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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

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

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

What We Can Learn From Graduation Speakers

Graduation time ushers in an optimistic feeling. It's a time of celebrating achievements, and more, it's a time of opening up the world for tomorrow’s young adults.  No wonder it’s called “commencement.” For those taking steps toward a business career or hoping to embark on an MBA program, you can draw upon that wisdom as you reflect upon your own experiences and goals.  What better way than to learn than from leaders who have been through

Preparing for IMD’s Interview


Without a doubt, IMD conducts the most thorough MBA interview.  The interview day is divided into four evaluative sections.  When you arrive on campus, you will be introduced to the adcom and faculty evaluators as well as a group of applicants who will partake in the same experience as you.  Since the adcom will evaluate you on your team interactions and most of your peer-applicants will become your classmates, get to know them, have fun with

Want to get into b-school? Be yourself!

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "authentic?" My bet would be that you don't automatically think of an MBA student. But someday, you just might. Why? The top business schools are not only looking for applicants with academic potential, but they’re seeking out a new breed of leader—­someone who’s passionate, collaborative, and wants to make a difference in the world. They want applicants with more than good

The International Committee of the Red Cross joins IMD Business School’s Corporate Learning Network


Humanitarian aid. Help for victims of conflict and armed violence. Joyous moments of relief and reuniting family. These are among the images most have when thinking of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). But with more than 12,000 people working across 80 countries for a common cause, the ICRC shares many of the same challenges in management and talent development that occur in the world of business. Running any large scale

Embrace Your Life and Career Inflection Points for MBA Admissions

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Avi Gordon, the founder of MBA Admissions Studio, and author of MBA Admissions Strategy: From Profile Building to Essay Writing, describes how your life and career decisions should be best communicated through your application:   In differential calculus an inflection (or inflexion) point is the point on a curve where the curvature changes sign and therefore shape. Lives and careers have inflection points too: those moments where,

How Not To Fall Down on the Harvard Business School Setback Essay

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This guest blog post is by Avi Gordon, the founder of MBA Admissions Studio, and author of MBA Admissions Strategy: From Profile Building to Essay Writing: Over many years I’ve written extensively — both here and in my book — about the weakness-failure MBA admissions essay and how to approach it. In fact, it has to be about 8 years since I pioneered the notion of using the failure essay to position the applicant as a leader, because all

The Road to Business School

The Road to Business School is the premier forum to meet-and-greet with admissions officers and get an edge in your application. In 2010, "The Road" brought over 20 top business schools to seven cities for open networking sessions, admissions panels, and GMAT breakout sessions. In this MBA Admissions Panel, we hear from admissions representatives fro...

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Top 10 Tech-Centric MBA Programs


Do you plan on tacking on an IS concentration to your MBA degree? According to a recent article in CIO Magazine, these tech-centric MBA programs give students the option to combine business administration with information systems studies-- essential for any Senior IT leadership position. The following rank as the U.S. News top 10 business schools for information systems: 1. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of

The Elephants and the Dragons: A Brave New World of MBA Education

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By guest blogger, Dr. Anurag Mairal, the CEO of Gurome and Director, Global Exchange, Stanford Biodesign at Stanford University. Let's consider the numbers: Asia contributes to over 20% of World's GDP, estimated at $63 trillion in real terms. China and India, two of the top 10 economies in the world, are growing at nearly 10% per year, while developed economies in the U.S. and Europe are experiencing anemic growth of 1-3% per year. Asia is

UCLA Anderson School of Management

A beautiful southern California location, award-winning faculty, top facilities, and successful alumni: discover the top-tier UCLA Anderson School of Business. Meet Director of Financial Aid, Ji Choi, and Associate Directors, Jessica Chung, Adrian Aguirre, and Craig Hubbell,  who will provide helpful insight into the MBA program's admissions process. With helpful tips on financing yo...

MBA Podcaster Day in the Life Series: The Lisbon MBA

A Day in the Life of The Lisbon MBA brings together deans, directors, professors, and students of the new Lisbon MBA program to discuss what their MBA program has to offer. The unique program is an MBA joint-venture between MIT Sloan School of Management, Nova School of Business and Economics and

Listener Question: Is Engineering & an MBA a Good Combo?


Question: Is engineering+MBA a good combination? Most of the students who speak in the videos(How to get into....) have worked in the management field. But since I am going to do engineering I will have no such experiences.How is that going to work against me? What is the average number of students with a science background admitted to the top business schools every year? -A. Gogoi Answer: Without a doubt the answer is YES, business

Question from a Listener: How to Respond to Wharton Interview Question


We recently received an email from a listener about Wharton's interview question "What can you bring to the table?": Question: Dear MBA Podcaster, I am applying for Wharton's MBA program and in the interview I've heard that they will ask me what I can bring to the table as part of Wharton's incoming class. Kindly provide me the answer. Answer: We cannot that answer for you but we can point you in the right direction to search

Is the MBA Obsolete?


Today we're sharing an excellent article from IMD business school about the role of the MBA degree in the global marketplace and its relevance in teaching students what they need to be successful on the job. Is the MBA Obsolete? Maybe, unless it changes By IMD Professor Martha Maznevski - February 2011 The world is more complex today than ever. Is the MBA still a good way to prepare business leaders in this new world? Much has been said

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Considering an international MBA program? CEIBS, the China Europe International Business School, could be your perfect fit. Hear from Associate Dean and Academic MBA Director, Lynda Price, as she breaks down the program and its application process. What makes up a strong CEIBS applicant? Price details how to address your future career goals, and the best methods for interview pr...

Bentley University, McCallum Graduate School of Business

Meet Sharon Hill, the Admissions Director of Bentley University's McCallum Graduate School of Business, who will walk you through how your profile matches that of their MBA program. Watch as she navigates the ins and outs of the program to bring you insider advice on their admissions process, from interview do's and dont's, to specific essay pointers. Hill answers common applicant conc...

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