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The MBA Tour: 2012 Canadian Conference Schedule

Ready for your MBA? Join the MBA Tour at one of the 4 Canadian cities below to attend one of their annual MBA conferences in your region. Participate in panel discussions led by admission and application experts, listen to school presentations given by school representatives, and personally meet with school reps and alumni during the MBA fair. Get all your questions answered about program details, the application process, and everything

Use Your MBA Goals MAP to Reach Your Destination

“X” marks the spot – your dream school. You see it right in front of you in clear sight. But, your X school asks for a goals essay. How can you approach it? What should go into it? We like to look at your post-MBA goal as the star that will guide you to achieve your immediate goal – admission to your top b-school. If the rest of your application is top-notch, but then your goals essay appears confused and aimless, so will you.  And that

Essay Tips: Indian School of Business


The Indian School of Business has become one of the strongest graduate business programs in Asia: it ranks 13th in the Financial Times’ MBA rankings – only two Asian programs surpass it according to FT, more than 98% of its graduates secure job offers within 3 months of graduating, and the salaries those graduates receive are high – 187% above their pre-ISB earnings! Competition for seats in this esteemed 1-year program is steep and the

Essay Tips: IMD

THE TWO QUESTIONS BEFORE THE ESSAY QUESTIONS 1) Position sought after graduation Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (maximum 2000 characters) Forward-looking, connect-the-dots MBA goals question with a twist. To answer this question, you need to know what you want to do after you complete IMD’s short,

Essay Tips: Michigan Ross


Michigan Ross has released its 2013 application essays. Unlike most programs this year, it has not shortened its essays or reduced the number of required essays. It has removed options from its fourth essay and focused the question for Essay 2. ESSAYS Essay 1: Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. What’s your elevator pitch? What do you want them to know first about you? That’s not what do you think they

Does Private Equity as a Career Goal Help or Hurt for MBA Admissions?

Among the clients I’ve had over the past three years, at a rough estimate I’d say about half came to me stating that (a career in) Private Equity was their Why-an-MBA goal. I could shake some from it, but not others. This year again I’ve already seen a number of ‘PE applications’ and am fielding the question that inevitably comes with it: “Is PE a strong-enough goal? Is it too common?” To answer this, and offer a perspective on career goal

Essay Tips: INSEAD


INSEAD’s essays require quite a bit of information on your job history, not to mention extensive detail about how you envision your future. The key here is to highlight the aspects of your career that you are most proud of, that show you on a multi-cultural stage, and then to explain how that experience, along with an MBA from globally-focused INSEAD, will allow you to pursue your career goals in the future. JOB DESCRIPTION ESSAYS 1. Briefly

Kaplan GMAT Prep Course Winner: Ines’s Review Part I


Dear fellow aspiring BSchoolers, I would like to share with you a piece of wisdom about the GMAT preparation that I learned the hard way – by taking the test 3 times and not scoring the result I believed I deserved. And this wisdom is as follows – taking hundreds of practice tests and reviewing your mistakes will not necessarily teach you to DOMINATE the test. And, unless you dominate the GMAT, you are unlikely to conquer it. To become a true

MBA Admissions: 3 Reasons It’s a Good Time to Apply

A recent Businessweek article, “As Applications Flag, U.S. B-Schools Hit the Road,” discusses the implications of the new five-year GMAT testtaking low (8% fewer tests taken in 2011 than in 2010). Not surprisingly, the number of U.S. applicants applying to U.S. b-schools is also on the decline with 10% fewer than last year. In response to these declines, U.S. b-schools are increasing their recruiting and advertising efforts. One reason why

Are you a Non-Traditional MBA Candidate? Then Read This.

Just about everyone, that is, other than McKinsey consultants and Goldman analysts, call themselves non-traditional candidates for business school. Why? Because they think that everyone who will populate the next MBA class comes from management consulting or finance. We all of know a few consultants, investment banking types, and more than a few engineers at business school. And indeed, if you look at the profiles of many business schools

Essay Tips: The Wharton School

To earn a spot at this globally-ranked business school, you’ll need to prove that you are worthy of learning from and among top business minds from around the world. Your qualifications should shine through well-written prose that also exhibits your passion, skill, and excitement towards what you do now and what you plan on doing in the future. Wharton first-time applicants and reapplicants are required to complete the same set of essay

Essay Tips: Stanford GSB

Stanford has shortened its app, removing one required question, but the overall structure is the same as it was last year. Unlike most schools, Stanford gives a lot of advice and guidance as to what it's looking for in the essays. INTRO We read your essays to get to know you as a person and to learn about the ideas and interests that motivate you. Tell us in your own words who you are. In other parts of the application, we learn

Essay Tips: Harvard Business School

  The 2013 Harvard MBA application questions are entirely new. A few of the more significant changes: Just two required 400-word essay An early round 1 deadline  (September 24) and decision notification date (Dec. 12) An entirely new component: A required “written reflection” on the interview for anyone invited to interview to be submitted within 24 hours of the interview. Poets and Quants says that this reflective piece also

Essay Tips: Columbia Business School

 Columbia has released its 2013 application essays. It has changed the format somewhat, but the changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary. SHORT ANSWER QUESTION What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum) Note the character limit. This response must be short and sweet. What do you want to do professionally in which industry immediately after earning your MBA? You may want to provide a geographic

FREE Webinar: Get the 2013 MBA Admissions Scoop!

You’ll create the best, most attractive, most convincing MBA application if you are well informed about the goings on in the MBA admissions world. For example, what are adcoms REALLY looking for in 2013 applicants? Who do they think will become the greatest business leaders of the future? What are the two most significant changes to applications this year and how should you respond to them? How do you cram all that info and data that’s in your

Consider Your Audience in Your Business School Application

I recently attended a workshop at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on pitching business plans to entrepreneurs. The experts there kept hammering it home: consider your audience. An MBA application is like any sales pitch.  Your audience will not only determine what you have to say, but how you are going to say it. Your audience is your target market.  The audience can be one person, it could be hundreds, or it could be a small

Should I Write the Optional Essay?

This is a question I receive all the time. Sadly, there is no definite yes or no answer to this one (I know, as usual), so I always answer with the only accurate answer I can give, which is: "It depends." After writing 3-5 required essays for your target business school application, you're probably not interested in writing anything more, especially if it has the word "optional" tacked on to the front of it. But that's definitely not a reason

HBS Admissions Director Speaks Out on Application Process

There are those who revere her and those who fear her--but one thing is certain about Dee Leopold, director of Harvard Business School admissions—she tells it straight. After the May 22 announcement that HBS would modify its admissions process, Dee made herself available to answer questions. She granted an exclusive interview with Poets & Quants and immediately scheduled a webinar to explain the new process. I’ve posted highlights of that

The MBA Goals Essay MAP refers to the process of writing the MBA goals essay as "mapping." To "map" your MBA goals essay you need to follow our unique MAP strategy. There are two MAP tactics which will be explained below. Make sure your essay responds to the exact wording to the question, but most MBA goals essays are like a roadmap. The adcoms want to see where you have been, where you are right now, and where you plan on going in the future – that is,

Networking for MBA Admissions Fun and Profit

Networking, or talking to anyone and everyone about business school and the MBA admissions process, is more than just an exercise -- you can use it to test out your own ideas and then open yourself up to new ones. It has been said that the best ideas are talked about. Good ideas are inspired by, and refined with, conversation. Right in Your Own Backyard As you are mulling over your business school plans (Can I? Should I? When? Where? How?),

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