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HBS interview invites out today: How to get ahead

Oct. 1st, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Word is out: Harvard Business School releases round 1 interview invites today, Oct. 1, with a second wave going out on Thursday, Oct. 4. If you, along with many of our clients, are among the fortunate few to receive an invitation to interview, it’s a tremendous validation of your hard work and talent. Yet having […]

Common Mistakes in MBA Etiquette & Top 5 Tips for Written Communications

Sep. 28th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

When you’re busy with a million urgent details, a person can get hurried (especially pecking out a late-night thank you from your iPhone). But your attention to detail – particularly in written communications with alumni, student ambassadors and anyone else connected with the MBA admissions process – can help, or seriously harm, your chances. “It’s […]

8 Essential MBA Admissions Tips from the Gatekeepers at UCLA Anderson, Cornell

Sep. 24th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

Did you know that the Admissions Directors at UCLA Anderson and Cornell often read MBA resumes from the bottom up? Or that WashU Olin assigns a personal recruiter-advocate to every MBA applicant’s file? From tips on overcoming a weak GMAT score to advice for international students, the Admissions Director Panel at CentreCourt Los Angeles was […]

Tips On The MIT Sloan MBA Video Statement

Sep. 20th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

There’s a video component to the MBA application at an increasing number of schools – INSEAD, Kellogg, Yale, Rotman and MIT Sloan, to name a few. Fortuna’s Brittany Maschal offers a terrific take on how to ace the video statement for MIT Sloan, which has a video component as distinctive from the M7 as the […]

MBA Requirements: Advice for Non-traditional Applicants

Sep. 19th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Gone are the days when the serious MBA contender had to possess a certain academic and career pedigree. At a time when business schools are aggressively seeking diversity in their candidates, key MBA requirements include your leadership experience and potential. “You don’t need to have studied economics or statistics as an undergrad, or taken a […]

8 Tips for Student Loan Refinancing

Sep. 17th, 2018 | by: College Coach

Everyone loves a good deal, whether we’re talking about student loans or anything else. MBA students, in particular, tend to be money-savvy, and don’t want to pay more in interest than they need to. Is student loan refinancing, then, the best way for MBA students to get a deal on their education debt? Maybe, but […]

Make Me Forget About Your GMAT Score – Q&A with Kellogg’s MBA Gatekeeper

Sep. 16th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Ahead of the CentreCourt MBA Festival in Chicago, Fortuna Admissions Director Matt Symonds catches up with Melissa Rapp, Director of Admissions for the full-time MBA program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, to share her insights and admissions advice. If we draw back the curtain on a typical day in the life of the Kellogg […]

MBA Advice for the Entrepreneur: INSEAD Grad Mike Davis

Sep. 13th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

Mike Davis was running three successful startups from a rented office in Manhattan when he decided to pursue the MBA. Before co-founding the student lender MPOWER Financing, where he’s currently Chief Investment Officer, Davis founded more than a dozen startups, served as Director of Innovation and Strategy at Avon, and earned his MBA from INSEAD. […]

Advice on a Non-traditional Path to an MBA: LBS Grad Paul Heslop

Sep. 12th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

In his role at the United Nations (UN), London Business School grad Paul Heslop is responsible for peacekeeping efforts in 17 countries, clearing thousands of mines and other explosives, and defending multi-million dollar budgets to the UN Security Council. While his story is as unique as they come, Paul delivers invaluable advice for any nontraditional […]

Essential MBA Admissions Tips From The Gatekeepers At Stanford GSB, Berkeley Haas

Sep. 11th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

“What I’m really looking for is what have you done and how has that mattered in any organization you’ve touched,” says Stanford GSB Admissions Director Kirsten Moss. “I like to get practical – some people aren’t great test takers. So, what have you done with your smarts?” Moss’s remarks on the qualities she seeks among […]

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