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# Odd/Hot-button EC

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28 May 2009, 17:19
Lets say for example someone was active in hunting, had stories of hunting in alaska alone, etc. or maybe someone is active in gunsports (long range shooting or IDPA) and has been competitive with some wins. Could this be risky to put in a application packet? If you had some wins in shooting you could focus on dedication, competition, pressure on yourself without a team, etc and it would probably be extremely unique and memorable in that few other applicants have ever said that.

But could this be a negative? There is a decent chance the reader could be against guns and misinterpret what shooting sports are about, or maybe an animal lover that hates hunting...just wondering, these are just examples. Maybe there are other "hot button" topics that should be avoided?

Have you ever heard of a this happening?
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29 May 2009, 09:25
On its own it wouldn't be a negative unless the subject of guns becomes a recurring theme in your essays that they think you're a gun nut.

Having said that, what makes the activity you're describing less compelling is the fact that it's a solitary activity. In group-oriented activities, you have more opportunities to talk about your interpersonal/leadership/team skills, which is a lot more relevant to business than say, being a good shot.

Admitting things like being a member of the KKK, militia groups, having a porno business on the side, gambling, etc. isn't probably something you want to talk about. But shooting for sport isn't really a huge deal, but there's not a whole lot you can say about it that is relevant to business or to a b-school environment.
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29 May 2009, 11:24
Cool, thanks for the insight. I was just trying to think of "odd" things that could be added that would help make a vanilla applicant more memorable.
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01 Jun 2009, 09:41
It's not about being odd (or trying to do stuff in the application that is gimmicky), it's about being good - accomplished.
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Re: Odd/Hot-button EC   [#permalink] 01 Jun 2009, 09:41
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