Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made.(500 words maximum) With such a broad, open-ended mandate, it’s important to impose a structure on the response.“The key with those questions is that you get a very different sense of the applicant in a non-rehearsed way,” adds Wrzesniewsk.
For the fourth year running, Yale MBA hopefuls are required to respond to a 500-word essay about their biggest commitment.
When it was initially announced, Admissions Director Bruce Del Monico commented that the Yale MBA adcom developed this “seemingly simple and straightforward question” essay prompt in collaboration with a professor of organizational behavior at SOM.
Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.
This is the first time Wrzesniewsk, who has been on the faculty at SOM for ten years, has collaborated with admissions to formulate an essay prompt.
Or perhaps you are committed to lessening the environmental impact that humans have on our planet and you have pursued that commitment via volunteer work, initiatives at work, and changes in your personal life.
In short, it’s easy to see how commitment to an idea offers a broad array of possibilities to showcase various aspects of your candidacy.
“Though I research questions related to the meaning of work, this for me is just trying to help Bruce and his team,” she explains.
“In this first year out, part of it is geting a sense for where applicants take the question.
In short, if religion or politics has been your priority, the key will be to focus on your as opposed to ideology.
Before we look closely at a response around an organization, we want to remind our readers that organizations can be of a professional or community nature.