05/25/2022 by MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
HBS Essay Tips
HBS Essay Tip #1
Figure out your “throughline” – “a connecting theme, plot, or characteristic." This is what is meant by the term "brand"
Focus on that; don’t try to do all the things.
HBS Essay Tip #2
Demonstrate leadership, of course. If you decide to go the path of several smaller anecdotes, show leadership in various different settings (work, group-related hobbies, serving on the board)
HBS Essay Tip #3
If you talk about work, make sure it truly helps them to get to know you, your defining characteristic, an aspect of you that is true in every setting. Start with context about you as a person, your struggles, etc.
HBS Essay Tip #4
DON’T INCLUDE INFORMATION MENTIONED ELSEWHERE
Follow the instructions. “What else would you like us to know.” HBS advises that you avoid submitting, “Essays that are basically a paragraph version of your resume.”
HBS Essay Tip #5/5
MOVE AWAY FROM ANALYTICAL THOUGHT
The goal is to create emotional resonance. Help them get to know you as your friends do. HBS advises that you avoid submitting, “Essays that aren’t about you.”
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