Assorted MBA Application Tips. Hopefully They Help

Hi All. Because it’s MBA application season, I decided to crate an assorted list of MBA application tips. Depending on where you are in the process and how much research you’ve done already, then some of them may be helpful.

Without further ado, see below for the tips:

  1. Visit schools. Visiting will not only help you to better understand the culture of the program but also help you choose a school if you’re fortunate enough to have lots of options in the spring.
  2. Don’t think listing people’s names in your essays is going to get you admitted toa school. And don’t put a laundry list of names, because that just looks bad.
  3. Make a good impression if you visit. While making a good impression won’t get you in, making a bad impression could have the opposite effect.
  4. Revise your essays. Then revise again. And again. And again. Most people don’t write well enough not to do revisions.
  5. In your essays, don’t use run-on sentences.
  6. Count the number of times you write the word leadership, or any derivation of the word leadership, in your essays, and then likely delete some of them.
  7. Count the number of times you write the word teamwork in your application in your essays, and then likely delete some of them.
  8. Consider taking the GMAT again. Try scoring in the 80th percentile in both sections. If you don’t be sure to address it in the rest of the application.
  9. Seek out people with backgrounds that you admire. And think about doing some of the same things they did in their careers.
  10. Seek out people who recently went through the process and get advice not only on the general process but also the process for that school.
  11. Let your recommenders know earlier than later that you plan to apply, that way it’s not a surprise when they have to write the letter. Though realize that most recommenders turn them in at the last minute either way.
  12. In your application, you should prove that you’re employable after graduation.
  13. Generally avoid applying in round three, even if you’re a competitive applicant. There are some exceptions but not many.
  14. Sometimes getting advice from too many people will lead to conflicting advice. In some cases you have to take people’s advice with a grain of salt.
  15. Don’t have too many essays readers. You’ll lose your own unique voice in the process.
  16. Consider the STAR technique when writing. Not only will it help you organize but also ensure you talk about the things the MBA admissions committees want to hear about. Especially results.
  17. Be prepared for your interview. Don’t wing it. Some people will create huge documents, dozens of pages long to prepare for any possible question that might arise.
  18. On average, apply with higher grades and test scores if you are younger in age. It’s not always the case but often.
  19. Answer the essay questions. Often times applicants have their own agenda and don’t answer questions fully.
  20. Refine your self-image: You want your application reviewer and your interviewer to walk away with very clear picture of who you are. So be clear.
  21. Ask yourself “Why?” after reading an essay or evaluating your response to a question. If the answer to “Why” is unclear, then you need to tighten up your responses.
  22. Don’t come off as a know-it-all when you visit and during your interview.
  23. Find friends/support groups to support you in the process. Sometimes it’s  useful to get outside advice. And it’s always useful to have support if things don’t fall go way.

That’s it, for now. I told you they were assorted. Good luck with your application.

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 Admissions, Business School

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