I had a quick question regarding the essay limits. How close to the limit should your essays be? For example, if the essay has a limit of 1000 words, is 900 ok? Or do the admissions people look at it as a negative thing that you didn't use all the possible space?
One other thing, I read another poster's question regarding essays/resume... I was under the impression that you can use your essays to elaborate on points made on your resume, is that incorrect?
Our rule of thumb is within 10% of the word limit. No one is going to count the words in your essay and if you are within 10% no will know the difference. Get much beyond 10% in either direction, and the reader will notice that you are being awfully brief or verbose.
I agree with Hjort on the different fuctions of the resume and essays. Put in different words, the resume is the news story; the essay is the human interst story. The resume provides facts and context. The essays show personality, humanity, and insight.
For more on the complementary nature of the two in an application, please see "Aligning Your Resume with Your MBA Applicaiton
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