1. It’s not like your other essays. According to HBS, it’s more like an email. First, this means that you want the piece to be succinct. I recommend that you aim for your reflection to be between 250-400 words. Secondly, you want your reflection to be well-formatted. Nobody wants to read an email that looks like an epic block of text. Break up your reflection into blocks of short paragraphs. Don’t use paragraph indentations (since no one does that in email). You can start the reflection off with a little bit of introduction, but just as you would with an email to a busy person, get to your main points quickly, and then expand on them once you’ve let the person know the main ideas. I feel especially awesome about helping my clients with the reflection essay, since I was hired twice while still an MBA student at HBS to teach my fellow MBA students my networking skills, including my “outreach email that always works.” 2. Make sure you actually reflect. Reflecting does not mean rehash every moment of the interview. Reflection is when we examine something that happened and look for what went well, what could have gone better, and what we wish had gone differently. It’s your chance to have the last word, to make sure you let them know everything you wanted them to know about you. It’s not a time to pile on more accomplishments; it’s a time to give the AdCom further insight into how you think, make decisions, and evaluate your performance. 3. Stay positive. The reflection essay is not a time to make apologies (unless something very egregious happened in your interview such as you somehow visibly offending the interviewer). It is not a time to wallow in regret. For the things you wish had gone better or differently, focus on how you think you could have improved and highlight anything within the area you wish had gone better that you think went well. You could even discuss what you plan to do and what resources you plan to use to improve whatever you think could have gone better in your interview. And if you feel that your overall interview was very positive, you don’t have to dig around for anything you wish had gone better. I walked out of my HBS interview like,”That went great! I’m getting in!” If that’s how you feel, make sure you aren’t being overly confident, and if a reality and ego check still say it went great, then great!