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Writing your MBA essays can be a stressful and difficult process.

However, there are ways you can create write a great HBS essay without all the stress and difficulty that most MBA applicants face.

How can you do that?

In this post, I’ll give you a few tips to write a great HBS essay without all the stress and difficulty.

hbs 2016 mba essay

mba essaysAre you struggling to make a start on your admissions essays?
The MBA essays are a crucial part of your application and can be daunting to say the least.

With the big changes to this year’s HBS questions,  it’s tougher than ever to know how to start.

In this video we’ve given some practical advice on how to beat your writer’s block and get down to work.

So, click here to watch the video now.

Tackling the Harvard Business School Essays If you’re applying to Harvard Business School in round one, you’ve already delved into the essay questions.
However, before you submit your responses, take a moment to review my notes on what each question is truly driving at and what the Board hopes to discover about you.

Understanding the Board’s interests and expectations will allow you to craft responses that excite readers about your candidacy.

 – Achievements. As you consider your achievements, attempt to share stories from a variety of areas in your life (ie. work, personal, community, etc).


Stanford GSB essaysStanford GSB essays are by far one of the most challenging essays out there. There are two required essays and four optional essays of which applicants can choose two.

This year, again, Stanford has chosen not to change its essay questions except for a minor change in wording for the second essay.

Last year their career essay question was: What are your career aspirations? What do you need to learn at Stanford to achieve them?

This year it is: What do you want to do—REALLY—and why Stanford? The most important advice to applicants…

Columbia essaysSo Columbia GSB’s essays are out and they have made several changes to them this year.

Unlike last year, where applicants were required to answer two questions (What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?

How will Columbia Business School (CBS) help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750-word limit) and Please tell us about yourself and your personal interests.

The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (Recommended 500-word limit).

This year, applicants have to write one additional short essay (250 words)…

MBA admissions essaysNumerous books have been written on the subject of writing winning MBA admissions essays. An Internet search brings up a bewildering array of blogs, articles, consultancies, and essay-writing guides.

With such a breadth of information available, it’s enough to make your head spin.  So let’s keep it simple.   These are the universal ‘must haves’ for your essays, as well as the ‘avoid at all costs’ tips.

What role does the essay play?

Before the tips, it’s important to understand why the essays are such a critical piece of the admission application.

One of the roles…

Harvard Business School essayI was reading the essays of one of our clients who was a re-applicant to Harvard Business School and was reminded of the core ingredients that successful essays to HBS have.

While her work experience did not change fundamentally, what resulted in her admission to HBS, this time, was the way she repositioned her stories and the key elements that she focused on when tackling her essays.

Here are the main ingredients to writing essays that will win the hearts and minds of the admissions board at Harvard:


Harvard Business School Application EssaySo Harvard Business School application essays are out and a few changes are worth noting. The standard accomplishment essay is back with one slight variation.

Last year they asked you “What are your three most substantial accomplishments, and why do you view them as such?” This year HBS asks you to “Tell us about three of your accomplishments” (600 words).

The school changed last year’s mistake essay, “What have you learned from a mistake?”to this year’s “Tell us three setbacks you have faced” (600 words).

Last year’s career essay is back…

The Harvard Business School admission questions for the class of 2014 are now out. Here are the questions:

HBS Essay (MBA applicants only):

All application questions below are required.

– Tell us about three of your accomplishments. (600 words)

– Tell us three setbacks you have faced. (600 words)

– Why do you want an MBA? (400 words)

– Answer a question you wish we’d asked. (400 words)

Joint degree applicants:

– How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)

hbs 2+2 essaysHBS has changed its essay questions for the 2+2 program. This year’s applicants won’t have the flexibility of having some optional essays. This time, all four essay questions are required.

– Tell us about three of your accomplishments. (600 words)

– Tell us three setbacks you have faced. (600 words)

– Why do you want an MBA? (400 words)

– What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience? (400 words)

Here are some tips on how to tackle the challenge of the HBS 2+2 essays:

Tell us about…

HBS essays are out and it isn’t even Memorial Day yet. This is great for applicants, especially those applying round one–you have a full four months to really reflect and bask in any introspection necessary to create great essays. No excuses!

The two required essays, Accomplishments and Mistakes remain the same. They offer insight into your achievements, what you value, and your judgment.

Last year, you had five questions from which you were to select two. This year, you have four questions and have the option to select two essays.

Some of the questions have changed. The two new questions about professional…

Without a doubt, the essay remains a critical part of the application process.

Applicants have to find creative ways of sharing their brand but schools are also becoming creative with the types of essay questions they are asking.

But they are not stopping there. Applicants now have the option to write a cover letter as one of the essays at Harvard Business School.

Chicago has for the past few years required applicants to provide 4 slides to showcase who they are.

UCLA’s Anderson program with its audio essay question has definitely raised the bar for applicants.

What’s next? Applicants have to turn in a…