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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2008, 18:35
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Yes, LBS hasn't changed its questions in the last two years by much ( although who knows what will happen next year).

Essay tips : ummm to be honest I am bad person to ask for those. As you know I was on the waitlist for a long time (almost all of last year) mainly because of my poor essays. However here are a few things that you may want to consider :

Aims:
Strong and interesting aims are a key differentiator, if you are talking an aim which involves about joining IB or MC - think about how interesting and differentiating it is (it is not). On the other hand you want to save the world from poverty and war - think about how your background and MBA (specific to school) will help you achieve it - and whether it makes any sense. Adcom are interested in how you background will help you achieve your stated aims so whatever you pick - you should be able to say that its all gonna happen, MBA will just speed it up.

Current Job:
Your current job is important. A recommendation from your current employer is very useful. It shows strong career progress. It is also an indication that you're not just doing an MBA because your current job sucks. It also gives a perspective to adcom about what you are about immediately before joining there program. So, describe it well and talk it up.

Profiling:
What are you about ? What are your values ? What are your achievements ? etc. etc. etc. Think about all of these things and create a profile (Avi Gordon's MBA Admission strategy is a great read about profiling). In your essay package you have to tell the adcom about all these important things. As many as possible. Without any repetition.

Tone:
Remember that its an essay / a story and NOT a thesis (like my essays). Make it interesting, set the scene, add a little drama. Keep the reader interested. Use rich metaphors. Harry Bauld's How to write a successful college application is a good read on how to convey a good tone. Of course having said that, its not a Stephen King novel either. So balance it out.

Resume:
Very important. LBS gives you just one page. That really sucks. It did for me as I have 9 years of WE and many many roles. I had to really think about what was a good role worth talking about and what was not.

Good luck.

pmenon wrote:
Thanks, bsd. Im in Canada, and am planning to visit early next year while school is still in session. Im aiming to apply for Round 1, so I might even push out that trip until September 2009. Since London is my favorite city in the world, I can use this as an excuse to get out there .... but you'll already be there by then ! :)

Any essay tips ? Does LBS use the same essay questions from year-to-year ?
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2008, 14:13
Thanks, bsd. Great tips. I just took a peek at the most recent essay questions; the good news is that I was able to at least come up with a first answer for all of them, instead of being baffled :)

Question for you: when you were doing your research on the school, what resources did you find most useful ? Im trying to get a better picture of what the school i all about, what type of students its after, what the atmosphere is like, etc.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2008, 16:06
I know a few alumni, who were helpful. But most of the stuff I used is easily found on the web. LBS website, bloggers etc.

pmenon wrote:
Thanks, bsd. Great tips. I just took a peek at the most recent essay questions; the good news is that I was able to at least come up with a first answer for all of them, instead of being baffled :)

Question for you: when you were doing your research on the school, what resources did you find most useful ? Im trying to get a better picture of what the school i all about, what type of students its after, what the atmosphere is like, etc.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2008, 18:23
Fully agreed with bsd_lover on the essay tone. I'm from an overrepresented demographic (consulting, albeit non-strategy) and my post-MBA goal is corporate strategy (transportation) or strategy consulting, so needless to say, I took the same approach in my essays (which hopefully yields successful results!). By trying to keep the reader engaged, I think they will not only be more enthusiastic about your candidacy, but will be more convinced that you will be just as motivated and interesting when you're in the program as well.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 10:53
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Yes, LBS hasn't changed its questions in the last two years by much ( although who knows what will happen next year).

Essay tips : ummm to be honest I am bad person to ask for those. As you know I was on the waitlist for a long time (almost all of last year) mainly because of my poor essays. However here are a few things that you may want to consider :

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Great tips bsd_lover, thank you.
Is anywhere else in the forum (or beyond) LBS essays discussed?
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 14:46
There is a decent discussion of essay topics on clearadmit at : http://blog.clearadmit.com/2008/09/lond ... 2008-2009/
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Great tips bsd_lover, thank you.
Is anywhere else in the forum (or beyond) LBS essays discussed?
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 23:24
Hey guys I'm in for R2! Been doing a lot of research and it looks like a great school (I don't know why I didn't look at it earlier.)
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 00:20
Welcome aboard. Lets fill LBS with aussies :)
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2008, 05:15
bsd_lover wrote:
There is a decent discussion of essay topics on clearadmit at : http://blog.clearadmit.com/2008/09/lond ... 2008-2009/
botirvoy wrote:
Great tips bsd_lover, thank you.
Is anywhere else in the forum (or beyond) LBS essays discussed?

Thanks for a link - I definitely needed something like this!
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2008, 09:05
Count me in for R2!
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2008, 15:01
Welcome aboard krispy. Feel free to share your profile with us.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2008, 15:46
Well, looks like tomorrow is the big day for us R1ers! Good luck everyone!
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2008, 16:44
Best of luck to all those who applied in R1 ! I'll be where you guys are in a year, but in the meantime I will keep a close eye on this thread ! :)
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2008, 17:20
Best of luck to all R1 applicants tomorrow!
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2008, 02:06
Good luck ya'll gmatclubbers - lets clean up LBS !!...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2008, 07:15
Guys - why is this thread so quiet? I'm confused. If it's mid-afternoon in London, why have more people not posted receiving calls?

I haven't heard anything.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2008, 07:45
Wondering the same thing -- haven't heard anything myself either. The BW forums are reporting the same thing...

Looks like we may be waiting 'til as late as 20:00 GMT.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2008, 08:04
Where did you hear 20:00 GMT?
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2008, 08:30
UTdub wrote:
Where did you hear 20:00 GMT?


It was being speculated on the BW forums based on results from last year.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2008, 11:16
It has started. Good luck everyone!
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