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MIT Essay Question [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2004, 14:19
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One quick question for you regarding the following essay question:

Please give an example when your thinking was different from others'

At my job I have improved some of the processes in place. One of them had been established about 2 years before I started my job. It had to do with how we reached out to some of our contacts and how we obtained the information(this information was hard to access before I got there). Working with the teams we used to go to I was finally granted access to their resources and I was able to set up a database that stored all this info. My team no longer had to waste time trying to find this info plus we no longer had to bother all these other teams every single time we needed some of this info(which could be up to twice a day and sometimes it was hard to get ahold of them).

Like I said no one else on my team thought about changing this, maybe because they were used to it or because they didn't want to work on it (It took me about to get the info and set up the user friendly tool). This affected my team and the relationship we had with these other tools since we only had to reach out to them as a last option. Do you think this answers this question? I know I am not being very detailed with the info but this gives you an idea of where i am going with this. Thanks!

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I think this is a pretty good example. It helps you show how you made something happen that wouldn't have happened if you hadn't been there -- that's a good way to define leadership.

Ideally, in your experience you had to spend some time and energy convincing others to see things your way. If it was simply a matter of your thinking of the idea and everyone saying "okay," that's a decent story. But even better is show how some people opposed you, and how you eventually persuaded them. Don't make this up if it didn't happen, but definitely emphasize this angle if you can.

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Thanks Scott, well I did have to convince the engineering team to give me the access. I basically had to sell them on the idea by explaining how this database would decrease the number of times that we "bugged" them. I didn't think it was that big of a deal since every so often my job requires some convincing when working with the field engineers but now that you mention it I'll touch on this in the essay.

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Yeah, definitely mention that. I brought up that point after thinking of a job interview that I had while at Kellogg. I told my interviewer what I thought was a pretty good story, but afterwards, during a feedback session (I got dinged!), she said that the solution that I implemented sounded like an obvious one, and it didn't sound like I really had to fight to make it happen. I actually did have to work hard to convince people to implement the change, but I didn't realize that this was the kind of info she'd been looking for, so I left out those details.

So, when I see that kind of question now, I think about that. That's not the only thing they may be looking for in that essay question, but it's a compelling story to tell if you can.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2004, 22:10
Very informative response, thanks again Scott! I'll keep that in mind as I finish the essay.

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