A number of business schools have recently added a new component to their MBA application process; the MBA video interview or essay. INSEAD, Kellogg and Yale all include a MBA video in their requirements for MBA applicants, just to mention a few of the business schools that have transitioned to this modern approach for applications.
Typically, the applicant is provided with one or several questions, as well as some time to think about them (around a minute, 30 seconds or similar per question) and is then expected to provide the school with a recorded answer.
The reason business schools introduced the MBA video essays was that they were looking for more authentic replies from applicants, without the direct support of admissions consultants and other professionals. An MBA video interview also gives the school an idea of the English language skills as well as the communications skills for foreign applicants.
Applicants are not expected to prepare for the MBA video essays and there is no “right” answer. Instead, the schools are hoping applicants who may not be a very good on paper will have a chance to shine and show parts of themselves and their personality that are not seen elsewhere in their traditional application.
As soon as MBA videos were introduced many applicants have been looking for MBA video essay sample questions and similar in order to have a chance to prepare for the MBA video interviews. The video component differs from business school to business school so see some more detailed information for the different schools that require video interviews, including some of the typical questions, below.