Stanford University MBA Essay Questions And Writing Tips

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2011-2012 MBA Essay Questions
Q1. Matters most (750 words)
  What matters most to you, and why?
R) If something really matter to you, you must also be explain why it is so important to you ? therefore if you choose to mention say social entrepreneurship as a career goal, then trace the path of how and why this goal developed. You could also write about a certain value/principle you believe in?give examples of how you have practiced these values/principles and also explain why these are meaningful to you.
Q2. Why Stanford (450 words)
  What do you want to do?REALLY?and why Stanford?
R) Make sure your response is genuine?do not choose a particular career goal because you think it looks trendy. Can you justify your interest?with examples of how you have perhaps developed your knowledge/skills related to what you really want to do or how you have taken the initiative to learn by doing something related to that area. Given your interest in this area, why is Stanford a good option for you?research the school?s offerings thoroughly to answer this.
Q3. Exceeding expectations (300 words)
  Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations
R) First of all what was the goal/result your team was working towards? Along the way, what hurdles did your team encounter and how did you play an enabling role in removing these? Highlight the leadership role you played ? e.g. solving conflicts, getting resources for the team against the odds, keeping up their motivation when things got tough. Finally, how did all these actions lead to the team exceeding expectations ? against what was originally expected of them , what did your team end up delivering.
Q4. Lasting impact (300 words)
  Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.
R) Since it asks for lasting impact, pick up such an achievement where the impact went beyond a one time situation and maybe changed things within or for your organization. E.g. changing the internal knowledge management system for your division which made efficiency and productivity go up dramatically. Why did you take up such an initiative and what helped you to succeed at it.
Q5. Generated support (300 words)
  Option C: Tell us about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative.
R) What kind of a leader are you ? and how do you manage opposition or resistance to change? Begin with explaining what the situation was, why was it important to secure support for the idea and what were the barriers to this. How did you break down this resistance and what did you learn from the whole situation.
Q6. Went beyond (300 words)
  Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined or established.
R) Are you one who is satisfied with the status quo or one who takes initiative to improve systems/processes/bring in new practices? When was a time when you did something like this and why? Explain what the usual practice/system was and why you took upon yourself the onus to go beyond what was expected? How did you grow while doing this and what was the impact of what you did?

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