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Last Updated May 6, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from UPenn / Wharton, Duke / Fuqua, Stanford GSB, Berkeley / Haas, or UCLA Anderson and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to our weekly edition of Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive! Thanks to all of you who submitted interview reports over the past week. If you’re interested in sharing your experience from the 2013-14 season, we’ll be awarding a $10 Amazon gift certificate to each applicant who submits an interview report for UPenn / Wharton, Duke / Fuqua, Stanford GSB, Berkeley / Haas, or UCLA Anderson through 4pm EST next Tuesday, May 13!  All you have to do is send us your interview field report for any of the above programs and we’ll send you a $10 Amazon... Read more »

Last Updated May 5, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Round 3 Results

With the MBA programs releasing their Round 3 notifications in the upcoming weeks, the 2013-2014 admissions season is coming to a close for the vast majority of MBA aspirants.  We’d like to offer our congratulations to all those who have gained admission to one of more of their target schools and wish good luck to waitlisted applicants whose fate is presently a bit less certain.  For all those who submitted their applications in the final round and received an unfavorable decision, we’d like to share a few tips that we hope will make the process of facing rejection as productive... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 30, 2014 by

NYU Stern MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 3/ Adcom / On-Campus

Please see below for the sort of questions I was asked in my interview: 1. A little bit about my career decisions and what I enjoy the most/least at work. 2. A time I received constructive criticism and how this has helped me progress. 3. Why an MBA? 4. Why Stern? 5. My future goals and my connection to Nigeria 6. Where I would like to intern? 7. What would I consider doing if my plans don’t work out? 8. What am I the go-to person for? And then we had time for questions at the end. The interview was... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 29, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from UVA / Darden, UT Austin / McCombs, UNC Kenan-Flagler, USC / Marshall, or Georgetown / McDonough and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to this week’s Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive. Over the past few weeks, we have received interview reports from a variety of schools, including LBS and NYU Stern, so thank you to everyone who submitted! The following is a recent sample of questions that a Round 2 Stern applicant submitted this past week: 1) Why did you choose IT as your undergrad major? 2) How did you make the transition between various roles at my workplace? 3) How will your teammates describe me at the end of two years? 4)... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 28, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Considering the Campus

Continuing our series of admissions tips geared towards those individuals who are just beginning to think about their MBA applications, we wanted to offer some advice on factors to consider with respect to a school’s facilities and location.  Whether speaking with current students or touring the campus for oneself, it’s helpful to approach these information-gathering experiences with as clear a sense of what matters to you as possible.  Here are a few broad categories to consider: 1) Facilities – Are state of the art classrooms and impressive new architecture a priority for you?  Would you prefer a school that is headquartered... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 25, 2014 by

How to Tell If Someone Truly Loves His or Her Job

It’s a given, as most business school students in the midst of MBA recruiting know, that the alumni and employer representatives who visit campus for company presentations, coffee chats, and various other career-oriented events tend to be the ones who enjoy their work the most (and are the most successful at it). The end result, in terms of what these alumni and recruiters share with students who are evaluating their career options, is that almost every aspect of internships and post-MBA careers at “organization X” is described in superlative terms. The amount of responsibility granted to MBAs who join the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 22, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from Columbia, Duke / Fuqua, NYU Stern, Dartmouth / Tuck, or MIT Sloan and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to this week’s Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive. Over the past few weeks, we have received interview reports from a variety of schools, including Kellogg and Wharton, so thank you to everyone who submitted! The following is a recent excerpt from a Round 2 Wharton applicant’s experience of the team-based discussion submitted this past week: “We were read the prompt, told our time constraint, and then asked to start. Everyone shared their idea, and then I summarized the key deliverables we were trying to work towards and offered to play... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 21, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Avoiding Red Flags

When applying to the top schools, it is important to avoid “red flags” in your application.  For the uninitiated, red flags are negative items that stand out in your file and may result in rejection from business school.  While most applicants understand the basic red flags, like a 2.4 GPA or a recommendation letter that raises serious concerns about the candidate’s maturity, there are many less obvious triggers. Some time ago, an Admissions Director Symposium organized by the Graduate Management Admissions Council produced an interesting publication on the subject of admissions policy and red flags.  Here is an excerpt from... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 16, 2014 by

Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New Admits and Current MBAs (Part 3 of 3)

At one point a few years ago, during the height of MBA recruiting season, a senior manager visiting campus for a corporate presentation bemoaned the amount of self-imposed stress that students experience in choosing a full-time employer: “students will spend two years (during business school) agonizing over a job they’re going to keep for less than two years,” he said, and his assessment was not far off. In its 2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey of MBA graduates from 2000 through 2012, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) found that “63% of the members of the class of 2010 are still working... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 15, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from UPenn / Wharton, U. Chicago Booth, Berkeley / Haas, Cornell / Johnson, or UT Austin / McCombs and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to this week’s Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive. Over the past few weeks, we have received interview reports from a variety of schools, including LBS, Northwestern / Kellogg and NYU Stern, so thank you to everyone who submitted! The following is an excerpt from a Round 2 Kellogg applicant’s report submitted earlier this month: “Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed here. These interview reports were very helpful. I hope this one helps future applicants too. We met at the interviewer’s office. He was all things Kellogg – driven but warm and... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 15, 2014 by

Clear Admit Releases Updated School Snapshots for 2014-2015

Clear Admit is excited to announce the release of our 2014-2015 School Snapshots, FREE overviews of 27 of the world’s top MBA programs packed with essential information to help early bird applicants learn about their target schools. Since first released in 2012, MBA hopefuls have downloaded tens of thousands of Clear Admit Snapshots as a critical “first step” in their MBA application journeys. The Snapshots provide objective, concise information on each program’s faculty, curriculum, campus life, job placement statistics, admissions procedures and more. MBA applicants who downloaded Snapshots over the past year agree that these are the ideal resources to consult before delving into... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 14, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Addressing Academic Strengths

While we devoted time last week to advice on addressing weaknesses in one’s academic record, today we wanted to explore the other side of the issue: the strengths that lie in your undergraduate record. Beyond issues of aptitude or previous achievement, there are a number of other things that your academic profile might say about you.  For instance, if you have a range of quant-focused classes in your record, this might create the impression that you are well prepared for the sort of coursework you would undertake in business school.  Meanwhile, if you have pursued extensive coursework in an area beyond... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 10, 2014 by

Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New Admits and Current MBAs (Part 2 of 3)

Last week’s discussion of self-assessment took us to the start of business school, and assumed that the newly-matriculated student has performed a deep-dive on the “highs” and “lows” of each past educational and professional experience, and has gained new insights via the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the CareerLeader MBA career assessment. An equally important aspect of MBA career self-assessment involves focusing on the Present – assessing all of the variables that relate to: 1) the MBA program you’re enrolled in, 2) your comparative advantage and competitiveness within the context of your peer group (the first-year student body at your... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 7, 2014 by

Attend a FREE MBA Admissions Workshop

Thinking about applying to business school this fall? Get a head start by signing up for one of Clear Admit’s free  MBA Admissions Workshops to hear from a seasoned expert in MBA admissions and get answers to your questions early on in the admissions process. Clear Admit will be hosting five free, in-person MBA Admissions Workshops from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the following cities: Los Angeles – Thursday, April 24 Chicago – Thursday, May 15 Philadelphia – Thursday, May 22 New York City – Thursday, May 29 Boston – Thursday, June 4 During the Clear Admit Workshop, one... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 7, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Addressing Academic Weaknesses

To follow up on last month’s advice about GMAT preparation and timing, we wanted to offer some general comments about the role of academics in the admissions process.  Many candidates considering business school focus on the credentials they will hold and the network that they will join upon graduation, but it is important to keep in mind the academic experience at the heart of any MBA program.  Because a business school is, after all, a school, it makes sense to begin your consideration of your profile by thinking about your academic aptitude and track record to date.  Your performance in your... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 2, 2014 by

Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New MBA Admits (Part 1 of 3)

MBAs are often told that a new job search should begin with a process of introspection known as “self-assessment,” yet that advice is not always accompanied by a prescriptive guide for what that process should entail … the words themselves are deemed sufficiently self-explanatory. At the same time, a good career self-assessment is not rocket science. It involves focusing on three time periods – past, present, and future – and it can benefit from use of a small handful of exercises and instruments, the most prevalent (and useful) of which are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), whose intellectual antecedent is... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2014 by

Which Top U.S. Business School Are You?

Trying to decide which MBA program is your best match? Whether you’ve already been accepted or are just now starting to make a list of target programs, today Clear Admit is releasing a groundbreaking new MBA tool. Take our quiz to see which leading U.S. business school is the best fit for you!   Finished the quiz? Want to learn more about your school?  Check out our School Guides.

Last Updated Mar 31, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Feedback Sessions for Denied Applicants

As many of our readers know, a small number of leading MBA programs offer admissions feedback sessions to applicants who did not make the admissions cut in a given season.  Though we’ve touched upon this subject before, we’d like to use today’s blog entry to underline the importance of these feedback sessions for those of you who are considering reapplication. While not all schools offer feedback, a handful of schools issue an open invitation to all unsuccessful applicants.  Additionally, some programs occasionally offer feedback “by invitation” to top candidates for whom they just didn’t have room that year.  In all cases, if you... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 28, 2014 by

Last Chance to Win $500 by taking the MBA Applicant Survey!

Help the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) to improve the MBA admissions process by filling out this year’s AIGAC survey and be entered to win $500! Since you’ve experienced the MBA admissions process first hand, your insight and perspective is very valuable to the AIGAC community!  The process works like this: AIGAC helps the MBA programs, which leads them to help us, which leads us to serve you better through our counseling services, publications and blog.  Past applicants taking the survey allowed us to better help you, so taking the survey is a great way to pay that favor forward!... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 25, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from UPenn / Wharton, Northwestern / Kellogg, NYU Stern, Cornell / Johnson, CMU / Tepper, or Georgetown / Mcdonough and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to our weekly edition of Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive! Thanks to all of you who submitted interview reports over the past week. If you’re interested in sharing your experience from the 2013-14 season, we’ll be awarding a $10 Amazon gift certificate to each applicant who submits an interview report for UPenn / Wharton, Northwestern / Kellogg, NYU Stern, Cornell / Johnson, CMU / Tepper, or Georgetown / Mcdonough through 12pm EST next Tuesday, April 1!  All you have to do is send us your interview field report for any of the above programs and we’ll... Read more »

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