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How is a Kira video interview different from an in-person interview?

While both video and in-person interviews aim to assess your suitability for an MBA program, the format presents distinct advantages and challenges. Here’s a breakdown of the key differences to help you excel in your Kira video interview:

Focus and Evaluation #

  • In-Person:  Traditional interviews allow for a more holistic evaluation. Interviewers can assess your body language, interpersonal skills, and overall presence in addition to your verbal responses. 
  • Video:  Kira interviews primarily focus on your communication skills, critical thinking abilities, and how you articulate your thoughts under time constraints. However, strong eye contact and confident delivery can still convey your personality and potential.

Delivery and Control #

  • In-Person:  You have more control over the flow of the conversation in a face-to-face interview. You can pick up on nonverbal cues from the interviewer and adjust your responses accordingly.
  • Video:  Kira interviews offer less flexibility. While you can control your delivery and responses, you can’t adapt to the interviewer’s reactions in real time.

Preparation Strategies #

  • In-Person:  Preparation for in-person interviews often involves researching common interview questions, practicing your answers, and rehearsing potential scenarios with a mock interviewer.
  • Video:  For Kira interviews, practicing with the platform beforehand is crucial. Familiarize yourself with the recording format, time constraints, and potential question types. You can also record yourself practicing responses to refine your delivery and ensure you stay within the time limits.

Some Real-World Examples for You #

Imagine you’re asked a common MBA interview question like “Tell us about a time you faced a leadership challenge.”

  • In-person interview: You might start by establishing the context of the situation, then describe the specific challenge you faced. Based on the interviewer’s nonverbal cues, you can gauge their reaction and potentially elaborate on details.
  • Kira Interview:  Here, you’d need to deliver a concise and impactful response within the allocated time. You’d pre-plan your answer, ensuring it highlights your leadership skills, problem-solving approach, and the successful outcome of the situation.

Additional Tips #

  • Leverage the Platform:  While there’s less back-and-forth in a Kira interview, you can still leverage the platform’s features. Use pauses strategically to emphasize key points or maintain eye contact with the camera to project confidence.
  • Practice Makes Perfect:  Rehearse your delivery and responses extensively for video interviews. The more comfortable you are with the format, the more authentic and confident you’ll appear in your recordings.

~ By understanding the unique characteristics of video interviews and tailoring your preparation accordingly, you can approach your Kira interview with a winning strategy. 

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