Ultimate Guide to Kira Talent Prep & Sample Questions

How to Ace Your Kira Talent Interviews

Updated: April 3, 2020

BeMo’s Ultimate Guide to Kira Talent Interviews


Kira Talent is an online interview platform, currently being used by some universities as part of their admissions process. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to put your best self forward in this remote, virtual interview environment. 

Overview of what you will learn:

1. What is Kira Talent and How is it Used for Admissions?

2. The Basics and Fundamentals of a Kira Talent Interview

3. Preparing for your Kira Talent Interview

4. Kira Talent Question Types

5. Kira Talent Sample Questions

6. Strategies for Responding to Kira Talent Questions

7. Sample Answer with Expert Analysis

8. Common Errors and Key “Don’ts” for a Kira Talent Interview

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1.What is “Kira Talent”, and How is it Used for Admissions?

Touted as a tool for use in holistic review of candidates, Kira Talent is an online interviewing platform. With text and video questions as an interview format that applicants complete at home, online, on their own time, this platform allows institutions to remotely interview potential students. Kira Talent is by invitation only, meaning the institution will tell you how/if you need to use this platform, and it is often (though not always) used as a precursor to in-person or Skype interviews.

In the Kira Talent interview, you will not interact with live people; rather, you will be presented with video- and text-based questions and will devise video- or text-based responses (video responses to video questions, text responses to text questions). These interviews are intended to evaluate your leadership potential, verbal and written communication skills, comprehension of key concepts, drives and motivations, and professionalism. The questions themselves are randomly assigned, and preparation and response time can vary widely. As will be discussed further below, preparation time is given only for video questions (for text questions, you’ll begin typing your response immediately), and this prep time can be as brief as 5 seconds, or as long as a few minutes. Likewise, response times are highly variable, with some as low as 30 seconds, up to several minutes.

After the interview, multiple reviewers will analyze your answers as they are sent to the institution. As well, an automated system within Kira Talent reviews the technical aspects of your written responses, like spelling and grammar. Each applicant’s responses receive a written communication score based on spelling and grammar, relative to other interviewees, and this score is sent to the institution with your video and text answers.

2. The Basics and Fundamentals of a Kira Talent Interview

If a school or program uses Kira Talent, and you are an eligible or chosen applicant, you will receive an email from that school/program, asking you to submit payment for the online interview, with a link to pay that fee. Next, you will receive an email invitation from Kira Talent to access the interview, along with instructions. If you receive the payment request from your school/program, be sure to check your spam/junk mail folder frequently, in case the Kira Talent email is miscategorized by your email filter. As well, keep all emails from the program/school and Kira Talent until the interview is over and submitted, and ensure you read all emails thoroughly, as they will have important information, instructions, and next steps. When you’re invited, you will receive a date by which you have to complete and submit the interview; if you don’t complete it in that time frame, you will be disqualified. There are no extensions.

Between the time of receiving the invite and the due date to complete the interview, you can practice on the Kira Talent website as frequently as you would like. This means going through practice questions, recording your answers to video questions, watching those recordings, and assessing your own performance with no limitations or repercussions. Only the actual interview itself will be submitted. The number and choice of practice interview questions are up to the institution itself, and the practice questions are not necessarily related to the actual interview questions. Note that while practice sessions are unlimited, the interview itself allows only one chance to complete each question. There are no do-overs in the actual interview, just like an in-person interview, so you must take the online interview as seriously as you would a campus interview. As well, though you are able to review your responses to the practice questions, you are not able to review your interview answers prior to submitting them.

Technological Components

As Kira Talent interviews use text and video questions and answers, some basic technological elements are needed. The interview can be done at home (or anywhere with a stable internet connection) and on your own time. You can use a laptop or desktop computer; phones and tablets are not supported (including iPads or Surface Pros). You’ll need to download software and ensure it is up-to-date prior to beginning the interview. You must ensure your computer has a functional webcam, microphone, speakers, and a stable internet connection. It is generally not recommended to use a Wi-Fi connection for online interviews or tests like this, if at all avoidable. These connections are not consistent, stable, and reliable, and could thus disrupt your interview. You must also ensure Flash is enabled on your computer, and that you have disabled any adblockers, notifications, and firewalls. Notifications can be a distraction that can make you lose your train of thought; adblockers should be turned off as some items may need to pop up as part of the interview.

Upon being notified that you must use this platform for your virtual interview, you will receive a URL for the website, and you can register with your email ID. Following this, you will see step-by-step instructions, and you will have the opportunity to test your computer, camera, microphone, etc., in practice sessions prior to the interview itself.

Generally, interviews through Kira Talent last approximately 30-60 minutes, and the length, number of questions, number of video vs text questions/answers, preparation time for questions, and response time for answers varies from institution to institution. Generally, there will be 5-10 questions, with many taking 3-5 minutes to complete, though this can vary quite widely, as discussed below. The questions themselves are randomized and will be either text or video format.

Video Questions

In video questions, you will be shown a video, given some time to think about the video, and then time to record a video response. The length of time for these things varies by institution, but preparation time is generally 30-60 seconds. After this preparation time, you will be given additional time to record your answer; the time to answer is not standardized, it is determined by the institution interviewing you. Note that you do not have to worry about turning the camera on and off yourself throughout the interview; rather, the camera will begin recording automatically at the end of the preparation time, after you've given the site permission to access your camera. You will receive a countdown on the screen prior to the start of recording.

Text Questions

In text questions, the question text will be displayed on the screen, and you will have to type a text response to that question. As with video interviews, the time allotted for your responses varies by institution, but note that you will not receive preparation time for written questions in the way you do for video questions. You do not get that additional time to gather your thoughts; you need to begin organizing and composing your answer right away.

3. Preparing for Your Kira Talent Interview

It can be easy to forget crucial professional details when taking an online test or doing an online interview like Kira Talent. When you are at home, you are comfortable, you’re not hyper-aware of your surroundings, you’re used to the general ambient noises of your home, and so on. Prior to an online test or interview, however, you need to take time to account for all these things – your own self-presentation, your environment, distractions, lighting, background noise, and so on. Here are some solid, practical tips to ensure you’re giving the most professional presentation possible:

Dress Professionally

From head to toe, you should be wearing clothing that demonstrates that you are a mature professional. You should dress exactly the way you would if you were attending the interview in-person; generally, business casual is the perfect balance of comfort and professionalism for interviews. Keep your dress simple – wear something that is comfortable and breathable, that won’t leave you too hot, too cold, too constrained, or too relaxed. You should avoid any clothing with busy patters or loud colors that don’t work well on camera. Neutral tones and natural fibers tend to be best. Remember, you aren’t being evaluated on your style, and the interview isn’t the place to take risks with fashion. Also, it is strongly recommended (in any online engagement like this) that you WEAR PANTS! It is a common joke that those who work remotely frequently don’t wear appropriate bottoms, or wear pajama pants. While this may not be a big deal in your daily life, the last thing you want is to have to jump up unexpectedly, and leave yourself vulnerable in front of the reviewers! You never know what could happen, so be prepared and wear pants or some other appropriate bottom attire, just in case!

Consider Location and Position

The backdrop against which you do your interview is important. Remember, everything in a video interview like this is a representation of who you are – in fact, learning more about who you are is one of the key reasons remote evaluations like this are done. So, it’s best if you can have a neutral or professional background. A blank wall is always fine, so would a minimally and tastefully decorated wall, as long as it isn’t too busy or distracting. Most importantly, ensure things like an unmade bed or clutter are not visible in the background. Consider how you want to portray yourself as a candidate; all the choices you make – from what you wear to what’s behind you – speak in some way to who you are. Unlike in-person interviews, you have complete control over this presentation of self, so think carefully about the choices you make and the ways you can use this unique element of control to your advantage.

You’ll also want to spend some time establishing the perfect place and positioning of your computer/camera. You want your camera set at a height where it will capture your head and shoulders in the frame (e.g., the top of your head shouldn’t be cut off by the top of the screen, you should zoom out effectively to have space above your head and below your chin, to a few inches below your shoulders – this way, you won’t just look like a big talking head!). You want to ensure the camera is at a comfortable height and angle, so that you don’t need to look too far up or down to face the camera. If necessary, you can put your laptop on some books or a small riser to get the camera where it needs to be. You need to sit in a well-lit area, so that your face is illuminated. Preferably, you should sit in natural light, if at all possible, and the light source needs to be in front of you – if it’s behind you, you will show up as back-lit, which can leave your features and expressions ill-defined. You’re putting all this effort into presenting your best, most polished self, so ensure that all this work can actually be seen.

In terms of your own bodily positioning, ensure you’re sitting up straight (it’s absolutely possible to tell if you’re slouching on camera!), and facing the camera head-on. You’re going to want to try to look into the camera when you’re giving your response. You may be tempted to watch yourself as you give your answers, but you must avoid this. Looking directly at the camera mimics eye contact in a remote interview, and maintaining eye contact is absolutely crucial in giving a strong and confident self-presentation. As well, giving your reviewer eye contact makes your answers more engaging, makes those answers feel more natural in a virtual context, and suggests your own confidence and comfort in responding as a mature professional.

Minimize Noises and Distractions

Wherever you complete the interview, it is critical that you are able to manage the noise around you as much as possible. We recommend doing the following:

  • Let the people around you know that you will need undisturbed quiet time for the length of the interview
  • Turn off the TV or any music – if someone is watching/listening in another room, ensure the sound cannot be picked up at all on your microphone
  • Relocate any pets who may try to jump on you or vocalize (e.g., meow, bark, chirp, wheek, etc.)
  • Close any windows around you and turn off any fans
  • If you live close to a busy road, try to do the interview outside of busy hours
  • Turn off any notification sounds on your computer (e.g., close your email)
  • Either turn your phone off or put it in silent mode – do not simply put it on vibrate, as most microphones today will pick up the sound of the vibration

Not only are all of these sounds not the most professional, too much background noise will be distracting for the reviewer, and loud sounds may even drown out your answers.

As you will be able to practice with the Kira Talent system prior to initiating the actual interview, you should use this opportunity to ensure all of these details are taken into consideration.

4. Kira Talent Question Types

As noted previously, the interview questions are presented randomly, and the number of questions, the time you have to think about and provide answers, etc., varies from institution to institution. There are some things that you can consider in advance, however.

Practice Questions vs Interview Questions

Kira Talent offers some practice questions on their companion site, Kira Prep. We’ll discuss these in a moment, but first, there are some basics to understand, in terms of the formal practice questions as compared to the actual interview questions.

If you’ve been invited to Kira Talent for an interview, you will find built-in practice questions on the website, once you’ve logged in. You can complete these practice questions as many times as you want, and your responses are not submitted to the institution. They are, however, recorded, so that you can watch your response and look for areas that need improvement. This also gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the platform, ensure your camera and microphone are working correctly, and prepare everything in advance so that everything goes smoothly in the actual interview. In particular, you should pay attention to the guidelines above about lighting, position, background noise, etc. – be sure you watch your practice video response(s), so you can listen for any noise, adjust the lighting, and generally check to see if you’re portraying yourself exactly the way that you want to. This ability to practice in the environment is one distinct aspect of Kira Talent, so make use of it as much as you need to.

Note that if you are preparing well in advance and do not yet have an invitation to Kira Talent, you can still start practicing with the sample questions below by simply recording yourself with your webcam. You’ll still want to make sure everything is correct in the Kira Talent online environment once you can log in, but you can get used to the simple act of recording video responses on your own, practice looking into the camera rather than at the screen, ensure your attire reads well on camera, and so on.

There are some key differences between how practice questions and interview questions are set up. In the Kira Talent practice questions in their online environment, you will have unlimited opportunities to try and retry each question; in the real interview, you will only have one chance to answer each question. You cannot go back, and you cannot re-record answers. In practice questions, you can replay your responses to review your performance, evaluate your self-presentation, and so on. In the actual recorded interview, you are not able to play your responses back or view them after the interview. Nothing in the practice questions will be retained or evaluated in any way; real answers will be submitted to the institution for evaluation. Lastly – and importantly – the practice questions you receive may or may not be related to the questions in the real assessment; as well, the preparation time and response time for actual questions may be different than that for the practice questions. All of these things are subject to the decisions of the institution itself, and are not standardized in any way.

5. Kira Talent Sample Questions

Generally, the interview questions given through Kira Talent are intended to help institutions evaluate your personal qualities, soft skills, and characteristics, determining whether you are a “good fit” for their mission, vision, values, and educational priorities. Like many such evaluations (e.g., CASPer, Multiple Mini Interviews), reviewers will be looking for things like leadership potential, communication skills, comprehension of key concepts, your drives and motivations, professionalism, maturity, and so on. The following are common questions used in Kira Talent interviews:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want to attend our program?
  • Tell us about a time when you overcame a difficult challenge.
  • Describe one of your favorite hobbies and why it is important to you.

These may well be actual questions in your interview, as these are very common questions. Other questions tend to be similar personal- and experience-type questions, asking about your qualities, limitations, accomplishments, preferences, ethical principles, ability to work on a team, etc. Here are some additional sample questions for you to practice:

  • How do you work under pressure?
  • What is your greatest strength and weakness?
  • If we asked a close friend or family member to describe you, what would they say?
  • What does “leadership” mean to you?
  • What professional skills do you excel in?
  • What did you have for lunch/dinner?
  • What is your best achievement?
  • Describe a recent dream you had.
  • Do you agree that most people act out of altruism rather than self interest?
  • Tell me about something funny that happened to you recently.
  • Tell us about a time your had to collaborate with others. What qualities do you think are needed for strong teamwork to take place?
  • How do you effectively prioritize when faced with multiple important tasks at once?
  • What is your most significant accomplishment?
  • Tell us about a time when you had to defend an unpopular idea or opinion. How did you make your voice heard, and what was the outcome?
  • What is your strategy when faced with a decision that must be made quickly?
  • Tell us something about yourself that isn’t in your application materials.
  •  What three terms would you use to define yourself?
  • Who is your role model?
  • Tell us about your greatest strength. How have you developed this strength and how has it helped you succeed?
  • What factors contributed to your decision to apply for a seat in this program? tell us about your top three.
  • Please tell me about an experience where you lead a team that consisted of a group of very different individuals. What did you do to lead the team to accomplish the objective, and what was the outcome?
  • Outside of school and work, to what activity do you dedicate most of your time? Why is this important to you?
  • Which do you prioritize, social responsibility or profit? Why do you think one should be prioritized over the other (i.e., take a position and defend it)?
  • Tell us about a time when you had to come to a compromise with a colleague.
  • How would you explain social media (e.g., Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to someone 80 years old?
  • What is the last book you read?/What is the most played song on your computer?/What is the last movie you saw?/Etc.
  • Tell me about a time when you went out of your way to help someone who wasn’t a friend or family member.

Check out our video on answering such personal questions strategically and authentically:

6. Strategies for Responding to Kira Talent Questions

For the most part, these questions can be approached in exactly the same way as any personal-type questions, which come up in nearly every interview type, from MMIs to traditional interviews. The strategy for this type of question is rather straightforward:

Be honest

Even if asked about something negative, like examples of personal limitations, weaknesses, or failures, you need to be honest in your answers. If they ask about an experience, and it’s not something you’ve done, you should state this rather than trying to make up something or force an unrelated answer (e.g., if you genuinely have not had to defend an unpopular opinion, simply say so). However, after acknowledging this, you should still go on to talk about what you would do, if you were faced with such a challenge – how you would think about the situation, approach the challenge, defend your position, and so on. Often, the “how” of such questions is as important as the “what”; that is to say, if you were asked about a time when you had to compromise with someone, the details of what you compromised on are less important than discussing the process you went through to arrive at that compromise. This “how” demonstrates your own qualities and priorities, which are a key component of your evaluation in an interview.

Always speak to the “why”, even if it’s not directly asked

In questions like “What is the last book you read?” it would be easy to simply state a title and leave it at that. This is not the best strategy, though, and you should always assume an implied “Why?” after such questions. The same goes for a question like, “Who is your role model?” and other similar questions. You want to offer your response in a way that highlights what you value, what motivations are behind such preferences, and what you’ve learned or what qualities you’ve refined from engaging such ideas. In the question about the last book you read, they aren’t actually necessarily interested in what you read, so much as they are in whether you read at all, and in understanding how you voluntarily spend your leisure time. What kinds of ideas attract you, when they are freely chosen, rather than externally assigned? What kinds of people do you look up to, and what qualities do you respect in others (which, thus, are presumably qualities you want to cultivate in yourself)? This is the purpose behind questions like this, so – again – be honest, and offer the reasons behind your response.

Demonstrate key qualities and soft skills

Every discipline has standards, qualities, and ideals that practicing professionals must embody and uphold, and every institution has its own mission, vision, and values that they want their students to embody. If you’re not applying to a professional program (e.g., medical school, law school, etc., where there are very clear and specific lists of core competencies and key “soft skills” candidates must have), you can still gain insight into some of this at the institutional level, by simply looking at the school’s mission statement. Every school has a mission statement, wherein they discuss their institutional values and priorities. Review this to see which qualities resonate with you and consider your own experiences in light of these qualities. Thinking through your own life narrative – something you should be doing as part of your application anyway – with reference to these ideals and values will allow you to accumulate various anecdotes to demonstrate how you have cultivated and demonstrated these qualities in ways that act as evidence for your own personal and professional development.

Here’s a great video on finding inspiration and exploring institutional values when preparing for an interview:

Focus on what you’ve learned from past successes AND failures

Questions about limitations, failures, challenges, and weaknesses are very common in interviews of this sort. Whether you like it or not, you aren’t perfect – neither am I, neither are the interviewers or reviewers, neither is anyone! We’ve all failed, and failure is an integral component of success; quite simply, if you’re going to succeed, you’re going to fail somewhere along the road to that success. Again, being honest about such limitations is fine, as long as you go on to demonstrate what you’ve learned, how you’ve grown, and why you’re a better person today for having experienced them. 

Equally common in such interviews are questions about successes, accomplishments, distinctions, and strengths, and it is just as important that you demonstrate what you’ve learned from these, as well. It’s not enough to simply state that you collaborated effectively with a team – you need to show how that successful collaboration took place, why it was effective, and what lessons you learned moving forward. In general, such questions are used to see if you are a self-reflective individual who is constantly growing from their experiences, with the ambition needed to continually push yourself to the next level. If you accomplish something and then plateau, not using that success to think about how you can push yourself even further, then you’re not demonstrating a self-conscious capacity for improvement. It’s fine to be content with your accomplishments, but acknowledging that – even at your best – you always have room to grow, is key for showing reviewers that you are truly devoted to life-long learning, to constant growth and refinement, which are hallmarks of mature professionals.

Apply all of this to your future career

You need to demonstrate not only such self-knowledge, but the ways in which such knowledge is applicable in the field to which you are applying. Learning lessons from the past is great, but if you don’t know how to apply those lessons or can’t see their relevance in the context of where you want to go, then they aren’t particularly effective.

7. Sample Answer with Expert Analysis

Let’s use an example to demonstrate these tips in action:

Let's say I was applying to begin a degree in education, with the ultimate goal of being an educator myself someday, and in doing a Kira Talent interview, I was asked “What is your greatest limitation?” A common limitation for many of us is the inability to say “no” to others, which results in taking on more than we can handle. For the purpose of this sample answer, let’s say that this is what I decide to use as my greatest weakness.

First, I would take a moment to explain this limitation, providing a specific example of when I felt it most acutely:

“One thing I’ve really struggled with is saying 'no' to others. I often want to do everything I can to help the people in my life; however, I’ve started to realize that sometimes doing so much for others can leave me stretched too thin. For example, last summer, I was taking 2 college prep courses, working a near full-time job (35 hours per week), volunteering as a tutor for 10 hours per week, working on a community garden plot in my neighborhood, and playing volleyball with a close team that I’ve played with for several years. Looking back, it’s so clear to me now that this was way too much to try to take on, but at the time, I thought I’d be able to manage it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before my grades started to slip, I was running late to work or volleyball practice on a semi-regular basis, and some days, I was just too tired to put in my best effort in the garden or with my volleyball team. As well, I was personally not feeling very well, both physically and mentally, as the one thing that was consistently sacrificed was my own self-care.”

Next, I would go on to discuss ways in which I have worked (or am working) to improve it:

“One day, a few of my co-workers approached me, concerned about my well-being and my performance at work; a few days later, two of my teammates said something similar. It was then that I really realized that, in not taking care of myself and my own needs – both personal and academic – I was also unable to put in 100% for my team, my co-workers, my students, or my fellow volunteers. I knew I needed to make some changes, so I met with my co-workers to see if I could shave off a few hours here and there each week, without causing them any undue stress. I spoke with my course instructors to explain the gaps in my performance, and they kindly allowed me to submit some extra credit work. As well, I started holding tutoring sessions at my house, rather than travelling to students’ houses, as this saved me a lot of time and effort from commuting. These small changes added up to a significant amount of relief. I was able to fulfill the rest of my commitments that summer, and I pulled my grades back up by getting high scores on the remaining work and completing the extra credit assignments. Needless to say, this was a huge wake-up call. I felt awful letting my team, students, teachers, and co-workers down, and I was so thankful for the interventions that led to me re-structuring my time. I hadn’t yet realized the impact that being over-worked could have on the people in my life – the very people I was working so hard to help. Now, I am very careful and strategic in how I manage my time, and I don’t commit to anything if I know that I won’t be able to give it 100% of my effort at all times.”

Finally, I would go on to reflect on why it is so important for me to get a handle on this and resolve this limitation, particularly as an aspiring future educator:

“Burnout is incredibly, and increasingly, common for educational professionals. As a teacher, instructor, or professor, for example, you’re constantly pulled in many different directions at once, and it’s important to be able to balance doing everything you can for others, while also setting boundaries to protect yourself. Burnout is not only problematic for the person experiencing it, it also directly impacts everyone who relies on that person for support and collaboration. If I’m devoting too many of my resources to others and not replenishing myself, I won’t be able to continue like this and I will burn out. If I burn out, then I’m not helping anyone – myself, my family, my colleagues, my students, and so on. Setting boundaries and saying 'no' sometimes is necessary. I can’t help others if I’m not helping myself, and if I’m spreading myself too thin, then I’m not bringing 100% to the projects I do take on, which means the quality of my work overall could suffer, and I could let others down. On the other hand, if I simply set and maintain that boundary, it’s likely that someone else would be able to step into that role and fulfill it 100%. So, it is in my own best interest to work on this limitation, and it would be in my future students’ and colleagues’ best interests, too.”

Look at how many qualities are conveyed in that one answer alone: I’ve acknowledged my limitation, showing self-awareness and capacity for improvement. I’ve discussed some ways I’m working on getting past it, demonstrating an eagerness to continue learning and working on myself. I’ve taken something ostensibly about myself and illustrated the impact it can have on others, highlighting my sense of ethical responsibility to myself and to others, while also making this self-work essentially student-centered as much as it is self-centered. Additionally, I’ve noted the need to be able to work with and for others as a key reason for my efforts at self-improvement, which highlights my collegiality and sense of myself as part of a larger team. I’ve also acknowledged that others can take on some of the work when I’m overloaded, suggesting that I’m humble enough to know that others can, indeed, do what I do, and do so successfully – I’m not so full of myself as to think that I’m always the best and only person for the job. All of these are key qualities sought in future professionals, regardless of the discipline or profession, and I “said” all of these things without literally saying that I’m “team-oriented”, that I have a sense of my “ethical responsibility to myself and others”, that I acknowledge my “capacity for improvement”, or any other buzzwords or catchphrases. I didn’t have to say those things specifically; rather, I demonstrated them simply by how I addressed the question – and you can do that, too!

. Common Errors and Key “Don’ts” for a Kira Talent Interview

In any remote, virtual interview like this, a lot of thought must go into how you present yourself and your responses, particularly in the video questions in a Kira Talent interview. Typing answers allows you to have much more control over the presentation of your ideas than responding in real time over video. As such, here are some important “Don’ts” to bear in mind:

  • Don’t type up possible responses on your computer and read them off. This makes you sound fake, monotone, and wooden. Professional interviewers and interview reviewers will absolutely be able to tell if you’re doing this. They want to see the genuine, authentic “You”, and if you’re simply reading, you’re not doing this. Having a couple of notes or memory triggers is fine. Having sentences and paragraphs of ideas and narratives is not.
  • Don’t try to memorize these anecdotes verbatim, either, as this comes off as over-rehearsed and – again – inauthentic. Establish a few “plot points” for each story or key idea you may want to draw on, but don’t write these all out and commit this to memory. Doing this keeps you from modifying your flow, if needed, depending on the context in which you’ll discuss these ideas, and if you happen to forget a word or point, it will be much harder to recover than it would if you were speaking more casually, rather than reciting a script.
  • Don’t forget to turn off email alerts on your computer and put your phone on silent. If a notification sound goes off in the middle of your answer, it can easily make you lose your train of thought. It is also unprofessional to have such things going on during professional meetings – whether in-person or virtual.
  • Don’t forget to actually answer the question! Even if you have some great ideas or experiences to discuss in the interview, there will still be some things you’ll have to think of off the top of your head – it’s not possible to do the actual work of the interview in advance (you can prepare, but you never know what questions you’ll actually get). 
  • Don’t simply list activities or qualities without demonstrating why they are significant. Remember, the institutions to which you are applying will have your application, which will include a full list of your work, extra-curricular activities, etc., so trying to rattle all these off in the interview is not an effective use of time. You need to think through the most meaningful experiences you’ve had and be prepared to talk about these in detail, focusing on what you’ve learned, how you’ve grown, what qualities or capacities you’ve developed through them, and why you’re a better person for having had such experiences. Similarly, don’t simply state that you have certain qualities; rather, use narrative and examples to show those qualities. For example, you wouldn’t want to just state that you are a good leader; instead, you’d want to provide an example of a time you were in a position to lead (formally or informally), and discuss the values, priorities, efforts, and results you cultivated in that leadership position.
  • Don’t put others down to elevate yourself. Being over-confident or boastful isn’t a good look, and speaking poorly of others to make yourself look like a stronger candidate is never going to be an effective tactic. While it is absolutely fine to talk about your accomplishments and to feel good about your successes, you still want to demonstrate that you are humble and collegial – more interested in working together for the betterment of all than in focusing only on how you can get ahead.
  • Don’t worry if you stumble on your words a bit, stutter, lose a train of thought, or otherwise make a mistake as you’re speaking. The reviewers understand that you are human and that you are likely quite nervous. Everyone makes mistakes. Take a second to recover and get back on track, and don’t let this rattle you too much. The ability to rebound from such a little mistake, rather than having it hang over the rest of your responses like a dark cloud, is a great way to demonstrate your resiliency in real time!

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