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The Power of Giving Thanks in the MBA Admission Process

Nov. 18th, 2021 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

I still have the thank you note from the first student I admitted to Penn in 1990 (pictured here). It means a lot to me. Then, because it allowed me to see that I was someone that students could trust. And now, because it reminds me how powerful it is for the person across the […]

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Smart Social Media for MBA Applicants: 5 Essential Tips

Nov. 10th, 2021 | by: Lisa Bevill

  Like it or not, a projection of you lives online—even if you’re not engaged with its active curation. Which is why business schools, just like job recruiters, examine your social media presence. They want confidence that your personal and professional identities are consistent with the profile presented in your resume and application. It means […]

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Common Reasons to Retake the GMAT: Tips & Strategy

Nov. 9th, 2021 | by: Scott Woodbury-Stewart

All MBA candidates hope the GMAT exam will be a “one-shot deal,” but the fact is, many test-takers end up retaking the GMAT. If you’ve spent any time on GMAT forums or the MBA subreddit, you’ve probably seen countless posts by test-takers soliciting advice on whether to retake the test. If you’re wondering whether retaking the […]

How to Prep for the Virtual MBA Interview: 7 Tips for Video

Nov. 2nd, 2021 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Most MBA interviews are staying virtual again this year, and your strategy must adapt accordingly. Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton, INSEAD and Berkeley Haas are among the top schools that confirmed that all MBA admissions interviews will be conducted online. (View Fortuna’s MBA Interview Tips for essential strategy and advice specific to your target […]

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Tips for Responding to Tricky MBA Interview Questions

Oct. 27th, 2021 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Last year’s MBA interview questions were notable for veering into tricky topics like the US election, politics, and social justice, all of are on the table again this year. What can you expect for your MBA interview this season, and how should you prepare to respond with authenticity and professional presence? First of all, your […]

Advice for the Wharton 2021-2022 TBD Prompt + 5 Tips for Your Pitch

Oct. 26th, 2021 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Wharton interview invites are out and this year’s question is a doozy. Are you ready? The Wharton interview is distinctive among the M7 interview landscape for its Team Based Discussion, and this year continues with Covid Protocols and preparing to collaborate with your unknown teammates in a virtual format over Zoom. This approach means briefing yourself on […]

MIT Sloan Pre-Interview Questions: Tips & Examples

Oct. 23rd, 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 […]

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

Oct. 22nd, 2021 | by: Bill Kooser

Chicago Booth has released MBA interview invitations for round one candidates, which include a pre-interview video component. Even if you’re a confident interviewer, your thoughtful preparation 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 […]

Chicago Booth Video Question & How to Craft Your Response

Oct. 21st, 2021 | by: Bill Kooser

Last year, Chicago Booth debuted a new pre-interview video component for all candidates invited to interview. In releasing this year’s MBA interview invitations, Booth again asks you to submit a 60-second video to support your candidacy, with an option to choose between two questions. Although directed only to candidates invited to interview, Booth clarifies that […]

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Yale SOM MBA Interview: What to Expect & How to Prepare

Sep. 30th, 2021 | by: Zachary White

The Yale SOM interview tends to be a comfortable and friendly interview experience, lasting approximately 30 minutes, with a second year MBA student or member of the admissions committee. A unique feature of Yale SOM’s MBA Interview is its pre-interview assignment. If you’re invited to interview (as are approximately 40% of applicants), you’ll be asked […]

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