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Nov 2, 2021

Episode 196—Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD) Tips

In this special edition of the podcast, your hosts Alex Brown and Graham Richmond break down Wharton’s group interview – known as the Team Based Discussion (TBD) – and offer a wealth of tips and background to help applicants ace it. Alex and Graham, who both formerly worked in admissions... Read more »

Oct 28, 2021

Wharton’s Team-Based Discussion Prompt 2021-2022

The prompt for the Wharton School’s Team-Based Discussion (TBD) for the 2021-2022 MBA admissions season is below. The exercise focuses on Wharton Interactive, a new initiative in online, game-based learning. The prompt is: "A few weeks ago Wharton announced the official launch of Wharton Interactive, a venture dedicated to transforming teaching through... Read more »

Oct 18, 2021

Spooky Admissions Mistakes: Nightmares for AdCom Members

Let’s pumpkin spice things up! As Halloween approaches, we wanted to take a look at some of the most chilling nightmares that adcom members can face when evaluating MBA applicants. So, what are the scariest mistakes an MBA applicant can make? Clear Admit co-founder Graham Richmond shares his insights below... Read more »

Aug 5, 2021

MBA Essay Insight Event Series: Sept/Oct Dates!

As you most likely already know, essays are a critical component of the MBA admissions process. That's why we're bringing back our popular MBA Essay Insight Event Series for three more events this September into October. Join us on September 22nd, September 29th, and October 6th at 12 noon ET... Read more »

May 12, 2021

MBA Student Interview by Juno: John From Columbia Business School

MBA Student Interview: Columbia Business School Juno’s MBA Student Interview Series aims to bring transparency to the MBA application process. In these student interviews, we’ll talk with MBA students about their paths and decision-making process. The subject of this piece has asked to remain anonymous, so we'll refer to them... Read more »

Dec 14, 2020

Episode 136: Wire Taps—Duke Fuqua with Scholarship or Full Ride at Michigan Ross?

While many MBA applicants are currently strategizing for Round 2, other lucky ones already need help choosing a business school. Our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, offer all-encompassing advice in this new podcast episode of Wire Taps. Preview the profiles from MBA DecisionWire and MBA ApplyWire below and... Read more »

Nov 14, 2020

Wharton’s Team Based Discussion Interview Prompt 2020-2021

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is now interviewing applicants for the Class of 2023.  As many of our readers know, Wharton's interview process centers on a 'team-based discussion' (TBD), during which a small group of 5-6 prospective students are brought together to present their thoughts on an... Read more »

May 29, 2020

Top 6 Tips for Deferred Enrollment MBA Applicants

Undergraduate seniors and full-time graduate students without work experience can take advantage of the deferred enrollment MBA option offered by several MBA programs.  Deferred enrollment means that you can apply to business school now, secure your acceptance and then matriculate in two to five years when the time is right... Read more »

May 28, 2020

Why Now is a Great Time to Apply to Business School

Through the toughest of times, business education can provide answers and solutions that not only heal economies, but uplift societies.  The skills offered through an MBA—from finance and analytics, to leadership, management and more—can also empower you to be nimble in times of uncertainty, and prepare you for any business... Read more »

May 11, 2020

Episode 100: Wire Taps—How Can I Re-apply Successfully?

In our 100th podcast episode, Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, review profiles shared in MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire. Tune in for their feedback to MBA applicants and candidates below. One applicant needed feedback on their career goals: Another MBA is planning to re-apply: An accepted... Read more »

Feb 19, 2020

Episode 83: Application Strategies – Deferred Enrollment MBA Programs

The list of requirements for MBA admissions can be extensive—test scores, recommendations, essays and, of course, work experience.  College seniors and graduate students may be well on their way to checking off all the boxes for an application to business school, but missing that final piece of full-time professional work... Read more »

Dec 2, 2019

MBA Admissions Tip: Five Tips for Making the Best of the Waitlist

For better or for worse, waitlisting is rather popular with top schools in the first round of admissions. As such, this admissions tip offers guidance for candidates who find themselves placed on a waitlist. Before we get to that, let’s look first at why schools use a waitlist. Why Schools Use... Read more »

Nov 27, 2019

Episode 25 Replay: 8 Tips You Need to Succeed in Round 2

The wave of Round 2 deadlines may look like it's on the horizon, but, based on what goes into applying to business school, those deadlines are closer than they appear.  Whether you’re just kicking off your MBA applications or have some experience knowledge from Round 1, this podcast episode will... Read more »

Nov 13, 2019

Top MIT Sloan MBA Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

As Round 1 interview invitations roll out from MIT / Sloan, we gathered advice from actual interviewees to help the Class of 2022 hopefuls prepare.  Over the years, hundreds of MBA applicants have shared their interview experiences. For today’s post, we’ve culled through this to pull out top tips from... Read more »

Nov 12, 2019

Episode 64: Wharton Team-Based Discussion Tips 2019-2020

Are you getting ready for the Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD)? We’re excited to bring you a bonus podcast episode to review this year’s prompt and to help you excel in this step of the admissions process. In this episode, Clear Admit’s co-founder, Graham Richmond, and resident admissions expert, Alex Brown, dive... Read more »

Nov 11, 2019

The MBA Interview: Think You’re an Expert? Take Our Quiz

Are you ready for your MBA interview?  Test your knowledge of the interview process at the leading business schools by taking our short quiz! We promise you’ll learn a thing or two along the way.

Nov 7, 2019

Top Chicago Booth MBA Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

As MBA candidates for University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business prepare for their interviews, we’re taking the opportunity to round up useful advice from the Clear Admit Interview Archive, as passed on by interviewed candidates themselves. Before we dig into the key takeaways from prior lucky invitees, here are a few... Read more »

Nov 4, 2019

Admissions Tip: Four Reasons You Need to Visit Clear Admit’s Interview Archive

As interview invitations roll out, we wanted to remind MBA hopefuls that Clear Admit can help with the final hurdle to acceptance: the interview. The Clear Admit Interview Archive is a repository of first-hand accounts shared directly by MBA applicants after they have interviewed with one or more of their... Read more »

Oct 31, 2019

Top Stanford GSB MBA Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

As reports of Stanford GSB interview invitations continue on LiveWire, we’re taking the opportunity to round up useful advice from the Clear Admit Interview Guide, as passed on by interviewed candidates themselves. Before we dig into the key takeaways from prior lucky invitees, here are a few basics about the structure of... Read more »

Oct 30, 2019

Wharton’s Team-Based Discussion Interview Prompt 2019-2020

The prompt for the Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD) is below.  The exercise for the 2019-2020 admissions season focuses on Tangen Hall (pictured), Wharton's first on-campus space dedicated to student entrepreneurship and innovation activities. "Entrepreneurship and innovation are at the forefront of Wharton’s focus for the future of the school. Last year, the... Read more »

Interviews

Michigan Ross MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Zoom

I was interviewed by an alum - I am unsure of how Ross pairs up interviewers / interviewees, but I was luckily matched with somebody from my industry and location (leading to seamless conversation sta

Georgetown McDonough Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Virtual

Invited to interview on 3/2 and completed the interview on 3/8. Initially signed up to interview with an alum, but the system did not register the interview properly and needed to reschedule with a me

INSEAD Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

INSEAD R1/ 2 interviews, both with AlumniLocation: Virtual and in-personType of interview: both Alumni, mix of application-based and resume-basedQuestions asked: Why MBA and Why INSEAD?

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Careers and Financial Aid

Upcoming Virtual Event: Behind the Scenes of Management Consulting

Interested in management consulting?  This management consulting webinar is for you! The management consulting career path is considered integral to the professional aspirations of countless MBA app

Real Humans of Citibank: Anoop Kinjavdekar, Cambridge Judge MBA ’20, Management Associate

Today's edition of Real Humans – Alumni introduces a management associate at Citibank , Anoop Kinjavdekar, Cambridge Judge MBA ’20. Citibank is one of the "Big Four" banks in the U.S. and a su

Top MBA Program Career Placement Outcomes: U.S. Graduates Pursuing Post-MBA Careers in Tech

Post-MBA careers in tech are a very popular option for MBA graduates, whether they choose to join a large company like Google, Amazon, or Microsoft, or jump into a role with a small venture-backed tec

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Essays

MBA Essay Insight Event Series: Sept/Oct Dates!

As you most likely already know, essays are a critical component of the MBA admissions process. That's why we're bringing back our popular MBA Essay Insight Event Series for three more events this Sep

Successfully Answer the UT Austin McCombs MBA Application Essays

The MBA application essays only allow you a few hundred words to tell admissions teams who you are, what you offer, and why you should be accepted. It's a lot to fit in such little space. For those ca

Admissions Tip: Word Limits and Character Counts

MBA candidates naturally have a good deal of information they want – and need – to convey in their materials, and getting the important ideas down under restrictive word counts is a difficult task

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