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MBA Interview Prep: 3 Key Qualities of ‘Professional Presence’

Sep. 22nd, 2020 | by: Brittany Maschal

There’s an awkward coaching moment that most of us hope to avoid when preparing our clients for the MBA interview. As former senior admissions professionals at top-tier schools, my fellow MBA Admissions coaches and I are seasoned at navigating sensitive subjects while guiding candidates to convey their greatest potential as future business leaders. But anything […]

MBA Admissions Etiquette: 5 Essentials & Mistakes to Avoid

Sep. 21st, 2020 | by: Brittany Maschal

I have a few MBA applicants who talk to me like we are buddies, and we are not. I fear that if they communicate with anyone else in the business school admissions process (admissions officers, alums, student ambassadors, etc.) in the same way they communicate with me, they will seriously harm their chances of admission. […]

MIT Sloan Video Statement Tips & Strategy

Sep. 18th, 2020 | by: Brittany Maschal

Just as MIT Sloan eschews the M7 convention throughout its MBA application (requiring a cover letter and org chart in lieu of traditional written essays), it’s video component is unlike the others. Instead of seeing how you’ll field a series of randomly selected questions, MIT Sloan wants a one-take video statement in which you “introduce […]

MIT Sloan Org Chart: How to Tackle It

Sep. 17th, 2020 | by: Heidi Hillis

In 2018, MIT Sloan became the first top tier MBA program to ask applicants for an organizational chart that outlines the “internal structure of your department and company.” Sloan’s application requirements already buck the M7 standard by sidestepping traditional written essays and soliciting a cover letter and video statement (see our related blog on How to Tackle […]

Kellogg MBA Interview: 3 Things You Need to Know + Tips to Prepare

Sep. 16th, 2020 | by: William Kotas

Kellogg is unique in many ways, not least that it’s the only top business school that seeks to interview every candidate who applies. It’s able to attempt this feat by flexing the strength of a worldwide network of passionate alumni, who opt-in both as ambassadors for the program and messengers to its admissions committee. The […]

MBA Application Advice: 5 Must-Dos Before You Hit Submit

Sep. 15th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

The single most important thing you can do when you hit submit on your MBA application is to be confident that it’s the very best reflection of you and your candidacy – no matter which admissions round you’re targeting. Having reviewed thousands of applications during my career in MBA admissions, as head of Admissions at INSEAD […]

Kellogg MBA Video Essays & How to Tackle the New Question

Sep. 9th, 2020 | by: William Kotas

Kellogg asks each applicant to complete a video essay component after submitting its MBA application. This year – for the first time – the school gives you all three questions upfront. Before now, the third question was previously a random interview-type behavioral question focused on a challenging moment in your personal or professional life (so each candidate received […]

Brand building & Storytelling for the MBA: Your How-To Guide

Sep. 2nd, 2020 | by: Curtis Johnson

We all have a personal brand, regardless of whether or not you intentionally manage it (and if you don’t, let this be your impetus to start). In short, your personal brand encompasses what you represent, what you stand for and what comes front of mind to people when they see your name. What traits, qualities […]

How to Create an MBA Career Vision: Long Term Vs. Short Term Goals

Sep. 1st, 2020 | by: Heidi Hillis

To craft a powerful career vision for the MBA, you must present a coherent narrative that persuasively links your reasons for pursuing an MBA with your past experiences as well as your short- and long-term goals. Once you’ve begun to explore your career vision (see part 1 in this series, How to Create a Career […]

How to Create a Career Vision For Your MBA Application

Aug. 31st, 2020 | by: Heidi Hillis

Articulating your career vision is one of the most critical elements of your entire business school application. A strong career vision not only helps you stand out in the MBA application process, it’s essential for your admissions interviews. It will also help you hit the ground running when you actually begin your MBA, because recruiting […]

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