If you're applying to business school in the near future, you may be wondering whether or not including a video with your MBA application is a good idea. The answer? It depends on your situation. Here are some pros and cons to consider.

MBA application video

Pro: A good video may help your MBA application stand out.

MBA admissions are highly competitive, especially at prestigious business schools—in order to get accepted, your application needs to stand out. A well-produced, high-quality video can help your application connect with the admissions committee in a more personal and memorable way.

Con: Poor quality or lack of planning may work against you.

If your video isn't professional or betrays a lack of planning or self-awareness, it may actually work against you. Not every MBA application needs a video to stand out, and if you do decide to include one, make sure you look your best and rehearse what you're going to say and do. Post-production editing helps, too!

Pro: Application videos can convey your passion and commitment. 

MBA admissions experts recommend that videos tell a personal story that emphasizes one or two things you really want to convey—things that are reinforced throughout your b-school application, including your MBA essay, professional resume, and letters of recommendation. If you speak articulately with passion and conviction, your video may help MBA admissions teams better understand what you can bring to their MBA community. 

Con: If you're camera-shy or hog the spotlight, it will show.

Not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera, and some people are a little too comfortable in the spotlight. Your video should strike a balance between confidence and humility—otherwise, it may not be the best option for your MBA application. 

The Bottom Line

If you have the time and the resources available to create a high-quality video that enhances the overall appeal of your MBA application—while adding something significant to your application—then submitting a video may be worth the effort. However, videos are rarely required, and if your video isn't compelling or professional, it can work against your MBA application. 

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