StatusActive Client



Highest DegreeMBA

Ivy LeagueNo

Special DesignationsNone

Program Length11 Months

Prior MBB RejectionYes

Feedback TypeSummary

ProgramCase Interview Coaching

Office SoughtAsia


Here’s my thought for the Michael moment.

I have this habit of speaking in long winding manner while answering some questions. Michael taught me a technique to answer using one sentence only and provide a crisp reply.

This has helped me not only in answering questions in a succinct manner, but more than that it has helped my performance in a different manner as well.

I applied this technique in my office for making presentations. I started summarizing every slide in one sentence. This approach won me much appreciation among my superiors for making good quality presentations.

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2 responses to Experienced hire on succinct speaking

  1. Hello Jake.

    Are you not confusing one sentence with one word answers? Your suggestion is to do what we are recommending, offer one sentence answers!


  2. The problem with one-sentence answers sometimes is that, depending on the question, you risk the questioner filling in some gaps or background of the answer incorrectly. For example, if someone asks me at 11am “did you just wake up?” and I answer “yes,” they may not ask any further questions if they are not friendly with me or don’t know me very well thinking it would be rude to question why. So I may need to add some context, “yes I stayed up all night finishing a project and I just submitted it and woke up from a power nap.” That changes the thoughts in that person’s mind from “potentially” being “gosh is this guy super-lazy and wakes up so late or does he work a night shift or what?” to “oh I see, either he’s a super-hard worker and did this in record-time or maybe he doesn’t know how to manage his time wisely” (for which then you may need add even more context, “my manager asked emailed me last night at 11pm asking me to fly over with him to NY in the morning and have a presentation ready to deliver to the client once we get there at 9am”

    This is just an example…and a long-winded one at that, lol. But I think you see my point. You can’t always be succinct, you have to add some background sometimes in order to not risk them thinking the wrong thing.

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