SBC Debuts New Column: Ask the AdCom
Hey everybody! We’re really excited around here about “Ask the AdCom,” our new weekly column debuting today. We know MBA applicants love to get information straight from the source, and … Read More
Make the Most of Each MBA Application Component
As you pull together your MBA application materials for Round 2, try to think of each component as an opportunity to tell the Adcom something new about yourself. What we mean is, don’t simply copy and paste bullet … Read More
7 Items Your Recommenders Must Have
A lot of time and effort for candidates is spent on areas like the GMAT, essays, and the resume. However, an equally important component of the MBA application is consistently overlooked. Business school recommendations … Read More
MBA Admissions: Third Round or Next Year?
Here’s a question I often hear around this stage in the MBA application process: Is it better to apply Round 3 or to wait until Round 1 of next year? Answer: It depends. Round 3 applicants are accepted at lower … Read More
MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Alumni Get You In!
From time to time, we at mbaMission visit admissions officers from top schools, giving us the opportunity to ask rather frank questions. On a visit to a top-5 program, we pushed an admissions officer on the extent of … Read More
How to Solicit Strong Recommendations
Business schools want to know who you are when they consider your application. Résumés and transcripts and GMAT scores give useful information, but admissions officers also want to hear real people talking about you. … Read More
4 Ways to Keep Your MBA Applications From Ruining Your Holidays
With second round deadlines just around the corner, you might be feeling the pressure mounting. If finishing MBA applications were not stressful enough, add to that the increasing demands of family over the holidays. A … Read More
The Most Important Part Of Your Application Is?
Clients of mine often ask what the most important part of their business school application is. Is it their GMAT score, undergraduate transcript, essays, interview, letters of recommendations, or something else? Ask most … Read More
How Jyothi Got Into ISB – An Exit Interview
I’m excited to share another segment of the Beat The GMAT Exit Interview Series; an initiative where I interview Beat The GMAT members who have been successfully admitted to business school. Yesterday I sat down … Read More
Strategizing And Establishing Ties For Recommendations
After you have identified potential recommenders, focus on spending quality time with these individuals. You should potentially even re-establish ties with someone from a previous company or an old college professor in … Read More
Strategizing Your Round 2 Application
If you applied to one or more MBA programs in Round 1, by now you may already have a feel for how it’s going and you may already be looking at Round 2 differently than you did just a month ago. If things are going … Read More
Recommendation Letters – The “Weakness” Question
I want to address the one reference letter question that terrifies almost all applicants and some references too: Tell us about the applicant’s weaknesses. My clients ask me what is a “good” weakness to … Read More
Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Rec’s Grammar Will Ruin My Chances
At mbaMission, we are always emphasizing effective written communication (written communication, written communication, written communication!). Indeed, there is no real “trick” to gaining admission to your target … Read More
Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Weakness is that I am Awesome!
Most business schools will ask your recommenders to describe a weakness of yours, or a time when they offered you constructive feedback. You may face great temptation to ask your recommenders to avoid writing anything … Read More