MIT’s application requires a video statement. When reviewing submissions, the schools is judging presentation and communication skills first, and then content. Also, one needs to highlight their personal attributes more than professional experience.
Here are the instructions:
Applicants are required to upload a 1 minute (60 seconds) video as part of their application. In your video, you should introduce yourself to your future classmates, tell us about your past experiences, and touch on why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your degree.
Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:
- No more than 1 minute (60 second) in length
- Single take (no editing)
- You should be speaking directly to the camera
- Do not include background music or subtitles
We recommend using applications such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself. Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application.
We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv. Apple ProRes is not currently supported. If uploading a .mov, please use an alternate codec.
Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired internet connection available. An intermittent or slow internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.
The video statement asks us to introduce ourselves to our future classmates. What is the Admissions Committee looking for in this video?
The Admissions Committee is looking to get to know you better. We encourage you to be authentic and tell us more about yourself. Videos should be a single take lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera.
Should I use the video to share more professional examples or discuss my career goals?
The video is a great complement to the rest of your written application and provides an opportunity for you to show us a different side of yourself. It is completely up to you what you would like to share, but we recommend you do not reuse examples from other materials in your application package.
I do not have video editing experience. What are your expectations for video quality?
We are not expecting a professionally-edited movie and actually ask that you do not edit the video. It should be a single-take of you speaking directly to the camera. That being said, there are some easy things you can do to create a strong video without editing. For example, you can film your video with any background as long as you ensure that you will have good sound quality and no distractions in view (such as dirty laundry, other people, etc). Think through what you plan to say in advance and speak clearly when recording. We value authenticity over production value, but want to make sure we can see and hear you!
What should I wear for my video?
You do not need to wear formal business attire (in fact, we like seeing a more personal side of you), but do keep in mind this is a professional application process and use your best judgement.