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How to Position Extracurriculars On Your Business School Application

Sep. 3rd, 2019 | by: Heidi Hillis

If you cook and run and travel, you’re the same as everybody else. Everything that goes on your application needs to work toward setting you apart, so the detail matters. When the MBA admissions committee starts reviewing a new applicant, they often scan ahead to the ‘Other Info/Extracurricular’ section of the resume. Why? That’s where they can […]

5 Insider Tips on Applying for the Duke Fuqua MBA

Aug. 28th, 2019 | by: Catherine Tuttle

Duke University’s Fuqua School of has ascended to one of the top international business schools in its somewhat brief history. Fuqua is routinely ranked among the best domestic MBA programs – #10 by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 and recognized by Forbes as one of the most globally-focused schools in the US. With the […]

How to Tackle The MIT Sloan Application

Aug. 27th, 2019 | by: Brittany Maschal

MIT Sloan’s MBA application epitomizes the institution’s ideologies around innovation and forgoes the norms of its M7 peers. It’s a beast of an application, and tackling it successfully requires a different strategy than any other program. The usual requested by the bulk of business schools include the application biodata, a one-page resume, essays and typically […]

New Stanford GSB Short Answer Essay: 3 Insider Tips

Aug. 19th, 2019 | by: Heidi Hillis

There have been no major changes to the Stanford GSB admissions essays in some 15 years (see our recent how-to article on GSB’s enduring ‘what matters most’ essay) – until now. The noteworthy change for the 2019-2020 season is the addition of the Short-Answer essay. The Optional Short-Answer Essay Question: Think about times you’ve created […]

5 Things to Do Now Before Starting the MBA this Fall

Aug. 13th, 2019 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Imagine: How do you want to feel when your head hits the pillow after your first day as an MBA candidate on campus? Thrilled to enter a new chapter of your life surrounded by fascinating people and big ideas, while appropriately daunted by the scope of challenge you’ve undertaken? Or will the quality of your […]

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

Aug. 7th, 2019 | 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. 6th, 2019 | 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 […]

How to Answer the New Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Questions

Jul. 26th, 2019 | by: Sharon Joyce

Berkeley Haas revamped all of its essay questions for the 2019-2020 application season (two mandatory, one optional). Gone is the invitation to outline your immediate post-MBA goals and the tricky, Hemingwayesque six-word story prompt. The sentiment behind  Haas’s optional, two -sentence question remains intact, albeit slightly  distilled from almost 200 words of explicit context-setting for […]

How to Answer Stanford GSB’s Essay: What Matters Most To You and Why?

Jul. 19th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

In opening its application for the 2019-2020 cycle, Stanford GSB demonstrated that its iconic essay question persists for well over a decade: What matters most to you, and why? This elegant query embodies the sentiment ‘simple but not easy.’ It demands a level of profound self-awareness and unapologetic authenticity that can overwhelm the most excellence-driven applicant […]

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

Jul. 13th, 2019 | 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 […]

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