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Integrating Video Interviews into
Existing Admissions Tools
Product Manager,
Admissions
Matt McKillen
Hobsons
Associate Director
Specialized Masters
Programs Admissions
Nikki Lemley
...
Holistic Admissions
“Although programs habitually call their admissions processes
holistic, it is unclear exactly what the...
Who is Olin
Business School:
Olin Business
school profile and
background
Integrated
Workflow:
Outline of current
workflow ...
Olin Business School Overview
Wash U at a Glance
Medium sized, independent university located in the nation’s center, WashU is
counted among the world’s...
Olin Business School Profile - Specialized Masters Programs
Create knowledge
Inspire individuals
Transform business
Focuse...
Olin Business School Profile
MBA Incoming
Class of 2015
SMP Incoming
Class of 2015
Students 141 195
Average GMAT 696 699
A...
Olin Business School Profile - Specialized Masters Programs
2,600 2,041 1,140
Best Fit Students
It’s important for institutions not only
to make decisions quickly, but also to
make decisions on applic...
Admissions Review
Hobsons + Kira: The Integrated Experience
The Student Experience
Dear Nikki,
Thank you for starting your application. All international students applying to the MS in
Finance Program who ...
Dear Nikki,
Congratulations! It is my distinct honor and pleasure to inform you that you have
been admitted to Olin's MS i...
Key Benefits to Integration
Strengthen Incoming Chorts
Find the Best Fit Student
It’s all about the best fit student…
We look at multiple indicators, including
academic performa...
Find the Right Balance
High test scores do not translate to
success on campus or even as an alumni
in the work force
Balan...
Student Profiles
Lower Scores / Great Interview
- Male student
- 740 GMAT
- 100 TOEFL
- Kira Video
Higher Scores / Poor In...
Impact to Admissions Staff
Instant Return on Investment
1,140
45 Students with <103 TOEFL
783 Fewer Skype Interviews
73.4 Days Saved
Additional Resources
ESL Experts:
Advised on language
skills
Assisted on what to look
for in candidates
Career Advisors:
W...
Improve Existing Technology
Integration is Key
Next Steps with Hobsons + Kira
Olin Next Steps / Feedback
“I would like to keep up to date on what makes good ESL skills
and what doesn’t.”
“I like the i...
Questions?
Holistic Review Session!
Partnering to Support Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions
4E - 4:30 - 5:30
- Steve Smith, Hobs...
Integrating Video Interviews into Existing Admission Tools - NAGAP 2016
Integrating Video Interviews into Existing Admission Tools - NAGAP 2016
Integrating Video Interviews into Existing Admission Tools - NAGAP 2016
Integrating Video Interviews into Existing Admission Tools - NAGAP 2016
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Integrating Video Interviews into Existing Admission Tools - NAGAP 2016

  1. 1. Integrating Video Interviews into Existing Admissions Tools
  2. 2. Product Manager, Admissions Matt McKillen Hobsons Associate Director Specialized Masters Programs Admissions Nikki Lemley Wash U Olin Business School Co-founder at Kira Talent Emilie Cushman Kira Academic Introductions
  3. 3. Holistic Admissions “Although programs habitually call their admissions processes holistic, it is unclear exactly what the process entails, or whether it remains consistent across programs and institutions” -CGS 2015 Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions
  4. 4. Who is Olin Business School: Olin Business school profile and background Integrated Workflow: Outline of current workflow using Hobsons + Kira Key Benefits for Integration: Big wins for both the students and staff Next Steps & Questions: What’s next for Olin & what’s next for Hobsons and Kira In this session, we’d like to share how our existing technology has been strengthened from this integration, how we’ve saved time and resources using video interviews, and how we’ve been able to use our technology solutions to improve our incoming cohorts
  5. 5. Olin Business School Overview
  6. 6. Wash U at a Glance Medium sized, independent university located in the nation’s center, WashU is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society. 8:1 Student to faculty ratio; 7 schools; decentralized 3,619 faculty (120 at Business School) 12,589 FT students (1,226 graduate students at Olin)
  7. 7. Olin Business School Profile - Specialized Masters Programs Create knowledge Inspire individuals Transform business Focused learning for the right career. In-depth knowledge and specialized skills that aligns with your passion and maximum career impact.
  8. 8. Olin Business School Profile MBA Incoming Class of 2015 SMP Incoming Class of 2015 Students 141 195 Average GMAT 696 699 Average TOEFL N/A 106 Average GPA 3.40 3.48 Intl: % 35% 75%
  9. 9. Olin Business School Profile - Specialized Masters Programs 2,600 2,041 1,140
  10. 10. Best Fit Students It’s important for institutions not only to make decisions quickly, but also to make decisions on applicants that are the right fit for your program. English Language Insights We knew from feedback and first-hand experience that international students with the strongest communication skills benefited the most from their experience at Olin. Enhanced Integration Kira Talent has partnered with education solutions provider Hobsons to integrate the video into the online application, resulting in a more streamlined review process.
  11. 11. Admissions Review
  12. 12. Hobsons + Kira: The Integrated Experience
  13. 13. The Student Experience
  14. 14. Dear Nikki, Thank you for starting your application. All international students applying to the MS in Finance Program who are not waived from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement must complete a video interview through Kira Talent. This video interview will allow us to assess your English language skill level as part of your Olin application. Here’s your unique Kira Talent Interview link: http://www.kiraacademic.com/interview1234 There are 5-6 questions and you'll need to record a short video response for each one and submit your responses to complete the video interview. Once you have submitted your responses, you must enter the date in your application in the Video section. You will not be able to access the Video section once the date has been entered so do not enter and save the date prior to completing the video interview. Once you enter the video submission date, your application can be submitted for consideration. Sincerely, Olin Business School
  15. 15. Dear Nikki, Congratulations! It is my distinct honor and pleasure to inform you that you have been admitted to Olin's MS in Finance class starting in the Fall of 2016. You will soon receive communication from our Admissions Office that contains your formal admissions letter and additional information for new students. Should you have any questions, please contact me at nlemley@wustl.edu or by phone at (314) 935-8469. Again, congratulations on your admission, and I hope to see you at Olin! Sincerely, Megan Waite Associate Director - Admissions mwaite@wustl.edu | 314-935-3332
  16. 16. Key Benefits to Integration
  17. 17. Strengthen Incoming Chorts
  18. 18. Find the Best Fit Student It’s all about the best fit student… We look at multiple indicators, including academic performance, leadership potential and communication skills. Employers know our students will be equipped with the knowledge required; being able to communicate effectively is the differentiator.
  19. 19. Find the Right Balance High test scores do not translate to success on campus or even as an alumni in the work force Balance between language and test scores
  20. 20. Student Profiles Lower Scores / Great Interview - Male student - 740 GMAT - 100 TOEFL - Kira Video Higher Scores / Poor Interview - Female student - 760 GMAT - 8 IELTS (110-114 TOEFL) - Kira Video
  21. 21. Impact to Admissions Staff
  22. 22. Instant Return on Investment 1,140 45 Students with <103 TOEFL 783 Fewer Skype Interviews 73.4 Days Saved
  23. 23. Additional Resources ESL Experts: Advised on language skills Assisted on what to look for in candidates Career Advisors: What level of English are employers seeking Profiles of successful international candidates
  24. 24. Improve Existing Technology
  25. 25. Integration is Key
  26. 26. Next Steps with Hobsons + Kira
  27. 27. Olin Next Steps / Feedback “I would like to keep up to date on what makes good ESL skills and what doesn’t.” “I like the idea of having more creative questions rather than technical questions and removing questions that would likely be answered in an interview.” “It may be beneficial to have all international students complete the video interview, regardless of TOEFL requirement.” ESL has commented on the caliber of English language skills of our incoming class each year and how the number of students requiring additional English language instruction continues to shrink.
  28. 28. Questions?
  29. 29. Holistic Review Session! Partnering to Support Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions 4E - 4:30 - 5:30 - Steve Smith, Hobsons - James Crane, NAGAP - Julie Kent, CGS

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