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I'm trying to compile a list of the most common questions people generally ask here. If anyone has stuff to add - GMAT related, essay related, interview related, etc -- basically anything goes, please post your q.
What GMAT score do I need to get into X? Can I skip the AWA? How many times can I take the GMAT before I've overdone it? I've heard that quant matters more than verbal, is this true? Should I retake the GMAT? What constitutes a good leadership story or teamwork story? I have a low GPA, how do I explain it? Is the optional essay truly optional? What goes into a background check? Can I go over the word limit on essays? Does it matter if my interview is on campus or with an alumni? Does it matter if I visit a school? I've already visited a school, does visiting twice help? Should I apply in R1 / R2 / R3 ? I come from a non-traditional background, am I screwed? I come from a traditional background, I'm not unique, am I screwed? I have few extracurricular activities, what do I do? When should I ask my recommenders to write a letter? My recommender asked me to write my own letter, what do I do? My recommender(s) are late, what do I do? My goal is to enter industry Y, is this too common? I'm indian IT, am I doomed? I heard that there are post-mba target quotas - .e.g only 20% of those admitted can want to go into banking, is this true? How many schools can you apply to per round How many schools should I apply to? How long does it take to write a solid essay? What are some common interview questions? Can I re-use essays? Must my resume be 1 page? I'm involved in Y, but this isn't a charity, does this count as an extracurricular activity? I have a weak grade in class X, what do I do? I want to build an alternative transcript, what do I do? I have a good master's GPA but a weak undergrad GPA, what do I do? I'm an international, what round should I apply in? Who should write my recommendations? I have a CPA or CFA or other designation, does that help? How soon can I start writing my essays? Can I get a pre-MBA internship? What are the best books for essay writing? I've been waitlisted, now what? How do I find or contact current students? Should I send thank you notes to my interviewer? I made a mistake on my application, do I contact the school? MBA vs. MS in Finance? My undergrad school is some tiny school no one knows, now what? I only have X months of work experience, what do I do? Should I waive access to view my recommendations? What does this mean? Should I tell this school they are my #1 choice? I've got $X from school A, how do I tell school B? Should I include my bonus in my salary on the form? I have a gap in employment, now what?
Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings
How do I pick which schools to apply to? On-campus or off-campus interviews? Do I have to wear a suit to interview? How should my resume be formatted? Should I mention specific classes or professors in my essays? Should I go to a school that's better for my concentration or is better overall?
I am a reapplicant - am I screwed? I am a reapplicant - can/should I re-use my essays from last year? I am a reapplicant - what should I do differently this year?
Plus some financial aid questions: What's the difference between the different loan options (Stafford, GradPLUS, private loans)? What about financial aid for international students? What's the deal with named scholarships? Should I put a named scholarship on my resume? How much can/should I take in student loans?
And finally: Who is this "agold" that people keep talking about in chat?