Most Kellogg applicants I know are intimidated and stressed out by the Video Essay component of the application that has been in play since 2013. This year, there are some changes in the video essay section as compared to last year.
1. The applicant is expected to answer 2 questions – 1 behavioural (ice-breaker) question and 1 Kellogg-specific question.
2. Less time to prepare: Last year, applicants had 1 minute to formulate an answer to the question that was asked. This year, we get 20 seconds.
3. No option to redo the essay: Once you record an answer to your video essay question, that’s it. Irrespective of it went, there is just that one chance to record your answer.
Video Essay Questions List
I have listed real video essay questions that applicants have encountered in the 2014-2015 admissions cycle.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?
What is your favorite TV show?
Tell us about your first job.
If you could teach any course, what would it be?
What is the one thing you have always wanted to try?
When did you realize you were good at your job?
What interesting or fun fact would you want your future Kellogg classmates to know about you?
[I found this blog by Piyush Jain immensely helpful while preparing for the behavioural question section – he’s listed out a ton of questions from last year as well.]
Why are you applying to Kellogg?
What do you anticipate will be your contribution to the Kellogg community?
What makes you a great fit for Kellogg?
What is your favourite club at Kellogg?
Advice for applicants attempting the Video Essay section: Be yourself. Do not try and give scripted responses to the questions that are asked. It is good to be prepared so that you know what you want to talk about in the answer to each question listed above – so make sure you introspect to really know yourself. But apart from that, just be casual and confident. The adcom is not looking at the strength of your vocabulary or your oratory skills – they just want to know that you can speak in a clear, concise manner and that you can articulate your thoughts and communicate them to your classmates effectively.
It’s okay to be nervous, but remember that this is just one part of the application. It is an important part, as you get to show the admissions committee a side of you that they don’t get to see on paper. But it is just one piece of the puzzle, so relax and give it your best shot.
All the Best, and let me know how your video essays went!