Almost all of us are at the GMAT Club with the same goal, right? We all want to attend the absolute best business school to take us to the promise land. The land where all our career goals come true! Well, since we're attending business school, we probably have a LONG ways to go. That's ok though, because we're taking the right steps to reach those goals.
The business school process is LONG, and we have to take baby steps. One of the most overlooked aspects of business school is how important networking is. This includes networking with your peers, teachers, recruiters, alumni, and incoming students. The first time you meet someone in business school you're probably going to get the same questions. Often times, the answers to these questions are called your "Elevator Pitch". Essentially, if you were stuck with someone on an elevator for 30 seconds, how would you articulate what you've done and your goals. Here are those questions:
[highlight]1. Where have you worked?
2. What did you do?
3. Where are you from?
3. What do you want to do after business school and where?
You probably heard/will hear these questions in your interviews at your schools of choice, and in your interviews in recruiting. You better be prepared!
It is so important to be able to intenlligently and appropriately answer these questions. Many of the people that ask you these questions might be able to help you out some day! You should also ask these questions back to any peer that you meet in business school to figure out how you might be able to work together one day.
Think long and hard about these questions and formulate a 100 word "Elevator Pitch" so you can impress everyone you meet in business school. We all know that you might not be an expert in your field of choice, but you better sound like one! It doesn't take long, but if you're able to create a solid "Elevator" pitch, you will be ahead of the curve in your networking and beginning your new and improved career. I've always noticed that there's nothing worse than someone that has an apathetic answer to these questions. Don't be one of those people!
Good luck with the GMAT, your applications, and getting into your dream school! But remember, that's only the beginning.
Anyone want to give a shot at an example of an elevator pitch? Advice on what worked best for them? Have any other ideas of questions you should prepare and answer for? Share them here
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