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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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GMAT Prep: How to Score High on Verbal

Sep. 28th, 2021 | by: Marty Murray

Scoring high on the GMAT Verbal section is an important part of earning an impressive Total Score on the GMAT. Furthermore, business schools generally prefer to see “balanced” GMAT Quant and Verbal scores as opposed to wildly divergent ones, because both quantitative skills and management-level reading and analytical skills are necessary for success in business […]

Tips for Writing the HBS Post-Interview Reflection

Sep. 22nd, 2021 | by: Karla Cohen

The HBS Post-Interview Reflection is a distinctive element of the Harvard MBA evaluation process, and you’ll have just 24 hours to submit it the Admissions Committee after your interview. At first blush, this might feel like a timed test version of the HBS essay (‘what more would you like us to know as we consider […]

MBA Interview Prep For Stanford GSB + Example Behavioral Questions

Sep. 21st, 2021 | by: Tatiana Nemo

Stanford GSB just announced that it will conduct round one MBA interviews virtually again this year, and that invitations to interview would drop starting October 4. The GSB persists in being the most selective business school in the world, with an acceptance rate for the full-time MBA program below 6%. The school maintains the highest ratio […]

MBA Interview Tips: the M7 landscape to Your Prep Strategy

Sep. 20th, 2021 | by: Malvina Miller Complainville

If you receive an MBA interview invite from an M7 business school, it’s a clear signal the school believes in your potential. At the same time, competition is fierce among prospective students, and in a year of record-breaking MBA application volume across the top business schools, the interview has never been more important. Nowhere is this truer […]

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

Sep. 9th, 2021 | by: Matt Symonds

In opening its application for the 2020-2021 cycle, Stanford GSB demonstrated that its iconic essay question persists for well over a decade. Stanford’s “What matters most to you, and why?” 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 in […]

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How to Position Extracurriculars On Your Business School Application

Sep. 8th, 2021 | by: Heidi Hillis

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 gain real insight into the type of person they are considering. Business schools are looking active contributors to the community, not just candidates who will excel in class. […]

Top MBA Programs Offering GMAT Test Waivers (Should You Ask For One?)

Sep. 3rd, 2021 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

An increasing number of MBA programs offer the option to submit your application without a GMAT or GRE score. Should you apply in round one without a GMAT score? Or should you take the GMAT and see how you do, and apply in round two? It’s a question we field a lot, especially in the […]

GMAT Prep Strategies: How to Study While Working

Aug. 23rd, 2021 | by: Scott Woodbury-Stewart

So you’re preparing for the GMAT — no easy task by itself — and you’re also working a demanding job that has the uncanny ability to usurp your every waking moment. Do you worry about how to prepare for the GMAT efficiently without going bonkers? There are a few time-tested strategies that you can use […]

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