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Tips for Yale SOM 2016 Essays & Application Questions

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Yale SOM Essay 1
"The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words maximum)

Essay 1 Tips

Each person has knowledge, skills and qualities that grant him or her the potential to impact and improve the world in extraordinary ways. This essay prompt requests an instance when your actions definitively improved, and hopefully, even transformed an organization.

Apart from describing the story and celebrating your success, the objective of this essay is to uncover your attitude, skills, qualities and approach that made this magic possible. This essay also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate how well your values, attitudes and inclinations fit with Yale's philosophy.

The more obvious theme here is leadership; however innovation, vision, teamwork, communication or any other set of skills could be your thematic choices. Also note that Yale is referring to 'deep and lasting' impact, so you should specify the ways in which your actions brought changes that lasted/ will last much beyond an instance; and possibly even your stay at that organization.

Describe in detail the context, your motivation, challenges you faced, and actions and steps you took to convert your thoughts into an impact. While you could have achieved the objective individually, an example in which you had a leadership role (even without explicit authority) will almost always have greater value. In addition, your initiative and vision in grabbing this particular opportunity might add further dimensions to the story.

Be clear about the improvement that resulted from your actions. If and when possible, show quantifiable results. You could also talk about the qualitative impact you had on the community around you and the accolades and appreciation you received from your superiors and colleagues.

Yale SOM Career Goal Questions:
- What are your intended post-MBA short-term career interests?
- What are your intended post-MBA long-term career interests?
- Please describe how you arrived at these career interests. (150 words maximum)
- If you have a graduate degree, how, if at all, does pursuing an MBA relate to your previous graduate studies? (100 words maximum)

Goal Questions Tips

You are required to select from a drop-down menu your short-term and long-term career interests. Yale only gives you a few limited options, so that requires that your goals are clear and focused.

To address 'how you arrived at these career interests' question, you will need to explain briefly your thought process on how given your past experiences, passions, and interest areas - your career goals make sense for you. The answer must be logical, succinct and impactful. It's a challenge to write a response in mere 150 words, but it's clear that Yale expects you to be very focused and to the point.

For those who have a graduate degree including a former MBA degree, you will need to talk additionally about how MBA fits in your career trajectory. As you build you career narrative, your past graduate, and post-graduate experiences become part of the same storyline.

Yale SOM Video Questions:
All candidates are required to submit answers to video questions as part of Yale MBA application. The link to the video questions will appear on your Status Page after you pay the application fee. You will also find the deadline to complete these questions on the same page. Yale mentions that it will take roughly 15 minutes to complete the questions.

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Really helpful!
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