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So you’ve decided to apply for an MBA. Step 1: DONE. Great! But as you start digging into the requirements, you realize just how much there is to do. You seek advice from those who have been-there-done-that — friends, co-workers, strangers online — and you notice a trend: admissions consulting. …
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5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story

Ready to write your personal statement? Then it’s time to conjure your inner storyteller. The best way to distinguish yourself from other applicants is to tell the admissions board a good story, a tale of your greatest achievements, dreams, and challenges. How do you tell a good story? It’s not about …

How to select B-schools to apply for?

Picking the right business school is a complicated. However, here are my top 5 tips: 1. Begin with the statistics: Statistics such as average GPA, average GMAT, years of experience, acceptance rate and starting salary will give you some good benchmarking data and a better idea of which schools could …

All You Need to Know About Recommenders & Recommendations

Some applicants have this idea that if they can just get their company CEO, whom they have never met, to write their business school recommendation, then the admissions committee will cower in awe and immediately accept them. But this is really not the case. There are two simple rules for choosing …

Owning Your MBA Career Goals in 5 Easy Steps

Let's talk about Career Goals for a minute. This is always a good topic, honestly, because whatever time of year it is and whatever stage of the application process we are all encountering, the narrative of a candidate's career goals will always be paramount.  Therefore, in order to create something …

How to (Actually) Differentiate Yourself on your MBA Applications

STOP TRYING TO "DIFFERENTIATE" YOURSELF.   Or at least, stop doing it without a professional by your side.  Let's dive into the 4 Rules of Differentiation before someone gets hurt. Rule #1 - Do not "differentiate yourself" with a panicked career change.   Throwing a Hail Mary at the last …

Make Your Resume MBA-Ready

First, the bad news: it’s unlikely you’ll be able to use the current version of your resume for your business school applications. In fact, you’re probably going to want to spend a significant amount of time on a complete resume overhaul. The good news: Your resume is a very important …

Specific factors to help override a less-than-Ideal GPA

There are some broad factors that the admissions committee will take into account as reasons that can justify a lower-than-ideal GPA. Thus the admissions committee might not be looking at your lower-than-ideal GPA as a problem at all. These factors can vary from “extreme extenuating circumstances” to “reasonably acceptable explanations.” When …

How important is GPA

Some business school applicants simply never “gained their footing” in their undergraduate years. Perhaps moving far from home to attend college was difficult for them and they did not achieve high grades. It could be they chose the wrong major and never applied themselves to courses in which they had …

What to Expect in ROUND 1 vs ROUND 2

Are you too late to apply to Round 1, or are you unsure whether Round 1 or Round 2 timing is best for you? How will your application be perceived differently in Round 1 vice Round 2? There are several key differences between applying in Round 1 and Round 2. …

MBA SCHOLARSHIPS: How to apply and what to emphasise

While each school has its own unique MBA scholarship offerings (merit only, merit and need, need only), they do so for a variety of reasons. Similar to admissions, a director will consider your academic indicators, work experience, extra-curricular activities, goals and community service. They also consider socio-economic factors for need-based …

MBA Application Tips

Crafting an MBA application can be daunting, here are some tips that might help you make the process easier and get the admission officers to take notice of your MBA application: 1. Answer the questions: This seems like a no brainer, yet it happens so often. While there are many …

How is your MBA application evaluated by Adcom

A reader will sit down to review a file (in much less time than you think, by the way) and typically work through the “one sheet” (name, biographical data, test scores, undergrad, major, GPA, age, etc.) so they can get the basics. This frames the expectation going in and is …

How to Ace Every B-School Interview

Whether you’ve already received an interview invitation or are hoping to get an invite over the next few weeks, you want to make sure you’re prepared to do your best when the big day arrives. As you might suspect, the admissions interview is the place to convey your talent, drive …

Why this MBA Program ?

Reason for asking the question: To gauge the sincerity with which the candidate is approaching the school. How to prepare: You need to make sure you show that your reasons for applying to the program go well beyond the obvious reputation, location, or network. Your job in answering this question …