MBA Essay Tips

We rarely have the time or attention span to sit and read 2-hour a day for a week to complete a standard 250-300 page book. The admission team realizes that to succeed in an MBA program, you must be a voracious reader. On average, a top MBA candidate reads close to 25000 words per day – close to 50 pages of a standard book. During the test season, it would climb up to 50000 to 75000 words per day or 100 to 125 pages per day.

Remembering Information: I rarely note down what I have read. I try to find the emotion, life lesson, author’s journey that led to the position, and the theme of the book. Unlike my goal to write in an interesting way to convey unique and traditional ideas, MBA candidates’ goal is to capture the attention of the management with a succinct summary of trends backed up by reliable data and patterns of past events & actions.

After a Global Experiential learning trip, one of the deliverables is a report that is presented to the client. Defining the audience, understanding their expectations, and capturing all the relevant information and strategy to grow, maintain the market position, or resolve a regulatory/funding/process hurdle require removing significant background information. Although your personal experience feeds into the recommendations, reports are rarely the place to capture your rationale.

Motivation behind the question

Not at the same level of enthusiasm as pre-2008, Finance still holds sway on 25% of the class. Technology has taken over favor from the Finance role. Most Investment Banking, Financial Services, Private Equity/VC, and Corporate Development role are targeted by those in the industry.

If you are a career switcher, the path to transition is extremely competitive and achieved only through an internship. Since evaluating business school ranking and the surveys are a big part of my job in finding hidden gems to recommend for my clients, I have noticed that apart from Booth, Kellogg, Darden, Haas, Tuck, and Darden, the top 20 MBA programs fare poorly on Career service rank. Not because they are purposefully botching this crucial part of the post-MBA journey, but because the type of students accepted to top programs are more driven and typically need little hand-holding.

Survey questions on facilitating network events or coaching the students for interviews miss this key differentiator.

Consulting is the only profession where your leadership, communication, or problem-solving all can translate to a successful transition. The believability is in the sincerity of your narrative.

Leadership: Leading a non-profit or your school through an event/sports/social engagement are all examples of leadership. Consulting, although, codified with frameworks on interviewing stakeholders and capturing the most relevant information, mostly involve working with incomplete information and scenarios. Leadership requires the courage to work with the unknowns and orient the team for success.

A narrative on setbacks and motivating the team to find a solution would all translate to your post-MBA role as a senior consultant where you would be working with other consultants, who look up to you for strategic direction.

MBA Admission Interview - Greatest AccomplishmentsThe phrase “Greatest Accomplishment” is intimidating, and you start searching for the extra-ordinary - the one achievement that is comparable with what other candidates have achieved. This approach is wrong. Instead, shortlist the achievement where you had to learn a lot, work with diverse personalities, and in the end achieved your objective despite a limited budget and time.

Avoid the Trivial

London MBA Admission Interview TipsTip 1: Use "London Business School" instead of LBS when you are communicating with the officials

Interview Schedule

25 minutes - Interviewer asks questions
10 minutes - Presentation by the interviewer on a topic
5 minutes - Interviewee has to prepare a 3 minutes presentation on the topic
5-10 minutes - Presentation
10-20 minutes - Q &A by Interviewee

Key Questions

1) What would your peers say about you?
2) Are you a creative person?
3) Do you see yourself as an internalized or externalized person?
4) What are the main characteristics of a leader?
5) ....

Process behind preparing Questions

LBS sends out a set of questions, divided into categories,to the interviewers.

Motivation - 10 Questions
Leadership - 10 Questions
Team Work - 10 Questions
Maturity - 10 Questions
Communication - 10 Questions

The interviewer then picks the question from each category and based on


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