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Strategic advice on executing your MBA application, including tips on your résumé, data forms, and essays.

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Jul 18, 2016

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Admissions Tip: Applying to Business School as a Younger Applicant

As many of our readers know, it has become increasingly common for younger individuals to apply to MBA programs. Whereas the average age and years of work experience at the leading business schools has traditionally hovered at around 28 and five respectively, many programs are now carefully considering the more... Read more »

Jul 4, 2016

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Admissions Tip: Addressing Unemployment or Gaps in Employment

Given the emphasis that schools place on a candidate’s work experience, it is important to be proactive in addressing unemployment or 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... Read more »

Jun 20, 2016

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Admissions Tip: How to Write a Résumé that Will Get You In

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... Read more »

Jun 13, 2016

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Admissions Tip: Selecting and Preparing Recommenders

As we continue our focus on those of you who are applying for next year’s admissions cycle, 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... Read more »

Jun 6, 2016

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Admissions Tip: Essays

With several of the leading schools having already released their MBA 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. As applicants find themselves... Read more »

May 30, 2016

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Admissions Tip: The MBA Career Goals Question in Essays, Short-Answers, and Interviews

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?” Even those schools that do not ask this... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Digging Deep with Your Target B-Schools: Anecdotes & Advocates

Today we want to offer some tips for those of you who are just embarking on the admissions cycle for the 2016-17 season. In this post, we turn our attention to engaging the community of one’s target b-schools. Communicating with business school insiders can be beneficial for a number of reasons:... Read more »

May 16, 2016

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Admissions Tip: Feedback Etiquette

Recently, 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... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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MBA Admissions Mashup: Graduation, Alumni, and Relationships

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we have something for everyone — applicants targeting Round 1 deadlines, current MBAs, and graduates! After all, it’s May and many MBAs out there have either finished their first year... Read more »

May 2, 2016

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Admissions Tip: Volunteer Experience

It’s the time of year when MBA applicants aiming for Fall 2017 intake are beginning to think about the admissions process, which is why we wanted to focus this week’s admissions tip on one element of the application that candidates often underestimate: volunteer experience. In order to understand why this category... Read more »

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