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An Insider’s Perspective on INSEAD’s New Essays

Feb. 21st, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

By Caroline Diarte Edwards, Former Director of MBA Admissions at INSEAD If you’re in the process of applying to INSEAD, or plan to in the future, you should be aware that INSEAD just released a revised set of MBA essay questions. These changes are not as far reaching as those made by some U.S. schools […]

What Are My Chances Applying in Round 3?

Jan. 24th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Each year, clients ask us if they should consider applying in Round 3 (R3). The answer we invariably give them is “it depends.” Much like the rest of the MBA application process, there aren’t always definitive rules. You need to consider both the schools you’re applying to and your own profile before you move ahead. […]

What Should I Do Now After Round 2?

Jan. 8th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Happy New Year! Will 2014 be a life changing year in which you are admitted to business school? We very much hope so! Many of our Fortuna clients are sharing their own stories of where they were when they learned they had been admitted round 1 to Wharton, LBS, Kellogg, Columbia and other top business […]

Why Do MBA Admissions Rely So Heavily on the GMAT?

Sep. 11th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

The GMAT is often the primary source of frustration and anxiety for the MBA hopefuls whose chances of admissions success we assess at Fortuna Admissions. From successful entrepreneurs to fast-track financial analysts, time and again you see talented young professionals whose applications are let down by their overall GMAT score, or a below-par score in the Quantitative […]

Worried About Weaknesses in your MBA Application? Offer Explanations, Not Excuses

Jul. 30th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Though a handful of applicants to top MBA programs seem to have all the elements to write their own ticket—magna cum laude from a prestigious university, fast-track career progression at a Fortune 500 company, or co-founder of an innovative tech firm, with perhaps an Olympic medal and impressive charitable work thrown in for good measure—the […]

Letters of recommendation; interviews; waitlist; next steps (featured in The Economist)

Mar. 20th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

If the application essays are an opportunity to convey your goals and accomplishments, letters of recommendation provide the MBA admissions office with valuable insight into how you are viewed by others. The people that you choose, and the strength, thoroughness and enthusiasm of their recommendations, are a critical element in your file.

Self reflection and how to position your candidacy; GPA and GMAT; the résumé (featured in The Economist)

Feb. 20th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Whether you are convinced that you want to do an MBA, or are just entertaining the idea, we recommend that you spend a long time on self-reflection. Most business schools want to know more about you than just your CV. They want to get a sense of what makes you tick. You will have to answer some profound questions in the application essays and at the interviews. Why are you unique? What are your ambitions? Chicago Booth asks candidates to “Tell us something that has fundamentally transformed the way you think.” Answering such questions in a way that will attract the admission officer’s eye requires considerable self-awareness and maturity.

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