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MBA Application Extras  [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: MBA Application Extras
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While the MBA application essays and interviews may get the bulk of your attention, schools are increasingly adding crucial extra components to their application requirements.
Below are some important application “extras” to prepare for and Personal MBA Coach’s advice on how to tackle each.
Optional Essays
Most schools offer candidates the chance to complete an optional essay. However, DO NOT feel compelled to answer these questions. In most instances, I only advise candidates with extenuating circumstance to provide additional information here. (There are a few schools where I do advise all candidates to answer the optional question, but this is the exception and not the rule). Such extenuating circumstances include low GPAs, gaps in employment and an unusual choice of recommenders (i.e. not asking a direct supervisor). Keep in mind with these essays: be brief and to the point. Do not offer long-winded excuses or any more information than is needed.
Reapplicant Essays
Most schools have different requirements for reapplicants (and different definitions of a reapplicant in terms of years since the last application). For the majority of schools, reapplicants are required to answer an additional essay. For other, such as Columbia, only the reapplicant essay is required. Be sure to look carefully at the requirements for each school.
While I have written more extensive advice for reapplicants here, it is crucial that as a reapplicant you articulate how you are both a stronger candidate and more interested in the school. This should include specific ways you have enhanced your profile (i.e. higher GMAT/GRE, supplemental education), professional advancements (even if you did not get a promotion, there is plenty to talk about) and any changes to or clarity in your goals. Equally as important is showing how you have taken the time to learn more about the school, reconfirming or enhancing your interest in the program.
Video Essays
Videos are increasingly being used by business schools as an additional way to assess applicants. After all, you will have limited career success if you are unable to nail an interview. For some schools, such as MIT, this video question is provided in advance and applicants submit a pre-recorded video with their applications. For other schools, including Kellogg, Yale SOM, and INSEAD, applicants are asked to record videos on the spot after submitting their applications.
For these statements, be yourself. These videos offer admissions committee members the chance to learn more about you on a personal level. Potential topics include passions, values, hobbies, etc. While you do not want to sound overly rehearsed, it is important to practice for these videos. If you have the question, write out a rough script in advance of filming. If you do not, practice sample questions. As you practice, consider factors such as audio quality, demeanor, and fluency in addition to the content itself. Personal MBA Coach has proprietary software available to help candidates prepare for these videos and includes analysis of sample videos in its comprehensive packages.
Pre/Post-Interview Essays
Pre and post-interview essays are another tool that schools are using more and more often. Harvard Business School requires a post-interview assessment. MIT and Booth have added additional pre-interview essays for candidates invited to interview. All of these essays have very short deadlines. Our advice here is to again be yourself. Look to add complementary information and avoid repeating any content from your original application essays. Our comprehensive packages also include analysis of these pre/post-interview essays.
Need help? Personal MBA Coach is willing to be your guide. Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, we regularly help applicants navigate their applications each year. We also conduct mock interviews with former M7 and top 10 interviewers on our team.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 10 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
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Personal MBA Coach’s M7 Essay Analysis E-Book  [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Personal MBA Coach’s M7 Essay Analysis E-Book
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Personal MBA Coach is pleased to announce the release of our newest e-book: M7 Essay Analysis. Available for free to all Personal MBA Coach customers and newsletter subscribers, this e-book features Personal MBA Coach’s proprietary guidance on how to tackle the 2018-2019 application essays for ALL M7 schools including: Harvard Business School, Wharton, Columbia Business School, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Stanford GSB and MIT Sloan. Get insider tips on what admission committee members are looking for in each essay from our founder, a Wharton MBA and MIT graduate on the AIGAC Board of Directors with 11 years of admissions consulting experience. Our e-book also includes insight on handling the MBA application extras, such as optional questions, video interviews and reapplicant essays.
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Need one-on-one support with your MBA applications? Personal MBA Coach is willing to be your guide. Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for 11 years with a 96% success rate. We also conduct mock interviews with our team of former top 10 MBA interviewers. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
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Re: Personal MBA Coach Updates  [#permalink]

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New post 02 Nov 2018, 22:08
MBA is not good scope in future man!
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The Wharton TBD  [#permalink]

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New post 03 Nov 2018, 06:01
FROM Personal MBA Coach: The Wharton TBD
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Wharton has rolled out invitations for the round 1 TBD interviews. If you were lucky enough to receive an invitation, congratulations!
Now comes the harder part – planning for this unique experience. Group interviews are a bit more complicated to prepare for, but once you learn how to address them, they can actually be easier than a regular interview.
First, the basics. Here are the components of a Wharton TBD:
1. Each candidate gives a one-minute introduction to the group, providing an opportunity to get to know one another (this is the first 5 minutes)
2. This is followed by a 35-minute team discussion, during which you should present the results of your discussion to the interviewers.
3. Once the group exercise is done, you will have a brief individual 1:1 interview
Personal MBA Coach advises candidates to approach these sessions as they would any other productive team discussion. The basics of proper respect and etiquette apply here. While it is important to show your own thinking, it is equally as important to be polite and not attempt to dominate the sessions. Naturally, come prepared with you own unique ideas and do your research in advance. However, be flexible and work with the group.
We recognize this can be a harder interview than most to prepare for. As a Wharton alum, I conduct a limited number of unique TBD practice sessions with my team of former M7 interviewers to help candidates. These sessions, which are scheduled this year between Nov 3 and Nov 14th, will mirror the actual Wharton interview, providing candidates an opportunity to work together with other applicants during a group session. They will then be followed by one-on-one interviews with former M7 MBA interviewers. Each participant will receive our proprietary interview preparation guide and a personal feedback session.
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Need one-on-one support with your MBA applications? Personal MBA Coach is willing to be your guide. Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for 11 years with a 96% success rate. We also conduct mock interviews with our team of former top 10 MBA interviewers. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA 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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Advice For Applicants Considering Round 2  [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Advice For Applicants Considering Round 2
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Many of you may be wondering whether you should pull the trigger and apply to business school during round 2 this winter. Personal MBA Coach is here to help you make this difficult decision.
First, a few of the basics. While I have many applicants apply during round 1, for most schools there is no disadvantage of waiting until round 2. (There are some exceptions to this rule that I discuss with candidates on a case by case basis). Therefore, whether you waited until round 2 to enhance your profile, did not get your applications completed in time or just began considering an MBA, round 2 could be a great option for you.
Further, while many business schools have a third round, there are limited round 3 spots available. In fact, HBS eliminated its round 3 deadline this year unless you are applying for 2+2, their deferral offering. This means applying during round 2 is by far your best choice if you would like to enroll in business school during the fall of 2019!
Now, for the harder part! Is now the right time for you? Below are 4 signs it might be time for an MBA. If any of the following ring true (or you suspect they will in the next 6-12 months), consider pulling the trigger now!
1. You are ready to switch careers. Switching careers and writing your business school applications at the same time can be tricky. While it works for some to change industries or functions pre-MBA, post-MBA is a great time to switch careers for most applicants. In many ways, an MBA is the great equalizer and post-MBA students often start at a similar level to each other. If you want to switch careers, an MBA is a great place to start!
2. You have plateaued at work. Do you feel stuck at your current level? Do you need an MBA or advanced degree to reach the next step in your career? If you feel that you have learned all you can in your current role, not only will additional experience be less likely to help you, but it may limit your options. If you feel you are close to plateauing, it might be the time to apply.
3. You have 3-5 years of pre-MBA experience. The average applicant has approximately 5 years of pre-MBA experience at the time of enrollment. After 6+ years, your chances of admission begin to decrease slightly each year. However, do not worry if you are already there as we have many more experienced applicants who also get in. We can craft a story to explain your roles to date. That said, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you will run out of time to give your dream school your best shot. Consider shooting for the stars, now!
4. It is a good time to become a student. Going back to school full-time is a major lifestyle change. Your own circumstance can be a big factor in this decision. Is your partner going back to school and it will be easier to study together? Perhaps personally you are looking to make a big move or change. If you saved up enough money and think that you will want a break in mid-2019, consider applying now.
Need one-on-one support with your MBA applications? Personal MBA Coach is willing to be your guide. Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for 11 years with a 96% success rate. We also conduct mock interviews with our team of former top 10 MBA interviewers. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
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Overall Client Admit Rate: 96%
Personal MBA Coach’s Accelerated 7-Week MBA Application Plan  [#permalink]

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New post 14 Nov 2018, 10:02
FROM Personal MBA Coach: Personal MBA Coach’s Accelerated 7-Week MBA Application Plan
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Fall is flying by and the winter holidays are just around the corner. While many of us are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, it is also a reminder that round 2 MBA application deadlines will be here before we know it.
To keep you on track, Personal MBA Coach has included a roundup of application deadlines below along with our advice on how to best use the next ~two months. While many of our clients are well into the editing phase with finalized school lists and testing under their belts, if you are just getting started, we can help you get back on track.
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* Deadline is a round 3 deadline
Here is our accelerated 7-week MBA Application Plan:
Week 1: Finalize your school list and testing plans
If you have not yet taken the GMAT/GRE or have yet to achieve your target score, you should schedule your test and begin your test preparation ASAP. While you can take the test at any time during this 7-week window, be sure to develop a concrete plan today.
Similarly, if you have not finalized your school lists, that should be priority number 1. Do online research, speak to current students or alumni within your networks and attend any school events or tours near you. There may not be adequate time to plan a campus visit before you apply, but do not let this deter you from applying this year if the time is right for you.
Week 2: Select and prepare your recommenders and develop your MBA resume
Next, you should be selecting your recommenders. I have written extensively on selecting and preparing your recommenders in case you need help deciding who you should ask to write on your behalf or determining what information to provide them with. Remember, well thought out letters take time and your recommenders are busy; do not wait any longer to ask them, especially with the holidays just around the corner.
In addition, all applicants will need an MBA resume - more on this here. As an added benefit, developing this resume will force you to take stock of your accomplishments, helping you to determine what to include throughout your applications.
Weeks 3, 4 & 5: Write, Write, Write
Ideally, we want to have at least one month for this process. However, if you are diligent (we suggest our clients send a new draft every 2 days and return edits within 2 days) this timeline is possible. First, get your thoughts on paper. Think through your career goals, why you want an MBA, what you hope to learn from the program and what makes you unique. Most accomplishments from your resume will not fit into your essays and this is to be expected. Then begin drafting one question at a time. I advise you to begin with the easiest schools or questions as your writing will improve throughout the process. However, if your timing is very tight start with the application due first.
Week 6: Short Answer Questions
Do not forget to leave plenty of time to answer the short answer questions. Read each requirement carefully (often candidates get thrown off by questions with character limits vs word limits) and minimize repetition.
Week 7: Proofread!!!
Be sure to leave PLENTY of time to proof read. Whenever possible, avoid writing during the last week or two and get someone unfamiliar with your work to proof your application. Our clients’ applications are proof read by an expert proofreader who was not involved during the application development process.
Need one-on-one support with your MBA applications?Personal MBA Coach is willing to be your guide. Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for 11 years with a 96% success rate. We also conduct mock interviews with our team of former top 10 MBA interviewers. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
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What To Do If You Were Rejected In Round 1  [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: What To Do If You Were Rejected In Round 1
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As round 1 decisions begin to roll in, 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 would like to help you develop a strategy to realize your MBA and career dreams.
Candidates rejected from their target schools during round 1 have two options for continuing to pursue their MBA dreams.
Option 1: Apply to additional schools during round 2.
If now is really the ideal time for you to get an MBA (see our advice on this here) or if you were shooting for the stars with your round 1 list, you should consider altering your strategy and submitting additional applications during round 2. Round 2 is a very viable option!
Follow these 3 key pieces of advice:
1) Broaden Your School List.
Unfortunately, not everyone can earn an MBA from HBS. In some cases, it comes down to a numbers game: 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 school baskets.
Of course, for all candidates your target list must match with your candidate profile. 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. 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 will not sugarcoat it for you.
2) Retake the GMAT/GRE.
Even though time is limited for January deadlines, you may want to consider retaking the GMAT/GRE or switching from one exam to the other. 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 or are from an overrepresented applicant pool. As you plan to re-take the exam, consider your previous preparation. Did you get help last time around? If not, consider hiring a personal tutor who can give you targeted advice on how to improve your score.
3) Improve Your Application Development and Interview Preparation.
Finally, reapplicants should focus on improving all aspects of the application itself. 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 your career goals clear? Did you actually answer the questions? Did you show passion? If you received an interview invite: How did the conversation go? Were your adequately prepared?
Option 2: Strengthen your profile and apply again next year.
For those of you willing to wait another year to give your dream school a shot, consider these 3 pieces of advice in addition to the suggestions above:
1) Improve Your 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, read our blog: Improving Your Extracurricular Profile.
2) Look for Leadership Opportunities 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 ways to stretch yourself within your existing role. Or consider volunteering for internal committees or projects to help strengthen your company and culture. Review these tips on how to make your career work harder for you for more specific suggestions.
3) Address Your 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 did not get accepted? If so, consider options for improving your presentation and interview skills. Everyone has weaknesses; take the time now to address yours.
By starting early for next year, you can take the time to fine-tune your story, rethink your LOR strategy and ensure all aspects of your application work together cohesively.
Every year we successfully advise reapplicants on what to change (and what not to) to increase their chances of success.
Need one-on-one support with your MBA applications?Personal MBA Coach is willing to be your guide. Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for 11 years with a 96% success rate. We also conduct mock interviews with our team of former top 10 MBA interviewers. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA 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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