This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA Blog on U. Some b-school applicants balk at thinking of themselves as a “product” or “brand.” However, by taking the time to really examine your personal …
Part of the challenge consists in the need to discuss failures and weaknesses without making them look bad on your b-school application.
Your interviews and essays may include some variation of the following questions: So what is the right way of addressing questions about your strengths, weaknesses, and failures? A common mistake is to avoid the question or try to change the subject.
This is not going to go down well with the admissions commission.
Such a response will not work and it may even irritate the person who is interviewing you or reading your essay.
You should demonstrate that you have taken steps to improve and assumed responsibility for your missteps.
This is a hard question, and you should prioritize it in your efforts. Think about past experiences that point to specific strengths.
With regards to examples, my #1 message about this essay is DO NOT TALK ABOUT WORK.
In the best case, you will be able to explain how the MBA programme of your choice will help you hone those skills so you can reach your post-MBA goals.
Don’t underestimate the weakness/failure questions. Check out: Interview Preparation Tips for B-School Admission When asked about weaknesses and strengths, one of the most common mistakes students make is spending too much time talking about strengths and allocating very little time (or space, in essays) for their weaknesses.