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LOL: Managing Stress While Waiting

It’s a tough time in the admissions cycle.  At least for prospective students. Most have submitted applications and are waiting for interviews, or have had interviews and are waiting for decisions. There’s an absence of information that ‘s unnerving. It’s just plain stressful. So is waiting for a job offer or waiting for a chance to be in the starting lineup of the New York Knicks. So, what do you do? Laugh. I got this idea from

3 Day-Of Tips for a Successful MBA Interview


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?


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

When Your Interview is on Skype

I’m wrong. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on interviewing for a coveted spot in an MBA program and announced right up front “whether it’s for work or for school, the goal of the interviewer is to figure out what kind of a person you are in the flesh.”  I assumed the meeting would be in person. But that’s not always going to be the case, especially with Skype and other emerging technologies. Skype is a Verb This look is for practice

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,

4 MBA Application Insights for IT Applicants


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

Test Your MBA Reapplication IQ!


You didn't get in, so you're trying again now – good for you for putting yourself out there and working hard (again) to achieve your b-school dream! Most MBA reapplicants worry about how the adcoms will view them as repeat applicants. Test your MBA reapplication knowledge by determining if the following statements are true or false: 1. True or False: If you were rejected once, then you'll probably be rejected again. False! Many

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

Finance Applicants: 4 Insights into an Impressive MBA Application

Our guest blog post comes from Linda Abraham, president and founder of Applicants with a finance background may find themselves in a unique application predicament: Often they have impressive work experience and highly competitive stats, easily labeling them a "good catch" at any top business school; the problem, though, is finance applicants are one of the larger sub-groups in the MBA admissions applicant pool. Plus, candidates

4 Good Excuses for Frequent Job Switchers

You've got great stats and strong skills. Any top business school would be thrilled to have you join its next class…almost. There's one obstacle standing in your way: your MBA resume. The problem is that you are victim to what can be referred to as Frequent Job-Switching Syndrome (or FJSS). Those who suffer from FJSS may have impressive jobs listed on their resumes – that's not the problem; the problem is that they've got way too many of them.

Data Sufficiency Practice Problem

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Crack your knuckles and sharpen your pencil because we have a sample GMAT Data Sufficiency problem for you to try to solve. Since these GMAT questions get pretty tricky, we brought on Manhattan GMAT guru Chris Ryan to help us through. He knows what he's talking about because he scored...

Problem Solving Practice

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Got a pencil and paper handy? Try to solve this sample GMAT Math question from the Problem Solving section. Don't worry, you won't be alone on this GMAT practice question. We have Manhattan GMAT instructor Jonathan Schneider here to guide you through as quickly and effic...

MBA Application Hurdles: 5 Things to Consider When Applying with a Criminal Record

While a criminal record does work as a strike against you, it's not always an insurmountable problem. President and founder of, Linda Abraham, considers the following: 1.    When were you convicted and how severe was your crime? The adcoms will judge you differently depending on what you did and how long ago you did it. For example, did you shoplift from the Dollar Store back in high school on a dare? Are you guilty of

3 Answers to the Older Applicant Employability Question

MBA Podcaster regularly received inquires from older business school applicants who are concerned about their chances of getting into their program of choice. This guest blog post by Linda Abraham, president and founder of, addresses some of these common concerns: Realize that business school career centers are geared to graduates with a certain level of work experience. If you vary too far from the mean, admissions committees

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...

The Road to Business School

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MBA Application Essay Facts: True or False?

This guest blog post by Linda Abraham, president and founder of, gives you the chance to test your MBA admissions IQ! Fact #1: Essays are read by machines, not people. False! If MBA application essays were run through machines, then all you'd need to do is string together a list of keywords to prove your abilities as a future businessperson. However, writing words like "leadership," "management," and "success" will mean nothing

10 Steps to Getting into a Top MBA

You're planning to apply to business school but do you have a plan for applying? In this video from MBA PodTV, special guests, Tyler Cormney and Chris Aitken, co-founders of MBA Prep School share a complete work plan and application strategy for applying to business school -- from researching schools and writing your essays to acing your MBA interview. This step-by-step work plan will tell you what you n...

10 Steps to Getting into a Top MBA

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Nailing Your Application Essays

"The admissions committee is looking for the Wizard of Oz combination: you have to have brains, you have to have heart, and you have to have courage," says Betsy Massar of Master Admissions.

Unlike your test scores, transcripts, or recommendation letters, your essays are the one component of your application package that you can have 100% control over. Join us as we speak with top admissions experts on tackling the pers...

Nailing Your Application Essays

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The #1 Thing Harvard Business School, Stanford, and Wharton Look For

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By Tyler Cormney and Christopher Aitken of MBA Prep School In 2010, the Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Wharton received close to 23,000 applications; about 1 in 10 were accepted. So what distinguishes the one candidate who was accepted by Harvard, Stanford, and/or Wharton from the nine who were not. What are the Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Wharton really looking

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

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