This time of year there’s plenty of occasions to present yourself well. As an MBA applicant, not only will you be going to interviews, but you will also be invited to various social events throughout the holiday season. Practice the one-click up technique to always make a great impression.
This time of year is stressful for many reasons. The holidays themselves are crushing. Family time can be just as taxing as it is soothing. Buying Christmas presents becomes a chore and like the song says, the traffic is terrific. Worst of all, MBA deadlines and all the accompanying details loom large.
Most applicants spend considerable time laying out a thoughtful career vision for their target schools, one that makes logical sense and often ties directly into their past experience. But what if you change your mind?
If you were bold enough, or savvy enough, or organized enough to have applied early in the MBA admissions process, you know by now whether or not you got in. If you got in, you now have the luxury of extra time between now and matriculation. What are you doing with it?
Decisions, decisions. With admissions offers coming in (or possibly not), it’s a good time to figure out your move-forward MBA plan. What to do?
Resumes are boring. Everybody has one and most sound the same. Unfortunately, it’s a critical part of a winning MBA application.
Ok, you’ve submitted your Round Two applications and can now relax, right? Not before you do a few key things!
It’s a great time of the year to express gratitude, so if you’re one of the lucky few to be invited for an MBA interview, be thankful. Are you ready?
Business schools are a business. They have budgets, revenue, expenses and most importantly, a target for the number of students they take into the program. This time of year, the game is afoot. Will you be a beneficiary or a casualty of the yield game?
With a fairly consistent test format for more than fifty years, the Graduate Management Admissions Council finally revamped the GMAT several years ago with a couple of assessment changes. Do the bonus sections even matter?
An often under-reported trial of business school is the period during the first six weeks of classes known as the Gauntlet. This is when companies descend upon the campus like vultures, trying to woo internship candidates. You must be ready, or else…
If you have never heard the phrase “drinking from a fire hose” in the context of getting your MBA, you will. It’s perhaps the best comparison for how intense it can be.
As the end of round two approaches, are you feeling like you’re running out of gas? Here’s a few things you do to stay motivated and finish well.
Business schools desire to see many key traits in their applicants: Leadership, teamwork, solid work experience, good grades. One often overlooked but very important skill for b-school is time management. Are you using this skill now to manage your application deadlines?
One of the last things you probably want to think about as you prepare your MBA applications is how you are going to pay for it. If you are already carrying undergrad student loan debt, it’s even worse.
If you have struggled over the years about whether or not you should get an MBA, now might just be the ideal time.
Ever been to summer camp and done a trust fall? It’s where you cross your arms, surrounded by friends, stiffen your body, close your eyes and fall backwards from a table or chair, trusting your mates will catch you. Relying on your MBA recommenders is much the same.
They say it’s not what you know, but who you know that makes the difference. This also can be the case with MBA applications. Are you leveraging people on the inside to increase your odds of admission?