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Wharton recently announced their round 1 interview decisions, and as former Director of MBA Admissions at Wharton, I can share my understanding of what the school is looking for in the team-based discussions (Wharton’s interview style) which will begin soon. Also to help you prepare I’m offering an online simulation on Nov. 10 and 13… read on for more details.
In the coming weeks, round 1 admission interview invitations will begin winging their way to a select group of lucky recipients. Are you ready? As former admissions directors at top MBA programs, we interviewed thousands of applicants and it was always pretty clear who had done their homework and who arrived unprepared. The MBA interview is your chance to convey key information about yourself to admissions as well as an opportunity for the school to get to know you and to assess your fit with their program. So how can you maximize your chances of securing a class seat?
In recent years, MBA program admission committees have started asking unconventional essay questions. For example, Berkeley-Haas asks you to pick a song that expresses who you are; Chicago Booth leads applicants to an assortment of photos – “shared Booth moments” – and to pick the one that resonates the most with them; Cornell Johnson requests you to create a Table of Contents to explain your life story. However despite this innovation, many schools are still also asking the old old favorite ‘Why an MBA and why this school’ question. These seemingly innocuous questions that are also at the core of many MBA interviews can be challenging to get right. So how should you tackle them, and how do you convince each admissions committee that their school is your top choice?
This year we’ve seen a continuing trend of reductions in word limits and essay questions across MBA programs, creating limited space for you to communicate your strengths, potential, and values to adcoms. With such limits, where do you begin?! What should you focus on? And how much should you write? Your challenge is to say more with less.
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By Judith Silverman Hodara It’s that time of year again, when Wharton is inviting applicants to interview and as former Acting Director of MBA Admissions at Wharton, I have a good sense of what Wharton is looking for in the team-based discussion. With so many highly qualified applicants on paper, the team discussion allows applicants to demonstrate […]
In case you missed it, Forbes published its 2015 rankings for MBA programs in early September 2015. Stanford GSB and Harvard Business School are in the #1 and #2 spots, respectively. For the top 1-year international MBA programs, INSEAD (in France and Singapore) takes the #1 spot with IMD (in Switzerland) at #2. As for […]
Would your chances of gaining admission to a top MBA program be improved if you had a recommendation letter written by the President of the U.S.? Although it might seem like a good idea to have one of the most powerful leaders in the world write on your behalf, our team at Fortuna Admissions debated […]