Hooray ! Looking for the 2013-2014 essays analysis? here they are: London Business School MBA Application, 2013-2014. 



[title size=”2″]LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL MBA APPLICATION ESSAYS: 2012-2013[/title]

Question 1 : In what role or sector do you see yourself working immediately after graduation?  Why?  How will your past and present experiences help you achieve this?  How will the London Business School MBA Programme contribute to this goal? (500 words)

Question 2 :Where do you see your career progressing five years after graduation and what is your longer term career vision? (2oo words)

Analysis: This is a  classic MBA question:“Why MBA, why now, why London Business School?”. The biggest challenge here is to include all the relevant information and create a strong flow. Start by answering all the elements of the question and work on the flow later.  Don’t worry about the word count; just put pen to paper and write your thoughts, ideas and hopes  for your career.
  • Notice that London Business School is asking you specifically what ROLE or SECTOR you see yourself working in. So, while you don’t have to name a title or a company, you do need to be focused and paint a clear picture of what you will be  doing after your MBA.
  • As for the five-year and long term goals, you want to show your confidence in your ability to grow and lead, as well as weave in other industries and roles that you might be interested in. The two responses have to work together and create a story that will make sense, in terms of your personality and professional background.

Question 3: Give a specific example of when you have had to test your leadership and / or team working skills either professionally, or outside of work. What role will you play in your first year study group? (3oo words)

Analysis: Don’t include just any leadership story in this answer; think about whether your specific example is relevant to the study group setting at LBS.  This question is an opportunity to brag about your ability to manage uncertainty, intense situations and difficult team members.

Question 4: Student involvement is an extremely important part of the London MBA experience and this is reflected in the character of students on campus. What type of student club or campus community events will you be involved with and why? How will you contribute? (3oo words)

Analysis: The two visible sections are your future contribution and your motivation for getting involved. To answer this question properly, talk about your professional and personal interests, and show how the entire London Business School community could benefit from your actions. A generic line like “I will be involved in the Finance Club” says very little about your intentions and has a limited impact; a better line would be, “I will organize a conference on the European debt crisis,” assuming that you have work experience or seek career opportunities in this field.

  • The invisible component in this question is your past involvement in the community and other academic settings. If you have such experience, it’s a great idea to weave it into the essay, as it will provide evidence that your interest in ex-curricular activities is real, not just wishful thinking.

Question 5: London Business School offers a truly global and diverse experience. Describe any significant experiences outside of your home country or culture. What did you gain and how will your experience contribute to the School? (150 words)

Analysis: LBS is considered the most diverse MBA program globally, and you want to show how you will fit in at London Business School. If you have only lived and worked in one country, finding a relevant story might be difficult but it’s not impossible. If you are also applying to INSEAD MBA, you can leverage your story from the INSEAD essay about culture shock.

Question 6: Give an example of a person who, in your opinion, has made a profound impact on the way the world does business. How will this person influence your contribution to your MBA Programme at London Business School? (300 words)

Analysis: “Tell me about a role model in your life” is one of my favorite MBA interview questions. While the most common answer is often one’s parents, with second place a tie between Mahatma Gandhi and Steve Jobs, this question has great potential, but it’s also overwhelming.

London Business School has limited the scope of the question by asking you to think about a leader who has had an impact on the way the world does business.  While it’s easy to create a list of business leaders, the difficult part in this question is to figure out how to connect this to your contribution to the London Business School program and community. Try going beyond the usual suspects–people who invented recent technologies (internet, search, social networking)–and dig deeper.

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