As the name suggests, background essays offer the admissions committee an insight into “you” as a person; your family; factors/people that have had an impact in your life. This is your chance to tell them an engaging story.
Although this is not a career essay or a goals essay, it is important for you to subtly weave in what your motivation for an MBA is without specifically referring to the term “MBA”.
Interesting examples go a long way in making an important impression in these essays.
Typically schools will ask you to present your short-term (3-5 years post MBA) and long-term goals (5+ yrs post MBA) in these essays.
In these essays, it is important to first lay out your goals and then talk about what steps you have taken to accomplish the goals.
Your long-term goals may change over the course of your MBA, but it is important to have at least some idea of how best you would want to leverage your MBA and your professional experience 5+ years from now.
It is important to provide a backdrop before you start talking about what you accomplished.
Be it essays related to your professional life or your life outside of work, it is important to illustrate the impact your action has had on an organization/people. Provide examples/quote figures (e.g. percentage increase in revenue) to make the essays authentic and interesting.
Anyone who is senior to you in job title and who has closely seen you work can be a recommender. Your recommender can be your boss, your professor, or a manager under whom you have completed your internship.
How many letters of recommendation are needed?
Typically business schools ask for 2 letters of recommendation (your direct supervisor and someone senior in title but with whom you have worked closely). Some schools ask for a 3 rd recommendation letter or a peer reference; this is normally written by your peer.
MBA application essays cannot be written overnight. A good essay requires you to introspect, structure your thoughts coherently, read what you have written, and iterate till the day you hit the “submit” button.