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How to Address a Gap In Your MBA Resume: 5 Top Tips

Dec. 4th, 2020 | by: Jessica Chung

A gap in a candidate’s MBA resume always gives me pause. When I was Associate Director of Admissions at UCLA Anderson, my team and I often probed into these breaks in employment in order to discern the context behind this gap, and figure out what the applicant did during this time period. Whether an unattributed […]

How to Craft a Stand-out MBA Application Resume

Dec. 2nd, 2020 | by: Jody Keating

Let’s face it: Chances are that there’s another applicant to your target graduate school program with the same job title. Applying to a top tier business school means you’ll be competing with many high-achieving wunderkinds with like profiles and similar work experience, especially if you happen to be working in consulting, tech or finance. That’s […]

Meet the MBA Experts: Fortuna’s Rachel Erickson Hee

Nov. 25th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

“Every MBA applicant I meet has something special to offer, and I love finding out what that is,” says Fortuna’s Rachel Erickson Hee, who was a Stanford GSB alumni interviewer for nearly two decades. “The more I probe, the more I find out reasons why that applicant would be a great addition to a business […]

The Power of Giving Thanks in the MBA Admission Process

Nov. 24th, 2020 | 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 […]

MIT Sloan Interview Tips + Example Behavioral Questions

Nov. 18th, 2020 | by: Brittany Maschal

The MIT Sloan interview, like the Sloan application, is unique among elite business schools. For one, it’s the only M7 program besides rival HBS in which the interviewer – who is a member of the admissions committee – will have reviewed your entire application. Applicants invited to interview are also required to respond to two pre-interview […]

Meet the MBA Experts: Fortuna’s Zachary White

Nov. 17th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

“You are the world’s expert on being you. You want to harness that confidence and lean into your strengths,” says Fortuna’s Zachary White, former Yale SOM Assistant Director of Admissions. “Remember that people go to business school to learn and grow and challenge themselves, to be better when they graduate than when they enroll. Business […]

MBA Essay Writing Tips: How to Craft a Powerful Story

Nov. 16th, 2020 | by: Sharon Joyce

Your business school essays are about bringing your story to life and providing context to your application by connecting the dots. You’ll want to capture an admissions reviewer’s attention with your story and authenticity, persuading them to learn more by inviting you to interview. To get there, your essays should convey a strong sense of […]

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

Nov. 13th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Have you ever tried the “enhance your appearance” feature on Zoom? I hadn’t either, but it’s just one of the savvy tricks available to you if you’re participating in an MBA admissions interview over Zoom. The most likely scenario for MBA interviews is virtual this year, and your strategy must adapt accordingly. HBS, Stanford GSB, […]

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

Nov. 11th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Wharton released its 2020-2021 TBD prompt earlier this month, and the question is a juicy one. It lauds the vital importance (and relevance) of Wharton’s substantial alumni community, citing the unique priorities of new alumni, and inviting you to team up and create “a new young alumni engagement program.” As former acting director of Wharton […]

New Chicago Booth Video Question & How to Craft Your Response

Oct. 23rd, 2020 | by: Bill Kooser

Chicago Booth has begun to release its MBA interview invitations, and this year there’s a new twist: for the first time, you’ll be asked to submit a 60-second video to support your candidacy. A growing number of schools have adopted a video component in the MBA application. Last year, the MIT video statement went from […]

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