The admission essay is probably one of the most important aspects of a successful MBA admission. To help you write an unforgettable essay, here are 10 most useful tips.
Answer the Question clearly
The simplest yet the most profound advice that I can give you is that BE CLEAR in your answers. Do not be evasive or go on a completely different tangent. If a question has been asked, be sure to answer it in a direct manner.
As an applicant, it is important to keep in mind that admission counsellors read hundreds of essays every single day. So, you must differentiate yourself from the crowd. For this, ensure that your essay is compelling and passionate in a way that highlights your true self.
Illustrate humour and emotions
Through your admissions essay, you try to give the B-schools an insight into the kind of person you truly are. So, don’t be sceptical to add a touch of humour and emotion to you essay. In fact, it will actually make your application stand out from the other generic ones.
Have a positive tone
When you talk about your struggles and challenges, make sure that you don’t sound pessimistic and despondent. In your essay, emphasize on the silver lining and don’t dwell excessively on the setbacks. This will present you as a person who is determined and unwavering in the face of adversity.
Focus on your USP
Your entire profile can be summed up in numbers, be it your undergrad grades or GMAT scores. However, the only thing that sets you apart is your essay. So, make sure to tell the admissions committee what sets you apart and makes you unique through this essay.
Do not write about your high school glories
Please remember that you’re writing an MBA essay, (ie for a masters program). Nobody wants to know what you did 4-6 years back in school. The glories, accolades and experiences that you talk about in your admissions essay must not be over 3 years ago. This is simply because anything predating that time is no longer pertinent to your present career and life.
Respect the Word Limit
Make sure that you are within the word limit that has been specified. Failure to stick to this can be detrimental to the acceptance of your application. Even if you write an extremely compelling essay but if it crosses the word limit, it could be catastrophic for you.
Don’t make excuses
You might have some shortcomings on your application, for instance, a gap year or maybe, that you switched multiple jobs. In this scenario, do not blame other people (peers, parents or colleagues) or make excuses. However, simply, change the narrative of your essay and redirect it towards the learning outcomes of those experiences.
There have been countless examples of students committing blunders on their essays that could easily be avoided by proof-reading it beforehand. Scrutinize your essay closely, ask your parents, teachers and even colleagues to read it for you. Having a different set of eyes will give you an outsider’s perspective which can be very of enormous help when you’re trying to shape a winning MBA essay.
Do not mimic your friends’ essays
The worst mistake you could on an MBA essay would be to copy it from somewhere. The reason behind this is that it is really easy to spot an essay that has been copy-pasted. This, in turn, would reflect poorly on your application and might severely hinder your chances of getting accepted in the B-school of your choice.
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