It is currently 25 Feb 2018, 13:56

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog

  new topic post reply Update application status  
Author Message
Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
SBC’s Offering 1-on-1 Resume Review at QS World MBA Tour [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 08 Jan 2018, 05:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: SBC’s Offering 1-on-1 Resume Review at QS World MBA Tour
Image

For many who are just embarking on their B-school journey, attending an MBA fair is a stellar way to meet admissions representatives from several programs and impress them with your thoughtfulness and preparation…in other words, stand out from the crowd.

If you’ll be in the New York City area on Saturday, January 20th, Stacy Blackman Consulting invites you to sign up for a session at our one-on-one resume clinic, happening at the upcoming NYC stop of the QS MBA World Tour.

As you probably know, most MBA programs require a resume submission as part of the written application, and members of the admissions team have often told us that in their view, the resume is just as important as the essays.

Sign up for a 15-minute resume review session with an expert from the team at SBC. During your intensive session, we’ll review your resume and provide actionable feedback on how to transform it. You’ll also receive free resources to assist you with your resume going forward.

You’ll first need to register to attend the QS MBA World Tour event, and then sign up for the resume clinic with SBC. Space is extremely limited, so don’t delay—sign up today!

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The Bigger Picture: The Opposite of Comfortable [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Jan 2018, 06:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: The Bigger Picture: The Opposite of Comfortable
January. It’s still a new year. Full of possibility. So many plans, so many dreams.

2018 has 8,760 hours and we have only used up about 216. Yup, believe it or not, more than 200 hours have already slipped by.

8,544 hours to go.

What will you do with your year?

You could eliminate fear of rejection like Jia Jiang.

You could walk across a continent.

You could write 12 novels.

Or, you could ditch a bad habit or create a positive one. Changing a habit sounds simpler and easier than walking across the United States. But that’s not necessarily the case. If it were easy to change a habit 25% of us would not have already abandoned our new year’s resolutions. Yes, that’s right, 25% of people who make a resolution don’t even stick with it for one week!

Why is that? Are we lazy? Uncommitted? Do we not really want what we believe we want?

I don’t think so.

I see it this way: If we keep doing what we have always been doing, we will get the exact same results. So, if we want things to turn out differently, we have to change. I know, it seems obvious. Even George Costanza figured that out on the famous “Do the Opposite” episode of Seinfeld.

Image

But think about it. If you haven’t been making progress on your novel, or your applications, your diet, your start up, your travel adventure, your relationship or your PhD…you may need to change what you have been doing.

And change is uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. It’s draining. It can generate anxiety, fear or failure. It can even be physically uncomfortable; just ask my friend who is training for an Iron Man.

Change is uncomfortable until it’s not. At some point, whatever you are working on becomes habit. Once it’s a habit, it’s a lot easier to go sugar-free, to wake up 30 minutes earlier, to fit in an hour of daily MBA application work.

But before it’s a habit, it’s not a habit. It’s a struggle and that’s uncomfortable. It’s during that uncomfortable time that our brains try to trick us. Part of the brain is literally designed to protect us from discomfort with a fight or flight type response. And, often, this brain response makes it very challenging to be effective at what we actually want to do.

That’s when the vast majority of us abandon resolutions. So how do we outsmart our own brains? Start by following your discomfort. Expect it to be hard, to feel bad, to be physically and mentally challenging.

There are all kinds of tricks to get through the hard stuff, but we need to begin by pointing ourselves in the right direction, however uncomfortable.

As you move ahead with the goal to make 2018 the year, be sure to chase feelings of discomfort. In order to change you often have to go against everything your brain is telling you. But it’s like Jerry Seinfeld said: “If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.”

By the way…if you need a little boost making changes in your life, check out my 21 Day Projects. I will send you an email every day for 21 days with concrete advice to help you move towards your particular goal, whether it is Getting More Done, or Creating An MBA Resume. Check out all the 21 Day Projects in theSBC store.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
18 Venture Capitalists Join HBS’s Inaugural VC Partner Program [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Jan 2018, 10:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 18 Venture Capitalists Join HBS’s Inaugural VC Partner Program
Image
Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship has named 18 people to its inaugural group of Rock Venture Capital Partners, who provide in-person mentoring and advice to HBS student entrepreneurs.

The Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, which has earned accolades as the top provider in the nation of programs for entrepreneurial studies, supports faculty and their research in the field of entrepreneurial management as well as provides the HBS community with the energy and spirit needed for new ideas and innovations to thrive and grow.

“The Rock VC Partner Program brings leading managing and general partners from the top early stage VC firms to Harvard Business School to build relationships with student founders,” says Jodi Gernon, Director of the Rock Center.

“We are delighted to have these outstanding venture capitalists share their wisdom and insights with student entrepreneurs. Thanks to this program, HBS students will have unprecedented access to feedback from top investors regarding their ideas, testing plans, fund-raising activities, and more.”

Since 1947, the study of entrepreneurship has been a vital part of the Harvard Business School MBA program, which includes a required course in the first year curriculum, numerous electives in the second-year, and a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes the annual New Venture Competition, the Rock Accelerator ProgramRock Summer FellowsRock Loan Reduction, and the Rock 100.

Through a community that provides support, access to content, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems everywhere, the Rock Center helps students and alumni create ventures that revolutionize in both the for-profit and social enterprise sectors.

Learn more about each of the 2018-Rock Venture Capital Partners here.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Don’t Fear Those MBA Admissions Background Checks [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 11 Jan 2018, 13:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Don’t Fear Those MBA Admissions Background Checks
Image
Background checks in MBA admissions are more common for some schools than others, but their overall use is growing. Some programs vet every admitted applicant, others randomly select a percentage of candidates and still others delve further only when something seems to raise a red flag. The process usually take place in the spring, after all application rounds have passed and candidates begin sending in their deposits.

The vast majority of people shouldn’t stress over this verification process. Business schools aren’t on a mission to grill candidates about every last detail of their applications. They simply want to ensure that applicants have honestly represented themselves, their experience and their accomplishments.

Sometimes applicants are screened because their profile is unusual or difficult to verify, such as if their work experience included time in a startup or at a failed startup, in a small family firm or at a company abroad, and the admissions office simply needs to clarify and confirm the details.

Typical reasons for rejecting a candidate include ethical lapses or questionable behavior, not disclosing a layoff or firing, evidence of plagiarism and not disclosing a criminal conviction. Willful deception or lying by omission will jeopardize your admission – not minor discrepancies such as being off by a month when listing your employment dates. Most schools give applicants a chance to explain any plausible mistakes.

Though we can’t share specific examples due to confidentiality issues, we have had clients who have had problems with background checks. In some cases, an offer of admission was revoked following the background check. In one situation, the student had already started school and was escorted out due to an omission on the application. It wasn’t because of a lie, but rather that this person failed to  include information the program would have wanted to know about during the application process.

Business schools can investigate application details that include everything from recommenders, employment and education history, extracurricular and professional involvements, leadership roles and even authenticate anecdotes from application essays.

If you’re on the fence about whether to include or explain something in your application, chances are you probably should mention it. When the issue is something like poor academic performance or a gap in employment history, it’s always best to come completely clean. The admissions team isn’t looking for perfection in applicants.

Major failures can translate into a story about lessons learned and self-improvement which can actually help your candidacy if you show how you’ve become a wiser, more humble person because of them. However, if the incident you’re wondering about including is personal in nature and does not appear anywhere on your official record, you may decide not to draw unnecessary attention to it.

If you learn that your admission is conditional pending corroboration of your professional, academic or personal background, your best option is to cooperate quickly and completely to facilitate the verification process. The schools just want to make sure all applicants are who they say they are.

Make sure you’re meticulous about presenting the facts, haven’t exaggerated or lied, and have explained any lapses in judgment that could come back to haunt you,  and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Free SBC Resume Clinic at Upcoming QS World MBA Tour [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 12 Jan 2018, 09:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Free SBC Resume Clinic at Upcoming QS World MBA Tour
Image

As we begin the new year, it’s important to consider your goals and how you see yourself developing in your career.

Join us at the QS World MBA Tour event in New York on January 20th for the opportunity to meet with top business schools, and learn more about the MBA admissions process. By attending, you’ll also be eligible to apply for a pool of scholarships, worth $7 million.

Need more reasons to attend? In the U.S. and Canada, MBA hiring increased by 10% in 2017, and the average salary for someone with an MBA was $98,900. Discover the ROI of an MBA at our panels and seminars!

Stacy Blackman Consulting is offering a free resume clinic at this stop of the tour. Founded in 2001, our company has helped thousands of MBA applicants gain admission to the most selective business schools in the world. The SBC team, comprised of former admissions officers from every top school as well as expert writers, editors and marketers, helps clients develop and implement a winning marketing strategy.

The 15 minute sessions, available only to attendees, are open from the start of registration, until the end of the fair. You’ll need to register to attend the fair first, and then book your session, or sign up on the day.

Already happy with your resume? You can work on your bio or your pitch to business schools instead. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your profile stand out. Bring a copy of your CV/Resume/Bio on the day to attend this session.

You can also get your LinkedIn profile picture taken by a professional photographer at the event. So much great MBA intel, scholarship opportunities, and expert help awaits, so sign up today!

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
SBC Launches GMAT, GRE Test Prep Service [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Jan 2018, 07:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: SBC Launches GMAT, GRE Test Prep Service
Image
Did you know that Stacy Blackman Consulting has added test prep to our suite of MBA admissions services?  We’ve officially launched the Stacy Blackman GMAT and GRE test prep service, which uses a unique approach that focuses on recognizing individual learning styles, discovering flaws in foundation knowledge, and setting goals.

Our team of brilliant teachers are not only experts in the GMAT and GRE exams, but also understand that clear explanation, goal setting, and reinforced practice are crucial. The curriculum is based on an individualized approach, using the best available test prep materials.  The instructor tailors the test prep program for each client’s strengths and learning style, with a focus on deeper understanding of the content and smart test strategies.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is intended to assess analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program.

The GRE meanwhile has more test takers than any other graduate school exam and is used to determine graduate school admissions, including b-school.    It is designed to be a critical thinking exam, with two essays sections (issue essay and analysis of the argument essay), verbal reasoning section and quantitative reasoning section.

We believe SBC offers the best-in-class GMAT and GRE experts to help test takers increase their score significantly.  This new service is a natural extension of our b-school consulting service, and will help MBA applicants shine on these standardized tests and be even more successful with their applications.

Fees for the GRE and GMAT test prep service with Stacy Blackman Consulting are based on hourly rates, with packages of one, five, ten, 20 and 30 hours available. Learn more about our test prep services here.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Tips for Making the Most of MBA Fairs [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 16 Jan 2018, 11:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tips for Making the Most of MBA Fairs
Image
If you’re seriously considering pursuing an MBA degree and want the convenience of meeting representatives from many top business schools in a single location, attending an MBA fair is a great place to start. And if you’re going to be in the New York area this weekend, I invite you to check out the QS MBA World Fair on Saturday, January 20th, where Stacy Blackman Consulting will be hosting free one-one-one resume clinics available only to attendees.

Applicants tend to forget that schools cannot exist without great students, so these fairs are the schools’ opportunity to market themselves to applicants and get them interested enough so they apply to their schools. While candidates should act professional—since you never know whether you’ll forge an important connection at this type of event—applicants shouldn’t attempt to impress the schools. In fact, it’s the other way around. I say let the schools impress you.

In addition to the meet-and-greets with admissions officials, candidates can also attend free seminars covering myriad MBA issues and participate in master classes, taught by leading professors, which simulate the b-school classroom experience right there at the fair.

Applicants should approach an MBA fair with an open mind, ask good questions, and leave a positive impression on admissions officers. That means no flip-flops, please! The most egregious fair faux pas is asking for information that can be found after a cursory glance at the program’s website, such as class size, deadlines, or average test scores.

Instead, consider focusing on areas that are specific to your application—your work experience and post-MBA goals, or any potential red flags such as a layoff or low GPA—in order to gauge how they might view your application package.

If alumni are present, use the opportunity to learn from those who have already gone through the b-school trenches by asking for feedback on course workload, extracurriculars, housing, campus facilities, network strength, and how (if?) they achieved that elusive work/life balance.

While a campus visit is the ideal way to gauge a school’s culture and fit, that’s not always possible—especially prior to applying. You can and should take advantage of these events by chatting with representatives about aspects such as student life, the faculty’s teaching style, and expectation of students, the types of careers alumni pursue post-graduation, and so on. Candidates should also find out what resources the school provides—e.g. alumni networks, corporate contacts—to assist during their job search.

The more you know about the elements you believe to be an important part of the b-school experience, the better chance you have of whittling down your list of programs to the ones that more closely match your personal career goals.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
There’s a B-School Teaching Style for Every Personality [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 18 Jan 2018, 14:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: There’s a B-School Teaching Style for Every Personality
Image
Many MBA applicants make the same wrong assumption: No matter which top business school you attend, its teaching style will be more or less the same.

While there are similarities across the top-tier programs, each school has a different teaching style. There’s the case method approach; lecture-based instruction; and the experiential learning and team-based focus approach. Some schools concentrate almost entirely on one style, while others employ a mixture.

Finding a fit in teaching style is important, and we advise clients to seek out a program where they can thrive and feel comfortable. However, this piece of the puzzle is often pushed aside, with more weight placed on factors like rankings, career center offerings, location and culture.

In fact, teaching style is often one of the last things applicants focus on. Although there are many different aspects of a program to consider as you select your target schools, we believe this one should have more weight, as it not only directly affects your enjoyment of your two-year investment, but the quality of knowledge that you walk away with.

• Case method: The case method approach was established by Harvard Business School more than a century ago and is still widely used at top MBA programs worldwide. With this method, students analyze and debate authentic management scenarios to create recommendations that the firm in question should employ in the future.

Harvard relies on case studies for approximately 80 percent of its instruction, and students at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business are exposed to more than 500 cases in a variety of industries and functions during their two-year program.

Considered by many to be the gold standard in management education, the case method relies on lively class discussions with myriad points of view. A good case analysis requires a lot of preparation from students, who must feel at ease sharing their ideas in front of large groups.

Gregarious personalities will thrive in this environment, while shy individuals may cringe at the thought of showing up to class. This is not the learning environment for those uncomfortable speaking in front of strangers or those who fear they might say something embarrassing.

• Lecture: All top MBA programs include courses taught using a lecture format, though some schools stand out for their significant use of this traditional pedagogic technique. Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business uses approximately 50 percent lecture-based instruction, while the lecture format at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business comes in as a close second at 48 percent.

The Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and Said Business School at the University of Oxford use lectures about 40 percent of the time.

Fans of the lecture method believe this is the best way to concretely teach students the business concepts and theories they will need once they’re back in the work force. This environment may also be more comfortable for introverted students, as well as those who enjoy absorbing the wisdom of a seasoned professor.

In some instances, the lecture approach is simply the most expeditious way to get the information across. Columbia Business School devotes about 40 percent of class time to lecture and 40 percent to case studies.

Experiential approach: In recent years, more and more schools have expanded the experiential components in their curricula, adding in more team challenges, simulations, field work and extracurricular activities.

A leader in this area of action-based learning is the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor’s Ross School of Business, which has a seven-week, full-time consulting project known as the Multi-disciplinary Action Project. Ross connects first-year MBA students with corporate, entrepreneurial and nonprofit projects both in the U.S. and abroad that require thoughtful recommendations on organizational challenges.

Harvard Business School has the yearlong Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development course for first-year students, which offers small-group learning experiences that are experiential, immersive and field-based.

This hands-on approach to learning benefits those with an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as generalists who enjoy working in groups and want to learn how to get things done. Unlike the lecture and case methods, which focus on theory, experiential learning encourages students to learn by doing.

As you can see, there is significant variation in how material is presented in an MBA program. Take a close look at your personal preferences and learning style to find the business school that’s best for you.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Resist the Urge to Update AdCom After Submitting Your Application [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 22 Jan 2018, 06:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Resist the Urge to Update AdCom After Submitting Your Application
After you’ve submitted your MBA applications and are waiting to hear back from programs, it’s normal to have a moment of panic—either immediately, or at some point a little later on. You’ve been agonizing over your materials for months, and now you just want to know where you’re going to end up already.

When that moment of panic hits, try to remind yourself that you pulled together the absolute best set of materials that you could. Everyone feels extremely anxious in the weeks between due dates and interview invitations, so if there’s anything you can do to keep your mind off of “The Wait”—do it.

What you shouldn’t do, however, is contact the school with updates on your candidacy before any decisions have been released. There are deadlines for a reason. If each of the thousands of hopefuls kept emailing and calling their dream programs after their materials were submitted, the admissions committee would never have time to actually read through those materials and make decisions. The best thing you can do is sit tight and let them do their jobs.

“But what if I just got an unexpected promotion?” you might say.

“What if I just single-handedly brought in $2 million of new business to my firm?”

“What if I was let go from my job?”

“What if I just got to visit campus and sit in on a class and now there’s so much more I have to say about why this program’s the best fit for me?”

“What if…”

We’ve heard every type of scenario, but the reality is that it’s extremely rare for anything to happen to someone post-deadline (personally or professionally) that would actually change the adcom’s ultimate decision on his or her candidacy. They’re judging your fit with their program based on a lot of different factors—one new accomplishment probably wouldn’t be enough to sway their decision.

So please, resist the urge to call or email the admissions office after you’ve submitted your materials. Instead, plan to share any exciting updates with them during your interview.

And try not to stress out in the meantime. Remember:

Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

***Do you want to stay on top of the application process with timely tips like these? Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter and you’ll receive our expert advice straight in your mailbox before it appears on the blog, plus special offers, promotions, discounts, invitations to events, and more.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Exercises to Help MBA Applicants Develop a Personal Brand [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 23 Jan 2018, 15:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Exercises to Help MBA Applicants Develop a Personal Brand
Image
Some b-school applicants balk at thinking of themselves as a “product” or “brand.” However, by taking the time to really examine your personal qualities, values and aspirations, you’ll ultimately be able to find out which MBA programs provide the best match for your unique profile.
Think of it this way: If you had to create a marketing campaign for a new car, and you decided to focus on the vehicle’s seat warmers and sound system – when these days, potential customers are all about fuel economy – then your marketing messages would miss the mark.

The pitfalls in formulating your MBA application brand messages are similar. I recommend clients start the process with three exercises that can help them think like a marketing strategist, identify strengths and develop a personal brand.

Exercise 1: Create a “Brag Sheet”

In the real world, the practice of bragging is generally frowned upon. But when it comes to effectively brainstorming a set of messages you will ultimately want to convey to the admissions committee, a great way to begin is by jotting down every possible unique, exciting, wonderful, dazzling thing you can think of about yourself. Think of it as “brag-storming.”

Don’t worry about anyone seeing your list, and don’t try to do this exercise in one sitting. Keep a notebook handy or start a memo in your smartphone, and write down ideas whenever inspiration strikes. This list not only serves to jog your memory, but also helps you realize that your hobbies, travels, volunteering and personal or family life experiences can provide raw material for brand messages and eventually essays.

Admissions committees seek out well-rounded candidates who have experienced life, pursued their passions and achieved as much outside of the professional setting as within it. We came up with the idea of the brag sheet after I spent three months working with a client who insisted he had nothing interesting going on besides work.

Just days before the application was due, he casually revealed he had a deep, lifelong interest in martial arts, which he felt was not appropriate for a b-school application. Weaving in this aspect was a great way to balance out a work-heavy application and added a lot of color and interest to his profile.

Now we always have clients do a brain dump of everything under the sun so that these types of stories don’t slip through the cracks.

Exercise 2: Generate Stories

In our work with applicants, we’ve learned that it’s better to sift through an array of life experiences and see what emerges as a core strength, rather than lead off with what clients perceive as their strengths and then try to find example stories that back those up.

You don’t need to actually write the stories at this time. Scratching out a few notes, like “how I overcame a speech impediment,” “the time I backpacked through Asia for six months on $2,000” or “Have worked in the family business since I was 14 years old,” is fine.

To get the wheels turning, consider personal achievements, leadership achievements in and outside of work, times when your actions made an impact on a person or group, instances when you motivated others or a time you solved a problem with ingenuity. Don’t be afraid to touch upon setbacks or failures, as your strategies for overcoming them may be the best indicator of your future success in the business world.

To determine whether a story is worth fleshing out, see if you can list the concrete actions you took and the results you achieved. The actions you took reveal your approach to a particular problem and provide some clues about your strengths, capabilities and character. The results indicate that your actions made a difference.

Exercise 3: Mine Stories for Strengths

Once you’ve winnowed down your list of stories, it’s time to figure out precisely which aspects of your skills, talents, strengths and character contributed to your accomplishments.

Ask yourself how this experience shaped your life and made you stronger, or which strengths, talents or attributes helped you make a difference. The answers you come up with will add to the pool of potential brand messages that you might highlight in your application and essays.

I had a client applying to Harvard Business School who wanted to write about his organizational skills as a core strength. Instead, we advised him to write about his ability to lead and inspire others. After all, he had written on his brag sheet about developing a program to provide vaccinations to the poor in underdeveloped countries – an enormous undertaking he developed from scratch. I’m sure his organizational skills helped, but the latter strength was more compelling, and it rose to the surface after viewing his stories.

As with a traditional marketing plan, the goal is to launch a product thoughtfully and effectively. In this case, the product is you. The goal is self-awareness, and combing through your list of accomplishments can be an enormous help. Once these elements have been clarified, you can effectively put your best MBA strategy into action.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Choosing Between Multiple MBA Admissions Offers [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Jan 2018, 12:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Choosing Between Multiple MBA Admissions Offers
Image
Today’s post addresses the fortunate MBA applicants facing not just two, but three or more offers of admission from their target schools. While the adage is “There’s never too much of a good thing,” the reality is that a bounty of b-school acceptances can produce a lot of anxiety in many candidates.

“How do I decide, and what if I make the wrong choice?” they wonder. If you find yourself with this enviable problem, consider the following when weighing multiple admissions offers. Forget about rankings and reputation and think long and hard about the other particulars of each school, such as size, academics or location.

Does your desire to live in an urban setting outweigh a preference for a smaller class size? Is there a financial incentive that puts one school in the lead? Is the diversity of the student body important? Is the academic focus on case studies, or more experiential?

You might not have had a strong preference before, but you should tally up the different characteristics to see which way the wind really blows.

If you haven’t already visited the campus as part of your application process, now’s the time to do so. Sit in on a class, chat with students and professors, hang out on campus and generally soak up the atmosphere. This is where you’ll be spending the next two years of your life, so making sure the program is a good fit for you academically and socially is imperative.

Even if you have already toured the school, consider visiting again to attend events designed for admitted students so you can scope out your potential classmates. These people will become a part of your future network, and test driving your comfort level with them prior to committing makes sense.

MBA candidates should make sure that the school graduates people who work in your target industry, possess your ideal job within that industry, and are willing to share their wisdom and advice with current students.

The decision of where to pursue an MBA is a weighty one, so do your homework and understand the strengths and potential drawbacks of each of your options.

Whether you end up choosing a place that feels like home, or want to go to a school that takes you past your safe place a bit to help you stretch your boundaries and perspectives, it may provide some peace of mind to know that in these cases, there’s rarely a “wrong” choice to be made.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Choosing Among Multiple MBA Admissions Offers [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Jan 2018, 13:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Choosing Among Multiple MBA Admissions Offers
Image
Today’s post addresses the fortunate MBA applicants facing not just two, but three or more offers of admission from their target schools. While the adage is “There’s never too much of a good thing,” the reality is that a bounty of b-school acceptances can produce a lot of anxiety in many candidates.

“How do I decide, and what if I make the wrong choice?” they wonder. If you find yourself with this enviable problem, consider the following when weighing multiple admissions offers. Forget about rankings and reputation and think long and hard about the other particulars of each school, such as size, academics or location.

Does your desire to live in an urban setting outweigh a preference for a smaller class size? Is there a financial incentive that puts one school in the lead? Is the diversity of the student body important? Is the academic focus on case studies, or more experiential?

You might not have had a strong preference before, but you should tally up the different characteristics to see which way the wind really blows.

If you haven’t already visited the campus as part of your application process, now’s the time to do so. Sit in on a class, chat with students and professors, hang out on campus and generally soak up the atmosphere. This is where you’ll be spending the next two years of your life, so making sure the program is a good fit for you academically and socially is imperative.

Even if you have already toured the school, consider visiting again to attend events designed for admitted students so you can scope out your potential classmates. These people will become a part of your future network, and test driving your comfort level with them prior to committing makes sense.

MBA candidates should make sure that the school graduates people who work in your target industry, possess your ideal job within that industry, and are willing to share their wisdom and advice with current students.

The decision of where to pursue an MBA is a weighty one, so do your homework and understand the strengths and potential drawbacks of each of your options.

Whether you end up choosing a place that feels like home, or want to go to a school that takes you past your safe place a bit to help you stretch your boundaries and perspectives, it may provide some peace of mind to know that in these cases, there’s rarely a “wrong” choice to be made.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Apps Opening Soon for Peek Weekend at Harvard Business School [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Jan 2018, 15:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Apps Opening Soon for Peek Weekend at Harvard Business School
Image
Peek Weekend, Harvard Business School’s initiative to spark interest in graduate management education among college students who may not have previously considered a career in business, will start taking applications on February 1.

During the three-day event, participants develop a broader understanding of the challenges leaders face, the many dimensions inherent in the business world, and the impact participants can have on their community and the world through organizational leadership.

“As a Peek Weekend participant, you are given the opportunity to visualize whether or not the MBA program aligns with your personal goals,” writes Veronica Chua in the HBS MBA Voices blog.  “Not only was it an eye-opening educational experience, exceeding even my highest expectations, but it filled me with a profound sense of purpose,” she explains.

Peek, which began in 2015 focusing on candidates from women’s colleges, has since expanded to include male applicants, and preference is given to students with no prior academic or professional exposure (including internships) to business or business-related fields.

“Before we applied to Peek Weekend in Spring 2017, we never imagined ourselves going to business school, let alone Harvard Business School,” write Sam Unsworth and Jaideep Wasu—two students from the United Kingdom who penned the piece,10 Reasons Why HBS Peek Weekend was Worth the Trip Across the Pond.

“Attending HBS Peek Weekend has motivated us both to apply to HBS for an MBA in the future. Having experienced a small taste of what life at HBS is like has left a lasting impression on us both,” they conclude.

PEEK will cost $200 per participant, and the program plans to host these rising sophomores, juniors and seniors June 8-10, 2018. Participants will have accommodations on campus, take part in assigned case studies, and meet with faculty, current students, and alumni.

Click here for more information about Peek Weekend, as well as links to sign up for upcoming Peek Weekend webinars.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Upcoming Video Interview? Add Lots of Practice to Your “To Do” List [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Jan 2018, 06:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Upcoming Video Interview? Add Lots of Practice to Your “To Do” List
Image
If you have an upcoming video interview for schools including INSEAD, Yale SOM, Michigan Ross or Wharton, PRACTICE is essential to success. This awkward format requires you to think on your feet and record your answer to a question (or questions) while speaking into your computer screen. It’s a new format for many and one that requires some rehearsal in order to become comfortable conversing with a computer screen.

Stacy Blackman Consulting has an online video platform that grants you unlimited practice doing exactly this. You can answer from a wide menu of questions, record yourself, watch and assess, tweak and try again. Invest 30 minutes a night and reap the benefits of increased comfort level and more articulate answers when you have your live interview. You can even choose an interview to submit to the SBC team for review and professional written feedback.

Set yourself up for success with this small investment and rock your video interviews! Purchase your package here today.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Stanford GSB Tops FT’s 2018 Global MBA Rankings [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 29 Jan 2018, 14:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Stanford GSB Tops FT’s 2018 Global MBA Rankings
Image
The Financial Times has released its 2018 global ranking of MBA programs, and the number-one spot goes to Stanford Graduate School of Business–unseating INSEAD, which had held the top position for the previous two years.

According to the FT, Stanford has headed the ranking for a second time, six years after it first topped the list, due to a noteworthy salary increase reported by Stanford GSB alumni. The FT’s ranking is based on surveys of business schools and their 2014 graduates. MBA programs are assessed by a multitude of factors, including the career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation, and the diversity of students and faculty.

Top Ten Global MBA Rankings for 2018
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • INSEAD
  • Wharton School
  • London Business School
  • Harvard Business School
  • Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Columbia Business School
  • CEIBS
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
Stanford Graduate School of Business and “Its alumni led the way thanks to a significant salary boost, up nearly $20,000 to $214,000. This is the highest average salary (not adjusted for inflation) since the inaugural ranking in 1999,” writes Laurent Ortsmans, who notes,  “This is up 114 per cent on their pre-MBA salaries, which was also the highest increase among ranked schools.”

The rankings have also recognized Switzerland’s IMD business bchool for international mobility, with its 99 percent international cohort; Merage School of Business at University of California at Irvine for having a majority of female faculty at 52 percent; and the Lisbon MBA for best international course experience. You can read more about this latest ranking here.

Our View on Rankings
While rankings can inform your decision of where to apply, applicants would do well to focus more on a program’s culture, size, or the strength of its alumni network. When Stacy Blackman Consulting last surveyed business school applicants to find out what matters most to today’s applicants and why, fewer than 12 percent of survey respondents considered culture a top priority, and a mere handful noted that program content was the most important factor influencing the decision to attend a particular business school.

These results are troubling, because it means people aren’t paying enough attention to the program that’s truly a good fit for them. We’re realists and know those headed for b-school really can’t help themselves, but keep in the back of your mind that placing too heavy an emphasis on rankings can actually become a distraction, so be sure to consider multiple factors when making your final school selection.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
See Stacy’s Exclusive Relish Careers Interview on MBA Admissions [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 30 Jan 2018, 12:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: See Stacy’s Exclusive Relish Careers Interview on MBA Admissions
For MBA applicants and admitted students headed to graduate business school next fall, don’t miss our very own Stacy Blackman’s recent interview from the Relish Careers webinar series.

In it, you’ll find out how best to build a target list, optimize your applications, select the best-fit school after admissions decisions, and prepare yourself for two intense years of business school.



Questions covered by Stacy in this video interview include:
  • For people still researching schools and applying, how can they be sure that their target list contains the right set of schools?
  • What are some of the important criteria to consider that might get overlooked by some applicants when thinking about where to apply?
  • What can applicants do to improve their prospects and prepare themselves while waiting on admissions decisions?
  • How should applicants decide between schools to which they’ve been accepted?
  • How should students balance factors like ranking versus cost?
  • What are some best practices for candidates on wait lists?
  • Any advice for students who were offered admission at one or more schools but wait listed at a more desirable program?
  • Once an applicant has decided on a school, what can they do to prepare themselves during the months leading up to the start of their first year?
  • What other advice do you have for incoming MBAs to make the most of their business school experience?
There’s a ton of useful information here no matter what stage you’re in of the application process, so please check out the video as well as the Relish Careers website for even more information to guide you on your b-school journey and beyond.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jan 2018, 07:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview
Image
As you may guess, the purpose of the MBA admissions interview is twofold: it gives the AdCom a chance to see a candidate’s personality, leadership qualities and motivation for pursuing an MBA, and it also lets applicants tell their own story beyond the essays and other materials in the application. Once you receive an interview invitation, your focus should be on preparation.

Do these 11 things, and you’ll knock it out of the park on the big day.

  • Go into it with confidence.
  • Know yourself, or the version of yourself that you want to display.
  • Cover your weaknesses.
  • Build up a broad base of knowledge about business and the world.
  • Study the school in depth, and, if possible, research the person who will interview you, too.
  • Practice.
  • Dress the part.
  • Have a list of stories that you can adapt to various questions ready.
  • Keep your answers concise, but always have a lot more to say.
  • Stay cool.
  • Know what questions to ask.
Wrap up the interview with a sincere thank you for the interviewer’s time, and remember to ask for a business card if you haven’t already received one. Send a thank-you note or email within the week, and try to include a memorable detail from your conversation to help the interviewer remember you as well as to reiterate your interest in attending the school.

The interaction in an MBA interview speaks volumes about what kind of teammate you will be when you are in the program, so make sure the right message is coming across loud and clear.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jan 2018, 08:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview
Image
As you may guess, the purpose of the MBA admissions interview is twofold: it gives the AdCom a chance to see a candidate’s personality, leadership qualities and motivation for pursuing an MBA, and it also lets applicants tell their own story beyond the essays and other materials in the application. Once you receive an interview invitation, your focus should be on preparation.

Do these 11 things, and you’ll knock it out of the park on the big day.

  • Go into it with confidence.
  • Know yourself, or the version of yourself that you want to display.
  • Cover your weaknesses.
  • Build up a broad base of knowledge about business and the world.
  • Study the school in depth, and, if possible, research the person who will interview you, too.
  • Practice.
  • Dress the part.
  • Have a list of stories that you can adapt to various questions ready.
  • Keep your answers concise, but always have a lot more to say.
  • Stay cool.
  • Know what questions to ask.
Wrap up the interview with a sincere thank you for the interviewer’s time, and remember to ask for a business card if you haven’t already received one. Send a thank-you note or email within the week, and try to include a memorable detail from your conversation to help the interviewer remember you as well as to reiterate your interest in attending the school.

The interaction in an MBA interview speaks volumes about what kind of teammate you will be when you are in the program, so make sure the right message is coming across loud and clear.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jan 2018, 09:00
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview
Image
As you may guess, the purpose of the MBA admissions interview is twofold: it gives the AdCom a chance to see a candidate’s personality, leadership qualities and motivation for pursuing an MBA, and it also lets applicants tell their own story beyond the essays and other materials in the application. Once you receive an interview invitation, your focus should be on preparation.

Do these 11 things, and you’ll knock it out of the park on the big day.

  • Go into it with confidence.
  • Know yourself, or the version of yourself that you want to display.
  • Cover your weaknesses.
  • Build up a broad base of knowledge about business and the world.
  • Study the school in depth, and, if possible, research the person who will interview you, too.
  • Practice.
  • Dress the part.
  • Have a list of stories that you can adapt to various questions ready.
  • Keep your answers concise, but always have a lot more to say.
  • Stay cool.
  • Know what questions to ask.
Wrap up the interview with a sincere thank you for the interviewer’s time, and remember to ask for a business card if you haven’t already received one. Send a thank-you note or email within the week, and try to include a memorable detail from your conversation to help the interviewer remember you as well as to reiterate your interest in attending the school.

The interaction in an MBA interview speaks volumes about what kind of teammate you will be when you are in the program, so make sure the right message is coming across loud and clear.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 31 Jan 2018, 10:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview
Image
As you may guess, the purpose of the MBA admissions interview is twofold: it gives the AdCom a chance to see a candidate’s personality, leadership qualities and motivation for pursuing an MBA, and it also lets applicants tell their own story beyond the essays and other materials in the application. Once you receive an interview invitation, your focus should be on preparation.

Do these 11 things, and you’ll knock it out of the park on the big day.

  • Go into it with confidence.
  • Know yourself, or the version of yourself that you want to display.
  • Cover your weaknesses.
  • Build up a broad base of knowledge about business and the world.
  • Study the school in depth, and, if possible, research the person who will interview you, too.
  • Practice.
  • Dress the part.
  • Have a list of stories that you can adapt to various questions ready.
  • Keep your answers concise, but always have a lot more to say.
  • Stay cool.
  • Know what questions to ask.
Wrap up the interview with a sincere thank you for the interviewer’s time, and remember to ask for a business card if you haven’t already received one. Send a thank-you note or email within the week, and try to include a memorable detail from your conversation to help the interviewer remember you as well as to reiterate your interest in attending the school.

The interaction in an MBA interview speaks volumes about what kind of teammate you will be when you are in the program, so make sure the right message is coming across loud and clear.

Image
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

_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

11 Ways to Prepare for Your B-School Interview   [#permalink] 31 Jan 2018, 10:01

Go to page   Previous    1  ...  52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   61   62   63    Next  [ 1255 posts ] 

Display posts from previous: Sort by

Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog

  new topic post reply Update application status  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.