When to Apply to MBA Programs

Posted by David White

When you should apply to MBA programs — which year, and whether you should target Round 1 or Round 2 in that year — is an important decision. In which year should you apply? MBA programs prefer to admit candidates with 4-5 years of pre-MBA work experience upon matriculation because: They want students to have […]

Is my GMAT Score Good Enough?

Posted by David White

Many applicants to top MBA programs — HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Booth and others — want to know if their GMAT score is “good enough”. Actually, this is the wrong question because: There’s no simple rule. The score you need to achieve depends on which candidates you’re competing against. Some applicants should re-take the GMAT — […]

An Interview with Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean of Admissions at Yale SOM

Posted by David White

In this interview, Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Yale SOM, talks about the things that make the SOM unique: How SOM students benefit from Yale University’s overall resources The SOM’s Raw Cases, and how they differ from traditional cases The “Slingshot” program SOM uses to get students interview-ready The SOM’s connections to […]

Effective Networking for MBA Admissions

Posted by David White 3 MIN. READ

Making connections at your prospective schools is vitally important to the success of your applications. When the adcom reads your application, they are in part trying to “see” you at their school. The best way for you to demonstrate your fit with the school is to talk about the positive interactions you’ve had with students, […]

Eliminating Jargon

Posted by Alice van Harten 3 MIN. READ

The use of jargon in your MBA application essay gets in the way of the story you’re telling. When you’re writing your essay, jargon may seem like the only way to express your point or a good way to impress the reader, but it almost always has the effect of making your meaning unclear or […]

Integrity and the MBA Admissions Process

Posted by Alice van Harten 2 MIN. READ

I want my clients to know exactly what they’re up against when they apply to an MBA program. It is important to have a clear understanding of the admissions process and to know whether your career goals make sense at certain programs. My goal as a coach is to help you determine the best path […]

Tackling the Leadership Question on Your MBA Application

Posted by Alice van Harten 2 MIN. READ

What makes you a strong leader? This can be a difficult question to answer. If you have a lot of leadership experience, your challenge is to tell your story in a compelling and authentic way. And if you don’t have a lot of leadership experience, your task is to be creative about how you answer […]

Taking the Stress out of the MBA Essay Writing Process

Posted by Alice van Harten 2 MIN. READ

The first step to writing a successful MBA application essay is learning how to tell your story. I will help you share your experiences without feeling like you have to impress anyone or change anything about yourself. During our conversations, you may even forget that you’re working on an essay, which means you’re on the […]

Writing about Difficulties, Failures and Weaknesses

Posted by Alice van Harten

A common question in MBA essay prompts concerns a failure or setback in your career. Each school may ask the question in a slightly different way; here are some examples from the 2011-2012 admissions season: Harvard Business School: Tell us three setbacks you have faced. INSEAD: Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional […]

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