Stanford GSB MBA

Application Data Form Short

Answer Questions


 


 

Please share possible answers to these "small boxes" so Vince can evaluate your candidacy holisitcally, as admissions officers do.

Wherever possible, please share several options so Vince can help you pick the best mix of examples that demonstrate your selling points. 

One last request: Please share story options in outline form.  

Applicants trust Agos Admissions Consultants to help them select the best story that fits the questions BEHIND the question. Before spending hours writing a complete essay draft that might fail to impress admissions office readers, please share all possible answers with us. In your session, you and your consultant can discuss these options and pick the best one. Once you know that your story fits the question, please outline and write a full draft without worrying about the word limit. Cutting words from your story comes at the END of the brainstorming and drafting process.

As we read application essays, Agos Admissions Consultants ask ourselves four questions:

  1. Do I understand your story?
  2. Do I believe you made an impact?
  3. Do I care about the impact you made? 
  4. Do I think what you want me to think? For example, can I imagine you making a similar impact at your target school? 


The best Agos admissions consulting clients share ideas with us BEFORE they spend hours writing. Then, they continually scrap and build their story. They structure story options into a simple outline or framework.

For now, please share two or three story options. Which examples might fit the question? What are your reasons to choose (or perhaps NOT choose) a particular story?

Here is one possible structure for sharing your ideas with your consultant:

STORY OPTION 1

Please use the STAR method (or another simple framework that best fits the question) to organize your answer. STAR stands for situation, task, action, and result. A STAR framework might look like this: 

1. Situation – What was the problem?

2. Task – What was your idea for how to solve the problem? Why did you think that idea would work? 

3. Action – What steps did you take? Of those action steps, which one seemed to have the most impact? What was the turning point?

4. Result – What happened in the end? What impact did your actions have on others? Can you quantify your results with numbers such as money or percentages? Can you qualify your impact with words like first, youngest, only, or best?


Finally, please tell us how you feel about this story. What are the pros and cons of selecting it? List the 


Pros (reasons to use this story) 

1




Cons (reasons NOT to use this story)



2


Therefore, you might consider sharing your ideas like this:


STORY OPTION 1

S

T

A

R

Pros

1

2

Cons

1

2



STORY OPTION 2

S

T

A

R

Pros

1

2

Cons

1

2



STORY OPTION 3

S

T

A

R

Pros

1

2

Cons

1

2

 

Thank you!



Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

Nature of organization/employer's activities (Limit 255 characters):

Job Title 1:

Your primary job responsibilities (limit 320 characters):

Most Significant Challenge (limit 320 characters)

Most Significant Accomplishment (limit 320 characters)

Please write a sentence or two about what you aspire to do after graduating from Stanford GSB. (Limit 255 characters)

Please select the industry and job function that most closely matches your post-GSB goal. This isn't a commitment; you can still change your mind during the program.

industry: (select one option from drop-down menu)

function: (select one option from drop-down menu)

Award or honor received

Date received (mm/yyy)

Basis of Selection (Limit 255 characters)

ctivities and Interests (order of importance)

Activity or Interest 1 of 3:

When did you pursue this activity or interest? (Select):

Number of Members:

Typical Time Spent:

What role(s) did you play:

Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution.(Limit 255 characters)

For your first (most significant) activity or interest listed, why did you become involved? (Limit 255 characters.)

Activity or Interest 2 of 3:

Activity or Interest 3 of 3:

NEW!

Tell us about a time within the last two years when your background or perspective influenced your participation at work. * (1200 characters)

Vince tips

Type: Behavioral question

OPTION 1

Circumstance
Belief
Participation
Result

OPTION 2

Circumstance
Belief
Participation
Result

 

 

 

 

 

 


Just for reerence, from the 2015-16 application

"Just for fun" 


Your favorite food (35 characters available, including spaces)

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Your favorite word in any language (35 characters available, including spaces)

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Please describe yourself using 20 or fewer words

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Education

(Transcript Instructions)

Please scan and upload the front and back of your university transcript for each institution you attended for one or more academic years. Don't mail an official transcript; we'll request it after admission.

●      Each front page of your transcript should be included in the upload.

●      Only one copy of the back page should be included in the upload, to provide us with your university's transcript key.

 

 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

 


Professional Experience

Please write a sentence or two about what you aspire to do after graduating from Stanford GSB.

(Limit 255 characters)

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Please select the industry and job function that most closely matches your post-GSB goal. This isn't a commitment; you can still change your mind during the program.

Industry:

Job Function:

 

Employment History
 
Nature of organization/employer's activities  

(Limit 255 characters)

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Job Title 1

Function

Number of employees you supervised

 

Your primary job responsibilities

(limit 320 characters)


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Most Significant Challenge

(limit 320 characters)




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Most Significant Accomplishment

(limit 320 characters)

 
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Reason for leaving


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Job Title 2

Function

Number of employees you supervised

 

Your primary job responsibilities

(limit 320 characters)

 

Most Significant Challenge

(limit 320 characters)

 

Most Significant Accomplishment

(limit 320 characters)
 
Reason for leaving

 



Job Title 3

Function

Number of employees you supervised

 

Your primary job responsibilities

(limit 320 characters)

 

Most Significant Challenge

(limit 320 characters)

 

Most Significant Accomplishment

(limit 320 characters)
 
 

Reason for leaving

 

 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 


 


Activities and Interests (order of importance)


Activity or Interest 1 of 3

When did you pursue this activity or interest? (Select)

Number of Members

Typical Time Spent

What role(s) did you play?

Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution.

(Limit 255 characters)


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For your first (most significant) activity or interest listed, why did you become involved?

(Limit 255 characters)


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Activity or Interest 2 of 3

When did you pursue this activity or interest? (Select)

Number of Members

Typical Time Spent

What role(s) did you play?

Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution.

(Limit 255 characters)




Activity or Interest 3 of 3

When did you pursue this activity or interest? (Select)

Number of Members

Typical Time Spent

What role(s) did you play?

Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution.

(Limit 255 characters)

 

 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

 


Awards



1.

(Limit 255 characters)
 



2.

(Limit 255 characters)



3.

(Limit 255 characters)

 

 
 

Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

- Updated by Vince on 29 Jul 2016

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"First, you limit the number of your clients so that you can maintain the high quality of your services while many other MBA consultants accept clients almost beyond their capacity. Second, you are really great 'catalyst.' Each question you asked me made me think and thus deepened my stories. Thanks to you, I was able to come up with excellent ideas that I could never come up with alone."

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