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MIT Sloan Essay tips for 2011 intake ( Class of 2013)

MIT Sloan Cover Letter
Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions

Tips: Proving your worth for a certain MBA program is nothing new in MBA application essays. However, what’s new in this MIT Sloan question is its format. The admission committee wants a direct approach from you and as you are interacting one to one with Mr. Garcia, you are free to use more personal statements here. All these will actually help you add to the appeal of your statements. So, sell yourself more conveniently here in this cover letter.

As demanded, you have to start the essay with brief overview of your accomplishments so far in your career. While talking about those you cleverly have to demonstrate the necessity of a MBA at this point of your career. After that you can be more specific to clarify why MIT Sloan will be the best school for you to pursue a MBA. Here your researches on the programs, community and activities of Sloan will come into use.

You also have to cite an example from your real life experiences in which you had an impact on a group or organization. If you have prior experience of working in an organization, then recollect such an incident and reveal that here. It may be something like a suggestion of yours that helped to bring significant changes in the organization. Whatever you write, it should be catchy and attractive enough to draw the attention of the reader.

MIT Sloan Essay 1: Please describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Essay Tips: Leaders are not always predictable. They can stun others with some of their extra-ordinary performances, or out-of-the-track decisions in face of adverse situations. So, what about you? Have you done something like that before? If ‘yes’, then this is your scope to share that with the admission committee. Having said that, it is hardly possible that you don’t find such an incident from your experiences. Almost all of us exceed expectations in our day to day actions. So, pick one of the instances and reveal it here.

While describing the incident try to spare fewer words on the description of the story and more words on your thought process, planning, calculations and reactions to adverse comments. At the end it will be necessary for you to prove that you have the ability to think and act differently.

MIT Sloan Essay 2: Please describe a time when you coached, trained, or mentored a person or group. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Essay Tips: Your leadership style is something that the admission committee wants to judge through this essay. You have a lot of alternatives in your hand and you can select one that best reveals your style. You may talk about a short-term training program in which you were a trainer or a relatively weak student whom you coached or some other motivating instances. What’s important here is to stress on how you did the job. So, after briefly describing the problem, try to focus on the adversities that you had to face at the beginning. Then talk about the strategies you took at that time with special emphasis on your thought process. At the end, state the outcome and impact of that on you.

MIT Sloan Essay 3: Please describe a time when you took responsibility for achieving an objective. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Essay Tips: There are several points that you have to cover in this essay. Firstly, the committee wants to know when you set goals for yourself. So, make sure that your occasion to take responsibility was perfect in the example that you provide. It should not be too late or too early a decision. Secondly, the choice of objective is also vital. What can motivate you will be clear from this, so give it a thought, too. Lastly, it is important to include the whole incident starting from commitment to accomplishment with special focus on your process of achieving the objective in this essay.

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