Zach's Insider Advice on the Yale SOM Pre Interview
"I love my job and my career. I wouldn't be where I am without my MBA, and I wouldn't have my MBA if it weren't for Zach."
With seven years of experience in admissions and another 10 in executive search, Zach has spent his entire career supporting people through transitional life moments both educational and professional. He served as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale SOM, where he travelled domestically and internationally to recruit traditional MBA candidates. He also played a lead role in launching the school’s Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program, which aims to expand interest in graduate management education among traditionally underrepresented groups.
As a Senior Search Consultant and Director of Communications at one of the nation’s leading search firms in the US education space, Zach has helped countless candidates improve their resumes, interview skills, personal statements, and overall application strategy, while coaching search committees on the evaluation of top talent. He also sharpened honed his writing and editing skills as the company’s Director of Communications and research. Zach earned an A.B. in philosophy from The University of Chicago and holds a master’s degree in architecture history and theory from the Yale University School of Architecture.
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