Kira Talent is a Web-based, best-of-breed video interviewing platform that allows you to streamline your company’s hiring efforts. Start by recording the video questions that you want to ask, and specify criteria such as time limits to see how your candidates respond under pressure. From there, invite applicants to record their own responses via webcam. Review your candidates’ responses to quickly sort your potential hires into easily sortable “yes,” “maybe” and “no” categories.
If you’re not sure about your decision, you can easily invite co-workers to share comments and ratings directly on the candidate’s response page. Other features include different user account access levels, a practice suite for candidates to do mock interviews, welcoming and closing videos and the option to review and follow up with candidates directly from your iPhone via the Kira Reviewer app.
Kira Talent is available in English and French and has pricing tiers starting at $99 per month.
Elissa from Spark Growth Partners LLC
Specialty: Other Services
We found Kira Talent to be a great screening tool to quickly get a sense of certain candidates and narrow to a short-list in an efficient way. Instead of judging based on resumes alone, these video interviews were a great supplement to get us down to a shorter list of candidates worth interviewing in person.
When I first started using the software a couple of years ago there were a few minor glitches, but I believe they've all been fixed. They're also very responsive on any issues, so this didn't cause me any real problems.
I think it's worth thinking through how you will use Kira appropriately, given the roles you are hiring for. Since it is primarily meant for short mini-interviews (about 5 questions), you need to think about whether you will use Kira more as a screening tool for presentability and fit (less relevant for certain more technical/skill based roles), to test how they think (more relevant for skill based roles, but you may need to ignore the awkwardness that may result for some introverted dev/tech types who don't feel comfortable on video), or to test interest (e.g., questions about your company, the role, why they want it, etc.). I think Kira can be a very valuable tool when used thoughtfully. The natural tendency with a video based tool, however, is to judge based on overall poise, confidence, etc., which may not be as present (or relevant) for some of these more technical roles who bring a very different value to the company. That said, if you are aware of that potential bias going in and think about how you can use the questions to pre-screen candidates and narrow to a stronger short-list, it can certainly be effective.
Amanda from Envoke.com
Employees number: 2-10 employees
While I admit to being a little skeptical of video interviewing initially, I was won over by Kira Talent. This tool allows us to screen candidates more thoroughly and in a time effective manner. It can also be a fun way to give candidates a sense of your company culture and a feel for what you're looking for. We've been using Kira for a few months now and we've made very successful hires using this as part of our hiring process.
Kira's service is top notch and this is something that makes them stand out. They respond to emails and calls quickly and are always happy to answer questions, make suggestions, or walk you through anything you need help with. They're also great listeners -- as in, they truly value feedback from their clients and in our case, made changes based on that feedback. The team at Kira are a great bunch!
Justin from Joist
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Kira Talent is a very useful new platform that has become central to our hiring process. It allows us to quickly screen a large number of candidates and ensure that we're only proceeding with the right ones who best fit our culture (ie spending less time with poor candidates, and spending greater time with high quality candidates). Kira is extremely easy to use and many of our candidates have echoed positive feedback about our hiring process largely thanks to Kira! I would definitely recommend it to any company managing numerous applicants.
Easy and quick way to review candidates prior to bringing them in for a full interview. Very simple and easy to use UI.
Some candidates may be slightly out of their comfort zone in a video interview format. Kira seems to be working improving the experience to reduce this friction, but this could be said about all video interview platforms.
Elissa from Spark Growth
Employees number: 11-50 employees
We were very impressed with Kira Talent and found I was a missing piece in our recruiting process that ended up saving us a lot of time. We were able to pre-filter candidates and get a good sense of fit, allowing us to narrow down to a higher potential list of in-person interview candidates.
A great way to pre-screen candidates that look good on paper, before investing in an in-person interview. Easy to use, automated process.
Makes more sense for some positions than others. Need to keep in mind some highly technical resources won't present well on video, so use as appropriate. We found it most useful for positions where fit and presence are important.
Tim from TutorBright
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
KiraTalent is a wonderful platform that we use daily and extensively in our hiring and qualification process. It is used to qualify large numbers of applicants quickly and conveniently. The features we use the most are the custom question banks and uploading our own video questions. The platform is beautiful and easy to use. We can create interviews quickly, and are able to invite candidates to answer questions immediately. The client support team is extremely helpful and quickly responsive to any issues, suggestions, problems, etc. They are always available with answers to any inquiries we have.
- Easy to use user interface, very attractive and aesthetically pleasing
- Client Support is extremely responsive and positive
- Customization of interviews
- Ability to upload own videos for branding purposes
- A few applicants reported difficulty getting their webcam to work on the first try, and were unable to record their interviews.