)So, as a public service (and chance to show off, of course), here is a breakdown of Haas' 2012 Short Answers: FIRST, THE 4 PRINCIPLESBefore you can race to the Short Answers, you have to really understand the Four Principles.
On the one hand, we are happy to see them front and center, because the Four Principles are what make Haas "Haas" and we we love Haas.
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.
SHORT ANSWER 2 - Many see this as the kid brother of the famous HBS Essay 1 that asks for three accomplishments.
Really, its more like a relative of the old Ross Essay 2, which asked for a significant accomplishment ...
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.
Normally, a “mistake” or “failure” essay is about 400-600 words and allows for a pretty elaborate set up, an introduction of the mistake made, an explanation of why it was made, then what you learned from it, and finally, what you would do again if given the chance.
Clearly, you can’t include all of that information. It starts with understanding the tone and meaning of the question. It has to do with b schools “getting younger” and the accompanying quest for maturity - the need to measure a modicum of social intelligence.