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HBS Single Essay 2019-20: #1 Mistake To Avoid

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HBS Single Essay 2019-20: #1 Mistake To Avoid

HBS often admits a mere 11% of applicants. Of approximately 10 wonderfully qualified candidates, only one will make it through. Given that the best and the brightest are competing for admission, these are very steep odds! The quality of the application a candidate submits will make all the difference between a great outcome and a sad outcome. Of utmost importance (along with the recommendations!) is the single, undefined, open-ended essay question.

This 2019-2020 admissions cycle, Harvard’s MBA essay topic is once again the following:

“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.

We at MBA Admit.com have posted a long blog about steps to take as you craft an outstanding response to this essay prompt. But, if we have to pinpoint the one mistake many candidates make, what would it be? We can sum it up in one word: rambling!

Ramble, ramble, ramble… Which can take many forms, such as aimlessness, wordiness, content flow that does not make sense, topics that are poorly blended together – usually a combination of all the above! This is the sort of rambling that leaves the reader uttering, “Huh?”

If you leave the admissions reader with the sense that you did not put adequate time into composing the essay, that will not bode well for your admissions success.

Please feel free to read our longer blog about how to approach the HBS essay. But, also focus in on one particular piece of advice: consider making a self-constructed prompt to guide you as you write. This is the advice from our longer blog:

When an essay topic is as open-ended as Harvard’s this year, some candidates make the mistake of constructing an essay that wanders in too many directions, rambles in parts and is not coherent. One way to help ensure you write a strong essay is to determine your own essay prompt. Thinking about what that prompt is can help you create a theme that permeates the whole essay. You may end up mentioning a mixture of professional, academic and extracurricular successes, and that is fine. But they should not be clumped together in a scattered sort of way. Flesh out what your theme is. For instance, a successful essay might present topics that reflect the theme, “This is what has influenced me to be who I am today.” Alternatively, a successful essay might reflect themes such as, “These are the things that motivate my future goals,” or “This is who I intend to be in 10 years,” or “This is my personal story and why my passion for my profession is so deep.” The possibilities go on. With such a potentially long essay, make sure your essay holds together well.

Good luck as you write!


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