Harvard Business School - (HBS) MBA Essay Questions And Writing Tips

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2011-2012 MBA Essay Questions
Q1. Accomplishments (600 words)
  Tell us about three of your accomplishments.
R) Select three accomplishments which bring out diverse elements of your personality e.g. a leadership related achievement at college, a tough professional situation and a sports laurel. Keep the description of the achievement crisp, devote more words to cover why it was significant and what quality of yours helped you to excel in each situation.
Q2. Setbacks (600 words)
  Tell us three setbacks you have faced.
R) How have you grown after each major setback ?this should form the focus of this essay. Again, select varied situations and explain what was the impact of each setback ? how did it affect you personally/professionally. How did you analyze the situation and learn from each setback?
Q3. Why MBA (400 words)
  Why do you want an MBA?
R) A goals question ? explain why an MBA fits into your career goals, given your educational and professional journey so far e.g. you want to switch from an engineering to a product management role, so you want to enhance your skills and knowledge. Which aspects of the MBA e.g. curriculum, pedagogy, international exposure are of particular relevance to you and why?
Q4. Question we'd asked (400 words)
  Answer a question you wish we'd asked.
R) You have a choice to showcase a special talent/achievement/experience ? don?t repeat response to question#1. Avoid making excuses for poor academic performance, unless you cna't do without making one. Instead keep the response positive-you could also write about an idea/value which you strongly believe in and why.

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