Several business schools pose questions about the unique contributions you can make to their particular programs.
Many candidates unwittingly make the mistake of thinking that a bland summary statement like “I will bring my leadership skills to XYZ School” is sufficient to express their intended contribution. One of the reasons we prefer to work with business school candidates “from start to finish” is so we can proactively prevent such problems. Simply relating a story about a past experience and then repeating the main point does not demonstrate that you can or will make a meaningful contribution to the school. Ideally, you want to go further, explaining how you would apply and use your experience and skills while at the school in a way that would offer some benefit to others, thereby showing a true understanding of your fit with that particular program.
Example 1: “My experience as a stand-up comedian will allow me to bring humor to the Kellogg environment.”
With this statement, the MBA admissions committee is left asking, “How exactly will this applicant bring humor to the environment? Does he really know what our environment is about?” In contrast, consider the following:
Example 2: “My experience as a stand-up comic will prove particularly useful at Kellogg, a dynamic environment where I will be constantly joining new and energetic study teams. I anticipate using my sense of humor to create more relaxed team environments, helping everyone feel comfortable contributing, though I will use my humor judiciously, such as to diffuse tense moments during late-night study sessions rather than as a distraction. I believe my skills and experience being funny on stage will also allow me to play an important role in the Kellogg Follies.”
In Example 2, the writer has applied his personal experience and intended contribution directly to the Kellogg experience and has thereby shown a clear connection with the school, proving that he truly identifies with it and has an accurate understanding of its nature.
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Explain how you feel your past experiences would contribute to the diversity and global experience of the Krannert classroom, teamwork, and leadership experiences.
The Krannert School of Management resonates with me due to a range of attributes that will ensure an optimal mix of professional and personal development. I am also very positive about contributing to the Krannert Community during my time at the campus and beyond.
Value Addition to the classroom and teamwork experience
In my 4+ years of work experience, I have analyzed various business processes and actuated “error-free” automation. This has enabled me to gain working insights into the management of operations as also the nuances of ensuring that personnel actually use such sophisticated systems (managing change). I have also conceived faster procedures, developed detailed process manuals and instituted their usage in my teams. I can thus contribute to team projects and case study discussions through my understanding of managerial and “people issues” arising due to changes in corporate strategy/re-structuring.
My expertise in developing software products/applications for financial services clients will enable me to significantly contribute to related team assignments or research (Especially during Experiential Learning Initiative projects). With prior success in simplifying complex technological concepts and articulating them, I also hope to add value to project team(s) with members hailing from non-IT (Information Technology) backgrounds.
Value Addition to the leadership experience
Prior to my recent promotion at ABC, I succeeded as a leader with limited and informal “second-in-command” responsibility. The success in such a role resulted in direct promotion to “Technical Analyst” responsibility from the earlier “Software Engineer” (Typically a “senior software engineer” is promoted to this role). I believe that tremendous mental energy, ability to quickly relate to different personality types, strong organizational skills and work ethic and patience are the key ingredients for successful leadership. It is this belief system (and as applied in a services driven organization) that I bring to the Krannert Campus.
While I am positive about taking on responsibility of project(s) (by leading or by collaborating) during both academic and co-curricular pursuits, I also foresee a very active frontrunner role in student clubs such as A, B, C and D