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Last Updated Mar 24, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Waitlists That Discourage Supplemental Information

We have previously posted some correspondence tips for those applicants who have been waitlisted by schools that welcome supplemental materials and communication.  Today, we’d like to provide some advice to those who are in an arguably more difficult position: waitlisted by schools that discourage further contact with the adcom. This may sound obvious, but if a school indicates that they do not want supplemental materials, then you should respect their guidelines.  In other words, do not send along a new recommendation or an essay if the program has clearly indicated that you should not do so.  There may be exceptions to this—for... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2014 by

Embarking on Business School with an Entrepreneurial Vision (Part 2 of 2)

Amidst the debate of whether business school represents a worthwhile undertaking for students planning to pursue entrepreneurship, there is scant attention paid to how to go about creating a new venture, once one has made the decision to go to business school. Much has changed in the past 5-7 years – entrepreneurship in business school has morphed from being a very small fraction of MBA job-search activity relative to the mainstream MBA recruiting efforts of professional services firms and Fortune 500 companies, to becoming one of the core economic objectives that validates the educational process itself. Yet the curricular shape... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2014 by

Indian School of Business MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / On-Campus

My interview went well. Many questions were asked, but a few that I remember were: 1. Why I chose to apply to the school? 2. What I look forward to achieve through attending? 3. Where do I see myself in 4 years? The interview went pretty much as I expected. I had done my research prior so nothing was of shock to me. It lasted for about 30 minutes.

Last Updated Mar 20, 2014 by

IE Business School MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

My interview for IEBS (Innovation & Entrepreneurship Business School) happened in a coffee shop. It was a blind interview as the interviewer didn’t know anything about me and hadn’t read my resume or application. The interview went very well and felt a bit like a conversation. Some of the questions asked were: Walk me through your resume. What are your hobbies? Why MBA? What you can contribute to IEBS? Moment of failure It was a great experience.

Last Updated Mar 18, 2014 by

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Last Updated Mar 18, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from Duke / Fuqua, Michigan / Ross, Dartmouth / Tuck, Berkeley / Haas, or UNC Kenan-Flagler 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 Duke / Fuqua, Michigan / Ross, Dartmouth / Tuck, Berkeley / Haas, or UNC Kenan-Flagler through 12pm EST next Tuesday, March 25!  All you have to do is send us your interview field report for any of the above programs and we’ll send you a... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 17, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Dealing with a Ding

With many MBA programs beginning to release their R2 decisions, the spring notification season will soon be coming to a close.  While we would like to hope that today’s topic isn’t apropos for too many of our readers, we wanted to offer some advice to applicants who’ve been rejected from their preferred programs and are planning on reapplying next season.  While it’s important to take some time to deal with the disappointment, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the next season, and there are a number of steps you can take to improve your candidacy and move toward... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 13, 2014 by

Exclusive Pre-MBA Webinar

Sign up for an exclusive and complimentary webinar on formulating your “MBA Career Strategy”- just for members of the Clear Admit community. The session will be led by Ivan Kerbel, CEO of Practice MBA, former Director of the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management, and former Sr. Associate Director at Wharton MBA Career Management. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The goal of this session is to highlight the spectrum of pre-MBA enrichment opportunities (including pre-MBA corporate and educational training programs as well as pre-MBA internships) and to help students align their personal career goals and... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2014 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

My interview was in London with a team of 5 others. I got there 45 minutes early and was the first to arrive. Gradually other team members arrived and we got along talking really well, laughing and getting to know each other. I noticed when the ADCOM member came in–I don’t think others did. She dressed casually and hung back from us for about 10 minutes, most likely eavesdropping on our conversation. I had met her twice on her trips to my country, but instead of going to introduce myself I rather focused on making sure my name came up... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2014 by

Embarking on Business School with an Entrepreneurial Vision (Part 1 of 2)

For Stanford GSB, the class of 2013 may represent a high-water mark in terms of MBA graduates pursuing full-time, post-MBA roles as entrepreneurs. A record 18% of Stanford’s graduated class is starting new ventures in “finance, internet services, media and entertainment, human resources, retail, healthcare, consumer products, education, energy / cleantech, and software.” And, yet, the relevance and value of going to business school in order to pursue an entrepreneurial career path remains hotly-debated. For every encouraging note – see Stella Fayman’s Forbes piece, Should Entrepreneurs Get an MBA? An Inside Perspective from an MBA Entrepreneur – there is a... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 11, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from Northwestern / Kellogg, Columbia, NYU Stern, Yale SOM, UT Austin / McCombs, or USC / Marshall 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 Northwestern / Kellogg, Columbia, NYU Stern, Yale SOM, UT Austin / McCombs, or USC / Marshall through 12pm EST next Tuesday, March 18!  All you have to do is send us your interview field report for any of the above programs and we’ll send you... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 10, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Extracurricular Activities

Because it’s the time of year when applicants aiming for Fall 2015 intake are just beginning to think about the admissions process, we wanted to focus today on one element of the application that candidates often underestimate: extracurricular activities. In order to understand why this category is important, candidates should keep in mind that the adcom is responsible for crafting a dynamic class each year.  The aim is to admit individuals who will support a vibrant campus community and step into leadership positions.  In other words, as admissions officers consider each applicant, they ask themselves “what’s in it for our... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 5, 2014 by

The Importance of Sequencing in Your MBA Career Plans

Among the questions I’ve been asked by MBAs, there are a number that tend to revolve around a set of common, universal concerns. Here are some of the most frequent: Is working for a big company better than working for a small boutique? Is it more important to work for a name-brand employer, rather than a niche, boutique firm that may lack equivalent credential-boosting power? Is it wise / necessary to undertake a couple of years, or more, of banking or consulting work post-MBA, even if that’s not my long-term desired industry choice? Is there any universal rule that allows... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 4, 2014 by

Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Adcom / On-Campus

Overview: Conversational interview with an Admissions Fellow on campus. The interview ran about 40 minutes though we had actually scheduled a full hour. The Admissions Fellow asked basic questions including: 1. Tell me about yourself 2. Why MBA? 3. Why Booth? 4. Why now? 5. Short -term and long-term goals 6. Clubs at Booth? 7. Specific classes at Booth? 8. Free time – what do you do with it? 9. What do you wish I had asked you about? 10. Any questions for me?

Last Updated Mar 4, 2014 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report from Cambridge / Judge, Oxford / Saïd, IESE, INSEAD, London Business School, or Indian School of Business and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to our international 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. This week we are targeting interviews from international business schools in particular. 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 Cambridge / Judge, Oxford / Saïd, IESE, INSEAD, London Business School, or Indian School of Business through 12pm EST next Tuesday, March 11!  All you have to do is send us your... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 4, 2014 by

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Adcom / On-Campus

I had my HBS interview with Adcom members on campus last week. It felt super conversational, and they were smiling and laughing throughout with me, which was nice but unexpected. Hopefully they thought it went well too. They asked a number of questions about my career choices. We talked a lot about my work in equity research and what I enjoy about it, how I got there, my background, etc. They had specific questions about the retail industry that I cover and asked me to pitch them a company, which I did. We also talked about my long-term career goals... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 4, 2014 by

Emory / Goizuetta MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Adcom / On-Campus

I interviewed with the Director of Admissions. The interview went really well. In fact, I thought the questions they asked may have been the best of any school I have visited so far. She asked a couple of behavior interview questions: (1) Describe a time at your job when received constructive feedback and how you responded to it (2) How would your co-workers describe you. She also asked me a few questions from their application: (1) What is your immediate short term goal after graduation from Goizuetta, and what are you going to do if that does not work out?... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 3, 2014 by

Admissions Tip: Planning for the GMAT

For all you “early birds” who are planning to apply to business school this fall, we wanted to offer a few tips on managing your time as it relates to the GMAT exam.  Because this is an important element for many applicants in determining at which schools they will be competitive, it’s best to prep intensively and get this out of the way early in the process. You should ideally be finished with the GMAT by mid-summer.  The reason for this is that you will want to reserve the months of August, September and October for essay writing, school visits,... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 27, 2014 by

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

Now is your last change to 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... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 27, 2014 by

Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Second Year Student / On-Campus

I had my Chicago Booth interview on campus this week with a 2nd year student.  Here were the questions asked: Walk me through your resume/Tell me about yourself, starting with where you grew up. If your friends had to describe you in three words, what would those words be? An example of a failure A decision you regretted Greatest accomplishment

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