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Crowded Space for "Perfect" Applications? [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 04:57

I just had a question for the experts out there. I've started to read a few books on business school applications and looked around forums, and it seems more and more that the majority of applicants are "well-informed" and execute well. There's a wealth of information out there - admission consultants, books, etc., and it seems, in this competitive arena, that everyone is going to craft creative and exceptional essays in their application. No one is going to write the so-called mundane goals essay or not have an interesting experience to talk about.

Maybe it's just a selection bias that I'm facing, or maybe it's actually true, and business schools are just looking at who's more interesting and creative out of the pack. If everyone is going to read Paul Bodine's "Great Applications for Business School" and other similar books - how do you stand out?

I guess that's why HBS has reduced their number of essays to one.

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Re: Crowded Space for "Perfect" Applications? [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 04:20
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Hi F.

I have two things to say that should put you at ease.

1. Your experiences, achievements, thoughts, actions etc. are exclusively yours, so even if you are able to copy a writing format from a book, you would still be talking about your own experiences. Having worked with many applicants myself, I can say that beyond a point, an individual's story begins to dominate over a format you have followed from a book or a consultant.

2. Despite information gathering and becoming experts, a lot of applicants tend to miss out important aspects of their stories, which can make their essays from complete to half baked. It is important to mainatin the flow between events of a particular example and not leave any lose ends. Applicants do that all the time.

yeah, but I do agree that applicants are far more knowledgable about the MBA application process that they were even 3-4 years ago!

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Re: Crowded Space for "Perfect" Applications?   [#permalink] 24 Sep 2013, 04:20
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