HEC Essay 1

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? (500 words)

Answer the questions in the same order to tailor this essay. Connect the dots using these three suggestions —

1. Explain why now is the best time for you to enrol in business school; whether you’ve reached a learning plateau at your current job or you’ve discovered an exciting opportunity that you want to take advantage of as soon as possible.

2. Outline your short-term goals in detail, including the job you expect to take after completing your MBA, as well as 1-2 companies you want to pursue. In addition, discuss your five- to ten-year strategy.

3. Discuss the particular curricular and programmatic features of the HEC MBA that align with your professional aspirations and personal interests.

This essay will demonstrate how your objectives emerge organically from your experiences and are attainable in light of your prior work experience and an MBA from HEC.

HEC Essay 2

What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)

This is a two-part question: Adcom wants to know what you perceive to be your most significant life achievement, as well as why you think that success is so important.

They want to know about your personality and character.

It might be a professional or personal achievement. Choose an accomplishment that had a positive influence on a person, a group, or an organisation. Not just the impact, but also the activities and mental process that led to it should be discussed.

HEC Essay 3

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. (250 words)

HEC Paris wants to test your morality ground and understand your ability to reach intelligent questions with this question. Don’t use this as an occasion to snitch on your manager or spill the beans about that one colleague with whom you disagree. Share a real-life issue in which you had to make difficult decisions, where there were significant downsides to both of the alternatives you had.

You don’t have to be the one who makes the ultimate decision or the only one who faces this challenge. The important thing is to demonstrate that you can assess a problem, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of various options, and, ideally, show that you shared your viewpoint rather than keeping quiet. Also, explain why you made the choices you did and how they  influenced all subsequent decisions.

HEC Essay 4

Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be? (250 words)

Your birth, circumstances, background, occupation, geography, people, hobbies, responsibilities, and ambitions all define you in this life. Your current existence includes all of this and much more. This question asks you to describe a different path you may have taken. It’s important to note that the question doesn’t ask you to imagine what you’d do if you didn’t have your current life; rather, it asks you to imagine a life of your own making.

If you enjoy tennis, for example, you might design your envisioned life to reflect your enthusiasm for the game. However, don’t make this a narrative for escapists. This essay will raise red flags for you if it completely changes your basic personality and ideals from the rest of your profile.

HEC Essay 5

Please choose from one of the following essays (250 words):

a) What monument or site would you advise a first-time visitor to your country or city to discover, and why?

  • The WHY portion of the question reveals how you think, as well as what you value and consider significant. Just about any other monument will suffice! It will be your reasons for choosing it that will make or break the answer

b) Certain books, movies or plays have had an international success that you believe to be undeserved. Choose an example and analyse it.

  • In your perspective, an undeserved success indicates that the work of art was not too good to be an international success.  That begs the question: what do you regard to be excellent art? And what did this example have that was poor/bad/wrong? If at all feasible, use a recent and well-known example to reduce the risk of adcom being unaware of it.

c) What figure do you most admire and why? You may choose from any field (arts, literature, politics, business, etc).

  • Similarly to essay A, the WHY section of the question will reveal your personality and character. Because you only have 250 words, keep the majority of the word counts focused on yourself. Even while expressing and writing about someone else’s admiration, the spotlight should always be on YOU.

Answer all of these questions in a few lines rather than penning a 250-word response to a single prompt and then realising that another topic might have been more powerful.

Figure out which response offers the most value to your MBA profile once you have small versions of your replies to all of these questions. Do any of your responses support any of the statements made in your MBA profile? Is there any answer that demonstrates characteristics or values that the school shares?

HEC Optional Essay

Is there any additional information you would like to share with us? (900 words)

~ This space can be used to explain the “extenuating circumstances” (e.g unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, areas of weakness, etc.) that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider.   These circumstances can include the following – 

  •  Low GPA or GMAT
  • Gaps in resume
  • Any disciplinary action

Before you submit an optional essay, consider the following questions – Is the relevant? Is it constructive? Because the goal is to improve the reader’s opinion of your ability to excel in the classroom and contribute to the MBA community at the school.

Explain the problem in a clear and concise manner. Then, illustrate how you’ve improved and addressed the concerns using proof. Finally, talk about how you want to keep the momentum going.

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