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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, […]

Brendan Kramp Fortuna MBA Coach

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 MIT Sloan’s […]

Meet the MBA Experts: Fortuna’s Zachary White

Nov. 17th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

“You are the world’s expert on being you. You want to harness that confidence and lean into your strengths,” says Fortuna’s Zachary White, former Yale SOM Assistant Director of Admissions. “Remember that people go to business school to learn and grow and challenge themselves, to be better when they graduate than when they enroll. Business […]

MBA Essay Writing Tips: How to Craft a Powerful Story

Nov. 16th, 2020 | by: Sharon Joyce

Your business school essays are about bringing your story to life and providing context to your application by connecting the dots. You’ll want to capture an admissions reviewer’s attention with your story and authenticity, persuading them to learn more by inviting you to interview. To get there, your essays should convey a strong sense of […]

MBA Interview Prep: What to Wear on Video

Oct. 19th, 2020 | by: Karen Hamou

Did you see this selfie of the business school dean that went viral in June? As ESMT Berlin Associate Dean Nick Barniville prepared to preside over a virtual MBA graduation via laptop, he posted a photo of himself (at left) in a tuxedo top with shorts and flip-flops below. Nowadays, most of us embrace mullet dressing […]

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