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Use Social Media to Improve Your MBA Applications  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Use Social Media to Improve Your MBA Applications
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Many of you spend countless hours on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media. Did you know you could use those sites to help you improve your application to business school? Here’s how.

 

Instagram
Are you struggling with identifying what your passions are? What motivates you? What makes you tick? Your Instagram might be able to help. Look through your pictures. Do you notice any themes? Perhaps you’re the great organizer for your group of friends. Are there one or two pictures that spark an idea for a really good essay topic? To be successful in your application to business school, it’s important to convey to the admissions committee not only what you’ve done (your accomplishments), but also who you are. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Let your pictures remind you of what inspires you.

LinkedIn
A strong application to business school will have career goals that are researched, realistic and real. Admissions officers expect that you will have researched your career goals prior to applying. In addition to conducting online research about potential post-MBA career paths, we strongly encourage applicants to conduct “human research.” Use LinkedIn and other networks to find people who currently have your target position and ask them about it. Find out what it would take to transition into such a field. Ideally, speak with hiring managers in the field as well, and learn whether an MBA would be the ideal way to achieve this transition. Then in your essay, you can use lines such as, “In speaking with top performers and hiring managers in this industry, they have recommended…, so I have done… to prepare for the upcoming transition.” You can very clearly and concretely demonstrate that your goals are well researched.

Facebook
It’s said that Facebook is a person’s highlight reel. You can use that to your advantage in crafting your narrative for your business school applications. Looking through Facebook may remind you of times you’ve had an impact on others. Or you might discover you’ve liked a lot of posts about saving the planet and there’s a story there you could share in your essays. Or maybe you’ll notice that you work too much and you should do more outside of work so you’ll have more interesting things to post on Facebook and talk about in your essays!

So look back through your social media accounts, even the old ones you may have not used in a while. It may just provide a spark of inspiration to get you moving in the right direction.

Whatever stage you’re at with your MBA applications, we can help! Contact us for a free consultation! You can also give us a call at 1-800-925-7737 to speak with an MBA admissions expert about your chances of getting into business school and what you can do to increase them!

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your MBA Personally  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your MBA Personally
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Top international business schools meet executive talent through One-to-One meetings during Access MBA Tour this Fall.

Over the past years the Master of Business Administration (MBA) has become a highly valued degree not only in business-related fields, but in areas as diverse as sports management and aviation. And rightfully so – it can be an asset for professionals who wish to give their managerial career a boost as well as for those who are looking to switch to a different field.

Even with increased opportunities for studying in all corners of the world, competition is not to be disregarded. Top MBA programs are looking for ambitious and well-prepared candidates to build a diverse student body and strong alumni network. Applicants need to be ready to invest time and effort into the application process from start to finish.

Here is why a personal touch can go a long way.

1) The MBA is a Personal Commitment
Deciding to pursue an MBA is a matter for career, lifestyle, and future development. The personality and approach of a school are important factors for MBA candidates to consider. How different MBA programs match one’s expectations is easily discernible by speaking with their representatives in person.

2) Business Meetings with Business Schools
Truly determined MBA applicants take the opportunity to talk business with MBA representatives one-on-one – they find out which business schools will enable them to reach their personal and professional goals. MBA meetings also allow applicants to receive feedback on how competitive it is to get admitted to the school.

3) 20 Constructive Minutes
Access MBA’s One-to-One events enable professionals to meet the representatives of schools that were carefully selected to correspond to their professional background and expectations. Thus, the school and the MBA candidate are already familiar with one another, and each 20-minute meeting is spent discussing the topics that matter the most.

4) Gain an Admissions Advantage
One-to-One MBA event participants get a sneak preview of their chances for admission by asking the right questions and putting forward their best presentation skills. Among the top-ranked, and thus most competitive business schools participating in the Access MBA Tour are IESE, MIT-Sloan, SDA Bocconi, ESCP, ESADE, Duke University, Manchester Business School, McGill University, Cass Business School, Hult, IMD, HHL, and many more.

5) Real-Time Professional Guidance
Getting an MBA degree is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and MBA applicants appreciate expert advice. Before, after, and in-between the business school meetings, event visitors can receive free MBA consulting on any aspect of MBA selection, GMAT preparation, funding options, and  MBA application strategies to help guarantee a successful business education investment. 

Why Consider an MBA?
  • Studying for an MBA can help you not only learn valuable business skills, but also network with knowledgeable and successful professionals in the industry.
  • A greater percentage of companies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the United States plan to hire MBA graduates in 2017 compared to those who did so in 2016. US-based companies plan to offer recent MBA graduates a starting median base salary of USD 110,000 in 2017, up from USD 105,000 in 2016. (GMAC, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)
  • Despite political uncertainty about the status of immigration and work visa programs, companies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the US are staying the course with plans to hire international graduate business candidates. (GMAC, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)
Meet top business schools’ admissions directors in your city this Fall!
Online registration is free of charge on https://www.accessmba.com/. By registering at least 10 days before the selected MBA event, event participants will receive a profile evaluation and a personalized consultation to identify the most suitable business schools at the event.

This article was written by Access MBA, a Veritas Prep partner.

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3 Things to Avoid When Applying to Business School as a Consultant  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: 3 Things to Avoid When Applying to Business School as a Consultant
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One of the biggest industry feeders to top MBA programs, year in and year out, is consulting. Consultants often come to business schools with an impressive list of client experiences, analytical skills, and business presence.

Now, given the surplus of candidates applying from this applicant pool, application season can be very competitive. This competitiveness makes it even more important for consultants to avoid the following issues when applying to MBA programs:

1) They Have No Clear Need for an MBA

A career in consulting presents many opportunities to develop a myriad of skills. Consultants are regularly poached to work with some of the top companies in the world, as well. The challenge sometimes for consultants applying to business school then is properly communicating why they actually need an MBA.

This may come across as a little odd, given that one would assume if you are applying to business school you should have this detail mapped out, but sometimes a candidate’s rationale can seem muddled in their application. In a weird way, business schools want to feel like they are needed by the applicant, and if there is not a clear opportunity to add value to a person’s life post-MBA, that can be problematic for a candidate applying from such a competitive applicant pool.

2) Using Too Much “We” and Not Enough “I”

One of the great advantages of working in consulting is the teamwork-oriented work culture the industry is known for. As MBA programs move increasingly towards a more collaborative approach to learning, the ability to work with others becomes more and more valued. However, given their predominantly team-based work, many consultants struggle to communicate their individual contributions to the greater good of a company. As such, resumes and essays often read as too much “we” and not enough “I,” thus making it difficult for the Admissions Committee to discern the true impact the individual applicant has had during their career.

3) Minimizing Accomplishments

Consultants can drive huge impact for clients and their firms on almost every project they work on. This exposure to top companies and major projects on a consistent basis can sometimes make it difficult for consultants to properly contextualize the impact of their work. Avoid minimizing your accomplishments by focusing on your own individual contributions, not just through quantitative numbers but also through qualitative experiences. Focus on highlighting your most impactful moments while contributing a holistic view of your work to best inform the Admissions Committee of your accomplishments.

Follow the tips above to avoid wasting all of the great experience you have developed as a consultant when applying to business school.

Applying to business school? Call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or take our free MBA Admissions Profile Evaluation for personalized advice for your unique application situation! As always, be sure to find us on FacebookYouTubeGoogle+ and Twitter.

Dozie A. is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants. You can read more articles by him here.

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MBA Admissions Interviews – What to Expect  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: MBA Admissions Interviews – What to Expect
At this time of year we tend to get a lot of questions about the MBA admissions interview process. If you have been invited to interview with one of your target business schools (congratulations!), then here are the main types of questions you can expect to hear:

  • High-level questions about you
Just like in a typical job interview, your interviewer will often start things off with “Walk me through your resume” or “Tell me about yourself.” This is your chance to take control of the admissions interview and explicitly state the two or three core messages that you want to get across. Practice is critical here — you will want to develop and rehearse a two-three minute “elevator pitch” that describes your background, highlights your strengths, and provides a story beyond the plain facts stated on your resume.

  • Questions about why you want to go to business school and your career goals
A good elevator pitch will likely cover these questions some, but expect the interviewer to probe more deeply here. These questions also give you the chance to answer why you want to specifically go to the school in question, and the research that you do on the school will pay off here. You don’t want to go overboard, but citing a few specifics about the program will show the interviewer that you’ve done your research and are sincerely interested in the school.

  • Questions about specific experiences in your background
Some schools will spend a majority of the interview in this area in order to better understand your background. These are the questions that famously start with, “Tell me about a time when…” Your job here is to call on specific examples from your past, not to talk in hypothetical generalities. Use the “SAR” method: Situation (what the challenge or opportunity was), Action (what YOU specifically did), and Result (what you achieved through your action).

Good luck in your interview! If you want more hands-on help, take a look at Veritas Prep’s MBA interview preparation services.

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Applying to Business School as an Entrepreneur  [#permalink]

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For the vast majority of business school applicants, pursuing an MBA is primarily about the opportunity to secure employment at their dream corporations. If you are one of the the ambitious few who are interested in entrepreneurship, your MBA dreams may align with incubating your own venture and forgoing the sanctity and security of the more traditional post-MBA career paths.

Applying to business school as an entrepreneur sets up a very specific set of considerations applicants should be aware of, however. Let’s discuss a few things that should be considered before applying to MBA programs as an entrepreneur:

Chances of Success:

How confident are you in the viability of your concept/business? Applying to business school as an entrepreneur is very risky from an application perspective. The Admissions Committee will surely scrutinize your plan and its potential for success, so it is important you have run a similar “stress test” on your concept or business.

Generally, business schools want to make sure their students are employed after graduation – an MBA who is not placed at a job at graduation (or 3 months after) can not only bring down the statistics of the school’s post-graduation employment report, but it can also cause that graduate to be an unhappy alumnus, which can lead to a negative perception of their MBA experience. As such, it will be best to make sure your entrepreneurial ambitions are clearly achievable, to both yourself and to the Admissions Committee.

Back-up Plan:

A high percentage of startup businesses fail. Do you have a contingency plan if your concept fails or if you just decide entrepreneurship is not for you? Schools will be looking to know that you have thought through all of the permutations and combinations of your decision. This can commonly manifest itself as an application question, essay prompt or an interview question, so have an answer ready that is well-thought-out and aligns with your past experiences.

Program Support:

Are you targeting MBA programs that have a track record of supporting entrepreneurship? The more your school is receptive to the challenges of the entrepreneurial lifestyle, the more well-received your application will be. Don’t think this makes your chances of admission much higher, as these schools are also looking to weed out those less committed to their goals. Also, some programs support entrepreneurs as alumni through funding and loan forgiveness, which could be advantageous during those lean early years of launching your business, and will be handy to keep in mind as you compile your list of target schools.

Timeline:

Does your timeline for diving into entrepreneurship make sense? Often, applicants will identify entrepreneurship as their short-term post-MBA goal. However, if the road map to starting your business appears a bit murky, shifting this short-term goal to the long-term may help make a better case for your profile. The Admissions Committee tends to be a bit more forgiving with long-term goals, given that so many things can happen before reaching them, but with short-term goals, the expectation is these should be highly achievable.

Applying to business school as an entrepreneur can be challenging, but can also represent a tremendous opportunity to pursue your dreams. Consider the above factors before you start your own application process.

Applying to business school? Call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or request a free MBA Admissions Consultation for personalized advice for your unique application situation! As always, be sure to find us on FacebookYouTube, and Twitter.

Dozie A. is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants. You can read more articles by him here.

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4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Business School Campus Visit  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Business School Campus Visit
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Visiting campus is one of the best ways you can learn about your target MBA programs and not only determine if a program is right for you, but also acquire some school-specific fodder for your applications.

This information can transform components of your application – such as the essay, interview, and short answers – into real, customized pieces of content for the admissions decision makers. Before you pack your bags to visit some of the world’s best academic communities, however, read the below tips to make sure you are making the most of your campus visit.

1) Meet with Admissions

One of the best parts of visiting campus is the ability to connect with the MBA admissions officers who will eventually review your application. Creating a positive impression with admissions can really pay dividends. Forging a human connection is something that the majority of applicants will not do, so take advantage of the opportunity! Formal opportunities like the various information sessions hosted on campus are no-brainers during a campus visit, but make sure you don’t miss potential chances to also connect with representatives from admissions one-on-one, if possible.

2) Visit a Class

Sitting in on an MBA class really helps contextualize the entire business school experience while helping you determine if, academically, a program is right for you. Also, formal class visit programs are often tracked by admissions along with the information sessions, which can signal strong interest to the admissions office.

3) Connect with Students

Many programs will have formal programs that allow you to connect with students that share a similar profile as you, such as geographic, academic, interest or other demographic similarities. Informal chats with students can also be just as important, so spending some time on campus in public spaces can facilitate these type of interactions. Most current students will be more than happy to discuss their own personal experiences both on-campus and in the application process, so don’t be afraid to leverage these great sources of information.

4) Explore the Student Community

Classes and connections aside, choosing the right business school is an important decision. MBA students spend a lot of time both on-campus and in the immediate area around campus, so taking the time to explore the greater community is a critical aspect of any visit. Determining if big cities such as New York and Los Angeles are a fit for you, or if smaller towns like Hanover or Evanston are more your style, is an integral part of the decision making process.

Utilize these four tips to make the most of your business school campus visits.

Applying to business school? Call us at 1-800-925-7737 to speak with an MBA admissions expert, or sign up for a free consultation and receive personalized advice for your unique application situation! As always, be sure to find us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Dozie A.is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for theKellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants.

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: How to Prepare for Your Business School Interview
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For many applicants the notification of an interview invite from your dream school is an exciting next step after an arduous application process. All of your hard work has finally paid off with some initial success. However, typically the excitement soon turns to anxiety as candidates begin to realize they have no idea how to prepare for an admissions interview for business school. “Is it just like a regular job interview?” “What type of questions do they ask?” are just some of the common initial questions that can arise once an interview invitation is received.

The business school interview should not be viewed as anything new to you. It is more similar to the traditional job interview than you might expect. Just like a regular interview you are aiming to impress and the majority of the interview will be focused on YOU! The key difference with this interview is really just the goal, which in this case is admission to the MBA program of your dreams.

We at Veritas Prep recommend preparing for your MBA interview the same way you prepare for any job interview, it starts with knowing your own personal background inside and out along with your motivations for that target business school. Then it’s on to researching your target school and identifying the aspects that make the school uniquely attractive to you. A nice way to do this is to pair up school-specific offerings of interest with an adjoining explanation for why that offering is uniquely attractive to you. This includes academic offerings, extracurricular activities/professional clubs, career support/recruiting strengths, etc.

Next you should identify common MBA questions like…

  • What Are Your Career Goals?
  • Why an MBA?
  • Why School X?
  • Walk Me Through Your Resume
As well as other common situational business school questions that address interpersonal skills like leadership, teamwork, and maturity. For the most part, these interviews have very few surprises, and you will know what’s coming, which makes the prep all the more important. Preparing conversational responses in a script format to each of the common interview questions can be a method for those that prefer a more structured approach to their interview prep. But make sure to incorporate elements of your personality into your script to avoid coming off as too rehearsed.

Also, breakthrough candidates will make sure to incorporate the “I” of what they accomplished into their script. Make sure to connect the dots with regards to the steps you’ve taken in your career, and remain structured in your responses. Utilizing the S.T.A.R format (Situation-Task-Action-Result) and talking in buckets – “There are 3 Reasons Why I Want to Go to Fuqua” are other tactics you can incorporate into your preparation for the interview.

Finally, take particular note of how the interview style of certain schools can affect your responses. Some schools like Kellogg have “blind” interviews so the interviewer will not have seen your application, so they will not have access to important information like GPA, GMAT, essays etc. Other styles can be influenced by the type of interviewer (Alum vs. Student vs. Admissions) or the location (On Campus vs. Off Campus) which can dictate the type of information you are prepared to share as well as list on your resume for the interview.

Don’t let the interview be the end of your business school journey. Prepare accordingly and come decision day you will be all smiles!

Want to craft a strong application? Call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or sign up for a free admissions consultation. Let’s get started!

Dozie A. is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants.

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All About College Admissions Interviews (and How to Ace Yours!)  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: All About College Admissions Interviews (and How to Ace Yours!)
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If you are applying to any schools that offer admissions interviews, it’s likely the interview invitation will come shortly after you submit your application. With application deadlines occurring right now and in the coming weeks, it wouldn’t hurt to start preparing for this important part of the application process.

Admissions Offices typically employ their large alumni base to conduct admissions interviews. These people are located around the world and can interview applicants based on geographic location. Alumni interviewers are given a “guide” on what to evaluate, not necessarily specific questions to ask. This means that not all interviews will be the same, and each alumni interviewer will use their own questions and tactics to evaluate the same criteria:

  • Personal attributes
  • Involvement & impact
  • Academic preparedness
  • Overall fit for the institution
For a successful admissions interview, I recommend practicing your responses to questions about:

  • Your personal academic interests
  • Your personal extracurricular interests
  • Your interest in school-specific programs/opportunities
Additionally, it’s important to know that most alumni interviewers will not review your application before the interview. If they don’t see if before the interview, they’ll never see it. Remember, the best interviews end up being more of a conversation and less of a question/answer session!

In preparation for your interviews, I would recommend coming up with 3–5 questions to ask your interviewer about their school experience. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the institution as well, and having prepared questions is often regarded positively. Don’t forget to remain professional in all of your email correspondence with your interviewer as well. Their evaluation of you begins at the first communication.

If you’re interested in coaching for your college admissions interviews, feel free to check out our admissions consulting services! We’d be happy to help you ace your college interview!

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: 5 Tips for Veterans Applying to Business School
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So, you are looking to go back to school to earn your MBA and either plan for or facilitate your transition into a civilian role.   Here are a few tips on how to leverage your military experience into a successful business school application.

1)      Leadership, leadership, leadership

Whether you have been in an active combat situation or manage a satellite program, you have led many teams in your military career, and possibly at a military academy or at boot camp as well.  Make sure to highlight leadership examples in your application.  Especially for younger candidates, leadership and people management are key, as what you have likely exceeds a comparable civilian candidate.

2)      Budget Management

As a team or program leader, you probably have managed significant budgets.  Add these dollar amounts into your resume to highlight your fiscal responsibility.  Chances are, even if they aren’t big for the military, they are probably much bigger than someone your age has had in a civilian role.

3)      Critical Thinking Skills / Adaptability

The work you did, whether in combat or behind the scenes, had significant implications.  You have to quickly assess the situation and think on your feet.  You had to adjust your knowledge and training for the circumstances that you are in.  These are key skills that business schools look for, and many often teach a class for it!

4)      Handling Classified Information

You most likely had secret clearance and handled confidential information that had major implications on security.   You are a greatly trusted employee.  On the flip side, you probably aren’t able to discuss some of the work that you did in your essays or in an interview, nor will your supervisors be able to provide detailed examples in your recommendations.   Provide what information that you can, and focus on the demonstration of key skills versus the context.

5)      Academics

Many graduates of the Military Academies have lower GPAs than the range posted by Admissions committees as the target spread.   Admissions Committees are aware that grading and use of curves is different at the Military Academies, and the cadets must balance academics with extensive physical training and requirements as well.  Focus on your GMAT, and take an extension class or two if you want to provide additional proof that you have the academic background to complete your MBA.

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Admissions 101: Do Your Letters of Recommendation Have This?
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When working with admissions consulting clients, we coach them on how to select the best people to write their letters of recommendation. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, hopefully by now you know that they need to know you well, more than just as a friend, and must be able to provide specific stories that support the main themes that you want to highlight in your application. That’s “Page One” as we say around Veritas Prep headquarters — those are all of the basic requirements that you need to cover with your recommendation writers, no matter what. If someone doesn’t even meet those criteria, then he or she definitely should not be on your short list of potential recommenders.

But there’s one other rule that you should apply to all of your recommenders, no matter where you know them from or what your relationship is with each of them. This is one thing that MBA admissions officers rarely mention, but not because they want to trick you or hide their intentions. Rather, it’s so blindingly obvious that they normally don’t even bother mentioning it.

What is it? We’ll put it in all caps to emphasize a point:

Your letters of recommendation must contain “pound the table” enthusiasm about your candidacy!

What do we mean? Imagine the application reader, instead of just reading through your files, actually conducting a face-to-face interview with each one of your recommenders. Remember that these people are being called upon to convince the application reader that you’re a terrific candidate. Which would you rather have? A recommender who says, “Yes, this applicant is pretty good (yawn),” or “Look, if you don’t admit this person, you’re making the (pounds the table for emphasis) biggest mistake of your life!!!” We think we know which one we’d prefer.

Granted, your letters of recommendation shouldn’t quite be so breathless — you don’t want to sound like you come from an insane asylum, after all — but that sort of enthusiasm is very, very valuable in helping business school admissions officers determine who the real stars in the applicant pool are. After all, who can speak to your potential better than someone who has worked with you for the past couple of years? If that person gets giddy when talking about how great you are… well, it’s hard for admissions officers to ignore that.

So how can a letter of recommendation effectively convey this enthusiasm while still sounding professional, without overdoing it? We actually think it’s pretty hard to overdo it (we’d suggest that you err on the side of letting your recommendation writers sound very passionate about your candidacy), but the recommendation format provides ample opportunity for your recommendation writers to do it. Next week we’ll cover exactly how they can go about communicating that you are a “must have” applicant!

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