IE business school introduced this new component as step 2 in their MBA admission process in 2018.
Once you have submitted the application form and paid the admissions fee, you will receive an email with a link to complete an online assessment through our partners at Kira. During this exercise you will be answering questions to demonstrate why you would be a valuable asset to the IEU community. This will take around 20-30 minutes. You will answer three live questions, two in video format and one in written format. This way, our admissions team will be able to meet you virtually and evaluate your capacity to respond in real time. You will have several test questions for practice, and then only one chance to answer the real questions. This stage must be completed within one week after application submission.
There are no right or wrong answers, what’s important is your opinions and thought process.
Completing the assessment is simple—you will be given 3 questions to answer in a set amount of time. One of your responses will be written, and two will be recorded via video. The whole process should only take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
You will need a computer with an internet connection, and a functioning webcam and microphone. The system allows for unlimited practice sessions before answering each of the 3 official questions, however, you only have one chance to record your official answers.
Shortly after submitting your application and paying your Admissions fee, you will receive an email with instructions.
Examples for possible Kira questions:
- How do you work under pressure?
- Tell me about a time when you had many tasks you had to work on at the same time. How did you prioritize?
- Tell me about a time when you had to make a quick decision? What were the circumstances and what did you do?
- Describe an accomplishment that has given you the most satisfaction and why?
- 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.
- 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.