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8 Must Read Tips for your MBA Application Essays

MBA Application Essay TipsMost MBA Aspirants ask us about the best practices for MBA Application Essays. The first thing we say is that don’t assume what the MBA Admission committee wants to hear but look at how you can represent yourself, honestly.

Here are the must read Tips for your essays:

1) Don’t Fake it

Internet is filled with how important it is to have a diverse experience and the importance of volunteer work for MBA Admissions. Applicants are programmed to stress that part in their application. Don’t write what the admission committee wants to hear. The two common mistakes seen in applications are about volunteer work and traveling.

Don’t just say that you would like to travel if you had not shown any interest in traveling until now.  With Social Media, it has become much easier for AdCom to verify your travel habits. Applicants know that Volunteering is important, so they start joining Non-Profits, a year before the application. That is a red flag. It is much better to highlight your leadership skills that to join Non-Profits just to fill your resume.

2) No Excuse Policy

Business Schools are looking for MBA candidates who are responsible for themselves and for the society. If you blame others or circumstances for your failures, it shows lack of responsibility.

The most common question to measure this is the question about weakness. Read the guidelines for answering weakness question.

Another question that measure how you handle failure is the optional question that asks about any weakness in your application. Most applicants will provide an explanation about their low GMAT or GPA score. Make a strong case why you have a low score. You can’t make excuses like I was too busy or I am not a good Computer Adaptive Test taker. Even though you didn’t have a high score, your effort will be appreciated. Like if a low GPA was mainly contributed by Quant courses in your undergraduate degree, did you take any courses to compensate that and add that to the transcript?

3) Relevance vs. Honesty

When we talk about honesty, most applicants ask us how honest can we be? Applicants should focus more on relevancy rather than brutal honesty. Admission Committee is not interested in personal details that are not relevant to your MBA Admissions or the question in hand.

Most applicants are confused on what is personal and what is relevant. Any experience that shows lack of judgement from your side is a red flag. You can go as personal as you want but remember the Golden Rule – “Lack of Judgement and Maturity – Low Chance of Admission”.

4) Cleaning your Social Profiles

A necessary step to ensure that you don’t portray a lack of judgement is cleaning your social profiles. MBA Admission Committee don’t want to read about your maturity and check your Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus profile to see the contrary.

To what extent do you want to clean the profile?

If you had a fun party and want to share the pictures, make the profiles private and share pictures only with you closest friends. Delete Tweets and Facebook Updates that show lack of maturity or judgement. We live in a free country – Agreed. But stakes are high. For a few retweets or likes, you don’t want to jeopardize the chance of getting into your dream school.

5) Say NO to Exaggeration

Exaggeration is another common mistake seen in Essays and Resume. It is tough not to oversell yourself. You need friends, family or experts to evaluate your essays and resume.

What are the exaggerations commonly seen in Resume?

TITLES.

With one year of experience, applicants add Managerial Roles in their resume. It is understandable how they got the idea of putting a managerial title in their resume. We have seen many European Business Schools asking for 3-5 years of Managerial experience as a requirement. Always ask the school representative about what they mean by Managerial experience. Is it about the Title or more about the Roles and Responsibilities?

You would be surprised to know that what these schools mean by Managerial experience are more about roles and responsibilities.

What are the exaggerations commonly seen in Essays?

Overestimating your achievements is a common mistake. Admission Committee reads 1000s of Essays. There are applicants who undersell and those who oversell and a few that strike a balance. Profiles similar to yours are many.  AdCom has a clear idea on what work you do and what success means in your domain. If you exaggerate the achievements or the hours that you put in to achieve the goals, it shows lack of confidence and honesty in stating your achievements in a balanced way.

6) Remove Irrelevant Extra-Curricular


How do you find whether the extra-curricular are relevant? Any achievement that doesn’t highlight your Leadership, Maturity or Communication Skills should not be mentioned in your resume or your essays.

The format of your resume is also important. When you create a resume for your job, you go into the details of the project like roles, technology, software used etc. Resume for application are different. Depending on your background and experience, you have to customize the resume to highlight your skills and achievements. Download
6 Sample Resumes from candidates of different backgrounds to learn how to create a resume for your profile.

7) Avoid Inconsistencies

Another common mistake seen is the inconsistencies between resume and your essays. You resume is the most important point of reference. Remember that in many MBA Admission Interviews, the Interviewer might not read your essays but they would definitely read your resume. However, the AdCom would have gone through your essays, a couple of times. After the Interview, the AdCom and the Interviewer will discuss about your profile and check for inconsistencies.

If your resume has a list of non-profits for which you have worked but your essays have avoided mentioning them, then it is a red flag. Keep your essays and resume side by side and check whether you have missed any extra-curricular or achievements. If you don’t have a relevant question in the essay to mention your achievement, avoid mentioning them in the resume.

8) Balanced Focus


It is little tricky to strike a balance between your personal achievements and your team achievements. Many experts ask applicants to count the number of “I” vs. “We” and recommend striking a balance between both to generate an impression that you are a good leader and a good team player.

Our rule is that if you purely go by the count of “I” vs. “We”, the essays would look unnatural. Instead, after completing your draft essay, count how close are the frequency of “I’s “ and “We’s”. If there are too many of them in consecutive sentences, edit them and make it more readable.

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+Harvard MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class) (NEW)

   Sample Harvard MBA Essay – Gratitude & Giving Back (318 Words)
   Sample Harvard MBA Essay – Entrepreneurship (Influence of Childhood) (667 Words)
   Sample Harvard MBA Essay - Volunteering (Mental Health Awareness)  (776 Words)

+ Columbia MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class) (NEW)

   Sample Goals Essay 1: Enterprise Technology to Consumer Marketing (496 Words)   
   Sample Goals Essay 2: Healthcare (Finance to Consulting) (499 Words)   
   Sample Goals Essay 3: FinTech (Product Manager to Strategy) (482 Words)   
   Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 1: Value from NYC (237 Words)   
   Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 2: Entrepreneur Mindset (237 Words)   
   Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 3: Teamwork and Learning (242 Words)   
   Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #1 (Elon Musk) (250 Words)   
   Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #2 (Father) (244 Words)   
   Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #3 (Mother) (243 Words)   
   Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #4 (Math Teacher) (242 Words)   
   Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #5 (Co-Founder) (250 Words)    

+ Wharton MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class) (NEW)
   Sample Wharton MBA Essay:Gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (473 words)  (Consulting to Finance)
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   Sample Wharton MBA Essay:Gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (497 Words) (Business Development to Finance (Non-Profit in Energy))
   Sample Essay #2: Math Tutoring and Experimental music’s (388 Words)  
   Sample Essay #2: Non-Profit – Obesity Epidemic and Healthy Lifestyle (399 Words)  
   Sample Essay #2: Non-Profit – Energy Efficient Offices (395 Words)   
+ Stanford MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class) (NEW)

    Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Consulting)(400 words)    
    Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Tech Entrepreneur) (390 words)    
    Sample Why Stanford MBA: Finance to Green Energy Consulting (389 Words)
    Sample Why Stanford MBA: Private Equity to Operations(399 Words)    
    Sample Essay A: What matters most and why? (740 Words)(Balance in Life)    
    Sample Essay A: What matters most and why? (750 Words)(Vulnerability and Learning)    
    Sample Essay A: What matters most and why? (748 Words)(Freedom and Commitment)

+ Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)   

   Sample Goals Essay #1: Oil & Gas to Consulting (475 Words)
   Sample Goals Essay #2: Social IMPACT to Marketing (Non-Profit) (472 Words)
   Sample Goals Essay #3: Accounting to Entrepreneurship (Fashion)(495 Words)
   Sample Goals Essay #4: Technology (Programming to Product Development) (493 Words)
   Sample Leadership Experience & Choices Essay #1 (492 Words)(Father’s Restaurant Business and Leadership)
   Sample Leadership Experience & Choices Essay #2 (639 Words) (Teach for America and Leadership)
   Sample Leadership Experience & Choices Essay #3 (496 Words)(Opioid Crisis and Healthcare Innovation)  
   Sample Leadership Experience & Choices Essay #4 (500 Words) (Disrupting the Food Supply Chain)

+ INSEAD MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)

    Sample Essay: Candid Description, Strengths & Weaknesses (Marketing Lead) (499 Words)  
    Sample Essay: Candid Description, Strengths & Weaknesses (Consulting to Product Development) (492 Words)  
    Sample Essay: Achievements and Failures (398 Words) (Technology Consultant)
    Sample Essay: Achievements and Failures (395 Words) (International Relations) (Negotiations)
    Sample Essay: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are (272 Words) (Hiking and Vlogging)
    Sample Essay: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are (298 Words) (Improv Acting)

+ Haas MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)
     Sample Haas What Makes you feel Alive (Start-up in Cryptocurrency) (294 Words)
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     Sample Haas MBA Enhance Leadership Profile (Trust-Based Leadership)(Team Building – Technology) (292 Words)    
     Sample Haas MBA Enhance Leadership Profile (Need-based Leadership) (Non-Profit for working Mothers) (300 Words)
     Sample Haas MBA Enhance Leadership Profile (Perspective-based Leadership) (Leadership by Trial and Error) (299 Words)       
+ Yale SOM MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)      

     Sample Yale Committment Essay: Business Development (Mobile Phone Start-Up)(485 Words)  
     Sample Yale Committment Essay: Investment Banking (IB)(404 Words)
     Sample Yale Committment Essay: Consulting (447 Words)
     Sample Yale Committment Essay: Technology (448 Words)
     Sample Yale Committment Essay: Marketing (491 Words)
     Sample Yale Committment Essay: Entrepreneurship (496 Words)
     Sample Yale Committment Essay: IMPACT Investing (495 Words)
     Sample Yale Committment Essay: Oil & Gas to Clean Energy (Consulting) (464 Words)

+ Ross MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)      
    Sample MBA Essay: Finance Professional & a former member of a rock band (96 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: Marketing Professional with a talent to do Impression (100 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: Life Philosophy through an Entrepreneurial failure (94 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: Consulting for a Pharma Giant (Made a Difference) (91 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: Three-Level Sanitation Campaign (100 Words)   
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   Sample MBA Essay: Out of my comfort zone(extra-curricular) (93 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: Out of my comfort zone (Daily Science Show) (99 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: Simplifying Operations (extra-curricular) (90 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Leadership and Culture) (98 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Technology Project) (98 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Making Business metrics relevant to a Creative team) (91 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People (Timidity)(98 Words)   
   Sample MBA Essay: I was challenged when (Change in Scope) (99 Words)  
   Sample MBA Essay: I was challenged when (Team Failed) (100 Words)  
   Sample Essay – Short-term Goals and why the goal is the right choice for you (Private Investment as a Tool for Change) (294 Words)
   Sample Essay – Short-term Goals and why the goal is the right choice for you (Education to Consulting) (299 Words)

   Sample Essay – Short-term Goals and why the goal is the right choice for you (Software Development to Sales to Marketing) (293 Words)
+ Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)
    Sample Why MBA Right Next Step for you (100 Words) (Gap in Knowledge in Strategy and Finance)   
    Sample Post-MBA Career Goals (99 Words)(Marketing for FinTech)   
    Sample Why MBA Right Next Step for you (98 Words)(Engineering to Marketing)   
    Sample Post-MBA Career Goals (94 Words)(Marketing Consulting firm and Product Marketing)   
    Sample Why MBA Right Next Step for you (100 Words) (Hobby to Business)   
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    Framework and Examples for Answering Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things with 5 Samples
    Sample Duke Fuqua Essay: The Fuqua community and you (784 Words)  
+ NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class) (NEW)
     Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (500 Words) (Finance)
     Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (495 Words)(Consulting)
     Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (500 Words)(Product Management)
     Essay 3:  Personal Expression (a.k.a. "Pick Six")    
     5 Examples with Images

+ Darden MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)   

     Sample Darden MBA Essay – Meaningful IMPACT (Fear-based to team-based culture) (199 Words)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – Different Perspective and IMPACT on worldview (Life Experience) (191 Words)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – Different Perspective and IMPACT on worldview (Courage)(199 Words)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – Different Perspective and IMPACT on worldview (Team Diversity) (193 Words)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Near Death Experience)
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     Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (150 words) (Technology to Consulting)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (150 words) (Product Management)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (149 words) (Investment Banking to Private Equity)
     Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (47 Words) (Uganda)
     Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (49 Words) (Sweden)
     Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (48 Words) (China)

+ MIT Sloan MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)   
    Personality Type (Accepted MIT Sloan Students)   

    Cover Letter Checklist   
    Sample Cover Letter – Technology to Consulting (284 Words)    
    Sample Cover Letter – Healthcare Entrepreneurship (297 Words)    
    Sample Cover Letter – Consulting to Technology (298 Words)    
    Sample Cover Letter – Wealth Management to FinTech (299 Words)    
   Sample Cover Letter – Manufacturing to Consulting (Retail) (299 Words)    
   Sample Cover Letter – Strategy to Consulting (297 Words)   

+ Kellogg MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class)(NEW)  
   Sample Essay: Demonstrated Leadership, the challenges you faced and what you learned (Marketing) (449 Words)   
    Sample Essay: Demonstrated Leadership, the challenges you faced and what you learned (Technology) (447 Words)   
    Sample Essay: Demonstrated Leadership, the challenges you faced and what you learned (Non-Profit) (441 Words)   
    Sample Essay: Values important to you and how have they influenced you? (Changing the Traditional Recruitment Formula)(443 Words)
    Sample Essay: Values important to you and how have they influenced you?(Seniority-Based to Performance-based Culture)(444 Words)
    Sample Essay: Values important to you and how have they influenced you?(From machine-centric to Human-centric customer support)(446 Words)
+ London Business School MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class) (NEW)   
    London as the Financial Hub   
    London as the Technology Hub   
    London as the Consulting Hub   
    How to Cite the Curriculum (Example)   
    Sample LBS MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goals  (489 Words)(Technology to Consulting)
    Sample LBS MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goals (493 Words)(Hospitality to Consulting)
    Sample LBS MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goals  (500 Words)(Government/Non-Profit to Technology)
    Sample LBS MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goals  (495 Words)(Medical Doctor to Investment Banking)

+ Sample Essays

+ The Art of Storytelling 
+ Leadership Narratives
+ Review Tips
+ Persuasion Strategies
+ The Secret to "unleashing" your unique voice
+ How to write about your Strengths

+ How to write about your Weaknesses

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