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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Have You Hit Submit? Here are 5 Tips to Pass the Time While Waiting for News from the Schools
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You spent months planning your application strategy, studying for the admissions exam, writing essays, and wrangling recommenders. Then you hit the submit button for your business school applications in round two. Now what? You’re probably wondering what to do with yourself during what we call the MBA waiting game. Here are five tips to pass the time while waiting for news from the schools.

Come up with your Plan B.
It’s tempting to start planning out your first few weeks on campus—the clubs you plan to join and the apartment you will hunt for—but reminding yourself that you have alternatives is healthy. You’re young, intelligent, and accomplished. If you didn’t go to business school in the fall, what career shift or huge dream might you fulfill?

Maybe you would flee to Paris and take art lessons. Learn Mandarin (in China). Perhaps you would hike the Appalachian Trail. Fantasizing about plan B is more practical than you think. When you start receiving those acceptance letters, you’ll have a head start on your summer plans!

Avoid discussion boards.
Commiserating with strangers over the Internet may seem like an attractive outlet for your anxiety. But focusing on an outcome you can no longer control will only add to stress in your life. While it’s certainly positive to network with your potential future classmates, make sure you approach any rumors or myths with a balanced perspective.

It is natural to search for certainty in an uncertain process. With admission rates hovering at 10 percent for the most competitive programs, many candidates feel anxiety about the final decisions. However, if you have put together the strongest possible application you can and worked to impact every factor under your control, it’s time to relax and wait for the results.

Prep for interviews.
If you absolutely must remain focused on your MBA plans, starting your interview prep is a good outlet for your energy while you’re waiting for news from the schools. Working on your communication and presentation skills can be an ongoing challenge.

Practicing common interview questions with friends and family will both make you more prepared when the interview invitation arrives and minimize your anxiety.

Stay in touch with the schools.
Demonstrating continued and genuine interest in your MBA program of choice is one of the best ways to show the admissions committee that you are strongly committed to attending their program. How to do this? Reach out to alumni for an insider view of the program, and perhaps some interview pointers as well.

If the school plans to hold an information session online or in a city nearby, sign up or show up. You can never have too much information about your target school. The more opportunities you create to connect with the program, the better you can judge its culture and community to determine if it’s the right fit for you.

Be happy.
Waiting for news from the schools can feel excruciating. Distract yourself things you enjoyed before essays and GMAT scores became the focal point of your life. Take this opportunity to relax a bit, read a book, or go for a run.

It’s likely your social life has languished on the back burner for the past few months.  Spend some time reconnecting with your family and friends before every waking minute is spent job hunting and networking with your fellow MBA classmates.

Although accomplishing a huge goal such as gaining admission to an MBA program will feel good, friends, exercise, and relationships are the path to longer-lasting happiness.

And finally, if you do receive news that you’ve been placed on the waitlist at your dream business school, take a look at this blog post on how to handle MBA waitlist purgatory.

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The Most Important Part of the MBA Application is…  [#permalink]

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Every day, we receive e-mails and phone calls from potential new clients. They often go something like this: “I have a 2.9 GPA, 680 GMAT, and four years of work experience in consulting. I’ve been promoted twice; I have good extracurriculars. What are my chances?” B-school hopefuls then want to find out what is the most important part of the MBA application. Is it the GMAT score, undergraduate transcript, essays, interview, letters of recommendation, or something else entirely?

What part of the MBA application is *most* important?
Everyone wants to know what to focus on in their application, and how their personal circumstances rate. Top business schools don’t admit you based purely on your statistics, though they do count quite a bit.

While a 550 GMAT or a 2.5 GPA will raise a red flag at an MBA program like the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a 700 GMAT and a 3.6 GPA make you a solid candidate. But even an 800 GMAT score and a perfect GPA can be rejected at an elite MBA program.

Ask most admissions committee members and they will tell you that it’s the sum of many pieces—there is no one “most important” part of the MBA application.

The top schools want to know who you are, and statistics and a résumé don’t tell them that.

It’s the essays, interviews, and recommendations that ultimately reveal the person beyond the paper.

Compelling essays, recommendations, and interviews can provide context for a low GMAT score or GPA. But the reverse is not true. Strong numbers will never make up for weak essays or a disorganized, negative recommendation.

Time to reevaluate your shortcomings
Some say the most important part of the application is your so-called “weakest” part. One weakness could completely change how admissions committee members perceive your application. In fact, many admissions officers urge applicants to be up front about their shortcomings.

Everyone has weaknesses. You’re better off acknowledging and incorporating them into your application than hoping the person reading your application will miss them.

While we doubt that many business school admissions committee would formally support this statement, we would cast our vote for essays as the most important part of your application.

Why MBA essays carry so much weight
The essays allow the admissions committee to truly discover who you are. It’s where you write why an MBA makes sense as the next step of your career path. Also, it’s how you differentiate yourself from everyone else who scored in the 700s on their GMAT.

The essays are your opportunity to present your strengths and explain your weaknesses. They also go along way toward convincing the adcomm that you have a lot to offer the program and that you belong in their class.

The essays are also consistent among all applicants. In that way, they are less difficult to evaluate and compare. All candidates receive the same set of questions. The same group of admissions members reviews those answers. This creates a level playing field that can simplify the review process.

Interviews are very different. Some are conducted over the phone, some at the business school, and all are handled by different types of individuals with different approaches.

Recommendations vary as well. While all applicants do their best to find great recommenders, some individuals work with MBAs who understand the process. Others work with people who have no idea what to write.

You should know that most applicants to the top schools are qualified, in the sense that they would be able to handle the curriculum and benefit from the program. The essays are each individual’s opportunity to talk about their true self.

The most important part of the MBA application is…You
Finally, to be admitted, you need to demonstrate that you are more than merely qualified. It’s the story that you put together about your goals, passions, and prior experience—and how business school fits into the mix—that will make the difference for you. Once that story is assembled, we can better answer the question: “What are my chances?”

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Wondering what’s the best way to address weaknesses and strengths in the MBA app? Take a look at Stacy’s post in US News & World Report for pro tips.

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If Rejected, Take Advantage of Application Feedback Sessions  [#permalink]

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All MBA hopefuls fear rejection. Fortunately, many business schools now offer application feedback sessions to help unsuccessful candidates figure out where they might have gone wrong.

This availability of application feedback confirms that the schools really do welcome and encourage re-applicants. In fact, the Wharton School has shared with us anecdotally in the past that applicants who reapplied often have a slight edge in the applicant pool.

Schedule Application Feedback Sessions ASAP
Find out the feedback policy of your school of choice and get in touch with the admissions office right away. For instance, Harvard Business School and Kellogg School do not provide application feedback. But UV Darden SchoolDartmouth Tuck and others do. Make it clear that you will use the feedback to reapply next year, if that’s the case. These meetings usually take place on a first-come, first-served basis in the spring, at the end of the admissions season.

Due to the brevity of these sessions, it’s important to prepare in advance. Write down a few pointed questions that will help you make the most of your meeting. If you questioned anything during the application process, you now have the opportunity to clear things up. In order to gather actionable information, your questions should sound something like this:

• Was there any concern about my quantitative abilities? If so, what can I do to demonstrate my capabilities?

• Were my career goals clear?

• Are my reasons for wanting an MBA sound?

• What were some of the biggest weaknesses in my application? Do you have any suggestions for how I can ease your concerns in those areas?

Have a plan to make sure the session stays on pace, because you’ll usually have a maximum of 15 minutes. Keep track of the time and strive to end the conversation gracefully.

Don’t Expect Application Feedback Sessions to Reveal All the Answers
It’s unlikely that members of the admissions committee will tell you flat out that you don’t have the stats, background or qualifications to attend their MBA program, even if that is the case. Nor will they tell you to change your life plans just for the sake of the application. There’s an art to extracting information, but don’t expect to receive the secret key to success during this brief conversation. Take what you can get.

Ultimately, the feedback session may or may not provide helpful insight. You might receive a very actionable comment, such as “you need more work experience” or “you should raise your GMAT score at least 30 points.” But with more qualified applicants than available seats in the program, the advice is often quite general and you’ll have to work hard to pin down specific takeaways.

Make a Positive Impression During Your Application Feedback Sessions
Think of this as one additional opportunity to build upon your relationship with the school. Maintain a pleasant, engaging and polite tone. The admissions committee also takes notes during the exchange that will go into your file and form a part of the evaluation you when you reapply next year. Make sure you don’t get defensive about their feedback.

Treat this as an extension of your interview: Jot down the name and email address of the person you speak with, and remember to follow up with a thank-you note.

Finally, don’t spend a lot of time or energy fretting about elements of your application that you cannot change in less than 12 months. Instead, use the feedback from the admissions committee and your own honest self-analysis to determine where you can improve in order to better position your application for the next admissions cycle.

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A team of Ross School MBA students has won the Deloitte Foundation’s ninth annual MBA National Case Competition.  The competition took place January 3rd-5th at Deloitte’s leadership center near Dallas, Texas. Initially, more than 1,000 students from leading MBA programs across the country entered regional competitions. In the end, 64 students advanced to the national finals.

Case Competition Leads to Innovative Solutions
At the national finals, 16 student teams developed a strategic proposal and presentation to define a growth strategy for a healthy, fast-casual dining chain that operates almost 100 stores across the US. The company focuses on the nutritional value of its menu offerings, and sustainable positive impact of its business.

Students recommended helping the organization achieve growth through several strategies. First, by developing an expansion of current product offerings in innovative formats for target consumers. Next, by leveraging digital opportunities. Finally, by identifying the capabilities and requirements needed to execute the strategy.

Leaders from the company attended the competition and served as judges along with industry and Deloitte leaders.

 Nine years in, the motivation and strategic thinking shown by the students competing continues to amaze us, notes Bill Lam, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

“This year, we challenged the teams with a case focused on creating a growth strategy for a startup health-conscious restaurant chain,” Lam explained in a statement. “The participants approached the case with passion and determination for helping guide a socially conscious, purpose-driven brand. The competition provided the MBA students great exposure to the realities of working in a dynamic, ever-changing business world.”

In the end, Ross team members Thomas Corness, Jessica McClain, Jason Rock and Andrea Schiff earned a combined scholarship of $20,000 for their well thought out analysis and innovative solution.

Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business took second place. The Darden School of Business and NYU Stern School of Business followed in third and fourth place, respectively.

Other Finalist Schools in the MBA National Case Competition
  • Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Columbia Business School
  • Cornell Johnson College of Business
  • Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
  • Duke Fuqua School of Business
  • Emory Goizueta Business School
  • MIT Sloan
  • Northwestern Kellogg School of Management
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler
  • University of Texas McCombs School of Business
“The Deloitte Foundation is committed to providing the emerging workforce with challenging, innovative, experiential learning opportunities,” said Seán Morris, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and member of the Deloitte Foundation board of directors.

Founded in 1928, Deloitte Foundation supports a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers. Above all, the foundation promotes excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation.

“The MBA National Case Competition, as well as our other education programs, are designed to be a real-world extension of the classroom setting, allowing students to apply their knowledge, and ultimately growing the pipeline of future talent. We continue to be impressed with the exceptional talent showcased during this annual competition.”

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Hey,

I am having a hard time to decide on the Universities best suited for my profile.
I would really appreciate your inputs. I am posting my details below:

Nationality: Indian
Age: 24
Qualification: B.com Honours, University of Delhi and Cleared CFA Level II, Cfa Institute USA
GMAT Score: 660 (Q48 V34), IR 7, AWA (not released-waiting for the result)
Undergrad Score: 78.63% (Considered First division)
Academic Scholarship:
1. Received one for my undergraduate studies.
2. Twice from the CFA Institute - Access Scholarship
High school score: 94.4%
Internship:
1. PepsiCo, India - Finance Department
2. Sabio Capital, an Investment management startup in India
Work Experience:
1. A fin-tech startup in Equity Research - 1 year 4 months - Held positions of responsibility (training of new employees)
2. A Knowledge Process Outsourcing company- 10 months - Corporate FInance - M&A Advisory services - worked on multiple deals

Extracurricular activities:
1. Represented state at the national level in declamation (oration basically, similar to debates) contest
2. Affiliation with Red Cross Society (NGO)
3. Organized various inter-college events as a part of the Debating Society and the Fine Arts Club in college

I intend to apply to European Universities. GMAT:660 - this bothers me but I chose to move on with this. Stockholm School of Economics is my first preference. Other universities that I will be applying to are - NHH Norway, BI Norwegian School of Economics, Lund University (School of Economics and Management), Rotterdam School of Management. Considering my profile and the low GMAT score, I have a few questions:
1. What are my chances of converting the above mentioned schools (esp. Stockholm School and NHH Norway)? Do I stand a chance to win a scholarship in any of these listed schools?
2. What other schools should I send an application to? Does it make sense for me to apply to St Gallen (Switzerland), Bocconi University (Italy), IE Spain, Frankfurt School (Germany), EADA Spain, Esade Spain or Essec (France)?
3. Do you think that my low GMAT score can be compensated with my academics? Do I still have a chance to fetch scholarship?

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GMAC Acquires The MBA Tour  [#permalink]

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Last week, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) announced it has acquired The MBA Tour. As a prospective MBA applicant, you’ve likely seen b-school recruiting events sponsored by The MBA Tour all around the world.

GMAC plans to grow The MBA Tour’s core offering and expand into additional markets. Going forward, GMAC will align its data, reach and presence along multiple candidate touch points.  It will also explore ways to deepen the interaction between business schools and prospective students.

Expansion planned into under-served markets
In addition, GMAC will expand The MBA Tour events into currently under-served markets. This will bring easier recruiting access to a new pool of prospective students. With more information available, prospective students can make better decisions from the moment they consider an MBA to the time they enter the application phase.

“The acquisition of The MBA Tour is part of an ongoing effort to develop smarter, more innovative ways to help business schools grow their candidate pipeline while providing programs with more intuitive, data-driven solutions to meet their recruiting needs,” said Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of GMAC, in a statement.

The MBA Tour began operation in 1993.  It hosts over 60 business education events each year across six continents. These events connect candidates with business schools from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

“The MBA Tour has always been committed to providing the best opportunities for schools to meet qualified candidates,” said Peter von Loesecke, CEO and Managing Director of The MBA Tour.

Von Loesecke says going forward, GMAC will use their data and scale to make these events even more compelling for schools and candidates.

The acquisition finalized on January 10, 2019.

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Everyone has an opinion about submitting an MBA application in ultra-competitive round 3. Did you try your best, but you just couldn’t pull together all of your application materials before R2 deadlines hit? If so, you might wonder whether round three is the answer.

By the time the final admission round starts, admissions committees have seen thousands of qualified applicants. They have a fairly good idea of what the incoming class will look like. Plus, they have also compiled a waitlist of additional qualified candidates.

Before round 3 closes out, a certain percentage of people admitted in the first two rounds will have already committed to a program. In short, precious few spots remain when the admissions committees finally turn their attention to final-round applications.

As such, deciding whether to apply in the final round requires serious reflection and sound reasoning. Consider these three signs that you should not apply to business school in round 3.

You had no luck with earlier round applications.
This is a guaranteed red flag that your MBA application needs more work, and applying in the final round will likely yield the same results.

It’s a huge mistake to think that fewer applicants in round three means less competition and better chances of admission. As we’ve mentioned before, successful round three applications offer the schools something that has truly not appeared in applicants from the previous rounds.

The admissions committees know what they need to round out the class. They have become good at estimating numbers and evaluating and accepting applicants who fit their criteria.

Only the strongest, most compelling candidates make the cut, so if your applications didn’t generate sufficient interest in earlier rounds, they certainly won’t amid the exceptional candidates at the end of the season. Instead, you should regroup, restrategize and apply again next year.

Your test scores are middling and you’ve only tested once.
Most applicants plan to retake the GMAT or GRE if their initial test scores aren’t in the 80-percent range for their target MBA programs. Like it or not, test scores greatly influence admissions decisions. As we’ve discussed in prior posts, preparing early and adequately for the entrance exam is critical.

Each year, we hear of that miracle case where someone gets into Harvard Business School with a 650 on the GMAT. However, it’s likely that the person’s profile was so extraordinary in every other way that it offset the low score. (It’s worth noting that for the 2018-19 application season, HBS eliminated the third round.)

Devote ample time to test prep this spring and bring that crucial application component in line with what the admissions committee expects to see from successful candidates.

You’re rushing to get all of your materials together for round 3.
The golden rule in MBA admissions is apply only when your application is as strong as possible – and not a moment before.

Maybe projects at work have kept you ultra-busy these past few months. Perhaps one of your recommenders seems less enthusiastic about your b-school plans and you need to find a new one. Or maybe you just haven’t devoted as much time as you’d like to those important extracurricular interests that the admissions committee loves to see.

Think of every part of the MBA application as precious real estate. If you’re rushing any one component just to get everything submitted on deadline, the quality will suffer.

Take a breather, get your materials together in a thoughtful manner and wait for round one deadlines. This extra time will allow you to approach the application more strategically. And it will certainly yield a more positive outcome than a sloppy last-round application will.

Finally, if you do decide to throw your hat in the ring, be sure to have a Plan B in case things don’t go your way. Developing resilience is incredibly important if you need to reapply, but it’s also essential in life.

Even when you put your best out there, you might still fail. However, to be successful, you need to learn how to bounce back and try again.

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Next week, anxious Round 2 candidates to Harvard Business School will receive news of their fate when interview invites go out on January 28th and 31st. In his recent post on the Director’s Blog, admissions head Chad Losee reveals that HBS interviews about 1 in 5 applicants and admits just over half of those candidates. If you can successfully pass the hurdle that is the Harvard Business School interview, your chances of admission skyrocket.

What to expect in a Harvard Business School interview
Unfortunately, you can’t predict which specific questions will come up during your interview. But, you can expect the types of questions to fall into three broad categories representing your past, present, and future.

The interviewer will probe in great depth about your career goals, professional choices, and interest in the MBA program. He or she will be very familiar with your essays — so familiar, in fact, that your interviewer will seem determined to find a “hole” in your story.

The anecdotes you share about your past experiences — both successes and failures — will give the interviewer some insight into your self-awareness and maturity. Your story should reveal how you confront life choices, the values and principles that help you negotiate complex situations, your beliefs, and your worldview.

Expect to receive a number of questions during your Harvard Business School interview that will help your interviewer gauge how life has tested you, and how you responded to that test.

Prepare for probing questions
Because your HBS interviewer has already seen your application, many of the questions about past experiences will leverage what he or she knows about you from your essays. Be prepared for specific questions, such as:

Why did you make a particular career choice?

If there’s a single characteristic that summarizes what the admissions team looks for in successful candidates, it would be leadership potential. Provide concrete examples and tangible evidence that you achieved something important by leading others.

Why do you want to go to HBS?

Show that you’ve done your homework on the program, whether you’ve interviewed students, alumni, and professors, sat in on classes, or regularly read several student and professor’s blogs.

Share how HBS can help you achieve your post-business-school goals. It is also important to give insights on your personal and unique motives for choosing HBS.

What books are you reading?

Don’t treat this one like a throw-away question. It offers your interviewer more insight into what you value and who you are — provided you present a thoughtful answer. It’s OK to diverge from being all business; in fact, it’s often better to reveal some other interests.

Why did you major in Art History (or your particular major)?

These sorts of questions provide an opportunity to reveal your motives, thought process, and values.

Dress rehearsal is a must
Practicing the answers to potential interview questions out loud is actually very different than rehearsing them mentally.  Don’t let the interview be the first time you tell your stories out loud. Do a mock interview with a trusted friend, or even alone in front of a mirror.

Rehearsing will make you feel calm and come off as more polished during the actual interview, and the conversation will flow in a much more relaxed way.

Be prepared to ask questions during your Harvard Business School interview
Unlike most other MBA interview formats, not all interviewers give applicants an opportunity to ask questions at the end. However, you should be prepared in case they do. Come armed with a brief list of questions that highlight your knowledge of and interest in the school. If interviewing with an alum, it’s easy to engage in a comfortable conversation about their experience at the school.

Don’t panic over the post-interview reflection
The “post-interview reflection” has no official word limit and is due within 24 hours of the interview. Former MBA admissions director Dee Leopold likened this assignment to an email follow-up you might send after a meeting.

The admissions team wants to know how the interviewee perceives the interview experience. They want to see how you synthesize and digest the exchange. Additionally, the want to determine how well you can communicate without the luxury of extensive rewrites and time to polish your answer.

Though the point of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to think and work quickly, you should plan what you might write about in advance. Before you go into the interview, make a list of three or four aspects of your application you either want to highlight or reinforce in this post-interview reflection. Don’t spend a lot of time writing. While there’s no strict word limit, resist the temptation to recap every point and question.

Don’t use this essay to explain every negative moment from the interview. Likewise, don’t overload the reader with information you fear your interview didn’t convey. Again, keep the email model in mind. Corral the diverse points from the interview into a short, readable piece that helps emphasize your strengths.

Admissions professionals often say that an MBA interview won’t get you in, but it might keep you out. Remember, HBS admits about half of the candidates it interviews. Use these tips to boost your chances.

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By many accounts, 2018 was a rocky year for graduate management education. However, interest in U.S. MBA programs continues to hold strong. Today, the 2019 global MBA ranking announced by the Financial Times shows some volatility among the lower ranked schools. However, the top ten remains firmly entrenched for another year.

Once again, Stanford Graduate School of Business takes the top spot.  Second-place Harvard Business School performed better this year after coming in 5th in 2018. Meanwhile, China Europe Business School (CEIBS) inched up a few places, from 8th to 5th this year.

The FT notes that CEIBS performance in this latest ranking points to the growing strength of MBA providers in the Asia-Pacific region. GMAC has previously revealed applications from the region rose 8.9% in 2018, whereas US demand dropped.

The FT ranking is based on 20 different criteria. Salary and salary increase receive the most weight. Combined, it accounts for 40% of the ranking. In addition, the ranking assesses each program’s research output, value for money, international mobility, and more.

The 2019 Global MBA Ranking Top Ten Programs
  • Stanford GSB
  • Harvard Business School
  • INSEAD
  • Wharton School
  • CEIBS
  • London Business School
  • Chicago Booth School of Business
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Columbia Business School
  • UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
Individual Strengths Highlighted in the 2019 Global MBA Ranking
Top school: Stanford GSB

Most recommended: Harvard

Top European school: INSEAD

Top for international mobility: IMD

Top for Corporate Social Responsibility: UV Darden School of Business

Highest salary increase: Fudan University School of Management

Top value for money: University of Florida Warrington

Top for international experience: the Lisbon MBA

New Methodology Planned for Future Global MBA Rankings
The FT also announced it is reviewing its methodology going forward. For the first time this year, it has assessed schools on their CSR activities. Darden School of Business came out on top for focusing a significant amount of its core curriculum on teaching CSR.

“We need to consider taking into account other important criteria in our rankings,” writes Isabel Berwick, FT’s new Work & Careers editor. “Our current focus on salary observations largely disregards professionals in the public and charitable sectors, and it does not assess their benefits to society overall. Nor can we mark the true value of entrepreneurship, since those who run start-ups may not take a regular salary for years,” she notes.

The mix of countries represented in this year’s Global MBA ranking is similar to 2017 and 2016. In fact, only a few new schools appear on the list. More than half of all ranked programs are in the U.S. Moreover, the gap between the top programs and everyone else appears to be growing. If the trend continues, we’ll likely see only a reshuffling at the top as a result.

As FT’s Jonathan Moules writes, “That so few new schools made it on to this year’s ranking could be seen as a sign that the market for campus MBAs is reaching a point of maturity, where the gap between the top schools and the rest mean that the barriers to entry have become too high for others to gain a foothold.

“This is bad news for those schools not on this year’s ranking. It is they, rather than the top schools, highlighted here in the rankings table, that face the greatest struggle to adapt to changes in the business education market.”

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Landing a seat at the MBA program of your dreams is a major accomplishment. It makes all of those months of application preparation (and worrying) all worth it. If you’ve also received a merit scholarship, good on you!

When you suddenly find yourself with a financial incentive to attend a certain school, you’ll understandably feel honored and overjoyed at your good fortune. However, if you’ve received more than one offer of admission, this unexpected twist can often make your ultimate decision that much harder.

Here’s something such lucky future students often forget: you can try to negotiate merit scholarships.

Maybe you received drastically different scholarship amounts for two or more programs. Or, perhaps you received a financial award for one school but nothing for another. No matter the case, why not contact the AdCom and explain your situation?

This should go without saying, but we wouldn’t recommend naming the competing institution, sharing your offer letter or making demands. Rather, simply reach out to the admissions office.  Reiterate your deep interest in attending their program, and then ask if they would consider increasing their merit scholarship offer (or any scholarship amount) because you now have another offer of acceptance and financial incentive on the table.

This is one of those rare situations in life where—if handled professionally, of course—you really have nothing to lose.

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No matter what stage of life or career you find yourself, everyone can use a few hacks to work smarter in today’s hyper-paced world. Enter the Blacklight from Stacy Blackman Consulting. This new newsletter has you covered with productivity insights and off-beat tech and business news. Plus, we’ll share tips for how to deal with common perils of the modern workplace.

Want to know the real secret sauce for succeeding at anything? Which European country you should visit if you need a creativity boost? Why working with a jerk is actually a good thing? Whether robots will take all our jobs?

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Francesca Cornelli’s term as dean of Kellogg School of Management will begin Aug. 1, 2019.

Kellogg School of Management has a new dean, and her name is Francesca Cornelli. Professor Cornelli is currently a professor of finance, deputy dean of degree education, and director of private equity at London Business School. Cornelli’s term begins August 1, 2019.  She succeeds Sally Blount, who served as dean from 2010-18.

In a statement announcing the appointment, Northwestern President Morton Schapiro lauded Cornelli’s scholarly accomplishments and role as a leader in business education. “She’s uniquely suited to take our Kellogg School to the next level — and to continue building a genuinely global model for business education and scholarship,” he said.

As Poets & Quants points out in their coverage of this story, with this appointment, Kellogg has become the only major business school in the world to have two back-to-back female deans.

“The Italian-born, 56-year-old Cornelli has broken barriers before,” P&Q notes.  “She is the first woman to become a full professor at London Business School and one of the relatively few female scholars in one of the more male-dominated business disciplines of finance.”

A new dean with extensive experience in finance
Cornelli joined London Business School 25 years ago and has held positions or taught at some of the top business schools in the world. This list includes the Wharton School, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, The London School of Economics, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the New Economic School in Moscow.

Her research interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and innovation policy.

“I have always admired Kellogg as a school full of ideas, of creativity and innovation. I am very excited and honored to join a community of such talented people. I know that together we can continue raising the bar while staying true to the Kellogg spirit,” Cornelli said in the school’s announcement.

Cornelli received her bachelor’s degree from Università Commerciale Bocconi in Milan, Italy. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

“She is an exceptional leader and talented scholar who is committed to fostering excellence for faculty, staff and students,” said Provost Jonathan Holloway. “Her enthusiasm for Kellogg, proven track record of collaboration and clear-eyed focus on the future made her the obvious choice.”

“I’m thrilled that Francesca Cornelli will be the next dean of Kellogg.”

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Stay On Track with SBC’s Top Ten Blog Posts-February 2019 Edition  [#permalink]

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Wondering which blog posts do this year’s crop of MBA applicants visit the most on the Stacy Blackman Consulting site? We were, too! Thanks to modern technology—AKA Google analytics—you now have the news you need right at your fingertips.

Without further ado…

SBC’s Top Ten Most-Visited Blog Posts
Harvard Business School 2018-2019 MBA Essay Tips
The most challenging part of the HBS essay is remaining disciplined.  Who is Harvard looking for? The admissions committee writes that “Habit of Leadership, Analytical Aptitude and Appetite, and Engaged Community Citizenship” are the common characteristics of a successful applicant.

US News Releases 2019 Best B-Schools Ranking
When U.S. News & World Report announced its ranking of the 2019 Best Graduate Schools, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business moved up this year to tie with Harvard Business School for the No. 1 spot among full-time MBA programs for the first time in the history of the U.S. News ranking.

Stanford Graduate School of Business 2018-2019 MBA Essay Tips
Stanford is one of the top MBA programs in the world, and many candidates are intimidated to apply. Here at Stacy Blackman Consulting we have worked with hundreds of applicants over the years who have successfully gained admission to Stanford, and before tackling these essays it may be useful to read about some of our successful applicants.

Successful Reapplicant to Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB
For many rejected MBA candidates, having to wait another year to start business school feels like pure agony. When we met Ed Redden last year, he had submitted six failed applications, but the rejections from Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business in particular made him question whether he should even try to apply again.

The Wharton School 2018-2019 MBA Essay Tips
Wharton is seeking to understand who you are and what motivates you in this set of essays. Beyond your credentials and experience, will you fit in with the Wharton community? How will you contribute? Wharton values diversity and teamwork, and wants a class that will work well with each other.

Stanford GSB Leads in QS 2019 Global MBA Ranking
Rankings dynamo Stanford Graduate School of Business once again grabs the brass ring, landing the top spot in the QS Global MBA Ranking by business school analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

2018-2019 MBA Application Deadlines
Find all of the MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season in one convenient location.

INSEAD Fall 2019 MBA Essay Questions
Top European business school INSEAD has several required job and motivation essays within its application. Find out what the admissions team wants to learn about you in this year’s application.

How to Address Weaknesses, Strengths as an MBA Applicant
Almost every MBA application asks some version of the strengths-and-weaknesses question, either as part of an essay or as a question for your recommenders. Understandably, applicants dread the thought of discussing anything negative within their application. But admissions committees specifically ask you to reveal your weaknesses to assess your fit with the program.

Career Goals
If you’re wondering the best way to frame your career goals in your business school application, don’t miss this section. We have numerous posts that will help you crystallize your goals and present them in a way that will create a memorable impression on the admissions committee.

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In June, we’ll be back to update you again with the latest Top Ten most-visited blog posts as we launch into summer. Until then, good luck as you map out your MBA application strategy!

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What to Think about as You Begin the MBA Application Journey  [#permalink]

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As a prospective student, you’ll benefit enormously from taking time at the beginning of your MBA application journey to contemplate the path you’re about to take. This is a great time to ask yourself some critical questions. Self-evaluation and reflection are crucial. Set aside some time for heavy thinking before you start writing your essays. This will prepare you for a solid and strategic application.

What are your career goals?
As you contemplate applying to MBA programs, the very first step in your self-evaluation process is to consider where you want to be in your career. Ask yourself what you would do if you didn’t need to work for money and what your core values are.

If your career goals are not immediately revealed, ask your friends and family what they see you doing. This process should reveal good ideas and a spark of passion for your career path.

Do you work in a field where MBAs are not traditionally required? You may still benefit from the degree. Especially if your career goals include rising to senior management within your company or starting your own company. As a first step, look around at the people you most admire and want to be like within your target company or industry. Read their bios to see their skill set and educational background.

Talking to people who are pursuing your target career, at any level, is also a great way to understand what you need to do to accomplish your goals. Harvard Business Review has a helpful article on the subject: A Simple Way to Map Out your Career Ambitions.

Why do you want an MBA?
While an MBA is a great experience, ultimately it’s a tool to advance your professional aims. The degree is highly focused on practical business applications, not intellectual curiosity.

Preferably when you answer the question of your career goals it will be clear why an MBA is the right degree for you. If your career path doesn’t immediately reveal the need for an MBA, yet you know you want one, you may want to delve into your motivations.

Consider your expectations for the degree and critically evaluate whether your hopes match the reality of an MBA program. Do you know any current MBA students or alumni? Sounding them out is a great way to start your research and make sure you are committed to the MBA application journey.

Is an MBA the right degree for you?
Evaluating your professional goals might reveal that a different type of graduate degree would be useful.

Those interested in finance might also consider a master’s in finance. This degree typically prepares students more specifically for a career in corporate finance, financial analysis or investment management. That degree may prepare you to be the chief financial officer of a company, but may not be the ideal degree for a general manager or CEO.

Are you interested in public policy work or managing in the nonprofit sector? You might look into a law degree, a master’s in public policy or master’s in public administration. On top of those options, you could pursue a joint JD/MBA or a joint MPP/MBA or MPA/MBA.

Any one of these degrees can help you achieve your goals. But you may want to consider the environment of each school. Think about the academic focus, the time you will spend pursuing the degree and what works best for you personally.

Are you competitive in the MBA applicant pool?
As you think about entering an MBA program, you should be aware of the competitive pool of candidates who apply every year. Evaluate yourself against successful candidates to the schools you are considering. Find out what is the mean GMAT and GPA for a successful applicant to your target programs.

Finally, there’s still hope if your “numbers” are much lower than the mean at your dream schools. You may want to consider taking classes to build an alternative transcript or retaking the GMAT. No candidate is perfect. But minimizing any red flags in your application will ensure that you have a strong chance at admission.

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We’ve seen online forum posts that say there’s “no chance” of admission to a top b-school past a certain age. Certainly, older MBA applicants do face certain obstacles. But these applicants get into the top programs every year. If you know an MBA will advance your career, you can and should apply!

When contemplating business school in your mid-30s and beyond, the key is showing how you’ve progressed professionally, and what you’ve contributed on the job. As I recently shared with Seb Murray over at Find MBA, admissions officers are less concerned about chronological age than they are about leadership experience.

A 38-year-old candidate who has spent more than a decade in the same position without showing progression will have a hard time getting into a top MBA program. This is not because of age. Rather, it is because the candidate may not have demonstrated growth during that time.

If you’re applying to an elite school like Harvard, which values great leadership, you should’ve already developed terrific leadership skills. Many people with great leadership skills have achieved a lot by the time they near 40. By this point, they’re not interested in going back to school.

Proving that you are a strong and accomplished 40-year-old leader, and balancing that with the fact that you want to improve in order to get to the next step, is tough to pull off. That said, “old” people are admitted every season! If  they can demonstrate great achievement balanced with a legitimate need or desire to return to school, then they stand a decent chance.

 The downside of going to b-school mid-career
There is one major drawback to pursuing an MBA as an older candidate: opportunity cost. Mid-career professionals generally have larger salaries than younger applicants. Sacrificing that income for up to two years to do a full-time MBA might not be feasible in many circumstances.

Also, consider whether you might learn better from a more seasoned peer group of professionals. Getting an EMBA is a great option for older candidates. Many schools offer part-time programs for professionals who plan to continue working while studying.

SBC Client Case Study
When we worked with Claudine, she was in her late-30s and held an executive-level position in finance at a large consumer products company. She had reached a career plateau in her firm and wanted to obtain an MBA to take her to the next level, but any of the three format options could help her achieve her goals.

She felt excited by the range of social and extracurricular activities available in a full-time MBA program. But, Claudine had an extremely demanding family life with two small children. She didn’t think she could take advantage of the many social activities most full-time MBA students participate in.

Ultimately, her desire for a flexible way to expand her skills and tap into the network available from a strong program led Claudine to look most closely at an executive MBA. She ended up having great success at the joint EMBA program between UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School.

To read more about the trend of older professionals turning toward the MBA, follow the Find MBA link above. And know that your age should never be the sole deciding factor of whether to apply to business school.

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They say that if you can’t apply to business school by Round 2—and you aren’t a unicorn—then wait until next year. While I intended to submit  in Round 2, when I went to apply in early January I still didn’t have the GMAT score I wanted. Also, I didn’t feel all the pieces of my application had fallen into place.

I didn’t want to take a chance by submitting an application I felt uneasy about. But I also knew I was ready for business school and committed to joining the Class of 2019. I decided to wait and apply in the third round, when I felt my application would be the strongest.

I knew acceptance in Round 3 could prove more difficult from a numbers perspective. So I tried to show my enthusiasm for my top school – Duke’s Fuqua School of Business – in myriad ways. I visited campus and sat in on a class. I also made a point of connecting with current students. I learned everything I could about Fuqua’s academic offerings, culture, and extracurricular programs. I also gave much thought to how I could contribute to the community. Then, I fit as many of those details as possible into my application essays.

Leaving no doubts about why I waited until the third round
I wanted the Admissions Committee to know I hadn’t procrastinated until the last moment. To convey that, I used the optional essay to explain why applying in the third round made the most sense for me. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to rebound if I didn’t get good news. So, I started to plan out how I could make my application stronger in case I had to re-apply in the fall.

Getting the call from the Admissions Office was incredibly exciting—truly one of the best days of my life. But, reality soon set in when I realized I had only a few months to find an apartment in Durham, finish projects at my job, pack up my life, and get ready to attend classes for the first time in five years. Despite my best efforts, the timeline still felt a little crunched.

My takeaways from this process? First, it’s vital to apply when you have the strongest possible application. You must also show genuine interest in the school through your application essays. I’m so happy I applied when I did. Going to Fuqua is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. My acceptance in Round 3 meant I could go to business school when I was ready.

If you apply in Round 3, it’s important to stay realistic about your chances. Plan for how to move forward if things don’t go your way. Finally, prepare to uproot yourself on short notice. The first year of business school is intense. Make sure you give yourself time to prepare mentally for going back to school.

Once you get to Fuqua, an oft-repeated mantra is that the experience is what you make it. The application process should be the same.

Fuqua’s third round is coming up
The Round 3 application deadline at Fuqua School of Business is March 20.  Shari Hubert, director of admissions, wants applicants to know that they still have spots available—and merit-based scholarships, too.

For more thoughts on your third round admissions odds, read 4 Myths About Applying to Fuqua in Round 3 on the Duke Daytime MBA Student Blog.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: How They See You: Tips for Building Your Strongest Candidacy
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Are you planning on applying to business school in the upcoming admissions season? If so, you may wonder whether there is anything you can do to bolster your MBA candidacy in such a short amount of time. The good news is, you can take action in several areas right now that will pay dividends in the fall. But where should you focus your energies to create the strongest candidacy possible?

To find out, sign up for this webinar coming up on March 7th, at 2 p.m. EST. I’m teaming up with the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University to share my best insider tips for building your strongest candidacy.

The spring and summer months can be very fruitful both for your personal development and for improving your business school application—or, more precisely, for strengthening your MBA candidacy. With a little advanced planning and a commitment of just a few hours a week, applicants can do a great deal to enhance their profile before that final rush of the fall and winter.

Register today to save your spot and come away with actionable advice for building your strongest candidacy possible!

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Don’t Share Those Updates on Your Candidacy
As you wait to hear back from programs after submitting your MBA applications, it’s normal to have a moment of panic—either immediately, or at some point a little later on. You’ve agonized over your materials for months. 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. 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. Deadlines exist for a reason. Imagine if each of the thousands of hopefuls kept emailing and calling their dream programs after submitting their materials. The admissions committee would never have time to actually read through those applications and make decisions! The best thing you can do is sit tight and let them do their jobs.

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

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

“What if I was let go two days after the deadline?”

“What if I finally 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?”

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:

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Until next time,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

p.s.: If you’ve been waitlisted, the rules change a bit. Read my blog post in US News & World Report on the do’s and don’ts for communicating as a waitlisted MBA applicant.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Applying to B-School in the Fall? Our Advice for Career Switchers
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Are you looking to gain the skills and network to launch your career in a new direction?  These days, few people stay with one company or even on one job track throughout their entire professional life.  So-called career switchers can use the MBA degree to develop connections for future employment. It can also expand international job opportunities. And then there’s the potential for long-term income and financial stability.

Advice for career switchers from non-traditional backgrounds
The 2019-2020 application season is ramping up soon. Does your undergraduate degree or work experience fall into the nontraditional category? Then make sure you clearly convey your long-term career goals within your application and essays. Explain in detail how you arrived at the conclusion that an MBA would help you further your professional aspirations.

Business school demands a huge investment of your time, energy, and finances. Make an airtight case to the admissions committee for why you want to go into this new field. Show that you know what the industry requires, the challenges you expect to face, and convey all previous experiences that demonstrate you have the transferable skills to make this switch.

Emphasize aspects of your work experience that relate more closely to the new career path you wish to follow. If necessary, take additional college-level math courses to demonstrate your quant proficiency. Or, call attention to extracurricular activities that clearly support your career shift.

Career switchers should maximize their time at b-school
Once you’re in business school, you have the opportunity to see how you fit in that new industry through coursework, student groups, internships, or networking with alumni. Self reflection and exploration are key components of the MBA experience. Students have a chance to sample various fields and functions without making any firm commitments.

Embarking on a new career path with a freshly minted MBA tucked under your arm isn’t just about new knowledge acquired in the classroom. It’s about leveraging your existing experience with enhanced skills, and even more so, it’s about making the most of personal relationships.

All of the people, classes, activities, etc. in an MBA program will catapult you into a whole new sphere. You may come out with completely new ideas that help facilitate career change in ways you would not have thought of before.

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You can read more about career switching in this great story on the Forte 360 Blog, Not Your Parents Job Market: How to Stay Relevant and Reinvent Your Career.

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An increasing number of MBA applications now include the use of an online video statement, where you must either introduce yourself to future classmates, or record responses to one or more short-answer prompts, before your application is considered complete.

Why do schools add this extra step?
These videos help the admissions team make better decisions about which candidates are the strongest match with the program. Plus, it can help identify applicants who, while not quite as strong on paper, may actually be the diamonds in the rough that enrich the learning experience for all.

The new format also strengthens the written essays by demonstrating the candidate’s verbal/visual communication skills. The adcom has seen what you have going for you on paper. A video interview can give them a better sense of your personality. It can also help them judge whether or not the “real you” matches the impression you’ve built through your other materials.

This potentially 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.

Don’t let the video statement stress you out
If you have an upcoming video interview or statement for schools including INSEAD, Yale SOM, Michigan Ross or Wharton, practice is essential to success. Unfortunately, video statements and essays can be a source of major stress for already-anxious prospective students.

But here’s some good news: the reality is that it’s unlikely you will totally bomb your statement or essay answers. Just make sure you understand what your program’s video “rules” are before you start the camera rolling.

Here are some video-specific tips, some of which we recently shared with Find MBA:

  • Prepare (and practice) succinct responses for all of the typical MBA-related questions: Why Program X, Why an MBA overall, Why now, What are your career goals, Summarize your career to date, and so on.
  • Then practice by adding some “fun” questions and responses into the mix: Review the last book you read/movie you saw/TV show you watched; What is your favorite song and why; Where’s the best place you’ve gone on vacation, et cetera.
  • Record yourself answering these questions. Have a trusted friend review your responses and tell you how you’re coming off. Tweak your style accordingly.
With just a little bit of confidence and preparation, you could give a response that makes the adcom think, “We just have to meet this person!”

SBC can help you make a great impression with your video statement
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 just 30 minutes a night. You’ll 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.

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