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

Feb. 11th, 2021 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Wharton interview invites are coming out tomorrow. Are you ready? In Round one, 90% of our clients who participated in our Wharton Interview Prep sessions were admitted. Fortuna’s next series of mock sessions start Feb. 15 and spaces are limited, so sign up today to secure your place. Your thoughtful preparation can make all the […]

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Yale SOM Pre-Interview Questions & Quote: Insider Advice

Feb. 9th, 2021 | by: Zachary White

In a year distinguished by virtual MBA interviews, its interesting that pre-interview questions are trending among top schools. As my Fortuna Admissions colleagues advised on in related articles, Chicago Booth debuted a video question while MIT Sloan added a new question to its pre-interview assignment. The Yale SOM application is unique because it includes both elements. After submitting the […]

MIT Sloan Pre-Interview Questions: Tips & Examples

Jan. 26th, 2021 | by: Trisha Nussbaum

Like most M7 MBA programs, MIT Sloan interviews are by invitation only. This year, Sloan asks candidates to submit responses to two questions prior to the interview (up from just one last year). Pre-interview requirements seem to be a growing trend among top schools; Fortuna’s Bill Kooser recently wrote on how to respond to Chicago […]

Mistakes to Avoid Before & After Your MBA Interview

Jan. 21st, 2021 | by: Karen Hamou

Your MBA interview begins the moment you arrive on campus, and technically, your assessment can include any communication you’ve had with an admissions committee representative up until that point. Each and every interaction counts, from coffee chats with current students, to an encounter with a professor, to your exchange with the receptionist. And it isn’t […]

Deferred Admission MBA For College Seniors: 3 Key Tips For A Standout Application

Jan. 19th, 2021 | by: Matt Symonds

Last month, Berkeley Haas announced a new option for any college senior to apply to for its fulltime MBA with a two- to five-year deferment. The Berkeley Haas Accelerated Access program (application deadlines April 5 and June 10) represents an expansion of Haas’s early admit program, which debuted last year for UC Berkeley students. “This […]

MBA Interview Prep For Stanford GSB + Example Behavioral Questions

Jan. 13th, 2021 | by: Tatiana Nemo

Stanford GSB persists in being the most selective business school in the world, with an acceptance rate for the full-time MBA program below 6% last year. The school maintains the highest ratio of applicants to available seats of any business school in the U.S. for the last decade. So, if you are among the fortunate […]

What MBA Admissions is Looking for in 2021

Jan. 10th, 2021 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

It’s January 2021, and the notion of leadership (or lack thereof) dominates the conversation, from the US and world media to inside the MBA Admission committee. It’s become ever more obvious that organizations of all stripes need great leaders — including governments, school systems, and nonprofits. Banks, certainly, but also arts groups, law firms and […]

Dartmouth Tuck Essays: Tips & Strategy

Dec. 30th, 2020 | by: Amy Hugo

While many top schools have slimmed their MBA essays down to a one or two questions, Dartmouth Tuck maintains three required essays (plus an optional prompt). That said, each Tuck essay has a hard cut-off at 300 words, which is scant real estate to convey your story. Read on for the Fortuna team’s best advice on […]

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One Action That Will Dramatically Improve Your MBA Application

Dec. 29th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Making good on a resolution that’s truly life-changing takes both courage and introspection. If yours is to apply for an MBA this year, you’ll also need determination and a great strategy to develop your business school application. Are you ready? I’ve reviewed thousands of applications during my career in MBA admissions, from serving as head […]

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Meet the MBA Experts: Fortuna’s Bill Kooser

Dec. 28th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

“One thing I tell almost every client that I work with – right off the bat – is that this is a process of introspection,” says Fortuna’s Bill Kooser, former Associate Dean of Chicago Booth. “It’s not simply ‘writing stuff down and shipping it off.’ If you’re going to do it right, you have to […]

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