Harvard Essay Question Analysis- 2019-20
Once again, the essay question remains unchanged from previous years. The admission committee must have found the prompt effective in getting to know and evaluate their future students.
The application will open up again in early June 2019, says the admission director, Losee. Meanwhile, he encourages applicants to download the Application Guide to learn more about the requirements. So if you are planning to start your MBA journey at HBS in Fall 2020, you may want to start brainstorming ideas for this open- ended Harvard essay prompt NOW.
Let’s take a closer look at the essay prompt. The HBS essay that applicants need to submit this year is:
As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program? (no word limit)
This open-ended question needs to be tackled very strategically, and it requires significant amount of introspection. Since the essay prompts says, ‘what more would you like us to know’, you should make sure that you don’t simply repeat what you have already discussed in other application materials. Before brainstorming ideas/ stories for his essay, make sure to go through other application materials (résumé, application form, and LORs) and discuss with your recommenders what examples they will be discussing in their letters so you can avoid overlapping of materials in your essay. However, you may still discuss at length the achievements you have already touched upon in your résumé.
Before choosing your stories ( personal and professional), please get a thorough understanding of what Harvard is looking for in candidates, and then weave your stories/ accomplishments around these traits. HBS is looking for candidates with “a habit of leadership, analytical aptitude and appetite, and engaged community leadership.” Therefore,your stories should illustrate these traits with a focus on leadership.
When sharing your stories, be authentic and genuine. Show your confidence and passion for what you have done and what you plan to do- academically, personally, socially, and professionally. Remember, you are a unique individual. so use this essay as a platform to show your uniqueness. Don’t be afraid to share your mistake or failure at some point in life. Harvard is not looking for mistake-free individuals. The key is how you have learned from your mistakes, overcome life challenges and have emerged a stronger person.
Since there is no word limit for this open-ended question, you will need to make up your mind on word limit. You may decide to submit an essay between 500- 750 words. If you decide to write a longer essay, make sure to keep it under 1000 words.
Mistakes to avoid while writing this essay:
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