While the fundamental principles of business never change, it has an inherently fluid nature. The idea is simple: you must adapt to survive. Big players like Google, Intel and Facebook have been drawing MBAs into the Silicon Valley at a steadily-increasing rate for years, however, startup companies are now also garnering a unique attraction for MBAs with brand new degrees and strong desires for innovative and creative opportunities, as well.
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The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has always taken a holistic view of their application process and the criteria with which it assesses candidates. Before diving head-first into the application process, candidates should review the evaluation criteria that the school has publicly communicated.
You might have thought your two years of business school would be a breeze. It would be a good break from the working world, a chance to recharge your batteries. You think about being back on a college campus again. You think about finally being a college student with some money in your pocket. You might even see current business school students sharing pictures on their Instagram of a recent spring break vacation or ski trip. What fun you might think!
From your first day on campus, if not much earlier, you will inundated with information about all of the various clubs (no, not the dancing kind, unless of course your school offers a Dance Club) that your business school has to offer. The Marketing Club, the Consulting Club, the Ski Club, the Wine and Cheese Club, and maybe even the Cigars and Poker Club. Applicants are even sometimes asked to indicate which clubs they are interested in during the application process. (“Hmmm, I really like both wine and cheese. Sign me up!”)
Is it a twenty million dollar marketing gimmick? Or is it simply the “most innovative business school in the world” being the most innovative business school in the world? Arizona State University’s Carey School of Business has announced that a MBA from their school will now come free of charge, no strings attached.
You have spent considerable time collecting valuable work experience since college and even more time reflecting back on this experience as you prepare to apply to business school, possibly even making notes or an outline on how you plan to ideally relate your story to the admissions committees. Now that the application season is well underway, your stomach sinks as you see your target school has put a 250 character limit on describing your post-MBA goals, or a 400 word limit on explaining why you want to go to their school. Worse yet, your aspirations for Harvard Business School begin to wane as you see their one essay this year has no posted word limit—is this a trick?
One of the most competitive MBA applicant pools year-in and year-out is the vast crop of talented applicants originating from the subcontinent of India. Every year, top business schools are flooded with qualified Indian applicants that present a bevy of challenging decisions for admissions committees around the world. If you’re a member of the Indian applicant pool, it is important to understand how the admission committee will view you – having a good handle on this can help a smart applicant properly strategize on producing a “winning” application.
Fall is a very busy time, whether or not you are adding b-school applications to your agenda. Football games abound; the summer weather breaks, providing more opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or viewing the changing foliage. Additionally, work on the job often picks up in the fall, since many corporations operate their fiscal year in sync with the calendar year.
Most schools require two recommendations, and the typical approach is to use a current and former supervisor to do them. But sometimes this is either not practical or not ideal, in which case it might make sense to approach a former professor. We frequently receive questions about recommendations, one of the most common of which is, “Should I use a professor as a recommender?” The answer to this is not straightforward, and can be best encapsulated with “it depends.”
Whether you’re the applicant who has never taken an analytical class in your life, trying to account for a low GPA in college or just trying to refresh your memory on some dated concepts from your academic past, taking pre-MBA coursework is a great way to prep for Day One in business school. There are many different options when it comes to which classes you should take – popular and valuable business school classes like marketing and strategy may not be the best use of your time during application season.
Everyone has their dream school, and of course everyone ends up only attending one school, however, unless you are super confident of your admissibility, you will likely end up applying to several schools. Even the most qualified candidates submit more than one application, if not for any other reason than they want to have a choice of schools. Once you have decided to apply to business school, and carved out enough time to spend on applications, the next step is to decide how many applications to submit. But what are the criteria you are using to make this decision?
Cool MBA Tool: MBA Essay Map - Online Google Doc with Essay Topics from Top US, Asian and European Business Schools
- I certainly appreciate the opportunity to gather a number of differing viewpoints on essays topics and school culture, for example.
(This is the fourth in a series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 to learn Julie’s whole story.)
Hi everybody! I just wanted to let you all know about a podcast released today by MBA Podcaster, which discusses putting the finishing touches on your business school application. Scott Shrum and Omari Bouknight (the authors of “Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting into the Top Business Schools”) make a return appearance (they did another one earlier this year, which you can read about here), and they are joined by one of Veritas Prep’s Admissions Consultants, Gwen Smith.
Another good resource for you, the b-school applicant, is to utilize is the businessweek.com b-school forum. You have to pay for full access, but a big-timing prospective MBA (like yourself) should have no problems fronting the cash. I especially think its beneficial to read the Admissions Q&A with the Admissions Directors from the schools you are applying to. For instance, this is the one for Linda Baldwin, UCLA’s Adcom big cheese: Businessweek Interview.
A lot of my admissions consulting clients have questions on the resume format. I always suggest trying to find a resume that the b-school actually recommends the current students use when looking for an internship or full-time job. This is a another clue you can give the adcom that will show you really did your homework and that you are definitely interested in their program. You can use Google to dig up these formats but my results via “the Google” have been varied when searching for some formats.