SHORT ANSWER 3 - Well, we obviously have our "Challenge the status quo" question. Let's just translate that to "Tell us about a time you screwed up and what you learned." Done and done.
Here is how Haas words it: At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles — question the status quo; confidence without attitude; students always; and beyond yourself.
We seek candidates from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strong cultural fit with our program and defining principles.
On the other hand, it was disappointing to see them go up in lights because it stripped our clients of an advantage (if you have read our Columbia or Ross breakdowns, you will see this is a running theme).
We've known for some time that the Four Principles should guide all answers on a Haas application, not just one question (last year it was Short Answer #3), so now everyone else knows it to.
This is our favorite principle for essay-writing because its all about being innovative, taking a risk, stepping out in the void, rising to face a challenge, leading, and so on.
· Confidence without attitude – A byproduct of having the former CTO of Goldman as its dean, Haas is all about proper preparation for making an impact in the workforce.
Rich Lyons (the dean) knows that arrogance and swagger and “paper prestige” won’t get you anywhere once you start sitting down with recruiters and then go on to join a professional team.
This question is ideal for someone with rock star credentials looking to show humility.
As average ages dip, EQ seems to drop right along with it.
By asking a candidate to be introspective, humble, willing to admit failure ... (As an aside, this is why you don't want to duck the question and prop up something weak.)Our advice is to get right to it: About 100 words to describe the situation and then about 150 words to talk about what you learned and how you moved forward. SHORT ANSWER 5 - Geez, Haas, how many questions do you need to ask?