Imd mba essays

Imd mba essays

IMD, BA Essay Tips Archive

IMD Essay Tips 2017-2018

Essays: A short essay pack. Some of the more traditional essay questions are now asked in other sections of application questions. This trend is catching up fast and shows that schools want you to be coherent and concise with your thoughts and storylines across the application.

Essay 1: Describe yourself in two hundred words or less (Maximum 200 words)

Essay 1 Tips: There are many things you can talk about: your background, interests, passions, career goals and so on.. If possible avoid the somewhat clichГ©d background opening ‘I come from..’ or ‘I’m an engineer..’ This is one essay where you can get extra points for being creative. So be unexpected, be engaging and grab the adcom. This is your first impression, make it count!

Essay 2: Describe a time in your life where you faced an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings? (Maximum 300 words)

Essay 2 Tips: IMD has phrased the last year’s question differently this year. In 2016-2017, the question asked was: Give an example of a time when you were confronted with an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings?

Unrecoverable event or setback or an inevitable failure.. So what happened when you failed and how did it affect you and what did you learn?

Start by giving the context and the challenges associated with the situation. Describe what you thought, felt, did and (hopefully) tried to avoid failure but couldn’t overcome the challenge. Maybe you didn’t anticipate risks, maybe it was a group of tough team-mates, maybe you were lacking experience. Reflect on the situation and show the adcom why you failed. Describe your thought process throughout the experience. Take the reader with you in your mental and emotional journey. Giving specific concrete details to your story will make your narrative vivid and memorable.

If possible try not leave the narrative at your actions and learning from that incident. Show that you have been affected deeply and it has shaped you into what you are today and maybe include a brief example of how you have applied your learning to deal with a similar challenge when it happened again in your life.

Essay 3: On your 75th birthday someone close to you presents your laudatio (tribute). It can be a friend, colleague, family member etc. Please describe in detail what this person would say about you and your life. (Maximum 300 words)

Essay 3 Tips: If possible speak to a friend, colleague, family member and ask them what they think about you. This is a kind of recommendation, looking at you as a person. Try to talk about your personal achievements, the impacts you have made on other peoples lives, on your family, on society. You could include details of your professional side as well — you can ambitiously assume that you will be successful in the career of your choice so your contact might want to talk about that too.

Goal Question 1: What is your career goal : right after IMD / in 5 years / in 10 years? (Maximum 500 characters)

Goal Question 1 Tips: Specifically write about which industry and function you want to pursue post IMD. Also if you are clear, mention your choice of location too. If you can give an example of the employer you want to work with, doing that will show added focus and clarity. Your mid-term and long-term goals should reflect clear understanding of your career progression. Show career growth as well as a vision in how you want to make an impact.

Goal Question 2: In order to reach your goals, what do you foresee as your top 3 challenges? (Maximum 500 characters)

Goal Question 2 Tips: This is a different take on last year’s question: What are the skills you need to develop in order to achieve your goal?

There are several things which could be your challenges. You could talk about your need for knowledge about business concepts and functions as well maybe learning to work in teams, leading people, cross-cultural exposure.. you can think of numerous need-gaps that IMD MBA will fill for you to enable you to reach your goals.

Optional Essay: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? If you would like to comment on career gaps, education, GMAT/GRE, a disability or illness, please use this space. (Maximum 300 words)

Optional Essay Tips: First decide whether you need to write this essay at all.

Attempt this optional essay only if it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your IMD optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable – in that case simply redouble your efforts on those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use this IMD essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

This optional essay can also be used for mentioning impressive data points that could not be accommodated in the other essays.

If you feel that this essay will be a robust constructive addition to your candidature..

IMD: International Institute for Management Development

IMD: A new age Business School, IMD (International Institute for Management Development) is located at Lausanne, Switzerland and is amongst a handful of European b-schools who consistently hold their own against the best competition across the ocean.

Please find below archives of past-year’s essays from IMD MBA application. For the latest essays and deadlines, kindly visit the business school’s website.

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IMD MBA Essay Archive

IMD Essays 2017-2018

Essay 1: Describe yourself in two hundred words or less (Maximum 200 words)

Essay 2: Describe a time in your life where you faced an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings? (Maximum 300 words)

Essay 3: On your 75th birthday someone close to you presents your laudatio (tribute). It can be a friend, colleague, family member etc. Please describe in detail what this person would say about you and your life. (Maximum 300 words)

Career Goal Question 1. What is your career goal : right after IMD / in 5 years / in 10 years? (Maximum 300 words)

Career Goal Question 2. In order to reach your goals, what do you foresee as your top 3 challenges? (Maximum 300 words)

Optional Essays Additional Information: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? If you would like to comment on career gaps, education, GMAT/GRE, a disability or illness, please use this space. (Maximum 300 words)

IMD Essays 2016-2017

Essay 1: Describe yourself in two hundred words or less (Maximum 200 words)

Essay 2: Give an example of a time when you were confronted with an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings? (Maximum 300 words)

Essay 3: On your 75th birthday someone close to you presents your laudatio (tribute). It can be a friend, colleague, family member etc. Please describe in detail what this person would say about you and your life. (Maximum 300 words)

Career Goal Question 1. What is your career goal post IMD? (Maximum 200 characters)

Career Goal Question 2. What are the skills you need to develop in order to achieve your goal? (Maximum 200 characters)

IMD Essays 2015-2016

Essay 1: Describe yourself in two hundred words or less (Maximum 200 words)

Essay 2: Give an example of a time when you were confronted with an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings? (Maximum 300 words)

Essay 3: On your 75th birthday someone close to you presents your laudatio (tribute). It can be a friend, colleague, family member etc. Please describe in detail what this person would say about you and your life. (Maximum 300 words)

Career Goal Question 1. What is your career goal post IMD? (Maximum 200 characters)

Career Goal Question 2. What are the skills you need to develop in order to achieve your goal? (Maximum 200 characters)

IMD Essays 2014-2015

Essay 1: Describe yourself in two hundred words or less (Maximum 200 words)

Essay 2: Give an example of a time when you were confronted with an unrecoverable event. How did it affect you and what were your greatest learnings? (Maximum 300 words)

Essay 3: On your 75th birthday someone close to you presents your laudatio (tribute). It can be a friend, colleague, family member etc. Please describe in detail what this person would say about you and your life. (Maximum 300 words)

Career Goal Question 1. What is your career goal post IMD? (Maximum 200 characters)

Career Goal Question 2. What are the skills you need to develop in order to achieve your goal? (Maximum 200 characters)

IMD Essays 2013-2014

The 7 short essays are your chance to show us how you communicate your ideas and how you contribute to the world in which you live, whilst also highlighting: Your business orientation, Your international experience or exposure, Your achievements and project/people leadership experience, Your extra-curricula activities, Your values and priorities, Your career goals and reasons for wanting to take an MBA.

Maximum 1500 characters (with spaces) for each essay.

Essay 1: Important achievement: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why?

Essay 2: Self Development: Please comment on a situation where your leadership skills proved to be inadequate and what you learned.

Essay 3: Global leadership: IMD develops global leaders. what does global leadership mean to you?

Essay 4: Key Differentiators: Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you, that identify your unique contributions to the program.

Essay 5: Reflection: Give an example of the most unexpected thing that you’ve ever learned.

Essay 6: Position sought after graduation: A. For people who are planning to consider new jobs and/or organizations after the MBA: Please give us your short term career goal post-MBA. Which function, industry and geography do you see yourself working in? Are these changes for you, and, if so, why? How will you approach your job search? B. For people who are company-sponsored, confirmed going back to their previous company, entrepreneurs planning to go back to their own firm, and/or members of a family who are planning to work for the family business after graduation: Please let us know your short-term career goals and plans after your MBA.

Essay 7 (Optional essay): Additional Information: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application?

IMD Essays 2011-2012

«Position sought after graduation» essay: Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (2000 characters max)

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including. Essay 1 is double length.

«Most important achievement» essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why? (1230 characters max)

Essay 1. Two situations of importance to you: (Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such.) Situation 1. (1230 characters max) Situation 2. (1230 characters max)

Essay 2. Failure to reach objective: Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it. (1230 characters max)

Essay 3. Leadership: Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned. (1230 characters max)

Essay 4. Describe yourself: How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you? (1230 characters max)

Essay 5. International Exposure: Describe a situation where you successfully worked across cultures and/or nations. (1230 characters max)

Essay 6. Differentiators: IMD receives numerous applications per year. Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you from this applicant pool. (1230 characters max)

Essay 7. Alternatives: If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider? (1230 characters max)

Essay 8. Finance: Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget? Note: this has no influence on the admissions decision. (1230 characters max)

Essay 9. Disability / illness: Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain. (1230 characters max)

Essay 10. Additional Information (Optional question): Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essays 2010-2011

«Position sought after graduation» essay: Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (2000 characters max)

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including. Essay 1 is double length.

«Most important achievement» essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why? (1230 characters max)

Essay 1. Two situations of importance to you: (Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such.) Situation 1. (1230 characters max) Situation 2. (1230 characters max)

Essay 2. Failure to reach objective: Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it. (1230 characters max)

Essay 3. Leadership: Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned. (1230 characters max)

Essay 4. Describe yourself: How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you? (1230 characters max)

Essay 5. International Exposure: Describe a situation where you successfully worked across cultures and/or nations. (1230 characters max)

Essay 6. Differentiators: IMD receives numerous applications per year. Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you from this applicant pool. (1230 characters max)

Essay 7. Alternatives: If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider? (1230 characters max)

Essay 8. Finance: Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget? Note: this has no influence on the admissions decision. (1230 characters max)

Essay 9. Disability / illness: Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain. (1230 characters max)

Essay 10. Additional Information (Optional question): Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essays 2009-2010

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including. Essay 2 is double length.

«Position sought after graduation» essay: Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (2000 characters max)

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including. Essay 1 is double length.

«Most important achievement» essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why? (1230 characters max)

Essay 1. Two situations of importance to you: (Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such.) Situation 1. (1230 characters max) Situation 2. (1230 characters max)

Essay 2. Failure to reach objective: Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it. (1230 characters max)

Essay 3. Leadership: Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned. (1230 characters max)

Essay 4. Describe yourself: How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you? (1230 characters max)

Essay 5. International Exposure: Describe a situation where you successfully worked across cultures and/or nations. (1230 characters max)

Essay 6. Differentiators: IMD receives numerous applications per year. Give us four bullet points that clearly differentiate you from this applicant pool. (1230 characters max)

Essay 7. Alternatives: If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider? (1230 characters max)

Essay 8. Finance: Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget? Note: this has no influence on the admissions decision. (1230 characters max)

Essay 9. Disability / illness: Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain. (1230 characters max)

Essay 10. Additional Information (Optional question): Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (1230 characters max)

IMD Essays 2008-2009

The maximum length for each essay is 1230 characters including. Essay 2 is double length.

«Position sought after graduation» essay: Please describe the position you will be seeking after graduation (please specify position, responsibilities, industry, location, etc.). Very briefly give us your short-term, mid-term and long-term goals and objectives.

«Most important achievement» essay: What do you consider to be your single most important achievement and why?

Essay 1. Please describe two situations, business or otherwise, in which you were involved and which were of importance to you. Explain why you view them as such. Situation 1. Situation 2.

Essay 2. Please comment on a situation where you failed to reach an objective and what you learned from it.

Essay 3. Describe a situation where you had to demonstrate strong leadership skills. Explain how effective you were and what you learned.

Essay 4. How do you imagine your superior would describe your strengths and weaknesses to someone who does not know you?

Essay 5. What is motivating you to seek an MBA education at IMD?

Essay 6. What will you be able to contribute that would make you a unique and valuable addition to the IMD MBA class?

Essay 7. If you are not admitted, what alternatives will you consider?

Essay 8. Please explain how you intend to finance your studies at IMD. What would be your budget?

Essay 9. Do you have a disability or illness that could affect your performance at IMD? If so, please explain.

Essay 10. Optional question: Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee to know which has not been covered elsewhere in this application?

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