One of the best ways to start researching business schools is to attend a school info session or MBA fair. In eight US cities this summer there will be MBA conference events where you can meet personally with the people who are reading your applications. Since this is your opportunity to learn about MBA programs firsthand and to make a first impression on the schools, today we offer some basic advice for what to do and what not to do when meeting and speaking one on one with business school representatives:
- Dress Professionally! Make a good impression and dress like you are attending an interview.
- Know why you want an MBA and ask specific questions designed to find out if the particular school’s program is right for you.
- Understand your post MBA career objectives and inquire about career placement in the region and field of expertise that is important to you.
- Ask questions that let the admissions representatives tell you what sets their school apart from the others.
- Do not ask questions about items that are readily apparent on the school’s website. Instead ask about unique items like the campus feel, student life, or specific questions about your program interests.
- Do not ask general school statistics or application questions that can be answered by a test prep center or web search, for example, “What is your school’s average GMAT score?”
- Do not monopolize the conversation if there are other people waiting to speak with the representative.
The MBA Tour is holding MBA conferences in July and August 2011. Attend and start your MBA search!
- Boston – July 28
- Atlanta – July 28
- San Francisco – July 30
- Los Angeles – July 31
- Chicago – Aug 2
- Houston – Aug 4
Participating Business schools include:
Columbia, MIT Sloan, Stanford, Kellogg, INSEAD, HEC Paris, College of William and Mary, Michigan State, Michigan Ross, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Rochester, Wharton, Washington University in St. Louis, UC Davis and more! (Not all schools participating in every city.)