At a glance
- AFMAA Process, Interview Questions, Trait Assessment
- Desktop/Laptop Set-up
- Steps to complete the AFMAA
- AFMAA Interview tips
- Do you require special learning accommodations?
- University of Waterloo Privacy
The AFM Admissions Assessment (AFMAA) is a required admissions step for all applicants to the AFM program. The goal of the AFMAA is to assist the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) in the identification of students who will be successful in the AFM program. We are looking for academically strong students with the potential to excel in both the classroom and the workplace.
There are two components to the AFMAA, both of which are completed online:
- Interview – You will respond to three interview questions to assess your ability to communicate appropriately in a clear, concise, organized, and professional manner. The AFMAA Interview questions are available in advance - view the AFMAA Interview questions here.
- Trait Assessment – You will respond to a 78-question survey to assess your potential in the areas of leadership, collaboration, adaptability and problem solving.
You can practise your interview skills as many times as needed before completing your formal AFMAA Interview. Practice sessions for the Trait Assessment are not available.
When you are ready to complete your formal AFMAA Interview and AFMAA Trait Assessment submissions, note that you are required to complete the AFMAA Interview first, followed immediately by the AFMAA Trait Assessment. Once you have completed your device setup and have practiced the interview, it is recommended that you set aside an hour to complete your formal Interview and Trait Assessment submissions. The formal interview will take you about 10 to 15 minutes, and the trait assessment will take you about 10 minutes. The hour will provide you with more than enough time so that you will not feel rushed.
Once each question is delivered, the recording of your response will begin after 10 seconds and you will have 1.5 minutes (90 seconds) for each response.
Before you complete either the Interview or Trait Assessment, you are required to provide consent and confirm your identification. This will be completed at the start of the AFMAA Interview component and before your response to the formal AFMAA Interview questions.
Consent: All or any part of your AFMAA – Interview and Trait Assessment - will be recorded. You are required, at the start of the Interview component, to provide your consent prior to completing and submitting your Interview response and Trait Assessment.
You are required to affirm your consent for video and audio recording of your AFMAA with the following statement:
I consent to the video and audio recording of my AFMAA.
Identification: You are required to show government issued identification and to declare that the submissions will be your own work. Note that any misrepresentation in your responses/submissions may result in the cancellation of your application, admission or registration data.
This step will be immediately after the recording of the above AFMAA Consent Statement. Acceptable photo ID must be one of the following. You must present your original ID. Photocopies are not acceptable.
- Driver’s license,
- Passport, issued within the last 3 years, or
- Government photo ID, issued within the last 3 years.
TIPS for your AFMAA interview practice session:
- Pay attention to the lighting within your room and the lighting on you. Adjust lighting to ensure that your ID, face, etc are lit adequately for the AFM Admissions Committee to see clearly.
- Pay attention to the angle you hold your photo ID and the distance your photo ID is from the camera. Your photo ID should fill the frame of the screen.
- Hold your original photo ID as still as possible for at least 10 seconds.
While holding your photo ID to the camera, you are required to confirm that the Interview and Trait Assessment submissions will be your own work, with the following statement:
I declare that my AFMAA submissions will be my own work.
NOTE: You are required to respond to all 3 questions as part of your AFMAA interview component.
- Tell us about a time when you had to work in a team and the team encountered a challenge or setback. Describe the process used by your team to collaboratively solve the problem? How will this experience affect your future collaborations.
- Tell us about a time when you had to work with people from different social backgrounds than you. What were the challenges and benefits and what did you learn from this experience?
- Tell us about how you stand out from your peers, what makes you unique and what life experiences have contributed to make you who you are.
The AFMAA Interview questions will be presented to you via video recording and will appear at the bottom of your screen for reference. Once the question is delivered, the recording of your response will begin after 10 seconds and you will have 1.5 minutes (90 seconds) for your response. A blue countdown status bar will be located at the top of your screen to help you keep track of the time.
NOTE: You do not need to speak for the full time allotted. Press the SPACE bar to stop recording when you have finished your response.
AFMAA Trait Assessment
Once you have submitted the AFMAA Interview component, access the link to the AFMAA Trait Assessment from Your AFMAA Links email. You will be required to provide your first and last name, your uWaterloo student ID#, and your email address.
The AFMAA Trait Assessment should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. Once you’ve answered all 78 questions, click SUBMIT QUESTIONNAIRE.
Remember, you must complete the Trait Assessment immediately after you complete your Interview submission.
In order to complete your AFMAA Interview component, you will need to setup your desktop/laptop to enable video recording through the Kira Academic platform.
Register with Kira Academic, the provider of the AFMAA Interview, using the “CHECK IN” button at the bottom of Your AFMAA Links email. Part of the “check in” process is to set up your browser, webcam, and microphone. You will be guided through the steps required. Use a laptop or desktop to complete the AFMAA. A mobile device is not suitable.
- Avoid using Incognito/Private Browsing mode
- Using Chrome (version 44 or higher), Firefox (version 40 or higher) or Safari (version 8 or higher) on a Mac/PC or laptop works best. Other browsers may be unpredictable. For other suitable browser options, see Support Browsers.
For visual references of the set up instructions visit AFMAA Device Setup.
STEP 1: Practice the AFMAA Interview using the Kira Academic online platform.
You will be prompted to respond to 2 statements of verification and 3 interview questions during your interview practice session(s):
- AFMAA Consent Statement – to provide your consent for the video recording of your AFMAA submissions
- AFMAA Identification Statement – to declare that the submissions will be your own work
- AFMAA Interview Questions – to provide a response to the interview questions
- Use your practice sessions to ensure that your device setup is recording your responses correctly, with both audio and video
- This is an opportunity for you to practise your interview and communication skills before doing the formal AFMAA Interview submission. Be sure to check out the AFMAA Interview Tips.
- The practice sessions are not saved and will not be part of your application file. However, you can review your responses to see how you look and sound.
- Ensure that you can be seen and heard clearly. Pay attention to lighting, positioning, volume, and background noise. When showing your photo ID, hold it close enough to your webcam so that it fills the screen and be sure that it is clearly visible, readable, and focused.
- You can do the practice session as many times as you wish. You can leave the practice session and come back to it again, by clicking the “CHECK IN” button at the bottom of Your AFMAA Links email and clicking on the “PRACTICE AGAIN” link.
NOTE: If you intend to continue practising, DO NOT CLICK THE “START INTERVIEW” BUTTON.
When you are comfortable with the process, the setup and your interview skills, you can proceed to complete your formal AFMAA Interview submission which will be submitted as part of your application file.
STEP 2: Get ready to complete your formal AFMAA submissions, both the online Interview and the online Trait Assessment.
Your formal AFMAA submissions can only be done once. If you have already completed your device setup and gone through at least one practice session, it is recommended that you set aside an hour to complete both your AFMAA Interview and AFMAA Trait Assessment. This is a sufficient amount of time to ensure that you will not feel rushed. The AFMAA Interview typically takes about 10 minutes to complete and the Trait Assessment will also take about 10 minutes. If you completed your setup and practice session(s) a while ago, you may be required to go through the device setup and a practice session again before starting starting your formal AFMAA submissions.
Be sure to find a quiet setting where you will not be interrupted to complete your AFMAA. Have your photo ID handy as well as have Your AFMAA Links email open.
- You must complete the AFMAA Interview submission first, to set up your device, respond to the consent/identification statements, and to complete the AFMAA Interview question, followed immediately by the AFMAA Trait Assessment. This sequence is important!
- If you fail to complete your formal AFMAA submissions within the sequence as outlined above - AFMAA Interview first, followed immediately by the AFMAA Trait Assessment - your application will no longer be considered for admission.
STEP 3: When you’re ready to start, click the “CHECK IN” button at the bottom of Your AFMAA Links email. You will be brought to a landing page where you can choose to Practise again or Start Interview. To begin your formal AFMAA Interview submission, click Start Interview.
The formal Interview is identical to the practice session – i.e. the consent and identification statements followed by the interview question. Upon completion, your interview responses will automatically be submitted for inclusion in your application file. You will not be able to view your submitted interview. An email confirmation from Kira Academic will be sent to you to confirm successful submission of your AFMAA Interview component.
STEP 4: Once you have submitted your AFMAA Interview, click the “Trait Assessment” link from Your AFMAA Links email.
You will be required to provide your full name, uWaterloo student ID#, and email address. Click Submit to begin the trait assessment. Once you have responded to all 78 questions, click "SUBMIT QUESTIONNAIRE". You will be linked to a "thank you" confirmation page confirming successful submission of your AFMAA Trait Assessment.
This assessment is intended to capture your first response – i.e. your spontaneous response is usually the most accurate. If you take more than 10 minutes to complete the Trait Assessment, then you are over-thinking and your results are likely not to be truly reflective of your traits.
Responses for the Trait Assessment are based on a sliding scale between "Agree Completely" to "Disagree Completely". An example of the type of question you may receive in the AFMAA Trait Assessment.
Would your friends consider you a risk taker?
There are no right or wrong answers - just respond with your first thought.
The SAF is interested in getting to know you better and assessing your skills beyond what your marks can tell us. We want you to do your best in the AFMAA Interview and have provided tips here for you to consider when preparing for your interview.
- Treat your AFMAA Interview as if it was a Skype job interview.
- Ensure that your posture is proper and professional.
- Ensure that your photo ID is focused, clear, and at the correct distance to be viewed.
- Is your face at the right distance from the camera? Ideally, your webcam should be capturing only your face and shoulders.
- What's in the background of your video? Your interview should be done in an environment without background distraction or interruptions by others.
- Are you looking into your camera to create a personal connection with your interviewer?
- Have you reviewed your practice session responses? This is a great way to make sure you're satisfied with the way your responses are coming through.
- Don't forget, you can practise as many times as you would like.
- Smile, take a deep breath, have fun, and be yourself!
What we look for:
- Communication ability - Can you demonstrate:
- Passion in your response
- Engagement with your audience
- Authenticity in your response and mannerisms
- An articulate response
- Advocacy for a position within the AFM program
- Diversity in experience - Can you learn from your peers and teachers and apply it to your learning strategies
Remember: The purpose of the AFM Admissions process is to help you and the AFM Admissions Committee determine if the AFM program and the University of Waterloo is the right fit for you.
The School of Accounting and Finance and the University of Waterloo are committed to ensuring equal access to the AFMAA Interview and Trait Assessment process. In order to protect your private health information, AccessAbility Services will collect, in confidence, all medical documentation to determine appropriate accommodations. If you require an accommodation in order to meaningfully participate, please complete the steps and forms as outlined by AccessAbility Services.
As part of the SAF application process, your information (e.g. name, email address, University of Waterloo student ID #) will be processed through the following secure platforms, for the express purposes of collecting your online Interview and your online Trait Assessment:
- Kira Talent, a service that provides the SAF interface for the online video Interview, a required component of the Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assessment (AFMAA)
- Thomas International, a service that provides the SAF interface for the online Trait Assessment, a required component of the AFMAA
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Information will be processed in compliance with Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. F.31) and UW's policies.
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