Ok, you’ve submitted your Round Two applications and can now relax, right? Not before you do a few key things!
For the motivated and ambitious MBA applicant, there’s always more to do. Granted, the heavy lifting is over once you have submitted, but before you slip off into a post-Turkey day coma, make sure to take care of the follow up. Firstly, you need to take an inventory of where you are in the process. If you are planning to throw in a few more applications in subsequent rounds, go ahead and set up a schedule. The holidays are far too hectic to try and manage round three applications without a plan.
It's also a good idea to read through your submitted applications and make any notes which will help you in round three, while things are still fresh in your mind.
Some applicants feel like each subsequent application effort improves their overall package incrementally, so leverage the experience you have garnered from round one and two to make round three efforts fruitful.
Do you need to schedule any round three school visits?
Remember, schools take their breaks from anywhere between late November to early December, so reaching someone to schedule time on campus needs to be done now. It’s always a good idea to log visits before you write applications, and coordinating all of this with school slots as well as your own personal work schedule can be tricky.
Another important thing to do is to prepare for potential interviews.
While some may feel the need to relax after hitting send on their applications, the wise applicant will begin to study up on typical interview questions and working on their elevator pitch for why b-school is right for them, why now is the best time to go, and why that particular school is the best fit. The more the answers to these questions flow naturally from your heart, the better prepared you will be for your interviews.
Working on your Plan B is another critical move.
Whether it be going to an alternate location for b-school, or riding it out in the workplace for another year, knowing what you would do if you happen to get the dreaded rejection from your early rounds is important to prepare for. No matter how confident you are in your MBA application approach, a good business person is always prepared for a disaster when and if it strikes. Being mentally prepared for a negative outcome will also make the eventual acceptance letter feel that much more pleasurable. Call it cognitive dissonance management.
Of course it’s also a good idea to do a bit of resting and relaxing.
You have worked very hard to this point and you deserve a break. Enjoy time with ones you love, soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the season and dream a little about next year and going to the school of your dreams.