How to Rock the Video Statement in Your MBA Application

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An increasing number of MBA applications now include an online video statement, where you must either introduce yourself to future classmates or record responses to one or more short-answer prompts before your application is considered complete.

Why do schools add this extra step?

These videos help the admissions team decide which candidates best match their program. Plus, it can help identify applicants who, while not quite as strong on paper, may be the diamonds in the rough that enrich the learning experience for all.

The new format also strengthens the written essays by demonstrating the candidate’s verbal/visual communication skills. The adcom has seen what you have going for you on paper. A video interview can give them a better sense of your personality. It can also help them judge whether or not the “real you” matches the impression you’ve built through your other materials.

This potentially awkward format requires you to think on your feet and record your answer to a question (or questions) while speaking into your computer screen. It’s a new format for many and requires some rehearsal to become comfortable.

Don’t let the video statement stress you out.

If you have an upcoming video interview, essay question, or statement for schools including INSEAD, Kellogg, Yale SOM, or MIT Sloan, practice is essential to success. Unfortunately, video statements and essays can be a source of significant stress for already-anxious prospective students.

But here’s some good news: the reality is that it’s unlikely you will totally bomb your statement or essay answers. Just make sure you understand your program’s video “rules” before starting the camera rolling.

Here are some video-specific tips, some of which we previously shared with Find MBA:

  • Prepare (and practice) succinct responses for all of the typical MBA-related questions: Why Program X, Why an MBA overall, Why now, What are your career goals, Summarize your career to date, and so on.
  • Then practice by adding some “fun” questions and responses into the mix: Review the last book you read/movie you saw/TV show you watched; What is your favorite song and why; Where’s the best place you’ve gone on vacation, et cetera.
  • Record yourself answering these questions. Have a trusted friend review your responses and tell you how you’re coming off. Tweak your style accordingly.

With just a little bit of confidence and preparation, you could give a response that makes the adcom think, “We just have to meet this person!”

SBC can help you make a great impression with your video statement

Stacy Blackman Consulting has an online video platform that grants you unlimited practice doing exactly this. You can answer from a wide menu of questions, record yourself, watch and assess, tweak and try again.

Invest just 30 minutes a night. You’ll reap the benefits of increased comfort level and more articulate answers when you have your live interview. You can even choose an interview to submit to the SBC team for review and professional written feedback.

Set yourself up for success with this small investment and rock your video interviews. Purchase your package here today.

With deadlines around the corner, you may be interested in the world-famous SBC Flight Test. Once a full set of application materials for your initial school have been drafted, but not finalized, the application will be sent to a former admissions committee member for a one-time review, adcomm style. You’ll have the benefit of a true admissions committee review while still having the ability to tinker and change.  You will receive written feedback within two business days after submitting.

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