Kira Prep

An app to prepare you for your admission
video essays, interviews, and assessments

Kira Prep

An app to prepare you for your admission video essays, interviews, and assessments


The Applicant wants to do the best they can on all of their admissions assessments.

Today there’s a market of paid services but applicants aren’t always aware that they exist and they’re expensive.

Kira endeavours to create an app that will prepare applicants to take their online assessments.


Lead Product Designer | Kira Talent
User Research, Interaction, Visual design, Prototyping & testing

9 Months


1 Head of Product
1 Product Designer
2 Frontend Engineers
1 Backend Engineer



We began the project by running a design sprint to help us get focused on the specific problem we would be trying to solve.


The team works together to generate as many ideas during the sprint.

Design Sprint Insights

This was Kira's first design sprint and I wanted to know if the participants found it valuable so I sent out a short survey asking them how they felt. I was glad to learn they felt like I listened to them. They were excited to see what comes out of this process.

I collected a lot of feedback so I took the next few days to distill my findings. Here are some of the insights I uncovered.

  • To perform well
  • Feel that they made a great impression
  • To understand what Kira Talent is
  • Develop comfort and confidence
  • To feel prepared 
  • Career development
  • Beating the competition
  • Prestige
  • Getting into the program
  • Fairness in application
  • Feedback from a 3rd party
  • Time and efficiency
School/ Program
  • Hit enrollment targets
  • Retain applicants
  • See the "true" applicant
  • Recruit high-quality applicants
  • Appear fair
  • Appear innovative
  • Market their program well
  • Fairness
  • Applicant experience
Kira Talent
  • Scalable business
  • Manage operational costs
  • Don't piss off clients
  • Valid assessments
  • Help applicants
  • Profitability
  • Collect data
  • Address top client needs
  • Fairness
  • Validity
  • Simplicity
  • Ease of use


For applicants, taking an online video and written assessment is a new concept. 

There are many things to do to "get it right." for example, setting up your environment to be recorded, making sure your microphone works well, even getting used to the pace of writing a timed response.

Currently, Kira users are given the chance to practice a few questions to help them prepare for what's, but this experience is very basic and doesn't provide the applicant with useful feedback on their attempt.



I put everything out there to organize my thoughts by grouping similiar ideas into themes.




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