We have two great chats coming up next week. If you are applying to Tuck and Cornell, don't miss these interactive events.
- Monday, December 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/6:00 PM GMT Randall Sawyer, Director of Admissions at Cornell's Johnson School of Business, along with other staff members will answer your questions. Our earlier Cornell Chat was standing room only, so make sure to use this outstanding opportunity to learn about Cornell’s close-knit student life, admission policies and programs. Join us on December 14th!
- Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/6:00 PM GMT, Dawna Clarke, Director of Admissions at Dartmouth Tuck, will participate in an online admissions chat with Accepted.com. Discover Dartmouth’s vibrant, intellectual environment, as well as its exceptionally close-knit community. Learn how the Tuck MBA has been providing a world-class business education since 1900 and how you can be part of this legacy of business excellence.
Mark your calendars and then join us in Accepted's chat room.
Also, this past week we posted two excellent transcripts from earlier Consortium and London Business School chats.
Here is a taste of the Consortium chat which had representatives from Cornell, Darden, McCombs, Ross, Simon, Stern, and Wisconsin answering questions about their programs as well as Consortium policies (The excerpt is a little longer than usual, but really good):
ES (Dec 1, 2009 7:31:15 PM)
Can I send the Consortium applications with my current score and then retake my GMAT and send the new scores? If the answer is yes, can I do that after Jan 5th or it has to be done before that?
ErinNicklesburgWISCONSIN (Dec 1, 2009 7:32:14 PM)
ES - There are limitations to how far beyond the deadline a school may be willing to accept a new GMAT score. Again, I encourage you to reach out to those individual schools to determine their time-line.
Linda Abraham (Dec 1, 2009 7:49:49 PM)
To the entire panel, what are the most common mistakes you see in MBA essays? In Consortium essays?
ChrisGaetaNYU (Dec 1, 2009 7:51:27 PM)
Hi Linda - A common mistake is a poorly written essay. A good career essay will be specific in terms of short-term goals. The applicant really needs to show that they have done their research and they have a solid and logical reason for attending business school.
TonyGreenROCHESTER (Dec 1, 2009 7:52:17 PM)
Regarding essay mistakes, one mistake is lack of thought and research into a decision for an MBA. This is shown by a lack of connection between prior experience and career goals.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 1, 2009 7:52:49 PM)
Linda - We are always concerned when we see a sloppy application - misspellings, wrong titles or programs. It's an indication to us that the candidate doesn't pay attention to detail - if they display this in their application to us, they may be as careless when recruiters.
Linda Abraham (Dec 1, 2009 7:52:52 PM)
I frequently find that candidates confuse areas of interest with career goals.
TonyGreenROCHESTER (Dec 1, 2009 7:52:59 PM)
Great applicant essays clearly state personal skills, and how an MBA will enhance these skills to obtain future career plans.
JonFullerMICHIGAN (Dec 1, 2009 7:53:22 PM)
Linda, one common mistake I see is that the applicant answers a question that s/he *wishes* the school asked instead of actually thoroughly answering the question that was posed. Make sure you answer the question! One good way to check - give your essays to a friend/family member *without* providing the question. Ask them to tell you what was being asked after they've read it. If they get the question completely wrong, it's time to go back to the drawing board.
GettingThere (Dec 1, 2009 7:54:06 PM)
Similarly, what are the most common mistakes you see in the interviews (once you receive feedback)?
Michelle (Dec 1, 2009 7:54:36 PM)
Chris: In terms of being specific in the essays, does it weigh favorably to name the company or organization for which you would like to work? Or should the goal(s) remain broad enough to encompass only an industry or position?
ChrisGaetaNYU (Dec 1, 2009 7:54:47 PM)
Hi Michelle-The more research you can do the better. Industry and specific function are most important. However, if you know some target companies and you want to mention them that is usually a sign that you are on the right track!
JonFullerMICHIGAN (Dec 1, 2009 7:54:51 PM)
GettingThere, make sure you're prepared and take it very seriously - like you would a job interview. But don't come across as being cocky or arrogant. You need to show you can play well with others.
KellieSaulsVIRGINIA (Dec 1, 2009 7:54:52 PM)
GT: Interviews where the interviewee asks for feedback on the spot are not okay.
ChrisGaetaNYU (Dec 1, 2009 7:55:14 PM)
Regarding interviews, it is always evident which students have not prepared. Answers should be succinct and on point. A 10 minute answer is usually an interview hazard!
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 1, 2009 7:55:17 PM)
Getting There - I like to see confidence in candidates during the interview, so be prepared and be yourself.
KellieSaulsVIRGINIA (Dec 1, 2009 7:55:20 PM)
Yes, have confidence in yourself.
And last but defintely not least: excerpts from the transcript of Monday's London Business School chat.
Niranjan (Dec 7, 2009 12:10:30 PM)
Hi Oliver & team, I would like to know about the opportunities for entrepreneurial studies and entrepreneurship at London Business School. Specifically: 1) Networking Opportunities (in terms of industrial networking) 2) Help provided by the school post-MBA in start-up 3) Success stories of past from the school.
ErikWilterdingLONDON (Dec 7, 2009 12:13:57 PM)
Niranjan: In addition to Oli's response, you also have one core course geared towards entrepreneurship, Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Although I'm looking to pursue a career in Strategy after LBS, this was one of my favorite courses and was principally about how to identify the needs of a given market
OliverAshbyLONDON (Dec 7, 2009 12:16:08 PM)
Hi Niranjan: Entrepreneurship is an extremely important element of the London Business School experience. We have a Centre for Entrepreneurship, bringing top faculty to School. Our alumni network consists of a huge range of entrepreneurs like Tony Wheeler, the founder of the Lonely Planet, who recently gave a multi-million pound donation to the School for a dedicated Entrepreneurship Chair. The School hosts frequent entrepreneurial competitions on campus including the recent Global Security Challenge for Start-ups in the military arena.
MaryFerreiraLONDON (Dec 7, 2009 12:23:28 PM)
Niranjan: I know that Oliver and Eric have outlined some of our entrepreneurial opportunities which run through student and alumni life from things such as student involvement in the Global Social Venture Competition (London Business School is one of the organisers) through to work carried out by Sussex Place Ventures which helps provide seed capital and access to development finance. We have a helpful link on our website which outlines just some of the entrepreneurial activity across London Business School.
Mihir (Dec 7, 2009 12:27:26 PM)
Hannah: How is the CleanTech activity at LBS - activity clubs, internships & recruitment, etc?
MaryFerreiraLONDON (Dec 7, 2009 12:40:31 PM)
Mihir: In connection to CleanTech, I suggest having a look at some of the activity linked to the student organised Responsible Business Club . There is a great elective that our degree programme students can sign up for too. This is called Sustainability – Implications of Environmental and Demographic Change and will be taught by members of our Strategy and Economics group. In addition, just today I heard from two MBA alumni, one (Ishani), whose start-up business, Arctic Holdings, was featured in the papers this weekend. Another, (Gabrielle Weybrecht) has recently written a book that stemmed out of a project she undertook whilst an MBA student at London Business School. Her book is called "The Sustainable MBA: The Manager's Guide to Green Business".
By Linda Abraham, President and Founder of Accepted.com.