Application Advice

The Mad Scramble

The Mad Scramble

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.

Stay Motivated

Stay Motivated

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.

Managing Deadlines

Managing Deadlines

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?

Following Up

Following Up

Applying for MBA programs means lots of contact with others.  Students, Alumni, Faculty and Admissions representatives will all float in and out of your schedule during the peak months.  Don’t forget to follow up with them if you want to make the best impression.

Getting Organized

Getting Organized

Failng to get organized as you begin your MBA application journey is tantamount to failing on purpose.  Here's a few tips on how you can ensure you take the preparation for MBA apps as seriously as you take business school itself.

Who's in the Pool?

Who's in the Pool?

This time of year, applicants from all walks of life are contemplating returning to b-school, and it’s not just businesspeople who are applying.  Does it make a difference where you come from when it comes to getting in?

Not So Fast

Not So Fast

This time of year is about finishing well and new beginnings.  And Summertime, and sipping lemonade and relaxing.  Before you head off to the beach, however, you might want to do a few things to advance your MBA application process.

Does School Choice Really Matter?

Does School Choice Really Matter?

Clients often go crazy trying to decide what business school to choose.  While I always advise people to go to as good a school as they can get into, there is indeed much merit in having a good fit.  On the other hand, when it comes to getting a job at the end, which can be argued is the real reason we all go back to b-school, how much does it really matter where you got your degree?

Fail to Prepare at Your Peril

Fail to Prepare at Your Peril

Preparing business school applications is a grueling process, but there is another use of the word “prepare” which is far more important than the actual process itself.  How about this play on words: Are you making proper preparations to prepare your applications?

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Well, it's February, which means it's time to take a break from writing round three essays to re-watch Groundhog Day.  The 1993 classic Bill Murray comedy chronicles a day in the life of Phil, a weatherman who is cursed to re-live the same day over and over again.  As an MBA applicant, you can sometimes feel like this is also the curse of the application process.  Here are some tips to avoid the long and arduous grind...

What's the Deal with Work Experience?

What's the Deal with Work Experience?

I met with an MBA applicant last week who is still working her way through a top ten undergrad program.  She is dead-set on matriculating into an MBA program immediately after she graduates and wanted my advice.  In short, I told her to wait.  Want to know why?  Read on…

Rules of Thumb for Word Limits

Rules of Thumb for Word Limits

Two good rules of thumb when writing application essays for b-school is to 1) answer the question and 2) stick to the word limits.  If you have tried your hand yet at writing these essays, however, you have probably noticed it’s a bit difficult to hit that word limit precisely.  What to do?

How to Get Into Chicago Booth - Essay Analysis and Q&A Discussion

How to Get Into Chicago Booth - Essay Analysis and Q&A Discussion

Paul Lanzillotti presents his analysis of the Chicago Booth business school application, Booth Moments "picture essay", and strategies for getting into the MBA program.