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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 […]

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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 […]

Five Benefits of a Free MBA Consultation with a Fortuna Admissions Consultant

Dec. 17th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

In early November, I received the following email from an MBA hopeful. This person had participated in a free consultation with one of our expert MBA Admissions coaches, Jenifer Raver, and I was astonished and gratified to read the thoughtful, incisive remarks about the positive impact of his experience. While we very often receive feedback that our […]

Chicago Booth Essays: Tips & Strategy

Dec. 10th, 2020 | by: Krista McNamara

Every year, Chicago Booth receives thousands of applications from wunderkinds with consulting, finance, and accounting backgrounds (4,909 apps for the class of 2022). Chicago Booth aims to create a well-rounded, diverse, and unique class, and is looking for individuals who like to challenge conventional wisdom. Given that most students enter the program from a business, economics, […]

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Meet the MBA Experts: Fortuna’s Brendan Kramp

Dec. 10th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

“I’m passionate about coaching because I see so many candidates who are committed and driven to not only succeed in their careers, but to make real and tangible changes in the world for the better,’ says Fortuna’s Brendan Kramp. “Each of the candidates I’ve worked with have really incredible personal and professional histories – it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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