Have you decided to apply to b-school? Then check out this free resource from our friends at GradSchools.com–it will help guide you on your application journey to an MBA!
Applying for admission to an MBA program can be daunting. You have to make decisions about what information to include in your personal statement, who to ask for letters of recommendation, and how to prepare for the GMAT or GRE. These application elements determine the “story” you share about yourself with an admissions committee, and creating this “story” can be super stressful.
Demonstrating how your unique background and qualifications make you an ideal match for an MBA program is a challenge, especially when you’re not exactly sure what qualities admissions committees’ value.
…If only there was some way for you to get inside the mind of admissions professionals to find out what they are looking for.
That’s where the MBA Admissions Secrets eBook from GradSchools.com comes in! This free resource strives to bring you behind the closed doors of MBA admissions committee deliberations by providing you with advice and tips straight from the mouths of admissions professionals from over 20 MBA programs. Find out what qualities and qualifications these admissions professionals’ value in applicants and learn how you can present yourself as an interesting, capable, and competitive candidate.
Some of the advice from admissions professionals in the MBA Admission Secrets eBook includes;
“Don’t be vague or directionless. The candidate must give ample thought to the idea of returning to school and how it fits into their career path. Too many candidates have only a vague idea of why they are returning to school, or worse yet, will believe that they can “figure it out” once they arrive on campus. ”
—Washington University-St. Louis-Olin School – Bouffides Evan
“Know your strengths highlight them in the application – in your essay and on your resume. Also, know your weaknesses and acknowledge them where appropriate by addressing what you have done to improve those areas.”
—Carroll School of Management – Joshua Henry
“When it comes to recommendations we always get a lot of questions so I have a few simple guidelines for those. First, we prefer a recommendation from someone who can speak directly about the applicant’s work experience. Our ideal is a direct supervisor, but we understand there are some instances where that is not feasible. Applicants are welcome to utilize a supervisor from their recent past, clients, vendors, customers, or co-workers that can give relevant assessments of their work. We prefer that applicants not use an academic reference unless they have actually worked with the professor. ”
—Indiana University, Kelley School of Business – Regina Lee
One of the most common tidbits of advice provided by writers, directors, actors, and other creative types is to know your audience. This advice holds true as you endeavor to compile your MBA application materials. The MBA Admissions Secrets eBook from GradSchools.com is designed to help you gain insight into the preferences of the audience who will be determining whether or not you are a good match for their program. So dive into that eBook here!