The MBA Tour: Before, During, & After (Part 3):

by on August 26th, 2010

HandshakeBy now, everyone should have registered or attended the MBA Tour.  If you have yet to attend, reference back to our articles The MBA Tour: Before, During, and After (Part 1) and The MBA Tour: Before, During, and After (Part 2).  These articles will give you tips on how to successfully attend the function.

Can you believe it is already over?  Well, not really; you’ve still got some work to do.  So, let’s get started, shall we?

After the Event

  1. In retrospect. Take time to reflect on your experience—did you accomplish your goals?  If not, why not?  What would you do differently next time?  What might you undertake to improve your skills? Write all of this down to help prepare for next time or help make you a better b-school candidate.
  2. Thanks for the insight.  Send a brief email to key people that you met, particularly if they went out of their way to help you. Personalize the thank you by mentioning something you got out of the conversation or their presentation.  This will also put your name in front of them once more, and put you a notch above the prospects who failed to follow-up.
  3. A match made in Heaven. Hopefully you will get a better sense of your business school options. If you have used the event correctly, you will have made contact with several schools that match your profile and interests. In thinking about their needs and your background, evaluate whether each school might be a match for you. If you end up with many potential options, use an elimination process to narrow it down.
  4. Fork in the road. If you are still unsure about what to do, keep plugging away at these events, conducting research, and consulting colleagues, friends, family and experts.
  5. Pat on the back. Did you gain any confidence? You should have! In interacting with admissions reps, you should have gained more confidence in your communication and people skills; and through the fair, you should have gained more confidence in choosing a b-school. Job well done, MBAers.

Check out the dates and locations, get registered, and our two previous articles The MBA Tour: Before, During, and After (Part 1) and The MBA Tour: Before, During, and After (Part 2). These articles focus on to-do’s before and during the event.

Remember, if you attend The MBA Tour you will receive $250 off Princeton Review Classroom and LiveOnline courses for the GMAT and 10% off online courses or private tutoring when you enroll by October 31, 2010.  To learn more click here.

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