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Top 3 Mistakes Made with the Haas Application 2015-2016

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Top 3 Mistakes Made with the Haas Application 2015-2016

Given the Haas application’s relatively varied essay topics, relatively large word limit (in total), space on the application form and resume, and recommendation form questions, candidates should employ a solid strategy to present their best achievements and a compelling case for admission. Many applicants fail to make great use of some of the key parts of the Haas application and perhaps overlook the importance of some of the key Haas application components. Based on the candidates we have conducted Ding Analyses for thus far, here are the three most common mistakes that were made with the Haas application this 2015-2016 admission cycle:

Mistake #1: Failing to take great advantage of the ample essay space offered in the Haas application. The very structure of the Haas application tells us a great deal. While other top MBA programs have moved to shorter essays in recent years – with schools like Wharton only offering two 400-word essays in which you can make your case for admission – Haas has stayed with more numerous essays with more varied topics. The topics vary from the prompt which asks you to describe your favorite song to an essay that in essence asks you to elaborate on a leadership example. In some ways, this signals to you as a candidate that Haas values uniqueness in a candidate. Moreover, the ample space allotted to the essays (in total) also helps to signal that Haas is open to considering you seriously as a candidate even if you have a shortcoming to address, as you have more space in which to “make your case” for admission.

You should make certain to use this “prime real estate” to present a very strong, compelling portrait of yourself, including your passions, skills, talents, greatest achievements, personal story and vision for the future. Be certain to articulate why Haas is ideal for you, because at Haas the notion of “fit” is very important – fit with their culture, ideals and curriculum, among other key factors.

Failing to make great strategic use of the essays can reduce your odds of success in Haas’s admissions process.

Mistake #2: Failing to maximize use of the recommendations. Unlike many other top MBA programs, Haas has only partially adopted the use of the “common recommendation form” – a recommendation form that offers three standard recommendation questions to which recommendation writers are to respond. Those schools that offer the common recommendation form make it easier for candidates to apply to multiple schools, since they can use the same recommendation at multiple schools. But Haas has included an additional, very specific question about the candidate’s fit with Haas values. You should pay particular attention to this question when discussing recommendation content with your recommendation writers. Haas has chosen not to include word limits on the response (this is very notable, since a school like Harvard imposes a 550 total word limit on the two core responses). Haas also includes a very extensive grid on which the recommendation writer should rank you in areas such as analytical skills and leadership. What is the take-away? Haas doesn’t want it to be easy for you to simply apply to Haas as one of many schools, and they also want to make sure you fit with their values and culture. If your recommendation content is not shining and the grid marked well, your chances for admissions will be hurt.

Mistake #3: Failing to fully demonstrate a “fit” through all major parts of the application – from your resume to your recommendations. Haas has a very strong and distinct culture. Haas is actively seeking students who will fit into the culture and also reflect it both at the school and in their post-MBA careers. You should do your homework well in researching the principles that the school embraces and promotes. You should go over your resume and essays well to show that you also embrace those values. Scour the Haas website and read up on their valued principles. Delve into their curriculum and show why it is right for you and how you can contribute. Review well their extracurricular offerings and be able to articulate why you fit with these and how you can contribute. All parts of your application – the resume, application form content, recommendation content and essays – should all help to establish not only your credentials but also your fit with the school.

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