In my last post, I wrote about the virtues of applying in round one, but there are a few reasons why you might want to consider applying in round two instead.
1. New Experiences
Firstly, you should be considering your personal readiness to submit an application no matter what strategy you employ for timing. Do you have the best GMAT score you can achieve? Do you have the appropriate amount of progressively responsible work experience logged? What if there is a pending promotion in your near future, and by delaying your application a few months, you will be able to experience something extraordinary which could impress the admissions committees?
I know of an applicant who was on the verge of receiving a new international assignment and decided to wait until round two so they could add it to their resume where before they had no international experience at all. These kinds of opportunities are not only good for the resume, but can also provide great fodder for the essays themselves and will position you as a more mature, seasoned employee.
2. School Visits
Another reason to wait until round two might be to give you more time to visit individual schools. The personal visit is one of the most important components of the due diligence process, as there is simply no substitution for sitting in an actual class and meeting real, live students in your target program when it comes to deciding where you fit in. Some schools will even give you brownie points in the admissions process for visiting in person. Look for schools with a historically low yield number (yield being the number of students who actually accept an offer of admission), which assume that an in person visit indicates you are truly serious about coming there.
3. Time to Prepare
Finally, the most important reason you might want to delay your application is because it is simply not its best yet. If you feel you are rushing things and not spending an appropriate amount of time on introspection, you shouldn’t submit in round one. Submitting an application that is incomplete or sub-standard, especially one that has not been vetted by either a consultant or confidant who perhaps went through the process themselves, you should delay. Statistically, your chances of admission in either round is similar, so don’t let application strategy tempt you to submit an application that is not fully ready.
In my next post, we’ll explore the best kept secret for when to apply…as long as you are willing to commit to a school!
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Bryant Michaels has over 25 years of professional post undergraduate experience in the entertainment industry as well as on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs. He served on the admissions committee at the Fuqua School of Business where he received his MBA and now works part time in retirement for a top tier business school. He has been consulting with Veritas Prep clients for the past six admissions seasons. See more of his articles here.