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MBA Interview Prep: 7 Tips for Alumni-led Interviews

Nov. 29th, 2021 | by: Melissa Jones

You’ve landed a coveted MBA interview…  and learn it will be conducted by an alum. What can you expect in this scenario and what does it mean for how your candidacy will be conveyed? Most importantly, how should you prepare? Firstly, having an alumni-led interview is a signal the school values the perspective its grads can […]

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

Nov. 28th, 2021 | 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 […]

Mistakes to Avoid Before, During & After Your MBA Interview

Nov. 23rd, 2021 | by: Karen Hamou

The MBA interview is a relational process, and the sphere of influence goes well beyond your assessor. It’s vital to recognize that every interaction before, during, and after your interview can impact your candidacy. As a coach at Fortuna Admissions, a Columbia Business School alumna, and a former recruiting lead at Deloitte Consulting, I’ve seen […]

Kellogg MBA Interview 2021-2022: What You Need to Know + 7 Tips to Prepare

Nov. 19th, 2021 | by: Julia Brady

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. While […]

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 […]

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