Kira Talent and the Richard Ivey School of Business HBA Program have brought applications into the 21st century

Starting in January 2013 Ivey will use Kira Talent’s video interview screening solution to better evaluate undergraduate applicants

Toronto, ON (January 11th, 2013) - Kira Talent is pleased to announce it has partnered with the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) HBA program to allow the school to better evaluate candidates during the application process. In January, Ivey will be the first undergraduate school in Canada to introduce video interview questions through Kira Talent’s online tool for all university students applying to the HBA program. This represents a huge leap forward in getting to know applicants during the screening process. 

For nearly 90 years, Ivey has been the leader in undergraduate business education. In the past, Ivey’s admissions process considered undergraduate marks, extracurricular involvement, a series of essay questions, and references. With the addition of the video interview questions, Ivey will get a much more candid perspective of the applicant. “We pride ourselves on how well rounded our students are.” says HBA Faculty Director Mary Heisz. “Kira Talent’s screening solution provides us an opportunity to engage perspective students from around the world.” 

Emilie Cushman, Kira Talent CEO and Co-founder, commented “We are thrilled with our partnership with Ivey and applaud their willingness to take such a significant step forward to improve the interview process.” As Canadian universities seek to attract top-students from around the globe, traditional methods of application offer limited perspectives into a candidate’s qualifications and experiences. 

Kira Talent is a simple, easy to follow process for both the recruiting organization and the applicant. “We’ve chosen Kira Talent because of its clean and simple to use interface. The process only takes a matter of minutes to complete, from which we can get a more complete perspective on our applicants that simulate an in-person interview” says Manager of HBA Admissions, Jennifer Fawcett-Cornish. 

Students are also excited about the opportunity. “We are part of the Youtube generation.” says university student Amanda Lazardis. “A written application does not tell my whole story. This new process allows me to have my voice heard, which improves my chances.”

About Kira Talent 

Kira Talent is an award winning online interviewing platform that allows managers and recruiters to record video questions and responses and to embed them in their online application process vis a vis any connected device. After candidates open the application they view the questions and reply back through video. These short videos are sent back to employers who can rate, share and compare the incoming pool of candidates within the company. 

Kira Talent is a Toronto-based technology start-up and was named the Most Outstanding Venture within 2012 cohort of The Next 36: Canada’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative. The goal of The Next 36 is to help launch the careers of Canada’s most promising and innovative undergraduates. Emilie Cushman and Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski are leading examples of young Canadian entrepreneurism and have been some of Canada’s youngest entrepreneurs to receive venture funding. 

About the Ivey Business School 

The Richard Ivey School of Business ( at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.

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