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You'll want to stand out, and the personal statement portion on the application gives you the chance to do it.
Jeremy Shinewald, former admissions interviewer and author of "," devoted a chapter of his book to crafting the perfect personal statement.
Here are 5 tips for getting it done the right way:
1. Show Your Personal Fit: "While you may not always be able to pinpoint aspects of a program that are entirely unique to that school, the key is to show a connection between the school's resources and offerings and your individual interests and requirements―to make the association very clear and personal. If you have visited the school or spoken with some of the alumni, students, professors or admissions staff, mentioning these personal connections can be helpful."
2. Keep Long & Short-term Goals Connected: "You must be sure to demonstrate a cause and effect relationship between your short and long-term goals. After all, your long-term goals are based on the assumption that your stated short-term goals will be reached; the position you will hold later in your career will be facilitated by those you hold earlier."
3. Don't Spell Out Your Resume: "Some candidates make the mistake of writing about their work experience for 75 percent of their personal statements, even though they are also submitting a resume with their application. This wastes precious essay space by repeating facts the admission committee already has elsewhere. When prompted to discuss career progress, limit your to approximately 40 percent of the essay length. If not, keep it at 10-15 percent."
4. Avoid Generic Statements: "Remember that admissions readers see thousands of essays every year—they are extremely experienced and can therefore tell what candidate is being sincere and when he/she is just trying to say the 'right' thing."
5. Tell Them Why You've Chosen Them: "A common mistake among applicants when responding to the question, "Why our MBA?," is to simply flatter the school. Explain how the school's unique characteristics and offerings meet your needs—by inference, no other school can meet these needs, because no other school offers the map."
Why MBA Programs Don't Produce Leaders - Forbes
One of the biggest mistakes applicants make in writing an essay for MBA admission is to use too much flowery language to come across as more professional. If you do this, it can be distracting and cause the admissions committee to miss the main points you’re making.
It is okay to describe admiring someone else, learning from someone else, or helping someone else, but these mentions should support the story of you - not cover it up.
See another MBA essay mistake to avoid.
Basic Essay Tips
As with any essay assignment, you'll want to carefully follow any instructions you are given. Again, answer the question assigned to you - keep it focused and concise. It is also important to pay attention to word counts. If you are asked for a 500-word essay, you should aim for 500 words, rather than 400 or 600. Make every word count.
Your essay should also be readable and grammatically correct. The entire paper should be free of errors. Do not use special paper or a crazy font. Keep it simple and professional. Above all, give yourself enough time to write your MBA essays.