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MBA Wire Taps 300—300 Episodes! Military candidate, low GRE. Looking ahead, career switch. Chemical engineer, clean tech

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Before pressing play on our 300th podcast episode, take a look back at the Clear Admit podcast recording journey with us as we celebrate this milestone.

The first Clear Admit podcast episode aired March 7, 2018, and since then we’ve had 302,000 listeners!

The 10 episodes with the most listens thus far are:

MBA Admissions Directors have joined the show from:

Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth, Columbia Business School, Cornell Johnson, Dartmouth Tuck, Georgetown McDonough, Harvard Business School, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT Sloan, Northwestern Kellogg, NYU Stern, Stanford GSB, The Wharton School, Yale School of Management and many more.

Our Wire Taps episodes have profiled over 600 real candidates who were either applying to school or looking for advice about where to attend–that’s 600 mini-case studies in admissions strategy for our listeners.

The show has aired each and every week for several years now, without missing a single week!

We have a 4.9 star rating on Apple and a 5 star rating on Spotify with hundreds of ratings.

We also have dozens and dozens of glowing reviews:

“A must-listen for those considering an MBA. Alex and Graham dive into recent MBA admissions news, discuss listener questions, and evaluate listeners’ profiles to give deep insight and advice on how admissions committees will evaluate MBA hopefuls.”

“Graham and Alex’s Wire Taps are my favorites – I love how they approach/analyze B-school admissions from a case study method and they make every episode feel like a fun and lighthearted weekly conversation. Trust me, Clear Admit will be one of your best resources for business school admissions.”

“I’ve been listening to the Clear Admit podcast for over 2 years now. Every Monday I specifically look for new episode to get the news in admission industry and how I stand against my competition. Alex and Graham are fantastic cohosts! Their guidance has been pivotal in my admission to my dream schools including Kellogg, Yale, Tuck and Duke!”

“Not only do Graham & Alex do a great job of engaging with their audience and really deep diving into their profiles, but they provide the ‘why’ behind their recommendations and the thought process an admissions committee will have. On top of that, they’ve built a community on Clear Admit that supports one another and provides communal feedback, which is incredibly helpful when going through this process.”

We have had listeners tune in from hundreds of countries–nearly every country on earth–with the exceptions of Greenland, North Korea, Cuba, and just a few others. We have had professors, deans, and other outside guests, including:

Thank you for tuning in and helping us reach this landmark recording!  And a very special thanks to everyone who sent in audio clips with well wishes to mark the occasion!  These clips were mixed into episode #300 to ensure a very celebratory vibe!

Getting down to business, this week’s episode kicks off with Alex and Graham basking in the milestone of recording so many podcasts.  Graham then highlighted three Adcom Q&As, from Chicago / Booth, NYU / Stern, and ASU / Carey. Graham also discussed the July event series, Essay Insights, which began last week (with a record number of attendees!); this Wednesday we will hear from Chicago / Booth, Dartmouth / Tuck, UPenn / Wharton and UVA / Darden. This is a very popular series that runs throughout July and early August; signups are here:

As usual, your hosts tackled three candidate profile reviews drawn from three recent ApplyWire entries:

Up first is a candidate who served in the military for seven years before transitioning to a consulting role with Accenture. He has a 3.4 GPA, but Alex and Graham worry about the relatively low GRE score of 306. It will be important to really try to improve this score, especially on the quant side. It also makes sense to look at MBA Math, HBS CORe or GMAC’s Business Fundamentals. This week’s second candidate is still early in his career and looking to apply in one or two years’ time. He has a strong GPA, and Alex and Graham are hoping he can also attain a very good GMAT score. The candidate is not fulfilled with his current career situation and is assessing his options in terms of which direction to go. Of the choices offered, Alex and Graham think moving to the crypto startup makes most sense. This week’s final candidate is a chemical engineer with a strong academic record through to the masters level. They also appear to have great work experience, and are focused on issues that are important (climate tech). We hope they can deliver a strong test score, and will be appealing to the very best MBA programs.

Military candidate, low GRE

Looking ahead, career switch

Chemical engineer, clean tech

Happy listening!

Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
MBA Wire Taps 300—300 Episodes! Military candidate, low GRE. Looking ahead, career switch. Chemical engineer, clean tech

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This episode was hosted by Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, and produced by Dennis Crowley. Thanks to all of you who’ve been joining us!

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.