We’ve tackled the most difficult questions from Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, MIT and now INSEAD.Stacy Blackman, founder of the MBA admissions consulting firm that bears her name, is picking out what she considers to be the most challenging and then providing advice for how to approach each essay. They may force you to be incredibly introspective, surprisingly creative or perhaps highly succinct.
We’ve tackled the most difficult questions from Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, MIT and now INSEAD.
Some of the essays are not as straightforward as they seem, others are very straightforward, but it is tempting to stray off topic.
Whatever the reason, we are here to help, with some tips taken straight from the Stacy Blackman Consulting series of school specific essay guides. Self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses is an important aspect of any MBA application.
Business schools want to see that you are going to contribute to the success of your classmates and their learning and growth.
This trait is the opposite of being selfish or self-serving.
What are the most challenging essay questions business schools ask applicants?
That’s a question we’ve been answering on a regular basis now in five parts of a six-part series.
That’s why leadership tops our list of the qualities that MBA programs value most.
Most MBA candidates realize that convincing the admissions office that they are leaders is of the utmost importance. Too many applicants end up devoting most of their essay word count—and application real estate as a whole—to sharing individual achievements rather than leadership accomplishments.
Your decision hinges on the collection of evidence and examples available for you to draw upon to exemplify your most prominent traits and abilities.
While reading the following definitions of the qualities we listed, start to consider which ones you can best exemplify in your application materials.