1. Describe a personal characteristic or quality that will help the Admissions Committee to know you better.
3. What do you do best?
What is the difference between these two?
They seem like totally different questions to me... Maybe I look at them differently
Question 1 is basically saying "Ok, we have your resume, we have your GMAT scores, we have your recommednations and you've told us why you want an MBA. That's all great and fun, but tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't otherwise know. Make it interesting. I'm interested in knowing about you as a person. Imagine I'm a woman sitting at a bar all alone in a corner, slowly downing chocolate martini's as tears fall down my face into the drink, giving it a slightly salty flavour. How would you pick me up? In other words, what makes you interesting instead of a boring abusing husband like that two-timing bastard she married last year?"
Q1 doesnt need to be immediately valuable to the school/woman you are picking up. For example, "Excuse me maam, but did you know I'm really into sky diving?" - not exactly valuable, but interesting.
Question 2 says: "Ok, everyone who applies is good at something. You might be good at lots of things, but I don't care. I want to know what you think you are really really good at. I really don't want to hear about how you are a master programmer, cause that's pretty boring. Pick something thats not as esoteric as Q1, something that can have an impact to the school or your study group, but please don't be cliched and say your best skill is leadership. Thats going to be pretty transparent. Pick something thats backed up by a story or two and is a soft-skill."
Q2 has to be related to the school/woman you are picking up. For example, "I'm a monster in bed. This will be beneficial for you."
Q1 gets the woman to turn around and wipe her tears. Q2 gets her home with you.
So here are some possible approaches to Q1:
What do you do in your spare time that you haven't really discussed at length already?
Can you talk about this with passion?
Will it be believable?
Is it something at least marginally unique?
And for Q2:
Why do you think you've been sucessful so far in your career?
Is it a soft skill of some kind or is it something more boring like math skills?
Can you relate how this skill will help you in grad school?
Can you relate how it might help the student body?
Are there specific elements of teh school that you can talk about that can help you further develop this skill or utilize it?
Nice clean easy essays because you can really write about stuff you are passionate about, instead of pandering to a formulaic question on ethics or something boring like that.
Personally I'd probably pick Q1 and the "impact on team/organization" assuming I hadn't already talked about either of these elements elsewhere.