Here are the advises from ISB application consultants on Essay 1:
This topic in essence is similar to previous years’ essay topics – Why should ISB take you? This time around, they have zeroed in on your diversity quotient. ISB looks for students who are well rounded individuals that can be honed into becoming successful global leaders.
There are essentially 3 parts to this essay –
1. How are you unique/different.
Here is an opportunity to let ISB know who you are, over and beyond your resume and professional qualifications. You could focus on extra-curricular interests, line of work, education, place/language/other demographic attributes, special skills, even number of years of experience etc. Just remember that you will not be able to fit in more than 3 attributes due to the 400 words limit. Substantiating these attributes with a proof is as important as the attributes themselves.
The topic might put a lot of people with more common profile (read IT engineers et al) at unease. However, you should seek this as a great opportunity to break out of that mold everyone puts you into. Within the professional realm, you could be handling clients differently or could have striven to learn new skills that are not very common or worked on one of a kind project or have developed deep understanding of an industry. Your personal interests and achievements would also set you apart. Mentioning at least one personal attribute that ups your diversity quotient may help to present a more wholesome overall profile.
2. 2. The proof or your story is what would make you more memorable or leave an impact.
Remember, ISB admissions committee has to go through thousands of applications. Hence narrating a story (you have to do it well!) makes you more interesting and likable.
3. Lastly, how would your attributes help the ISB student community.
For e.g., a national level hockey player could write that exposure to team management in sports or game strategies would help bring a unique perspective into project management or strategy case study discussions.
This essay would require a good deal of thought. Best method is to write down everything that would enable a diverse profiling and then narrow down the attributes that you feel best define you and can be substantiated well.
Last Year Essay –
If we were to admit just one more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you?
Here are the advises from ISB application consultants on Old Essay 1:
Here through these essay questions, admission committee want you to articulate the important aspects of your profile which many applicants fail to describe in a proper and well-mannered way. Writing a specific story about your profile would be a bad idea, instead just pick up the most unique situations and impacts that you think will influence the admission committee.
The main vision of this essay is to make applicants aware of the value-add that they have in their bucket. Make sure you bring in notice to the ISB community that you will augment the value of both in-class and outside classroom experience for your classmates.
As ISB wants to seek your Unique Selling Preposition (through this question), you need to be unique at the same time to ensure that your profile makes an everlasting impact on the interviewers. Your primary aims should be to explain the factors that make you unique, distinct and different. Answer this question effectively within 400 words.
Don’t intend to be over smart, or over pretending as the more realistic you will be the more impact you will have on interviewers. The essay works as a simple method for ISB admissions to gauge how enviable a candidate you are for ISB. The quintessence of the prompt in this essay can be better implicit through previous ISB application essay questions.
Before you start writing, please make a strong case to distinguish yourself from an outstanding set of applicants applying for PGP.
Some other important points that you must include are:
The in-depth industry knowledge is that you have earned through your work experience. Also, mention your unique professional background if you have any. Also, make sure to talk about your range of interests like taking initiatives or adding value in community.
If you have been into sports, it would be a great USP to spark your profile. But make sure that each point you mention must not be fictional and should be exactly what you are. For better answers you can also try the different available sources for the preparation of your ISB essays.