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HEC Paris

HEC Paris has two intakes – January and September for its Full-Time MBA program. HEC accesses its application on a rolling basis and has a deadline almost every month. The following are upcoming deadlines for its September 2020 intake:

Round #DeadlineDecision Date
Round 4November 15, 2019December 13, 2019
Round 5January 2, 2020February 7, 2020
Round 6February 3, 2020March 6, 2020
Round 7March 2, 2020April 10, 2020
Round 8April 1, 2020May 7, 2020

Essay Debrief
HEC Paris has the following 5 essay questions for its Fall 2020 intake. Let’s take a closer look at them.

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 max words)

One of the more obvious questions asked by any business school yet one of the most important. Let’s break it down:

  • Why MBA?
  • Why now?
  • What is your short-term goal?
  • What is your long-term goal?
  • Why HEC?

It is imperative that you answer directly and clearly what HEC is asking you. And if you answer the above 5 questions you will have answered them. First and second questions are pretty straightforward and you should be tired by now to reiterate this again and again but it’s necessary. The third and fourth questions have to be looped together in what HEC is asking as ‘professional objective’. While they haven’t specifically asked for either, reading closely you will understand that the language of the essay prompt is in the singular form and clearly says ‘after your MBA’ which indicates short-term goals. However, you should provide a theme of sorts for your career that you envision. And finally, how will HEC help you in achieving those objectives.
Answering these questions will provide you only with a skeleton. You will have to enclose these answers in a theme congruent with your whole application. A good essay will have a good flow from para-to-para and tell a good story.

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

HEC is asking you to mention your most-valued achievement. As you may already know, sticking to professional achievement is best when writing your MBA application. Simply stating the achievement isn’t enough here. You will also need to explain why. Why do you consider it the most significant achievement? Provide the reader with a background of the situation in order to maximize the impact of your achievement. Quantifying also helps.

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)

This is an ethical dilemma question. We all have some time or the other faced an ethical dilemma in life. Looking at corporate frauds such as Worldcom or Satyam Computers, business schools have to ask themselves whether they could have done something to instil better values in those CEOs. HEC would like to understand one such situation you faced and how did it influence you. Explain the situation clearly, what challenges you faced, what was the ethical dilemma, what you did to resolve it and finally how did it affect you.

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

A psychoanalytical question which will shed light on things you wish you had done differently. It will show a different side of you to the HEC admissions committee. Instead of over analysing what to write just have fun with it. We all have thought about a different life or a restart button sometimes. Plus, 250 words isn’t that many words to write a detailed scenario. Just mention what and why.

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?

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)

These questions continue the series of psychoanalytical questions. You have to answer any one of the questions above within 250 words. By choosing to write about
– a monument or site
– book, movie or play
– or figure
you indeed shed light on what you value more than others and the why is open for interpretations. Here you have the opportunity to not just mention the chosen one but also explain the why.
Who or what you select to mention in these questions is nearly not as important as why you have chosen to write about it.

Apart from the essays above HEC Paris application requires:

  1. Two References


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