Canadian Startup Kira Talent Partners with Business School to Improve Candidate Screening

Toronto-based Kira Talent has partnered with the Richard Ivey School of Business HBA program.

The Canadian startup’s technology will allow the school to better evaluate candidates during the application process. As of this month, 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.

In the past, Ivey says its 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, according to the school.

“We pride ourselves on how well rounded our students are,” explains HBA Faculty Director Mary Heisz. “Kira Talent’s screening solution provides us an opportunity to engage perspective students from around the world.”

“We are thrilled with our partnership with Ivey and applaud their willingness to take such a significant step forward to improve the interview process,” says Emily Cushman, Kira Talent’s CEO.

“We’ve chosen Kira Talent because of its clean and simple to use interface,” noted Jennifer Fawcett-Cornish, the manager of HBA admissions. “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.”

Kira Talent was named the Most Outstanding Venture within 2012 cohort of The Next 36: Canada’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative.