There’s an understood set of unwritten guidelines for applying to college — undergrad or graduate. They include checking spelling, changing information on form letters and templates and making sure reference letters are, well, good.

But there’s also the more unusual errors.

This week Businessweek published an article with other ways to “sink an MBA application.” These range from being overly-involved, making unusual requests or providing inappropriate gifts.

Says Goizueta associate dean of MBA admissions Julie Barefoot: “On more than one occasion, the person fell apart… A few years ago, someone stopped the interview and said, ‘This isn’t going well,’ and then sobbed.”

For more, check out the article online.