Great article in BW by Kerry Miller: "The Admit Office’s Hate List"
If you really want to know what can sink your app, read this article. Study this article. Memorize this article. It covers many of the behaviors I have ranted about in this blog, on chats, in forums, and in articles, interviews, and ebooks. Here is the list of adcom pet peeves from the BW article:
- Making Excuses Instead of Offering Explanations.
- Writing What You Think They Want To Hear.
- Getting Too Personal.
- Obvious Resume Padding.
- Playing Alpha-Dog.
For the details, read the Admit Officer’s Hate List. And then stay off it.