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  1. 1. Breaking Down the2012 Short Answers for Haas MBA Admissions Consultant |
  2. 2. Breaking Down the 2012 Short Answers for HaasWe’ve been getting a ton of questions about the alwaysdaunting Haas application, specifically the five ShortAnswer questions.(For the Career Goals essay, you can track down ourvery public thoughts on traditional career goals essaysand/or consider becoming a client of ours!) MBA Admissions Consultant |
  3. 3. Breaking Down the2012 Short Answers for Haas THE 4 PRINCIPLES MBA Admissions Consultant |
  4. 4. Before you can race to the Short Answers, you haveto really understand the Four Principles.On the one hand, we are happy to see them front andcenter, because the Four Principles are what makeHaas “Haas” and we we love Haas. We’ve known forsome time that the Four Principles should guide allanswers on a Haas application, not just one question(last year it was Short Answer #3), so now everyoneelse knows it to.Alas, great essays are about knowledge + skill + hardwork, so were okay with the playing field being leveledon the first point. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  5. 5. To take it a step further, what do the four principles mean?Here is how Haas words it:At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined byfour key principles — question the status quo; confidencewithout attitude; students always; and beyond yourself. Weseek candidates from a broad range of cultures,backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strongcultural fit with our program and defining principles. Pleaseuse the following essays as an opportunity to reflect on andshare with us the values, experiences, and accomplishmentsthat have helped shape who you are. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  6. 6. Here is how we see it: MBA Admissions Consultant |
  7. 7. Question the status quo –This comes from being such an innovative b-school. Techheavy, access to Silicon Valley, global in reach, caring aboutsocial values.This is our favorite principle for essay-writing because its allabout being innovative, taking a risk, stepping out in the void,rising to face a challenge, leading, and so on. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  8. 8. Confidence without attitude –A byproduct of having the former CTO of Goldman as itsdean, Haas is all about proper preparation for making animpact in the workforce. Rich Lyons (the dean) knows thatarrogance and swagger and “paper prestige” won’t get youanywhere once you start sitting down with recruiters and thengo on to join a professional team.This question is ideal for someone with rock star credentialslooking to show humility. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  9. 9. Students always –This is a nod to the student-friendly culture of Haas, but I’vealways believed this is here more for them to show off thanfor you to do likewise.A brief mention somewhere – anywhere – in the applicationis usually enough. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  10. 10. Beyond yourself –This is about social justice and making an impact beyondyour own life.Most candidates will want to talk about the broader world andmaking an impact, whether in a short answer or in the WhyHaas part of the career goals essay. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  11. 11. So once you have that as your guidingstar, you can get into the essays.SHORT ANSWER 1 -What brings you the greatest joy? How does this makeyou distinctive? (250 word maximum) MBA Admissions Consultant |
  12. 12. You dont have to prove how management consulting willhelp you run a professional soccer team one day ... you haveto prove you love soccer and will devote your life to getting tothe place where you can run a team. Long-term goals arenot about drawing tight lines, they are about drawingswooping arcs ... arcs back to WHO YOU ARE and WHATYOU LOVE. Admissions officers simply do not want to seeanymore "Short-term I want to be an investment banker andthen long-term I want to be an even more successful andpowerful investment banker" type goals.So what we are starting to see is that the b-schools areleading the horse to water and then making the horse drink. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  13. 13. SHORT ANSWER 2 -What is your most significant accomplishment (250words)Many see this as the kid brother of the famous HBS Essay 1that asks for three accomplishments. Really, its more like arelative of the old Ross Essay 2, which asked for a significantaccomplishment ... as well as leadership indicated andimpact on organization.If you focus on those two things - as well as the guidingPrinciple of "Confidence without attitude," you will likely havea strong short answer here. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  14. 14. SHORT ANSWER 3 -Describe a time when you questioned an establishedpractice or thought within an organization. How did youractions create positive change? (250 word maximum)Well, we obviously have our "Challenge the status quo"question. Thats really all you need to know. Well, that andhow to nail an Impact Essay. (Hey, cant give it all away forfree:) MBA Admissions Consultant |
  15. 15. SHORT ANSWER 4 -Describe a time when you were a student of your ownfailure. What specific insight from this experience hasshaped your development? (250 word maximum)"A student of your own failure..." Wow. Lets just translatethat to "Tell us about a time you screwed up and what youlearned." Done and done. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  16. 16. Clearly, you can’t include all of that information. So what is mostcritical?It starts with understanding the tone and meaning of the question. Why is Haas including this, of all things? It has to do with bschools “getting younger” and the accompanying quest for maturity- the need to measure a modicum of social intelligence. Asaverage ages dip, EQ seems to drop right along with it. By askinga candidate to be introspective, humble, willing to admit failure ... itcan be very telling. (As an aside, this is why you dont want to duckthe question and prop up something weak.)Our advice is to get right to it: About 100 words to describe thesituation and then about 150 words to talk about what you learnedand how you moved forward. Good luck - this is a tough taskindeed. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  17. 17. SHORT ANSWER 5 -Describe a time when you led by inspiring or motivatingothers toward a shared goal. (250 word maximum)Geez, Haas, how many questions do you need to ask?Okay, for this one, lets comment on a broader trend, whichis that b-schools are tired of "so I picked up the biggestshovel and boy did I start digging!" leadership examples.Simply working your butt off is not really that impressive, yetmany candidates seem to mistake work ethic for leadership.Its *part* of leading, for sure, but leadership is about somuch more than that. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  18. 18. Heres a list of leadership styles:•Leadership through empathy (putting yourself in the shoes ofothers and understanding what they need)•Leadership through thoughtful solutions and persuasivearticulation of those solutions (the 1-2 punch of "persuadingothers")•Leadership through action (make no mistake, this is still good,and often how you bring it home)•Leadership through language (talking brilliantly)•Leadership through charisma (charming the hell out of everyoneso that they go “this is our leader!”)•Leadership through authority (the cheapest and weakest form of“leading” is just telling people what to do because you areauthorized to do so) MBA Admissions Consultant |
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