The schools might ask you questions regarding your career goals, like
What are your Career Goals?
You need to answer, on the basis of your short term and long term goals. Remember, you must give realistic goals
Why MBA? Or why from a specific school?
They ask you such questions, because they want to check your level of interest. You need to research about your target business schools, and answer accordingly. This will show that you have done your homework, and genuinely interested in that particular school.
What are your Accomplishments?
You need to present your accomplishments thoughtfully, and the information must be structured.
They often ask you, about your failures.
You should never hide your failures, as a perfect individual is a myth. Candidates, who candidly talk about their failures are perceived as honest, sensible, and more matured. Most importantly, the admission officers feel that, the candidates have learned from their mistakes. Hence, they do not hesitate to discuss their failures.
However, you should never describe your recent failures, because a recent failure will question your ability to survive in the business school.
Describing a failure in the past, and justifying how it changed you, is the appropriate way to approach this question.
Questions on LEADERSHIP.
While answering the questions based on leadership. You need to justify with real life examples Like,
During my college days, I lead my college cricket team, to a tournament win. The answer is incomplete.
So, you have to justify,
- How had you lead the team?
- What were the challenges?
- How did your leadership help the team, and how you motivated your team?
- What did you learn in the end?
Some questions are situational, and might be based on the ethical dilemma, or the difficult situations you have faced in life. So, you need to openly describe the hurdles faced by you, and how you managed to overcome the situational hazards.
You should expect open ended questions like, what matter you the most, and why?
These questions, don’t have predefined answers, and they don’t limit your options.
Creative questions will test your creativity, and your ability to think. The questions can be based on any random topic. Like- Describe yourself to your classmates. These questions, give you a wide range of options to answer.
Different essay questions asked by Top Business Schools.
Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, and how do plan to achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA professional goals?
(Maximum 500 words)
- Columbia Business School (2012)
What are your short and long-term goals, and how will an MBA from Chicago Booth help you reach them?
(Maximum 500 words)
- Chicago Booth School(2012)
Now, before you start your essay, you need to understand the process
COLLMISSION Tips for writing the essay
- You need to synchronize your past with your present, and demonstrate your future goals. This will make your essay more logical.
- You have to fit in your points, within a specified word limit. So, proper distribution is important.
We recommend you, to limit the discussion on your past experiences, to approximately 40 percent of your essay length. We will suggest you, to keep the examples short and simple.
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