HEC-Paris MBA Essay Questions 2016 - 2017 and Writing Tips

HEC Paris MBA Essay Questions And Writing Tips

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2016-2017 MBA Essay Questions
Q1. Why HEC (500 words)
  Why are you applying to the HEC MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the HEC MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective?
R) Introspection would be a good preparation for this response. Talk about your broad professional goals and then tie your long term goal with your post MBA goals. Special emphasis needs to be given to HEC. Talk about HEC's notable features such as its highly international character, special 12-16 months program, impressive CXO level placements, re-designed fundamental and customized program.
Q2. Life achievement (250 words)
  What do you consider your most significant life achievement?
R) You could go down the usual route and write about a major professional accomplishment or you can describe how you achieved something substantial outside the work sphere e.g at a community service organization or even with respect to doing something for somebody. Whatever achievement you choose, it should bring out your strengths and show how the results you achieved, were significant- in terms of how it made a difference to a single individual or to an organization/larger group. Describe your role in making this happen and also add why you hold this achievement close to your heart.
Q3. Leadership and ethics (250 words)
  Leadership and ethics are inevitably intertwined in the business world. Describe a situation in which you have dealt with these issues and how they have influenced you.
R) Today business schools emphasize teaching of ethics and often rely on discussions by class students regarding situations that involved practice of certain ethics, to discuss and debate these issues. Therefore, take a situation (you could either be the leader or the team member interacting with the leader) where some principle or ethical issue was at stake. If you were the leader, how did you ensure following the ethics, while also dealing with sensitive people management related issues. Conversely, how were you affected by the way your leader handled these? In addition, what was your take away from the whole situation?
Q4. Different life (250 words)
  Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be?
R) Do you have vision/ can you dream of something unique/bold? these are qualities of a leader. So how can you demonstrate these qualities through your choice? maybe you are a great people person and have a passion for sports?instead of your regular IT job, you see yourself as a cricket/tennis coach. Your choice should be consistent with more or less the kind of person you are and you need to explain why your choice is meaningful to you.
Q5. Choice (250 words)
  a) What monument or site would you advise a first-time visitor to your country or city to discover, and why? b) Certain books, movies or plays have had an international success that you believe to be undeserved. Choose an example and analyse it. c) What figure do you most admire and why? You may choose from any field (arts, literature, politics, business, etc).
R) What according to you is a good example to showcase your country's culture or values? pick such a monument/city etc and explain what facets make it a fitting example. Also write why these aspects of the country's culture are personally important to you, making that site/city meaningful to visit. For e.g. as an Indian, you could write about Bangalore being the IT hub of India and therefore reflecting the face of new India.
OR Business leaders need to be able to find inspiration from all around them and that includes literature and cinema. Therefore, you must be able to analyze these and present your opinion on what you feel deserves success and what does not. This question tries to uncover what are some of your personal likes/dislikes. Explain what elements of the option you choose, did not live up to their promise, despite the commercial success e.g. you felt that the treatment of a social issue in a particular book, was biased/superficial etc.
OR Another question about your preferences in an attempt to understand you better. You could pick a political/business figure/sportsperson/someone from the arts field, although the choice is up to you, you might be better off, choosing someone who has an international appeal/is known internationally. What qualities do you most admire in that person e.g. resilience in the face of repeated failures/ humility despite major success etc. You can write about 2-3 such qualities.

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