MBA ESSAY QUESTION ANALYSIS: ANALYZE, ANSWER, GET IN!
The objective of this presentation is to help you better understand MBA Admission Essay Questions in order to write effective essays and gain admission. While examples will be drawn from the M7＋INSEAD＋LBS, the objective of this presentation is that you learn how to effectively analyze the essay questions for any school.
What is an Essay Question?
Isn’t an essay question just one the school defines as an essay? Well, actually no. This might seem like a strange conclusion but given that some applications include video essays and very extensive application form content, the answer is less obvious. For our purposes an essay will be considered any application component except the resume, which is prepared by the applicant, and requires an interpretive and not just fact-based answer. Such an inclusive definition is useful when things like video essays and extended application form content are used instead of and/or in addition to essays.
Primary Types of Essay Questions.
In this section we will look at the types of essay questions using actual examples. Types covered will include goals, accomplishment, failure, leadership, personality, and contribution. The objective will be for you to understand how to identify and address a range of questions.
The Essay Set.
In this section we will see how an entire set of questions connects together to understand that that an essay component never is isolated but always part of a bigger whole. We will compare two different essay sets. The objective will be for you to understand how to build a complete portrait of yourself that is focused on what each school is looking for.
Trends in Essay Questions for 2018-2019.
In this section we will look at the current trends. In particular we will look at video essays and shorter essay sets. The objective will be for you to know how to handle these trends effectively.
I want to leave plenty of time for questions, so please be ready to ask questions related to the above, your individual concerns, or essay questions that I will not have covered.