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Carnegie Mellon Tepper Essay Tips & Strategy

Feb. 22nd, 2021 | by: Catherine Tuttle

One of the smallest among the top 20 business schools, Carnegie Mellon Tepper boasts a close-knit culture and pioneering approach to management curriculum (a “management science” model over the case method, that’s now integrated within all the leading business schools). As such, the admissions team is looking for evidence of self-reflection and your ability to […]

Applying to Carnegie Mellon Tepper: 3 Essential MBA Tips

Feb. 18th, 2021 | by: Catherine Tuttle

Over the past year, my Fortuna Admissions colleagues and I have seen an uptick in interest in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. One of the smallest among the top 20 business schools, it boasts a close-knit culture and pioneering approach to management curriculum (a “management science” model over the case method, that’s […]

MBA Application Tips for Consultants, Engineers & Finance Candidates

Feb. 16th, 2021 | by: Matt Symonds

If you are in one of the three over-represented MBA applicant pools – candidates from finance, tech and consulting – how do you approach your MBA application strategy when the competition is more intense than ever? It’s the secret of admissions success: Your excellence is only your ticket to enter. Once you’re in the game, […]

Insider Tips for The INSEAD Interview

Feb. 16th, 2021 | by: Melissa Jones

INSEAD is among the top schools that enlist alumni to conduct MBA admissions interviews, and by design it’s a conversational experience. In doing so, the Fontainebleau, France-based strives to pair you with one alumnus of a similar profile to yours and, for diversity’s sake, another with a very different background. It’s a signal of how […]

Chicago Booth MBA Interview: What to Expect & How to Prepare

Feb. 15th, 2021 | by: Bill Kooser

Your thoughtful preparation, even if you’re a confident interviewer, is essential to making a persuasive case for your candidacy and demonstrating your fit with Chicago Booth. The more you understand what to expect from Booth – and what Booth expects from you – the better. As former Associate Dean of Chicago Booth, I can affirm […], Fortuna Admissions, HBS Interview

How to Ace the HBS Interview: An Insider’s Advice

Feb. 12th, 2021 | by: Karla Cohen

Earlier this week, HBS released its interview notifications to Round 2 candidates. This year, all MBA interviews are held virtually with a member of the Admissions Board. Here’s what HBS is looking for, along with seven top tips to make the best possible impression on video. The HBS interview is a search for authenticity – the […]

Advice for the Wharton 2020-2021 TBD Prompt + 5 Tips for Your Pitch

Feb. 11th, 2021 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Wharton interview invites are coming out tomorrow. Are you ready? In Round one, 90% of our clients who participated in our Wharton Interview Prep sessions were admitted. Fortuna’s next series of mock sessions start Feb. 15 and spaces are limited, so sign up today to secure your place. Your thoughtful preparation can make all the […]

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Yale SOM Pre-Interview Questions & Quote: Insider Advice

Feb. 9th, 2021 | by: Zachary White

In a year distinguished by virtual MBA interviews, its interesting that pre-interview questions are trending among top schools. As my Fortuna Admissions colleagues advised on in related articles, Chicago Booth debuted a video question while MIT Sloan added a new question to its pre-interview assignment. The Yale SOM application is unique because it includes both elements. After submitting the […]

MIT Sloan Pre-Interview Questions: Tips & Examples

Jan. 26th, 2021 | by: Trisha Nussbaum

Like most M7 MBA programs, MIT Sloan interviews are by invitation only. This year, Sloan asks candidates to submit responses to two questions prior to the interview (up from just one last year). Pre-interview requirements seem to be a growing trend among top schools; Fortuna’s Bill Kooser recently wrote on how to respond to Chicago […]

Mistakes to Avoid Before & After Your MBA Interview

Jan. 21st, 2021 | by: Karen Hamou

Your MBA interview begins the moment you arrive on campus, and technically, your assessment can include any communication you’ve had with an admissions committee representative up until that point. Each and every interaction counts, from coffee chats with current students, to an encounter with a professor, to your exchange with the receptionist. And it isn’t […]

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