U of T Rotman Commerce: Supplemental Application Video/Written Questions Examples

If you’re looking for guidance on the University of Toronto Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application, as well as tips, strategies, and examples for the written/video questions, then you’ve come to the right place. 

This Application Prep guide is fully updated with the 2021/2022 application.

Before you dive in, it’s important to understand that the admissions committee receives thousands of applications every year. To help set you apart from the crowd, you need to demonstrate a clear sense of self, strong life experience, and exemplary communication skills.

Our ‘full student’ coaching process does exactly that. If you’re not working with a coach, be sure to read the Self-Awareness, Goal-Setting, and Narrative Communication Skills Guides.

The Narrative Communication Approach™ is a particularly useful storytelling framework that helps you tell a clear and concise story, while creating an emotional connection with the reader. All U of T Rotman examples and templates use this approach.

Our templates show you a suggested answer structure that uses the Narrative Communication Approach™. Using this structure does not mean your written/video answers will be the same as other students. That’s like saying using the 3 Act Structure makes every play, movie, and novel the same. The content of that story makes it unique.

We also suggest following the 5-step process we teach, seen here.

If you’re serious about getting into Rotman Commerce and reaching your fullest post-secondary potential, connect with a coach. It’s never too early to receive coaching.

Table of Contents

  1. 2021/2022 U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application: Set questions (i.e. Activities Question and Intro Question); Randomly selected questions; Question examples; Question themes and tips; and More. 
  2. Submitting the U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application: Submitting your application; Using the Kira Talent platform; and More.

2021/2022 U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application

For the 2022/2021 University of Toronto Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application, all applicants must complete 6 written/video questions

The Supplemental Application is divided into these five components

  • 1 anti-plagiarism acknowledgement question
  • 1 set written question
  • 1 set video question
  • 2 random written questions
  • 1 random video question

Here’s a quick snapshot of what to expect for each of these components: 

  • You will start with an anti-plagiarism question to acknowledge that your answers are your own.
  • You will be given 2 set questions (1 written and 1 video) and 3 randomly generated questions (2 written and 1 video) for a total of 5 questions.
  • For the first video question, you will get 45 seconds to answer the question. For the second video question, you will get 60 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to answer.
  • For the three written questions, you get 20 minutes to prepare and write your answer (with a 150 word limit for all the questions).
  • The entire assessment will take about 20-30 minutes total to complete. 

The Supplemental Application questions are are designed to give you an opportunity to showcase your experiences, interests, leadership potential, and other skills.

Your reviewers only know the surface level information, like your name and high school grades — they know nothing about who you are as a person, where you come from, and how your experiences have shaped your personality, interests, and goals. These questions are your chance to make a lasting first impression and show what makes you unique and a perfect fit for the program.

Rotman Commerce is looking for students who are articulate, passionate, and dedicated. They also want to see that you have the drive to succeed in the program. 

The entire Supplemental Application is completed through Kira Talent, and must be submitted by December 15, 2021 for early consideration for all applicants OR February 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EST as a final deadline for all other applicants.

Keep reading below for writing tips, strategies, possible questions, submission instructions, and much more for both the written and the video questions. If you have questions about this year’s application and need help preparing for your written/video questions, connect with a coach for 1-on-1 support.

Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 2: Activities Question (Written)

“Please list two activities which you spent a significant amount of time on outside of class. Focus on activities from the last 4 years – they can be any kind of pursuit, including sports, clubs, employment, volunteer activities, research activities, or hobbies. 

For each activity, provide the following information: 

  1. Briefly describe what you did,
  2. State how long you were involved in the activity (in months or years)
  3. If applicable, list any achievements, awards, leadership positions, etc. that you consider noteworthy. Use approximately 75 words for each activity.”
U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 2 – Breakdown

This question was given to you previously on the Check In page of the JOIN U of T website (see the section we wrote about this above). 

You have 20 minutes to complete this question so make sure you take your time and ALWAYS proofread your work before clicking “Submit”. 

For this question you want to choose activities that will allow you to show your leadership abilities, as well as activities that you can quantify, ones that are unique, and allow you to show your commitment

Also pick activities that will let you show off skills like project management, organization, problem solving, and more. The Rotman admissions committee wants to hear about activities that have made a huge impact on your life

COACH’S TIP: If you write this question before the Assessment (which we recommend) DO NOT COPY AND PASTE YOUR ANSWER from another document or Kira Talent will pick it up as plagiarism. Print out the answers you’ve prepared and manually type in each one yourself at the time of the Assessment. 

We know that identifying (and participating in) activities like this can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Our unique approach will help you and your coach identify and execute audacious and authentic goals (we call these AYA goals) that are perfectly aligned with your interests and passions, so you can accomplish what you want (and have amazing experiences to talk about on your application!). Connect with a coach to get started and check out our Goal-Setting Guide now.

U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 2 – Template

Get started on your template here (click File > Make A Copy)

REMEMBER: When you’re typing in your answers, you will see the word count at the bottom left of the page. You MUST keep your answer to 150 words or less for this question.

Your response to the Activities Question should have these three components for EACH ACTIVITY: 

  • Activity Name (<15 words)
    • Briefly describe the activity/organization and your role.
  • Length of Activity (<10 words)
    • State when you did this activity (start date and duration), as well as the commitment level (e.g. 10 hours per week). 
  • Noteworthy Outcome (<50 words)
    • Briefly describe what you achieved in this activity. Use quantifiable outcomes (like money raised, hours spent, etc.). Focus on skills you built (like leadership), as well as the impact this activity has had on you. Finally, tie this activity to Rotman and state how it will help you if accepted.

Want to really stand out with your answer? Create a memorable and unique answer using storytelling to draw your audience in and make a connection with them. Check out our Narrative Communication Approach™ Guide to learn how.

U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 2 – Example

Here’s an example of how to answer this question. 

REMEMBER: This example is an EXAMPLE ONLY and is NOT meant for you to copy. 

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COACH’S TIP: For this Activities Response, you must have a combined 150 words for both activities. You are not required to have each activity be 75 words exactly, but one activity can be longer/shorter than the other. Notice in the example above that the student spends more of his word count on the first activity (that is totally fine!).

Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 3: Introductory Question (Video)

  1. Briefly introduce yourself, 
  2. Tell us about one thing you are passionate about, and 
  3. Describe what unique perspectives or experiences you will bring to the Rotman Commerce community. 

For this question, you will have 30 seconds to prepare, and 45 seconds to record your answer.

U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 3- Breakdown

This question was given to you previously on the Check In page of the JOIN U of T website. 

We call this question the Introductory Question because it is the first time the admissions committee gets to meet you (virtually) and you get to tell them a bit more about who you are. 

We all know that first impressions are everything, so we’ve put together some tips to help you out.

We all have a bunch of different passions and interests, so it can be tough to come up with one passion and a couple unique perspectives/experiences (all in 45 seconds!).

When thinking about what passion to choose, be completely honest and truthful. Speak to what makes you, you. 

Passions come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s what makes this question so much fun. Refer to your Student Identity Blueprint™ and talk with your coach about the points you went over during your Discovery call (if you haven’t done this, connect with a coach now). 

Your passions can be anything from loving interior design, to competitive swimming and starting a nonprofit to help underprivileged youth in your community. 

The important thing is to spin your passion in such a way that you can emphasize traits that Rotman looks for, as well as unique experiences centered around your passion which have made you a better person and stronger student. 

For the competitive swimming example, you would go beyond talking about how much you love to swim and talk about a unique experience where you got to travel to the US for a competition, and prepping for that competition helped teach you invaluable lessons about teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. 

If you need some help identifying which passion to discuss and how to strategically draw out experiences and perspectives that Rotman looks for, connect with a coach now. 

U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 3 – Template

Get started on your template here (click File > Make A Copy)

When thinking about the type of answer you’ll give for this question, try to answer the following points and details. 

  • Introduce Yourself: 
    • Give some general information, like your name and where you’re from. Include interesting facts that would differentiate you, like living in seven countries or being a 20 under 20 winner (only do this if it is really unique and a high level achievement.  Keep this section relatively short.
  • Your Passions: Think about an interest/passion that makes you unique and has contributed to making you the person you are today. Briefly describe what that passion is here.
  • Rotman Connection: Based on this passion, talk about the experiences you’ve had to lessons you’ve learned that will help you as a student at Rotman. Highlight skills, points of view, dedication, etc.
U OF T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 3 – Video Interview Example

Watch this video to see how one of our coaches came up with his answer in real time and to get some tips to help you ace your own question:

Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Randomly Selected Questions 4-6 (Written & Video)

Questions 4-5 are both written questions that are randomly selected (i.e. you cannot prepare for them in advance). Question 6 is a video question that is randomly selected as well.

U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Questions 4-6 – Possible Questions

As our coaches have been working with students on preparing for their 2022 U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application, they’ve noticed a few general things about the questions.

The written and video responses for Questions 4-6 will fall into two main types:

1. PERSONAL QUESTIONS:

Personal questions are all about YOU.

They will ask you things like what you would do in a certain situation, what you value, the experiences you have had working on your own and with others, etc.. 

These questions give you the change to talk about where you come from, while showing how you react to situations and how you apply key skills like leadership, problem solving, organization, and time management in all areas of your life. 

When answering personal questions, we recommend using storytelling to help make your answers more unique, memorable, and authentic.

How can you do this?

Check out our Narrative Communication Approach™ Guide to learn how to make an emotional connection with the reviewers so that you can stand out from other applicants and showcase your skills, values, interests, and experiences.

2. PROBLEM-BASED QUESTIONS:

Problem-based questions ask you to take a position or discuss your opinion about a specific issues, question, or topic.

These questions might seem scary, but just remember that they are meant to be this way!

The admissions committee wants to see your critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as your ability to keep your cool under pressure and make a logical and structured argument.

What you want to do for these questions is take a position, justify that position with a couple supporting arguments, and then briefly explain what your answer says about you (so that it benefits your application).

Trust us…it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

Our Deductive Communication Approach will help make this process easier for you because it uses a top-down method, where you state your Answer, back it up with some Main Arguments and Supporting Arguments, and then talk about why it all matters (and how it has allowed you to learn and grow as a student).

By having this communication approach in your interview toolkit, you can go into the interview super confident that you’ll be able to give a logical answer and keep your cool — no matter what question they throw at you.

COACH’S TIP: Problem-based questions can seem intimidating, but DON’T PANIC. The most important thing is how you come across vs. what exactly your answer is. The admissions committee isn’t expecting a perfect answer — what they really want to see is a strong thought process and that you can form a logical answer that’s backed up by solid reasons and evidence.

For example, we’ve seen the question: “Do you believe there should be a cap on rent charged in large cities?” In this case, the admissions committee isn’t expecting that you’ll know a ton about economics models. Instead, they want to see that you can stay calm, form a rational and logical answer and back it up with solid reasoning.

If you need some help preparing your answers and doing some mock interviews for personal and problem-based questions, connect with a coach now.

U of T Rotman Commerce Interview Questions – Sample Questions

Here are some questions that we have seen come up for 2022 U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application. These questions are possible for BOTH the written and video responses. 

Personal Questions:

  • Why are you interested in business? What have you done to develop this interest?
  • Briefly explain why you are interested in the field of business and describe what you have done so far to develop this interest. Try to be as specific as possible. Use approximately 50 words for the first part, and approximately 100 words for the second part. 
  • How have you been involved in your community in the past 4 years?
  • What are your goals for Rotman and beyond?
  • Why Rotman?  
  • How have you demonstrated significant leadership?
  • Who is your greatest role model and why?
  • If you could live in any period of history or the future, when do you want to live in and why?
  • Describe a song which describes you well/your outlook/your feelings?
  • If you were to choose your parents who would those be and why?
  • If you knew the world would end in one year what would you do?
  • What do you think has the biggest impact on who you are?
  • Provide an example of a time when you used your business relationships or network to obtain something you wanted?
  • When you have a problem, whom do you approach for advice and why?
  • What is your favourite quote?
  • How do you convince others when you have a good idea?
  • If you had a 24 hours holiday and unlimited resources, what would you want to do?
  • Talk about one example where you succeeded.
  • What quote will you be remembered by someday?
  • What would you do with 1 million dollars?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • Describe a situation where you had to deal with somebody you didn’t get along with?
  • What is the greatest challenge you have ever faced?
  • What people/characteristics do you not like?
  • What do you think are qualities of a strong teammate?

Problem-Based Questions:

  • Tell us about a news story that you came across within the last two months that you found important. Tell us where you learned about this story (e.g., specific newspaper, TV program, social media, etc.) and briefly summarize in your own words the main points of the news story. Then discuss how this issue might have significant implications for the business world. 
  • Should sports leagues keep track of scores?
  • Standardized tests are an accurate measure of student knowledge and achievement. State your position and give 2-3 reasons to support your point of view.
  • Is Academic performance the only factor to get a good job?
  • Should the government be able to seize private property to help the general public?
  • What is your elevator pitch (as in, give me your elevator pitch)?
  • How would you explain facebook to your grandmother?
  • In business cases, do you think communication skills are more important or analytical skills?
  • What skills or knowledge do you think can help you with your career goals?
  • Please comment on the following: Education is not complete without sciences
  • Do you agree with the following statement: Public libraries are irrelevant in the digital age. In your answer, you should clearly state your position and give 2-3 reasons to support your point of view. You will have 60 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to record your answer.
  • Do you believe there should be a cap on rent charged in large cities?

No matter whether then question is personal or problem-based, the admissions committee wants to see that you have self-awareness. This means that they want to make sure you know what your skills are (and what you need to improve on), what you value, and how you plan to make a difference in the world.

It may seem obvious and you’re probably thinking, “Duh.. of course I know what I’m good at and what I care about.” 

This might surprise you, but very few students actually focus on self-awareness. You might think you have it all figured out, but it’s probably more surface-level than you think. 

That’s why we have a whole phase in our coaching methodology (the Discovery phase) where we use a Student Identity Blueprint™ to help you figure out who you are and what makes you tick. Then, when questions like the ones above come up on your Rotman Supplemental Application, you will know EXACTLY how to respond. 

If you haven’t already, connect with a coach to get started on your Student Identity Blueprint™.

U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Question 4-6 – Template

Get started on the practice question template here (Click File > Make a copy)

Even though you don’t know what the written questions will be, you can prepare beforehand by getting more familiar with our Narrative Communication Approach™, which will make your answers unique, authentic, and memorable. 

This approach uses storytelling to draw out character development and create an emotional connection with your reviewers. 

No matter what the question is, if you incorporate these 5 components into your answer, we guarantee you’ll stand out from other applicants. 

Here’s a template using these 5 components that you can use as a starting point for thinking of responses to the possible questions listed above. To learn more about these components, read our blog here.

  • Hook (Optional)
    • Capture the reviewer’s attention by listing a captivating experience that creates an emotional connection from the beginning. Keep this section short.
  • Context
    • Provide the necessary background information, including the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, and why). Provide key details the reviewer must know, along with some personal insight so they can understand who you are and what’s important to you. 
  • Catalyst 
    • Describe a shift or change (it can be a specific event or a change over time). Discuss the conflict or struggle or obstacle you were faced with and how this turned out to be an opportunity for you to grow.
  • Outcome
    • State the end result/impact and provide a resolution for what was described in the Catalyst section. 
  • Reflection 
    • Discuss the moral of the story, and describe what you learned, using deep and unique learning outcomes and insights. 

REMEMBER: This template can be used BOTH for written and video responses.

For more support on using approaches and strategies like the Narrative Communication Approach™ to prepare for your Supplemental Application and give standout answers, connect with a coach now.

U OF T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application Questions 4-6 – Examples

Rotman Commerce Video Interview Example 1: Opinion Question (Video Response)

Here’s the question for this randomly generated video question:

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Standardized tests are an accurate measure of student knowledge and achievement.

In your answer, you should clearly state your position and give 2-3 reasons to support your point of view. You will have 60 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to record your answer.

Here’s an example of how to answer this question from one of our coaches:

Example 2: Field of Business Interest and Development (Written Response)

Here’s an example written answer for the question.

REMEMBER: This is an EXAMPLE ONLY and is NOT meant for you to copy.

“Briefly explain why you are interested in the field of business and describe what you have done so far to develop this interest. Try to be as specific as possible. Use approximately 50 words for the first part, and approximately 100 words for the second part.”

rotman commerce supplemental application example

COACH’S TIP: In all of your written and video questions, make sure you have a statement (or a ‘pitch’) at the end of each answer that shows exactly why you are the perfect fit to go to Rotman and how you would add value to their program. Show that your interests are perfectly aligned and that you would achieve great things by attending. 

Example 3: News & Point of View (Written Response)

“Tell us about a news story that you came across within the last two months that you found important. Tell us where you learned about this story (e.g., specific newspaper, TV program, social media, etc.) and briefly summarize in your own words the main points of the news story. Then discuss how this issue might have significant implications for the business world.”

REMEMBER: We have to say it again, this is an EXAMPLE ONLY.

rotman commerce supplemental application example

Watch the full video of one of our coaches completing the entire Assessment of Questions 1-6 here:

U of T Rotman Commerce Video/Written Questions Themes 

Whether you know what the question will be ahead of time (Questions 2-3) or whether the questions are chosen at random (Questions 4-6), it helps to think generally about a few themes and ideas that you can use across various types of questions

Then, as you’re completing your Supplemental Application questions, you can draw on these ideas and your Student Identity Blueprint™ to easily come up with an answer. 

​​COACH’S TIP: Don’t memorize your answers beforehand. This will come across as inauthentic and over practiced. Instead, think of some talking points, experiences, and interests that fit many different types of questions and then answer the question in the moment as best as you can. 

Here are some themes you can draw upon as you’re thinking about your answers.

ROTMAN COMMERCE

This is probably the most important theme you should focus on. In your answers, you need to be able to specifically communicate why you want to attend Rotman.

Make sure to do lots of research and use it in your answer. The more depth to your research, the more differentiated your answer will be. In all of your answers, make sure you have a statement (or a ‘pitch’) at the end of each answer that shows exactly why you are the perfect fit for Rotman and how you would add value to their program as a student. You should also be very familiar with the program, streams and specializations, courses, professors, and resources offered.

This may seem obvious, but a lot of applicants know nothing about these, so if you can show you have a strong knowledge of Rotman and communicate your passion for going there, you will have a better change of getting in.

BUSINESS

You should easily be able to answer the question: “Why business?” You need to go beyond obvious answers like, “I’m good at math” or “I’ll be able to get a good job when I graduate.”

Relate your interest in business to a particular passion you have, like sustainable investing (see the example above) or international finance.

When thinking about your interest in business, take the time to understand what is personally appealing about business (and how it relates to Rotman Commerce). This way, during the interview you’ll be able to show exactly why you’re there and what you hope to get out of the program — and this self-awareness will really set you apart from other applicants. 

LEADERSHIP

It is very likely that there may be a question around leadership. To prepare for this, make sure you know a few examples of how you have shown leadership in the past. It is important to not just explain what the leadership role you had, but actually how you demonstrated that leadership (being the President of a club doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good leader).

COMMUNITY

Rotman wants students who are actively involved in the community, not just because it shows commitment, selflessness, and passion, but also because it highlights time management. 

Make sure you have 1 or 2 examples of how you have been involved in your community. As much as possible, quantify the impact you had. 

CONFLICT

There is often a question about how you have dealt with conflict. This is mainly around how you have dealt with conflict in a team setting or a potential inflammatory situation. Remember to not just focus on the problem, but more so the resolution or lessons learned. 

TEAM WORK

In addition to conflict in team settings, a lot of the time there are questions about how you have worked in a team effectively. Once again, make sure you can clearly define how you succeed in the team, and not just the team’s success.

TIME MANAGEMENT

There are questions that are really just structured around seeing how you handle pressure and manage your time. Be sure to really explain why the example you are giving is a good example of how you can manage your time and operate under stressful situations. 

ACHIEVEMENT

This is an opportunity for you to discuss something you have achieved. For this, try to think of something that is differentiated and you can really explain how you achieved it, and why that achievement will help you at Rotman.

If you want to learn how you can align these themes to your unique interests and experiences, connect with a coach now.

U of T Rotman Commerce Video and Written Questions Tips 

Many students ask us for tips for writing the Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application.

Here are the ones we think will help you the most for the video and written questions:

TIP #1: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

It can seem really scary to see yourself talking on screen and worrying about how you are coming across to the admissions committee.

Open up your camera and practice answering Question 3 (discussed above) or any of the possible questions in Questions 4-6 a few of the possible questions. Seeing yourself on camera will help you get the hang of things and get comfortable with seeing yourself on camera.

If you want to take your prep to the next level, work 1-on-1 with a coach and do some mock interviews so you know exactly what to do when you’re recording your answers for real.

TIP #2: ALWAYS ANSWER THE ENTIRE QUESTION 

It seems silly, but it is common to get off track and later realize you didn’t answer the question. 

Break down each part of the question into smaller components, and address each one as you move through your answer. If you’re working on a written question, take some time at the end while you’re proofreading to make sure you’ve answered everything. 

TIP #3: TAKE YOUR TIME

Sometimes when you know you have a limited amount of time you might speed through everything like a mad race against the clock. 

For the video questions, remember to take a breath and pause between your sentences to allow the reviewer time to process what you said. Focus on speaking clearly and slowly. 

TIP #4: TELL IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT YOU

Remember that every answer you give should tell the interviewer something about you that boosts your application, even if the question isn’t about you. 

Highlight your skills and experiences, show that you have thought about goals, and use the questions to help the admissions committee learn more about you. You’d be a great addition to their program — tell them how!

TIP #5: BE CONCISE 

Your answers should be clear and to the point, leaving out unnecessary information. In the video questions, you don’t want to ramble — get to the point and be clear. 

The written questions are the same. 150 words isn’t that much so you have to make every word count. Get rid of information that is repetitive or doesn’t add value. It is better to have a short, concise answer than a convoluted answer that is redundant and possibly unfocused. 

TIP #6: BE PROFESSIONAL (BUT ALSO HAVE FUN!)

When preparing for your video questions make sure that you come across as a young professional with something special to offer the program. How can you do this? 

  • Dress professionally
  • Make sure the background behind your camera is empty
  • Go somewhere that is quiet and free from distractions
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera as you give your answers

While it’s important to be professional, it’s also important to have fun with these questions. The admissions committee wants to admit unique people who have a shining personality and the experiences to match. Show them who you are and be yourself.

TIP #7: DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF

The admissions committee reviews thousands of applications. You’ll never stand out if your answers are the same as everyone else’s, so come up with answers that are unique. 

For example, if there’s a question that asks “Describe a time when you had to adapt” don’t simply talk about how COVID made everything more difficult. Instead, you can talk about a leadership experience where you took on a challenge and tried something that hadn’t been done before. Then, shift the question into talking about your successes and what you learned from the experience.  

Trying to come up with a different approach is important and you should only resort to these easy answers if you get stuck. Using storytelling to create an emotional connection with the reviewers can also make a huge difference in creating a unique, authentic, and memorable application. Check out this blog about our Narrative Communication Approach™ to learn more. 

If you would like more tips to help you prepare, as well as the chance to up your game and do some mock video/written questions, connect with a coach today. Our coaches have helped hundreds of students conquer their Kira Talent questions and achieve admissions success! 

Submitting Your U of T Rotman Commerce Supplemental Application

Navigating the U of T site and submitting your written/video questions is a bit complicated, so here we’ll do a step-by-step breakdown to show you exactly how to complete your Supplemental Application. 

Step 1: After you submit your OUAC application, you will receive an email with a link to sign into the JOIN U of T website, along with your credentials for your JOINid. Click the “Login to the JOIN U of T Website”.

The page looks like this: 

rotman commerce supplemental application example

Step 2: Once you’ve logged in, you will come to a “Connect with U of T” page, where you will see a page with the header “Your Application Status” and a button that says “Check Your Application Status”. This is where you will complete your Supplemental Application.

The page (and where to click) looks like this: 

rotman commerce supplemental application example

Step 3: Once you’ve clicked that, you can complete your Supplemental Application under the “Required Documents” list and then click “Check In” on the next page. 

The page looks like this:

rotman commerce supplemental application example

COACH’S TIP: On this Check In page, you will also see the first written question listed as well as the first video response question under the “Structure and Content” header. These are questions that you can prepare in advance of the actual assessment.

Keep reading to get a breakdown of these two questions, as well as tips for preparing them and examples. If you have any questions about the prepared questions, please connect with a coach any time.

If you need more help logging into JOIN U of T and navigating the site, watch this video that one of our Youth Coaches created to help students just like you:

Next, you will be redirected you to a third-party site called Kira Talent, where you’ll do the timed written and video questions. 

REMEMBER: The Kira Talent Platform is invitation only, online interviewing platform that uses text and video questions. You will NOT interact with live people. Instead, you will get text or video questions and then provide the corresponding answers. 

Step 4: After you check in, make sure you watch the Welcome Video first so you can become more familiar with the platform and you know exactly what to expect. 

The page looks like this:

rotman commerce supplemental application example

Step 5: Next, click the “Registration” button and enter all of your information. 

The page looks like this:

mcmaster engineering supplementary application rotman commerce

Step 6: Next, complete the device setup to ensure that your camera and microphone are working properly.

The page looks like this: 

rotman commerce supplemental application example

Step 7: Now it’s time to do your practice questions. These are REALLY important to do so you know exactly how the written/video questions will look. The last thing you want is to be stressed out, so getting a feel for the platform will help ease the stress a bit. 

You will get to practice two video questions and one written question.

Here’s how the practice written question looks: 

rotman commerce supplemental application example

Once you’re done practicing, you are ready to begin the questions for real!

REMEMBER: For the Welcome Video, Registration, Device Setup, and Practice sections, you can exit and come back whenever. When you click “Assessment” you WILL NOT be able to exit and come back, so only click it when you’re ready to record your answers for real.

Here’s a real-time video with all the information we mentioned above to help you navigate the Kira Talent site before starting the Assessment:

You’ve Got a Dedicated Coach in Your Corner

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Our 1-on-1 Youth Coaching fills that gap that most high schools miss. We can help you build self-awareness through probing questions and assessments, set bigger goals to elevate your extracurriculars and future career plans, and improve skills that matter on supplementary applications, such as interviewing, written communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

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