GETTING ADMITTED: Core Concepts for a Successful MBA Application Strategy
The objective of this presentation is to help you gain admission to MBA programs. As a graduate admissions consultant since 2001, I have worked with well over 1000 candidates from all over the world. While the vast majority of my clients come from Japan, India and the United States, I have worked with clients coming from every continent and helped them gain admission to the world’s best MBA programs. I advise on the overall application process and its primary components essays, resumes, application forms, school selection, recommendations, and interviews. The concepts introduced in this seminar are critical for succeeding.
You must be Smart, a Leader, a Team Player, and a Unique Contributor
Summary: MBA programs have four common core admissions criteria for judging applicants. You need to demonstrate each of these characteristics in one or more different parts of your application.
-The 4 Key Criteria, How to Think About Them and Yourself
3) Community Engagement
FINDING FIT: Who is Doing the Finding? The Admissions Committee is.
Summary: You will read about “fit” and “finding fit.” The idea has to two aspects. First, you must feel like the program is right for you, that is you must feel like you would be happy to attend the program. We will not focus on that aspect of fit here, which is about school selection. Instead, we will focus on the other aspect of fit, which is about an admissions committee concluding that you belong at their school and hence admitting you. The “Who” in this case is the admissions committee. Hence finding fit it is ultimately about the process of convincing those doing the admitting that you belong at their school.
1) The Admissions Committee: The Only Opinion That Actually Matters
2) How to Convince the Admissions Committee
3) The Self-Marketing Fit Campaign
Before You Start Writing Application Essays: Key Concepts For Success
Summary: Here I will introduce you to some core concepts that will help you write successful MBA application essays.
1) You Must Understand Your Audience
2) What Your Past Experience Means is a Matter of Interpretation
-Reinterpreting your past
3) You MUST Discuss Your Professional Future Goals Effectively
-Plans (Practical Goals)
-Missions/Visions/Dreams (Conceptual Goals)
-Why both types of goals are important
4) Think! Brainstorm! Iterate!