Partly out of curiosity and largely to evaluate its impact on our own future, we asked ChatGPT to do what many have already started asking – write sample MBA essays for Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB and other top business schools. In an earlier post, we covered how to (and not to) write an MBA … Read more
What is ChatGPT? It is like asking, “what is YouTube?” back in 2005. Let’s just say it is the next big thing that is already here and causing waves. Artificial Intelligence with a mastery in language and access to vast database of information, albeit until the year 2021. You can save yourself the trouble of … Read more
When writing an MBA essay, you want to convince the admission committee that you are an ideal match for their business school. The last thing you want when writing an MBA essay is to leave evaluators wondering about your intended message. If your writing isn’t self-explanatory and you leave the interpretation to the admissions committee, … Read more
“I have my flaws. I sing in the shower, sometimes I volunteer too much, occasionally, I’ll hit somebody with my car.” – Michael Scott, Regional Manager, Scranton Branch, Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In two delightfully short sentences, Michael Scott from The Office, with his trademark humor, summed up the contradictions and complexities involved in confronting … Read more
Candidates often wonder what it takes to write strong MBA essays that work. It can be a scary and confusing process. Let’s try to figure out a step-by-step process to write a great MBA essay.
In a relatively old survey, admission officers from several business schools shared their views on the relative importance of each component in a typical MBA application. Here’s how the cookie crumbles. Source: Poets and Quants Here’s the disclaimer. It’s great to have a numerical breakdown such as this, but it’s also important to know that … Read more
What career goals should you write in your MBA applications? How do you ensure that the short-term career goals are aligned with the long-term goals? Vibhav Agarwal sure knows a thing or two about crafting winning MBA applications. He’s helped many applicants get into the most selective programs in the world. In this post he … Read more
Here’s a list of the most common leadership essay and interview questions in MBA applications.
British comedian and Monty Python star, John Cleese, has been known to say that he has been married for over forty years…just to different women. And while John may be able to make endless jokes about his past, like in his comic sketches, we are assuming that’s not the approach, you would prefer, to explain … Read more
Business school essays for MBA and MiM degrees can be looked upon as a variation of the elevator pitch. You’re sharing your credentials (within word limits) with someone whose decision may be a turning point in your life. You have to give it your best shot in order to grab their attention and create an … Read more
In the ideal world, if you have decided to do an MBA, you should have complete clarity on the what, when, where and how. But then, we all know that the world is far from ideal. Many MBA aspirants start off from scratch and only have a vague sense on these interrogative words.
Business school applications are notoriously complicated. What makes them feel like ancient Chinese torture is the uncertainty of how big of a role is played by each application parameter viz recommendations, essays, GMAT score, GPAs, extracurriculars (Best extracurricular activity for college admissions), work experience or the interview with the holy admission committee. The best estimates … Read more