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Personal Strengths/Weakness Essay.. guidence needed

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01 Oct 2007, 22:59
Folks,

Can you advise me on how to go about writing this essay.
How should i approach in going along with this essay. Listing down only couple of strenghts and weakness and talking about them is better or should i list down a more comprehensive list. I would appreciate any advise on this.

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01 Oct 2007, 23:06
Hmm...I would say it depends on the word limit. If all you have is about 400 words, then I would say it would be difficult to include more than 2 strengths and 1 weakness and back them up with examples. On the other hand, if you are 'blessed' with a larger word limit, you could increase the strength/weakness count.

P.S: I don't know whether talking about more than one weakness in one essay is a good idea...

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01 Oct 2007, 23:19
I need to write about 300 words.
Thep roblem that im facing is should i come out honestly and write my weakness or should i write something that seems like a weakness but does not have mcuh impact.
For EX: Should i write down saying im very much impatient..(which may not go well with adcom) or should i write that i'm bit overenthusiastic in whatever i do and not much cool and calm person. This inspite of being a weakness to me does not signal huge negative image like being an impatient guy does. Let me know if my thinking here is incorrect.

Regarding strengths, i think i will stick to one or two and substatiate them with few real life examples . Please comment

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01 Oct 2007, 23:55
trahul, I would focus on 1 or 2 strengths and ONE weakness. Adcoms are weary of the "strengths disguised as weaknesses" like "works too hard" "over-enthusiastic" "perfectionist". Also, impatience and "doesn't get along" are bad weaknesses to bring up. It's a very fine line to tread, but if you have Montauk, Bodine, or any other essay books (the HBS one is useful), read what the other people talk about as their weaknesses and try to find one similar to that.

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02 Oct 2007, 00:53
kryzak wrote:
trahul, I would focus on 1 or 2 strengths and ONE weakness. Adcoms are weary of the "strengths disguised as weaknesses" like "works too hard" "over-enthusiastic" "perfectionist". Also, impatience and "doesn't get along" are bad weaknesses to bring up. It's a very fine line to tread, but if you have Montauk, Bodine, or any other essay books (the HBS one is useful), read what the other people talk about as their weaknesses and try to find one similar to that.

i think its a good idea... let me see

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