Author Archive - mbaMission

Make Sure Recommendations are Personal

By - Nov 7, 18:19 PM   Comments [0]

If you are having trouble negotiating with your supervisor to ensure that he/she is putting the proper thought and effort into your application, you are not alone. Because of this asymmetry of power, a junior employee can only do so much to compel his/her supervisor...

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Should You Submit in Round 1 or Round 2?

By - Aug 8, 18:18 PM   Comments [0]

  At some point, every candidate takes a moment to think about when to submit his/her application(s). Inevitably, we find that two common concerns tend to crop up: 1) “If I apply in Round 1, will my application get lost among those of the ‘uber-type-As’?” 2) “If I apply in...

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Should I Take the GMAT Again?

By - Jul 11, 18:24 PM   Comments [0]

When candidates ask us whether they should take the GMAT again, our instinct is always to reply with an important question: “Do you think you can do better?” And if the candidate does indeed believe that he/she can improve, the individual’s next question is inevitably...

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Harvard Business School Essay Analysis, 2012-2013

By - May 24, 14:05 PM   Comments [0]

mbaMission has published an analysis of the new HBS essay requirements. An excerpt: “Harvard Business School (HBS) kicks off the MBA application season again, and this time it is doing so with a significant overhaul of its entire application. HBS has shrunk its written requirements from...

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Essay Tip: Beginning with a Famous Quote

By - Jan 4, 12:22 PM   Comments [1]

Beginning an essay with a famous or eloquent quotation is a common practice and one that business school candidates can use to capture a reader’s attention. For example, an applicant might use a quotation as the very first line of his or her essay: “The best...

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A Second or Third Look, but Not a Fourth, Fifth and Sixth

By - Oct 4, 16:48 PM   Comments [0]

With application deadlines looming for many MBA candidates, we thought we would share a piece of advice that might help alleviate some deadline-related stress. After you have completed (but not yet submitted!) your application(s), find one individual you trust—whether a professional consultant or someone with...

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Selecting Your Target MBA Program: Take Rankings With a Grain of Salt

By - Aug 3, 09:16 AM   Comments [0]

How many readers moved to Norway, Australia or New Zealand last year? (Stick with us—we swear we are going somewhere with this line of thought.) Maybe a handful, but how many of this handful moved because the United Nations (UN) determined that people who live...

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Selecting Your Target MBA Program: Business School Facilities

By - Jul 26, 09:39 AM   Comments [0]

Deciding to attend business school for two years is no small thing. For most people, it involves a complete change in lifestyle—moving to a new town, living in a different kind of housing, interacting with unfamiliar people, following a new daily schedule and even, in...

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Selecting Your Target MBA Program: Alumni Network and Resources

By - Jul 19, 12:37 PM   Comments [3]

Phil Knight and Steve Ballmer attended the Stanford GSB. Stephen Schwarzman and Michael Bloomberg went to Harvard Business School. Laurence Tisch and Ron Lauder earned their MBA from the Wharton School. These are pretty impressive names, and each of these top schools could fill this...

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Selecting Your Target MBA Program: Do Your Homework on Stereotypes

By - Jul 12, 08:52 AM   Comments [0]

Everyone knows the Kellogg School of Management is a marketing school, right? After all, Kellogg is home to Philip Kotler, author of some of the world’s most widely used graduate-level textbooks on marketing. And no one can deny Kellogg’s prowess in this field (and it...

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