Essay Question

Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or fewer)

You can start narrating your story with the problems or the challenges. Thereafter, explain your ideas of solving the issues. What did you do to turn around the situation? The admission committee would want to see you developing creative solutions, leading others, and overcoming challenges to achieve success. Hence, explain all the crucial facets of the story. Articulate how you have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by excellent collaboration with your team. What are the roadblocks? Did you take a detour? How have you convinced your senior management and obtained buy-in from stakeholders? Show admission committee “what you thought, felt, said, and did” so that they can “visualize you in action”. Finally, what were the results or benefits of your success? Quantify as much as possible.

A second, short-answer question will be asked only of those invited to interview:

MIT Sloan MBA Essay Tips The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something about your past that aligns with this mission.  (250 words or fewer)

Congrats! If you’re reading this after being invited to the interview at MIT Sloan!
When have you had an innovative idea that in some small way improved the world? Improving the world doesn’t have to be working for an NGO in Africa. It could also be improving your organization to have more benefit to customers or employees. For instance, did you formulate an innovative strategy to penetrate the Chinese market? Otherwise, when your company planned to improve the product quality, were you the guy who championed various Quality Process in your division or initiated a series of Six Sigma initiatives? You only have 250 words so you can’t write a long story here. Hence, focus on the elements of your story that project you as an innovative leader who has improved the world and has the ability to advance management practice.

Optional Question:
The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format. If you choose to use a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us the URL.

I would highly recommend applicants to watch this video before penning down their optional essay. This video will give crucial insights about what actually the admissions committee is looking from you in this essay.


Sandip Bhattacharya

Founder and Director of MBA Essay Consultant. Author of the best selling books such as “Admission Guide for Indian IT Applicants“, “How to Dazzle Admission Officers in MBA Interview” etc. Guided thousands of applicants globally for Full Time, Executive, Part Time and Online MBA applications.

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