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Getting Into Kellogg School of Management

With so many quality colleges in Chicago, MBA Podcaster takes you to Evanston, IL to get a behind-the-scenes view of one of the most prominent business schools in the world: Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Join Linda Abraham, founder and president of Accepted.com, as she provides expert application advice specific to Kellogg. Linda shares how you can put your best foot forward and how to attack each of the essay questions. You'll...

MBA Admissions: Does Extracurricular Equal Extra Credit?

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YES! Don’t underestimate the value of non-academic, non-work activities! These activities that you participate in – hobbies, sports, volunteering, etc. – do tons to liven up your otherwise one-dimensional application. Here are some reasons why you should bulk up your extracurricular quotient: • Extracurricular activities add life and texture to your application. As mentioned a moment ago, MBA applications can appear flat and

MBA 2014 – READY, SET, GO!

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Why am I nagging you to get moving on your MBA application prep? Not just because those Round 1 deadlines creep up with wicked stealth and speed (last year, HBS broke the September barrier). But also because there is so much you can still do between now and then to improve your candidacy (sometimes a lot, sometimes on the margins, but margins matter). Also, preparing now will enable you to apply to more programs earlier, and therefore to

Tips for Tackling Team Interviews

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With the emerging trend of group interviews at schools like Wharton, applicants need to understand that team interviews require a different set of skills than individual interviews.  I liken individual interviews to blind dating.  With individual interviews and blind dating, both parties are trying to figure out if they want to spend more time together. Personality, passion and concise, yet interesting stories will pique the interest of the

Should You Apply to B-School Round 3 or Next Year?

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The answer, as is often case in MBA admissions, is…it depends. The chances of gaining acceptance decrease as the rounds progress. That means that acceptance rates during R3 are generally lower than during R1 and R2. Similarly, grants and scholarships are harder to come by later in the admissions game. Now, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply. Your chances of acceptance = 0 if you don’t apply. They are >0 if you do

Should You Take the GMAT or GRE?

69% of b-schools now accept the GRE (including Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Booth, and MIT Sloan, among others), so MBA applicants will need to decide whether the GMAT or GRE will better increase their chances of acceptance. Here are some factors you should consider when making this decision: GMAT: Take the GMAT if at least one of the b-schools you’re applying to doesn’t accept the GRE. GMAT: If you plan on a post-MBA career in investment

How to Manage Word Limits and Deadlines

Dealing with Application Deadlines: Set yourself a schedule and work backwards from your deadlines. Allow time for the holidays, sleep, exercise, and of course work. Focus first on the applications with the earliest deadlines. Work on applications one at a time. Adapt essays from your first application, when possible, to later applications. However never merely paste in an essay because the question is similar. Customize it for this

MBA Hiring 2013 Looking Up – Specialized Master’s on Fire!

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According to a GMAC press release, employers are expressing early optimism for 2013 MBA hiring. Here are some of the key findings of the GMAC’s 2012 Year-End Poll of Employers, which includes responses from over 200 employers who hire students from graduate business programs: 76% of employers expect to hire 2013 MBA grads. Last year, only 69% hired 2012 grads. 43% of employers plan on hiring Master in Management grads (up 10% from last

3 Team-Based Discussion Admission Tips

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Wharton has introduced a new element to its admissions process – the team-based discussion. Other schools, like INSEAD, are also experimenting with this new evaluation method. These discussions, according to the Wharton invitation letter, allow applicants “the opportunity to interact with…fellow applicants through discourse, which will highlight how [applicants] approach and analyse specific situations.” Through discussion prompts (like what

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

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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

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

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

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

3 Must-Know MBA Resume Tips

Accepted.com offers loads of MBA resume tips on how to format and design your application resume. In this post, however, we're going to focus on three must-know tips on how to compose your MBA resume's content. Before we do this, though, I'd like to explain what your MBA resume is and what role it plays in the MBA application process. What IS an MBA Resume Anyway? First and foremost, the MBA resume is a clear outline of your employment and

Preparing for IMD’s Interview

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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

6 MBA Applicants Who Should Retake the GMAT

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An acceptable score for one person isn't necessarily an acceptable score for someone else. When considering retaking the GMAT, you need to ask yourself not just "What was your score?" or "What is the average GMAT score for your target b-school?" but also "Who are you?" Who you are is almost as important as what you score. For example, a score for a reapplicant who has been advised to retake may be judged differently than that of a first-time

3 Day-Of Tips for a Successful MBA Interview

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So many articles focus on how to prepare for your business school interview (and you should read those articles!), but here I'm going to talk about things you should do DURING the actual interview. Not what you should say, but how you should say it. How should you answer the interview questions? How should you act towards the interviewer? How can you make the best impression? These 3 tips will help you tackle the how aspects of your b-school

MBA vs. EMBA: What are the Pros and Cons?

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Applying to a top Executive MBA program? It'll help to know a few things about the competitive EMBA admissions process. Below you'll find the pros and cons of applying to an Executive MBA program. The Pros: Higher Acceptance Rates. EMBA acceptance rates are higher than MBA acceptance rates (with some exceptions). For example, Kellogg's 2008 acceptance rate for its MBA program was 24%; its EMBA program's rate was 33%. Less Emphasis on

4 MBA Application Insights for IT Applicants

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Applicants with a background in information technology (IT) find themselves in unique situation: While often highly qualified and accomplished applicants who would seem to have their first pick when it comes to applying to top MBA programs, these applicants are also a dime a dozen. This means that Super Impressive Techie Applicant #6559 is going to need to humanize his application if he wants top b-school adcom to notice him. Here's

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