cincinnati Kira interview – great!  That means that you have already gone through most of the application slog and are in the final stretch.

We’ll take a look at how to ace the Kira video interview at the various schools and programs at UC that require this type of interview, from the MBA at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business to the UC College of Nursing.

Let’s take a step back for a second.  The University of Cincinnati has been using recorded video interviews run by a company called Kira Talent for several years. Several programs at UC use these interviews in admissions.

That interview will most likely be the first time someone from admissions listens – and watches – you speak.  Therefore, it pays to be well prepared for this critical stage of the application process.  

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University of Cincinnati’s style

UC prides itself in being a very inclusive school.  The Welcome Week is a particular highlight that students mention when talking about the university and speaks to the inclusive atmosphere most students will find.

Keep in mind that while admissions always tries to bring in a cohort that thinks in very diverse ways, they are looking for that “secret sauce” where they can tell an applicant will be a great addition to the cohort.

So a great way to improve your chances is to play up occasions when you’ve welcomed newcomers in your life – either at work or in your personal life.


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University of Cincinnati Kira Video Interview Questions

Motivation questions:

1. Why an MBA (or nursing degree, masters, etc)?
2. Why did you apply to the University of Cincinnati?
3. How long have you been considering this program and why now is the right time?
4. What specific skills are you looking to gain at UC?
5. What is unique to UC that you are attracted to?
6. What are you going to do with the knowledge you gain at UC?

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 an 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. Discuss a time that you and your teammates were on a tight timeline.
5. Tell us about a time you asked for help and how did it go?
6. Tell us about a time you were overloaded with work, how did you handle it?
7. Tell us a time where you had an idea and had to convince your project team.

How to do well on the Kira interview, or any interview!

There are quite a few ways you can ace the Kira interview, and most of the advice also applies to live interviews (either face to face or though Skype or Zoom).

Take a look at these other resources we’ve put together for more information:

  1. How to introduce yourself
  2. How to answer “why do you want to do program X”
  3. How to use the right technique when answering interview questions
  4. If your interview is via Kira, Skype or Zoom, how to get set up for a video interview
  5. For the big day, 5 tracks to get your mind ready for the interview!

The other great way to get prepared is to pratice, practice and practice some more.  Voomer is a great resource for that since you the above 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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Conclusion

There you go!  The University of Cincinnati is a great school and competition is tough – make sure you prep for the challenging interview!

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OSU Fischer MBA Kira video interview questions

Introduction

Your application to The Ohio State University‘s Fischer College of Business is almost done!  Now you only need to submit the Kira video interview – but what’s that?!

Let’s take a step back for a second.  OSU Fischer has been using recorded video interviews run by a company called Kira Talent since approximately 2018.  Several programs at Fischer use these interviews in admissions – besides the MBA, several of the master’s programs as well, such as the MAcc, MHRM, and SMF.

The way these interviews work is quite simple.  You’ll be shown a question either as text or in a video recording from someone in admissions at Fischer, you’ll have a few seconds to prepare an answer and then about a minute to record your answer.

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 compiled this list of OSU Fischer Kira video interview questions so that you can get ahead of your competition.

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OSU Fischer’s style

Before we jump into the questions, remember to do your own research on OSU Fischer’s style.  While admissions officers love to build diverse cohorts, they are also looking for applicants that “match” with the program.

At a high level, OSU is very proud of its geographically and culturally diverse campus, and Fischer is quite similar.  So make sure to use examples in your answers that bring up situations where you had to deal with co-workers in other countries, how you overcame cultural barriers and what you’ve learned from those experiences.

Ok, let’s get on with the questions!


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OSU Fischer MBA Kira Video Interview Questions

Motivation questions:

1. Why an MBA now?
2. Why OSU?  Why Fischer?
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 Fischer?
5. What is unique to the MBA at Fischer 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?

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Conclusion

Fischer changes their questions all the time, so make sure to practice all of tho se questions to get comfortable with the process and to be prepared for any question they might throw your way.

A great way to do that is to use a platform like Voomer 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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The Ultimate Imperial College MSc 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 complete a video interview (as Imperial College calls it) 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 built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools.

Imperial College London’s video interview structure

Imperial College Business School started using these video interviews as part of their admissions process some years ago, and the 2022 academic year is no different.

The way the video interview works is as follows:  A few weeks after you submit you application and you are successful in getting approved by the first stage of the admissions process, you will receive a video interview invitation by email.  

After receiving the invitation, you will have two weeks to complete the video interview – make sure you use that time to prepare with a platform like Voomer, don’t rush off and record your answers immediately.

The questions you’ll be asked fall into two categories.  The first category will be pretty straightforward questions about you, your interests, and your passions.  Admissions want applicants to have a chance to make their case in a more interesting medium such as video since the essays and test scores can be very dry.

The second category will be questions specific to the masters you are applying to.  For example, if you are applying for a marketing-related program, expect questions such as “what is your favorite brand and why”.  If you are applying for a finance-related program, questions such as “what is the latest innovation in the finance industry?”.

Which programs at Imperial use the video interview?

11 programs at the Imperial College Business School use the video interview for admissions.  Below is a list of them:

-MSc Business Analytics
-MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time)
-MSc Economics & Strategy for Business
-MSc Finance
-MSc Financial Technology
-MSc Investment & Wealth Management
-MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
-MSc International Management
-MSc Management
-MSc Strategic Marketing
-MSc Strategic Marketing (online, part-time)


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Conclusion

Well, there you have it, our ultimate list of questions in your inbox for the Imperial College London MSc Kira video 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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