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Status: Boutique MBA Admissions Consulting from a Wharton graduate - Helping applicants get into top global business schools since 2008
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Location: United States (NY)
Overall Client Admit Rate: 96%
Building Your Network For Long-Term Success [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Building Your Network For Long-Term Success
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To give you a head start and keep you on track in the New Year, Personal MBA Coach has launched a 4-part series this January: Kick-Start Your MBA Planning!
Check out part four in the series: Building Your Network For Long-Term Success
It should come as no surprise that networking should be a key part of every long-term career strategy. It is also something that many struggle with. To get you on the right path this year, Personal MBA Coach has some tips on when and how to start networking.
It is never too early to start networking. Whether you are planning to apply to business school later this year or a few years from now, a strong network will position you for success. There are four areas where you should look to build your network: at work, with alumni/students from your target schools, with professionals in your preferred field, and with admissions professionals.
While each of these is worthy of its own blog, in the spirit of “Kick Starting Your MBA Planning,” I have included one goal for each of these networks for now.
1) Network at work: Find one mentor at work and begin to establish this relationship. Look for someone who knows you well and is more experienced. This relationship can help you in a few key ways. First, if the relationship progresses, this can be a source of solid career advice from someone who can identify your strengths and weaknesses. Second, in an ideal world, this mentor can serve as a letter of recommendation (LOR) source when the time comes. However, don’t force the relationship. Start slowly with coffee or lunch, ask a lot of questions, and see if there is a good fit. Remember, finding a true mentor is a process, so don’t get discouraged if it takes time to find the right person.
January goal: Schedule one lunch or coffee.
2) Network with alums at your target business schools: Speaking to current students or alumni at your schools of choice is an important part of the process. Many candidates ask me how many students they should reach out to. I advise two or three per school. Having a laundry list of students that you have reached out to is not necessary and including it anywhere in your application would be overkill for most schools. Instead, try to have a few meaningful conversations. Alumni directories from your undergraduate university or current/former firm and your personal network are great places to start.
January goal: Locate and email two students about their business school experiences.
3) Network with professionals in your target field: Setting up these relationships now is a great way to get a head start for recruiting time. Start small by finding someone who has your dream role and invite her for coffee. Tell her you want to learn more about the job and how she got there. Most people love to talk about themselves and are happy to help aspiring professionals. Avoid being too pushy. Meet at a time and place convenient for her and don’t ask for anything. This is not the time to ask for help getting a job or a recommendation. Instead, learn more about her and the position and let the relationship grow organically. For many, speaking with strangers can be intimidating but don’t let this stop you. Starting with alumni from your alma mater or friends of friends/family can be an easier place to begin.
January goal: Reach out to one professional and ask for a meeting.
4) Network with admissions professionals. While there are many ways to connect with your target schools, MBA fairs are a great way to start. You can meet multiple admissions professionals in one place and ask any burning questions. You will also get tips from the presentations and other students. Plus, it is an easy, low risk way to begin the process. For those in the New York area, I will be presenting at the MBA Tour in New York City on February 3rd so come check it out! If you aren’t nearby or can’t make this event, the MBA Tour, Forte Foundation and many other organizations have tours throughout the world.
January goal: Locate one event in your area and register/put it on your calendar.
Remember, networking is a skill and one you should perfect throughout your career. So, start small and take one step today!
Wherever you are in the MBA application process, Personal MBA Coach is here to help. We cover everything from early planning, to GMAT/GRE/EA tutoring to comprehensive packages! We have been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 10 years with a 96% success rate.
Call us today at 617-645-2424 or email at scott@personalmbacoach.com for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your career dreams a reality!
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Overall Client Admit Rate: 96%
Acing The MBA Interview [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Acing The MBA Interview
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Interview invitations are rapidly rolling out. Now is the time to ensure you are ready for this important final stage in the application process. First, if you have already received an interview invitation, congrats! All of your hard work on the applications, essays and GMAT/GRE may have gotten you this far, but do not rest on your laurels.
The interview is one of the most important parts of the process and it is crucial that you are adequately prepared. Read some key tips on ensuring you are ready to win them over and then be sure to practice! We have former interviewers from M7 schools on hand to conduct mock interviews if you would like some additional support.
1. Learn more about each school’s interview process. The programs vary considerably in terms of how they treat the interview. While fit will always be key, some schools are known to dig much deeper into specific areas of your application and background that others. Doing your research and knowing what to expect will not only help you prepare accordingly, but it will also put you more at ease during the interview.
2. Consider the school’s culture. Through campus visits, online research and conversations with students and alumni, you can and should get a good sense of the school’s unique culture. During the interview, it will be key to communicate how you will thrive and add value on campus. As you prepare, consider your style and how you can uniquely add value and note stories that you can share to demonstrate this.

3. Be sure you can clearly articulate your goals. It is important that you are prepared to succinctly explain what you want to accomplish in your career (and of course this should tie with your essays), why this path is exciting to you and how you will succeed. Show the interviewer how you plan to make your unique mark.

4. Prepare stories; we find bulleting works best. Research the most common questions and prepare stories in advance. Focus on you. Do not spend too much time setting up the situation. Instead, detail the key steps you took and how you excelled. Always keep in mind the skills you want to highlight and tailor the story accordingly. Generally, 4-5 stories can be easily tailored to cover most top questions. Assign each story to the potential question in advance. Remember: Situations, Action, Result.
5. Know why you want to join the school. This goes without saying but school specific interests and knowledge are key. By now you should have already done your research so make sure you are prepared to discuss the aspects that attracted you to each program.
6. Show enthusiasm, bring questions & be yourself. These does not need much clarification. Be excited, smile and relax. Your background got you this far so be yourself and enjoy the process.
Just as with any interview, practice and planning are key! Personal MBA Coach has former M7 interviewers lined up to do mock interviews with you. Our clients have told us this is one of the most valuable steps they have taken to prepare. Email scott@personalmbacoach.com or click here to set up a mock interview today. For HBS, our mock interview includes help with the post-interview reflection and we also offer a limited number of group mock interview sessions for Wharton / Ross.
Personal MBA Coach is here to help with everything from early planning, to GMAT/GRE/EA tutoring to comprehensive packages! We have been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 10 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at 617-645-2424 or email at scott@personalmbacoach.com for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your career dreams a reality!
ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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Status: Boutique MBA Admissions Consulting from a Wharton graduate - Helping applicants get into top global business schools since 2008
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Posts: 1317
Location: United States (NY)
Overall Client Admit Rate: 96%
Candidate Success Spotlight: Columbia, Wharton, Booth and Darden Busin [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Candidate Success Spotlight: Columbia, Wharton, Booth and Darden Business School Admit with ~$300,000 in Scholarships
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One of the most frequent questions I get from applicants is: what does a successful candidate profile look like? Naturally, there is no one answer, but in response to applicant demand, I post Candidate Success Stories from time to time. Here is the latest:
School: Columbia, Wharton, Booth, Darden
Scholarship: ~$300,000 Across 3 Schools
Gender/Ethnicity: White Female
Years of Experience: 8
GMAT: Low-Mid 700’s
Pre-MBA Experience: Media Business Development
Education: Top 20 State School
GPA: Above Average
Post-MBA Goals: Media, Entrepreneur
As a candidate with greater than average work experience, it was important that we established a strong and unique career vision. Equally as critical was clearly articulating the need for an MBA and the skills the candidate would develop during the program. A strong undergraduate GPA worked in her favor while an average GMAT score worked as a neutral here.
For this candidate, we took a very focused approach. Her past career in Media and the unique roles she held and contributions she made were carefully highlighted. Her future short-term career goal was then a logical progression from her current role. However, she stood out by including two key items. First, she shared a unique perspective and value add to the industry. Second, she had a specific and stretch long-term goal, not only stating that she wanted to launch her own company, but taking it a step further to include what she wanted to accomplish. This specificity was key to success. We also drilled down on the candidate’s strengths and included specific development areas, this clearly establishing the need for an MBA.
Finally, one of her essays included some unique passions and leadership experience outside of work. This not only showed that she was a well-rounded candidate but one who can follow her convictions. MBA admissions directors are looking for candidates who will make a unique mark. For a more experienced candidate looking for a full-time spot, this was extremely crucial for success.
This success story underscores the importance of a cohesive well thought out story and unique ownable career goals. Not sure how to position yourself for success?
Candidate Reflection:
Scott is thorough, logical and extremely knowledgeable about crafting applications to best showcase the candidate. For me, scholarships were key and I am confident it was Scott’s process that helped me achieve such incredible results. He turned what could have been a drag into a positive, introspective, and rewarding experience. Thank you, Scott!
Personal MBA Coach is here to help! If you would like individual and personal support, please find information about Personal MBA Coach’s comprehensive packages or contact me to learn how I can help!
As an MIT Sloan BS graduate and Wharton MBA grad, I have been helping candidates get into the schools of their dreams with a 96% success rate for over 10 years. Email me today at: scott@personalmbacoach.com
ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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Overall Client Admit Rate: 96%
Rejected? Now What? [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Rejected? Now What?
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As interview invitations and decisions roll out, many candidates are not receiving the news they had hoped for. While this is no doubt disappointing, do not give up hope. Personal MBA Coach has some tips on developing a strategy that will help you realize your MBA and career dreams.
By starting now to plan for round 1, you have plenty of time to make key changes. We have broken down our advice into 3 categories; find out where you might have gone wrong and what you should change in each.
School Selection:
Unfortunately, not everyone can earn an MBA from HBS. In some cases, it comes down to a numbers game: perhaps your profile is great but there were simply too many qualified former consultants from your native country in this year’s pool, making it even harder to stand out. This is why my average candidate applies to 5 schools. For some, this means having schools from a range of tiers. For others, this means spreading your eggs across multiple top-tier schools.
Of course, for all candidates your target list must match with your candidate profile. Personal MBA Coach prides itself in offering open and honest feedback on your chances of success at any given school. We want our candidates to reach high, but we also won’t sugar coat it for you.
Be sure that you not only have a wide enough list, but one that is reasonable based on your GPA, GMAT/GRE and professional experience.
Candidate Profile:
Every candidate will benefit from strengthening his/her candidate profile. In fact, for many schools, re-applicants are asked to specifically address how they have improved. Now is the time to consider which areas you can beef up before applications are due. For nearly everyone, I suggest focusing on 4 key items:
1) GMAT/GRE Score. Consider re-taking the exam. Remember, depending on your profile and background, you might need a score above the average to be competitive. This is particularly true if you had a lower GPA. Did you get help last time around? If not, consider a tutor.
2) Extracurricular Activities. Step up your involvement outside of work. Seek leadership positions within your existing organizations or consider joining a new activity or group. For more details, check-out our recent blog: Improving Your Extracurricular Profile.
3) Leadership At Work. In any way you can, take on more at the office. A promotion is of course ideal, but even if that is not possible, look for way to stretch yourself within your existing role. Check-out our: Make Your Career Work Harder blog for more specific suggestions.
4) Addressing Skill Gaps. Think about where you are weakest and see what you can do now to close these gaps. Is there a course you could take to improve your analytical skills? Perhaps you got an interview but didn’t get accepted? If so, consider options for improving your presentation and interview skills. Everyone has a weakness. Take the time now to address yours.
Application/Interview Preparation:
Naturally, re-applicants should also focus on improving all aspects of the application itself this go around. As you develop a new plan, take an honest look at your application (or we offer a ding report service to do this for you) and think about whether your story clearly and consistently came across. Some questions you should consider include: Have you shown your unique value add? Did you share what truly makes you shine? Were you career goals clear? Did you actually answer the question? Did you show passion? If you received an interview invite: How did the conversation go? Were your adequately prepared?
By starting early, you can truly take the time to fine tune your story, re-think your LOR strategy and ensure all aspects of your application work together cohesively.
Every year we successfully advise re-applicants on what to change (and what not to) to increase their chances of success and ultimately get them accepted.
Personal MBA Coach is here to help! Whether you would like a ding report, GMAT/GRE/EA tutoring or a comprehensive package, let us help you finally achieve success! We have been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 10 years with a 96% success rate.
Call us today at 617-645-2424 or email at for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your career dreams a reality!
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ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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scott@personalmbacoach.com | +1 617 645 2424
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