As the summer progresses and applicants begin researching their target schools in more depth, we would like to highlight a valuable research tool: school-hosted blogs.
Given the emphasis that schools place on a candidate’s work experience, it is important to be proactive in addressing gaps in employment. When applying to business school, many candidates worry about how the adcom might perceive gaps in employment. We would like to take some time to discuss strategies for addressing this issue.
It’s not unheard of for an MBA candidate to have a gap in employment, and this will not necessarily make a negative impact on someone’s candidacy.
As many applicants are finding out at this time of year, conducting thorough research on MBA programs is an essential step in formulating a list of target schools and crafting convincing essays.
Your résumé is not only an important component of your MBA application, it’s also a great place to start when crafting your overall positioning strategy. This document forces one to distill a candidacy into a concise summary, focusing on key aspects and themes. With that in mind, here are a few simple tips to get you started:
1) First things first. Because you’re applying to graduate school, it makes sense to lead this document with a section detailing your academic history.
With several of the leading schools having already released their essay questions for this admissions season, we’re sure that quite a number of early birds are eager to get a jump on the process in order to complete as many applications as possible by Round 1.
Since many of our readers are just beginning the business school application process, we wanted to offer some basic tips on a critical variable in the MBA admissions equation: recommender selection.
When choosing your recommenders, remember that it can be seen as a test of judgment – selecting a recommender whose letter is ineffective or who appears dubious about your qualifications may raise doubts about your ability to judge your interactions with others or to select the right person for a job.
At the beginning of April, we discussed the importance of signing up for a feedback session when one is planning to reapply to a program that provides this opportunity. Today we’d like to follow up on that post by offering a few thoughts on feedback session etiquette.
While on one hand a feedback session marks the close of this year’s process, it’s crucial that you realize that the impression you make on the adcom member conducting the session may be added to your file and come to bear on your candidacy next year.
In keeping with the recent Admissions Tips we have posted for the new crop of applicants to the Class of 2017, today we want to offer some tips on engaging the community of one’s target programs. Communicating with b-school insiders can be beneficial for a number of reasons: In addition to learning about a given school and your potential fit, you’ll also generate material for your essays, demonstrate your interest in the program, and perhaps even make an ally or two.
Though essay questions tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?” and “How will Business School X help you achieve these goals?”
These are the fundamental questions of the entire application process; identifying clear answers will help in everything from creating a list of target schools to communicating effectively with recommenders and interviewers down the line.
With the MBA programs releasing their Round 3 notifications in the upcoming weeks, the 2013-2014 admissions season is coming to a close for the vast majority of MBA aspirants.
Continuing our series of admissions tips geared towards those individuals who are just beginning to think about their MBA applications, we wanted to offer some advice on factors to consider with respect to a school’s facilities and location.
When applying to the top schools, it is important to avoid “red flags” in your application.
While we devoted time last week to advice on addressing weaknesses in one’s academic record, today we wanted to explore the other side of the issue: the strengths that lie in your undergraduate record.
Beyond issues of aptitude or previous achievement, there are a number of other things that your academic profile might say about you.
To follow up on last month’s advice about GMAT preparation and timing, we wanted to offer some general comments about the role of academics in the admissions process.
As many of our readers know, a small number of leading MBA programs offer admissions feedback sessions to applicants who did not make the admissions cut in a given season. Though we’ve touched upon this subject before, we’d like to use today’s blog entry to underline the importance of these feedback sessions for those of you who are considering reapplication.
While not all schools offer feedback, a handful of schools issue an open invitation to all unsuccessful applicants.
We have previously posted some correspondence tips for those applicants who have been waitlisted by schools that welcome supplemental materials and communication. Today, we’d like to provide some advice to those who are in an arguably more difficult position: waitlisted by schools that discourage further contact with the adcom.
This may sound obvious, but if a school indicates that they do not want supplemental materials, then you should respect their guidelines.
With many MBA programs beginning to release their R2 decisions, the spring notification season will soon be coming to a close.
Because it’s the time of year when applicants aiming for Fall 2015 intake are just beginning to think about the admissions process, we wanted to focus today on one element of the application that candidates often underestimate: extracurricular activities.
In order to understand why this category is important, candidates should keep in mind that the adcom is responsible for crafting a dynamic class each year.
For all you “early birds” who are planning to apply to business school this fall, we wanted to offer a few tips on managing your time as it relates to the GMAT exam. Because this is an important element for many applicants in determining at which schools they will be competitive, it’s best to prep intensively and get this out of the way early in the process.
You should ideally be finished with the GMAT by mid-summer.
After a relatively sleepy February, March will soon be upon us with its extensive list of application deadlines and decision notification dates. Let’s take a look at part of the long list of Round 3 (or 4 or 5) deadlines spread over the next two months:
March 3rd: Ross R3 (11:59pm EST)
March 5th: INSEAD R3 (11:59pm CET)
March 7th: Judge R3 (5:00pm UTC)
March 12th: Haas R3 (11:59pm PST)
March 14th: UNC R4 (5:00pm EST)
March 14th: Oxford R4 (11:59pm GMT)
March 15th: Tepper R3 (11:59pm EST)
March 15th: Stern R4 (11:59pm EST)
March 20th: Fuqua R3 (11:59pm EST)
March 27th: Darden R3 (5:00pm EST)
March 27th: Wharton R3 (5:00pm EST)
March 27th: McCombs R3 (11:59pm CST)
April 1st: Georgetown R3 (11:59pm EST)
April 2nd: Stanford R3 (5:00pm PST)
April 2nd: Tuck R4 (5:00pm EST)
April 2nd: Kellogg R3 (11:59pm CST)
April 4th: Booth R3 (5:00pm CST)
April 7th: HBS R3 (11:59pm PST)
April 9th: CBS Regular Decision (11:59pm EST)
April 15th: Anderson R3 (11:59pm PST)
April 24th: Yale SOM R3 (5:00pm EST)
April 25th: Judge R4 (5:00pm UTC)
April 25th: Oxford R5 (11:59pm GMT)
May 30th: Oxford R6 (11:59pm GMT)
While it’s always best to apply as early as possible, the difference between applying in Round 1 and applying in Round 2 is, for most applicants, a marginal one.