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Wharton Mock-Interviews offered

Feb. 13th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

For anyone who has received an invitation to interview with Wharton, we are offering a mock-interview session to prepare you for the Team Based Discussion format on Sunday Feb 15th at 7 PM (EST) We recognize that all group dynamics are different.  This mock session will help you get rid of pre-interview jitters by allowing you to […]

Preparing for your b-school interviews

Feb. 9th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

With many schools now extending interview invitations, now is a great time to get ready for your upcoming interviews. One of the most useful interview tips that we can provide is to prepare well in advance! As former admissions directors at top MBA programs, we interviewed thousands of applicants and it was always pretty clear […]

Women applying to b-school: What is the best strategy?

Feb. 4th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Here’s some advice for women applicants from Caroline Diarte Edwards, former Director of MBA Admissions at INSEAD and Director at Fortuna Admissions. Providing b-school application tips specific for women could be questioned, as some believe that there should be no differences in applying to b-school for women or men. But based on my admissions experience […]

Harvard is still #1, but how did other b-schools fare in Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking for 2015?

Jan. 29th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

The new 2015 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking is out and for the third year in a row, the #1 spot goes to Harvard Business School. The school not only has the highest weighted MBA salary of $179,910 as well as strong figures for career progress and research, but also the strongest reputation among MBA […]

Applying to B-school in Round 3

Jan. 26th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Every year around this time, applicants ask for our advice on whether they should apply to MBA programs for Round 3 (R3). Our response to them is often “it depends”. One thing we tell them is clear – you don’t want to apply halfheartedly, thinking that you can simply re-apply a few months later. If […]

3 Tips for Perfecting Your MBA Application

Dec. 29th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

There are a number of steps you can take to perfect your MBA application, and, based on our years of experience in admissions, we’d like to pass on a few tips: 1. Don’t wait until the last minute to work on your online personal data form. The forms may seem like an easy, even tedious […]

New Video on Insider Tips for Applying to INSEAD – from former Director of Admissions at INSEAD, Caroline Diarte Edwards

Dec. 17th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

INSEAD is a top MBA program that stands out for several unique features, including its one-year format, which the school pioneered, and its strong international focus. Students attending INSEAD come from over 80 countries and there’s an equally diverse faculty body as well as large alumni base located around the world. As a top-ranked business […]

MBA Admissions Clinic – Applicant Profile 1 ‘Sarah’ – Young Management Consultant

Nov. 25th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

In partnership with the Forte Foundation, Fortuna provides MBA admissions advice based on our prior experience as senior admissions professionals at top MBA programs. Each case study features a common applicant profile and an evaluation of the applicant’s strengths, weaknesses and our admissions advice. The Applicant – Sarah Age: 23 Job:  Associate consultant at Boston […]

All shook up – the ups and downs of the BusinessWeek MBA rankings 2014

Nov. 20th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

As you have probably heard, the recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek MBA Ranking for 2014 features Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in the #1 spot, the school’s highest rank in its history. This news has sent shockwaves through the industry, and hopefully set an example for other MBA programs to dream big. Fuqua was established in […]

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