Rotman Video Essay Questions
Written essay questions have been the foundation of MBA applications for as long as we can remember but some leading graduate business schools have introduced a new wrinkle over the last few years. Recent technological advances have made video essays a reality within the admissions process at top b-schools around the world. However, there’s no need to worry, this new addition at schools like Kellogg, Yale and Rotman are not meant to stump you.
These video essays are genuinely so the admissions committee can “get to know” the candidate on a more personal level. Therefore, the applicant should try to be friendly and open about the questions (while still being appropriate, of course) rather than overly stiff & formal. The video provides a little glimpse into the personality traits of all applicants. So don’t expect to see anything really tricky or challenging, such as a mini-case, these are designed to be much more personal.
Specifically, admissions is looking to see how you come across in an unscripted, conversational moment. The important thing is to convey confidence and answer the question directly, within the time allotted, in an articulate manner. As always highlighting the core elements of Leadership, Innovation, Teamwork and Maturity that business schools covet within your responses will go a long way in executing a successful response. If you’re an international candidate, take the video essay seriously. Because for admissions, this is also another way to assess the English ability of international applicants so additional prep may be required.
Speaking of preparation, do it! Prep some responses to common interview questions, again these questions are not meant to be brain teasers just personal questions you should have already sorted through, about yourself and your interest in the school, prior to completing your application.
This is the kind of thing where I do think over-preparation could potentially backfire since you don’t know what the question will be, and the objective of the exercise is to be yourself and have fun. The important thing is to be flexible. Your personality during the video essay should be consistent with who you have portrayed yourself to be in the application (which should be consistent with who you are) while factoring how admission perceives you (young candidate, international, brain, etc). With this being said remain professional in your tone, language and dress to ensure admissions continues to view you as a serious candidate.
Finally, each video essay school has a slightly different process when it comes to this exercise. Help yourself out by reviewing each aspect of the process diligently so there are no surprises when it is time to complete.
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Dozie A. is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants.
Toronto / Rotman Essay Questions & Deadlines 2017-2018
2017-2018 Toronto / Rotman Essay Questions
Our Full-Time MBA Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management is best defined as a transformational experience. We believe that your journey begins with ‘why’.
Please describe why you are pursuing an MBA? Why Rotman? Why now? (500 words)
List 3-5 attributes or characteristics that best describe you. (5 words)
Video & Timed-Written Response:
Required video interview (2 questions) with a new timed written response component (10 minutes in length). Check out the Rotman blog for more details on the video essay and the timed written component.
2017-2018 Toronto / Rotman Deadlines
Application Deadline: Oct 16, 2017
Decision Notification: Dec 15, 2017
Application Deadline: Jan 8, 2018
Decision Notification: March 2, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2018
Decision Notification: Apr 20, 2018
Application Deadline: Apr 16, 2018
Decision Notification: May 25, 2018
Application Deadline: May 21, 2018
Decision Notification: Jun 22, 2018
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Schools: Toronto / Rotman