Tips on How to Prepare Winning Video Essays. Admissions by Schools.  

Tips on How to Prepare Winning Video Essays

The list of US business schools, which require video essays as part of their MBA admissions process, and essays’ questions are the following:

 

 

MIT

1

Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief 60 second video statement. 

Yale

2

Randomly selected 2 questions, be ready to answer ordinary (like your strengths and goals) unordinary and personal questions

Kellogg

1

Randomly selected 2 questions, be ready to answer ordinary (like your strengths and goals) unordinary and personal questions

MSU

1

Randomly selected 4 questions, be ready to answer ordinary (like your strengths and goals) unordinary and personal questions

McCombs

1 (as an alternative to a written form)

Introduce yourself

 

1 TIP - PRACTICE

By bearing in mind the main goal of a video essay – to view and assess the reflection of what other elements say (CV, reocmmendations and other essays); the first and foremost advice is prepare a visual image, which will be relevant to the data in written documents. To demonstrate some skills and abilities (e.g. “advanced communication and presentation” or “open mindness” etc.) visually an MBA candidate should practice video essays at least 3 times before going to real video session.

2 TIP – ANALYSE

View your video records 2-3 times each, pause records to watch your facial expressions, gestures, tone, speed and any other features to charaterize your interest and inspiration. Make a list of weak points, learn them!

3 TIP – PRACTICE AGAIN

Keeping in mind your listed mistakes, make 2-3 more video records and review them critically. Repeat your practice until you enjoy listening and watching yourself.

4 TIP – SHARE

Now it’s time to show your latest, best record to your mates, family or colleagues to take a feedback from them. This methods will provide you with extremely objective and well-rounded experience to understand how AdComs may see and judge your perfomance.

5 TIP – RELAX AND ENJOY THE PROCESS

The most valuable criterion for AdComs is your ability to be yourself, as natural as you can. The only way to be yourself without failing declarations and tensions is to relax and enjoy the practice! If you cannot find the whole application process fun, the business school life will not give you the joy and excess outcomes.

6 TIP – CARE OF YOUR APPEARANCE

For AdComs it really matters how you look like. That does not mean you should buy an expensive suit or dress to impress the interviewer. Just care of cleanness, neatness and relevance to the situation in your face and clothes.






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Author: Victoria Dudka, MBA Strategy Consultants Team Lead





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