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Short and Sweet: Tips for Writing “Mini” MBA Essays

By - Aug 5, 14:11 PM   Comments [0]

What is an admission committee’s message, intent, behind limiting an “essay” answer to 100, 200, or 300 characters? Just the facts, please. In fact, just the key facts. No adornment, no backstory, no extended rationale. Columbia Business School has had such a goals question for a few...

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Does Grade Inflation Create Winners?

By - Aug 5, 14:05 PM   Comments [0]

A recent Inside Higher Ed article, “Questionable Admissions,” reveals research that indicates that graduate schools prefer students with higher grades from an institution where everyone earns high grades over applicants with lower grades from an institution that’s cracked down on grade inflation and judges student...

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MBA Applicant Blogger Interview with Bschoolgirl

By - Aug 5, 13:57 PM   Comments [0]

We’d like to introduce you to Bschoolgirl, an anonymous blogger at Girl Meets B-School who will be starting her first year at USC Marshall this fall. A self-proclaimed non-traditional applicant, Bschoolgirl made it into one of her top picks, and shares lots of good advice...

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Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions

By - Aug 4, 12:58 PM   Comments [0]

Rotman led the charge least year with a video essay question. This year Yale and Kellogg (so far) have decided to try it out. I saw a rumor that INSEAD is also considering the format. Worried about being literally on stage? Here are my tips if...

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What Should I Write About? Making a Difference

By - Aug 4, 12:49 PM   Comments [0]

In my non-admissions life, I once went to a lecture given by a biographer whose work I admire. In the course of his talk he mentioned that while writing about genius has merit, writing about typical folks and their extraordinary achievements is more valuable. The...

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First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go

By - Aug 4, 12:39 PM   Comments [0]

First drafts. These are probably the hardest part of the whole process for would-be applicants. There’s a sense of overwhelmedness, of trying to capture so much of your experience onto a single page. I’ve read hundreds of first drafts over the years. To be honest, most...

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How to Optimise a LinkedIn Profile in Anticipation of a Job Search

By - Jul 31, 15:06 PM   Comments [0]

LinkedIn, although one of the oldest social networking sites, is probably the most important when it comes to looking and applying for jobs. Your profile on LinkedIn is your chance to really sell yourself on the professional market and get the best opportunities available to...

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How Not to Fail the Failure Question

By - Jul 31, 10:34 AM   Comments [0]

Ross asks you to write about a time when you were “frustrated or disappointed.” IMD asks you to “comment on a situation where your leadership skills proved to be inadequate and what you learned.” Haas asks, “Describe a time in the last three years when...

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Harvard Business School Publishes Interesting Data about Classes of 2013-2015

By - Jul 30, 12:41 PM   Comments [0]

The following chart, or “histogram,” was just posted on the HBS admissions director blog. It shows the number of years since graduating undergrad for the classes of 2013-2015. A few key points: 1. Experience levels have been fairly stable. 2. One change: The number (73) of members of...

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Kellogg 2014 MBA Essays and Deadlines

By - Jul 30, 12:34 PM   Comments [0]

While this year Kellogg changed its MBA application less than it did last year, it too has cut word limits and it also removed its one short-answer question. There may be short answers as part of the online application, but that is not yet available. I...

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