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Filling out applications [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2014, 07:51
I am filling out the applications and I keep coming across the "So what has motivated you to pursue an MBA at this point in time? (250 words max)"or "Reasons for leaving" when refering to previous jobs. Should these questions found throughout the application be treated like essays? What I mean is should I be using anecdotes and stuff or are they more simple than that and just asking for 15 word no BS answers...?

Should boxes that dont apply to me be left blank or should I put N/A? I may be looking way to much into it, I dont know... but I see tons of information on essays but nothing on the actual application.
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Re: Filling out applications [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2014, 13:44
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You're not thinking too much into it at all! The application is something that is really important and a lot of people skim through it in a rush near the end. However, it's an important part of the overarching strategy and filling it out appropriately can make a world of difference.

If the school wants a no-BS answer they'll ask for answers in characters, not words. If they say 250 words max, that's a short essay. So take the gloves off and bring everything to bear in a way that makes sense. Sometimes, however, they say "tell us XYZ in 50 characters or less". Well that's straight to the point.

As for questions that don't apply to you, N/A is better than blank. If necessary, throw in a few word reason for why it is N/A but blank makes an adcom wonder if you just missed the question.

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Re: Filling out applications [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2014, 15:16
That definitely helps. That's pretty much what I thought, but I didn't want to assume anything and I didn't want to waste time writing an elaborate answer if it wasn't needed. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Filling out applications [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2014, 15:18
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