Articles by Vantage Point
Inside the Black Box: What Happens After You Hit “Submit”
After months of hard work putting together compelling applications, you hit “submit” and then what? While you’re anxiously waiting, it’s a little vague what is happening with your application. So, … Read More
If MBA Applications are Declining at HBS and Stanford, Are Your Chances Better?
At Vantage Point MBA we’ve received a ton of questions from applicants over the last week about a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about the decline in MBA applications this year – “M.B.A. … Read More
How to Demonstrate Leadership in Your MBA Applications
More often than not, when I bring-up the topic of how to demonstrate “leadership experience” in an MBA application, the response I hear is “but I’m not in a management position”. Truly, that’s OK. The average … Read More
Writing Your Own Recommendations: Right or Wrong?
Every year we run into a question that the “interwebs” appears to be conflicted about. Is it ok to write your own recommendation, or hire an admissions consultant to write your recommendations, and then have your … Read More
Should I Punt My MBA Application to Round 2?
Several major deadlines are…tomorrow! This is the time of year when many applicants realize that the crazy project from work, your wedding planning, or whatever else has been a major time commitment has left you … Read More
How To Demonstrate Leadership In Your MBA Applications
More often than not, when I begin the discussion with my clients about demonstrating leadership experience in their MBA applications, I hear, “But I’m not in a management position.” Truly, that’s OK. The average … Read More
What You Can Learn From Re-Applicants
Written by Vantage Point MBA’s co-founder, Melody Jones. They say that hindsight is 20/20. In the MBA application world, there’s nothing like a rejection from your dream school to make you go back and dissect … Read More
How to Develop A Strong Personal Brand (When You Think You’re Boring)
If you think that your MBA application “brand” or story is going to involve the words “investment banker” or “consultant,” then we’d argue that you might need to go back to the drawing board if you’re … Read More
A Winning Approach To The HBS Essay Question
At first glance, the Harvard Business School essay question, which remains unchanged again this year, seems fairly simple. What more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy? However, after giving it some … Read More
When To Retake The GMAT—And When Not To
“Do I need to retake the GMAT?” That’s a question plaguing hundreds, if not thousands, of MBA applicants this time of year. By now, many MBA hopefuls have taken the GMAT at least once but aren’t sure if their … Read More
How You Can Demonstrate Leadership in Your MBA Applications
More often than not, when I bring-up the topic of how to demonstrate “leadership experience” in an MBA application, the response is “but I’m not in a management position.” Truly, that’s OK. The average age of … Read More
Writer’s Block? 5 Ideas for Starting Your MBA Essays on the Right Path
Many of the business schools have started releasing their 2017-2018 applications, including the much anticipated essay questions. For many, this is the fun part; and for just as many, this is the part they dread. Boiling … Read More
Non-Traditional Applicant: Weakness or Strength?
“I’m a non-traditional applicant—how do I offset this weakness in my application?” “I think that my non-traditional background is a strength in my application because it differentiates me from all the … Read More