Common Pitfalls of MBA Admission Essays

It's said that you only get one chance to make a first impression and that is especially true when you are writing an MBA admission essay. Often, a fatal mistake can lead to the formation of a reputation that is difficult to shake off. So it's imperative that you are aware of common admission essay writing mistakes and avoid them at all costs.

By avoiding common blunders many applicants make, you'll without a doubt get the probabilities tilted in your favor. Here are some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them:

Don't skirt the question: 

If you are asked to answer a specific question or topic, don't skirt the issue; instead, deal with it head-on. Dealing with the topic in a direct manner not only lets them know you understand exactly what is asked of you, but also that you are willing to do what it takes to get there.

Learn about the business school first: 

Prestigious schools take pride in their history and culture. Learning more about both of these aspects will demonstrate that you are keen to become a part of the culture and that you are an individual who will take the initiative to get the job done.

Don't sound like a brochure: 

While you are encouraged to read all the school's literature and brochures, don't keep one beside you when completing your school essay. This will drown your true feelings in words that will sound less like yourself, and more like a brochure.

It's about you:

Remember, the exercise of the essay is so the school can learn more about you as an individual. Don't be afraid to reveal more about yourself and personal experiences that may have shaped your outlook on the world.

You're not a comedian: 

Keep in mind that you may be admitted for being the smartest, but no one is going to be admitted for being the class clown. Don't joke around and risk landing flat on your face.

Don't dwell on the past, think about the future: 

Many applicants talk about their high school achievements, when, what they should be doing is focusing on the future and what they hope to achieve with business school. This lets the school know you have a plan and know exactly where you want to go.

Always complete the optional question: 

If you want to get admitted, answering the optional question isn't really optional. Business schools will nearly always select a candidate who took time to go the extra mile than one that does the bare minimum. Answer the optional portion and if it's an open-ended question, as most are, take this opportunity to let the school know about your strengths, what separates you from the pack and why you would be the right choice.

Read, and then read again: 

Proofreading is an absolute must. You'll be surprised how many students skip proofreading their work; but, when your career and future depends on it, we don't need to tell you this is an absolute must.
Keep these common mistakes in mind and you stand a much better chance to excel.