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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross R1 Admissions Decisions, Team Exercises Abroad
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The MBA admissions team at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business started the congratulation calls to accepted Round 1 applicants in the U.S. yesterday, and continues with notifications today to successful international applicants.  According to admission’s director Soojin Kwon, all Round 1 decisions will be released tomorrow, December 18th, just after noon EST.

The Round 2 deadline is coming up just after the New Year on January 4, 2016, and Michigan Ross plans to hold Team Exercises in the following international cities in addition to on-campus dates:

  • Sao Paulo: January 30
  • Mumbai: January 31
  • Shanghai: February 4
  • Tokyo: February 6
Although the admissions office will be closed from December 24th until January 4th, there are still ways to connect with Ross students and alumni during the winter break. “Over the holidays, students will host informal coffee chats around the world to answer questions about their experience at Ross,” says Kwon, adding, “We encourage you to connect with one to get the non-website, non-admissions staff view of the program.”

Check the Michigan Ross [url=http://michiganross.umich.edu/about/events/browse-all?type=Ross%20Admissions&program[]=6&audience[]=Students%20-%20Prospective]Events[/url] page in the coming week for upcoming locations and times.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Application Advice from MIT Sloan MBA Students
The MBA admissions team at MIT Sloan School of Management has prepared a video featuring Sloan students who offer tips and advice to prospective applicants. Each tackles a different aspect of how you can better prepare for this experience, and we’ve summarized their thoughts here but also encourage you to watch the brief video as well.



Julius Tapper, MBA 2016—Julius says coming to campus will give you more information than you’ll get anywhere else. But if you can’t come, reach out to someone who shares one of your interests through the club pages posted online and get the conversation started.

Chris Mannion, MBA 2016—Chris encourages applicants to start preparing early, after realizing himself how quickly things get backed up when you have to sit for the GMAT, line up your recommenders, prepare your applications, etc.

“It’s a very long process, and you have to give yourself the opportunity to really understand what school is all about before you even start the application process,” he says.

Brian Kirk, MBA 2016—Brian urges applicants to be themselves, and make their application representative of who they are. And when it comes to the optional essay, and he tells them to absolutely do it, and just make it their own.

“I did not do some fancy digital media video, or write a song or something for it,” Brian says. “I figured out my application up to that point had been entirely professional. I exist outside a professional setting, there’s a lot to me that does not come across in my professional accomplishments. So I wrote my third essay to the tune of, ‘this is who I am outside of the classroom, outside of the office’.”

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Though she’s not identified by name in the video, the final student’s words are perhaps the golden rule of both MBA admissions and life in general. “Just be true to yourself,” she says. “The rest will come in time.”

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tips for Applying to B-School After Years in the Workforce
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If you’ve held the same job for many years, find ways to call out leadership and professional achievements.

This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA Blog on U.S.News.com
The average age of business school applicants has been trending downward for the past decade, and with that, work experience expectations have shifted as well.

But not everyone is ready or in a position to take the business school plunge at 26 years old. If you want to pursue an MBA in your early-30s and beyond, consider these specific tips as you put together your application package.

  • Show career progression:? When applying to a top-tier business school, you’ll need to show the admissions committee a clear path of professional growth. Avoid looking stagnant, as the admissions team wants to admit students who continually seek to learn and advance their skills and leadership abilities.
Even if you have held the same job for several years, you should demonstrate career progression either in the formal sense, with increasingly higher-level job titles, or by pointing out how you have gradually taken on greater responsibilities. Coach your recommenders to specifically address this upward trajectory in their letters of support, as this will help convey your dedication to your professional development.

Make sure to ask a current or recent manager for that recommendation, as a letter from a supervisor who worked with you eight years ago might raise a red flag. If you do select a recommender from the more distant past, make sure that you have really kept in touch and they can speak to your professional progression and work habits now.

Also, if you have had several jobs, don’t worry about squeezing all of them on to the MBA resume. Highlight only the most important positions and responsibilities, and find ways to show career progression and results on your MBA resume.

[*]Show strong leadership: It’s understandable that younger applicants won’t have many examples of leadership one year out of school, but as time goes on, expectations increase and the ability to manage and inspire others will become more important.[/list]
The best MBA programs value great leadership. If you are applying to Harvard Business School in your mid-30s, you better have already developed terrific leadership skills and have a lot to show for them.

For your essays, find professional or personal anecdotes that show how you have galvanized or improved the work of others. Try to paint a vivid picture of your biggest leadership challenge, or of a time when you led ?with integrity or motivated a team to achieve a shared goal. You want to show how you always attempt to do more than a good job, and strive to leave your mark on whatever situation you’re in.

As prepared as you are, you need to convince the schools that you still have room for improvement that can only come from the education and experiences of an MBA program. Let them know exactly what they offer that will help you further hone your leadership or technical skills.

[*] Choose the right type of program: If you’re really advanced in your career, research what type of program is the better fit for your professional goals and personal life. You may find that a part-time MBA program or an executive MBA program will allow you to meet your goals with greater flexibility and less disruption.[/list]
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.

While excited by the range of social and extracurricular activities available in a full-time MBA program, Claudine had an extremely demanding family life with two small children and 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, and she ended up having great success at the joint EMBA program between the University of California—Berkeley Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School.

Business school admissions committees always seek applicants with diverse interests and backgrounds, and older candidates have numerous attractive qualities going for them. The key is to make sure all of those great qualities stand front and center in your MBA application.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Get Organized Over the Holidays
Next week, 2015 draws to a close. Two weeks from today marks the first Round 2 deadline. Are you ready? If you’re not a “list person,” it’s time to become one—at least until the rest of your applications are in.

We’ll help by giving you this outline for your Round 2 To-Do list:

  • Assuming your recommenders have not yet submitted their letters, touch base with them again if it’s been more than two weeks since you last checked in. Remind them that it would be great if they could upload their responses a few days before the deadlines to avoid any last-minute system-crash drama. And thank them again for their time! Ensuring your recommenders are on track is your top priority because this is a tough time of the year for people to be pulled away from family obligations. You know you’ll get everything in, but this isn’t consuming their lives like it is yours.
  • Make sure you have all of the documentation each school requires—things like test-score reports and undergraduate or exchange-program transcripts. If you’re missing something at this point, you’ll probably have to hustle to secure what you need.
  • Finalize your resume. Many schools have cut down on essay requirements, so resumes are playing a larger role in deciding prospective students’ fates. It’s critical that your resume tells the full story of your professional, educational and extracurricular achievements.
  • Complete the applications/data forms for each school. Why do this before putting the finishing touches on your essays? Because when left to the ultimate last minute, applications fields are extremely easy to screw up. There’s no spellcheck available on these forms, and if you’re rushing through them you are likely to make a mistake. Don’t risk having the very first thing the adcom sees be riddled with typos!
  • And now . . . the essays. We’ll be honest: we hope you aren’t just starting your essays this late in the game. But it certainly is possible to pull together quality responses within two weeks. Have a few friends or family members on standby to help you firm up your themes and cut down extra words.
  • Take a little time off to enjoy the holidays!
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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Getting Ready for Round 2 MBA Applications
For many people, the weeks leading up to the new year are a time of merriment and a full calendar of socializing with family and friends. However, for Round 2 MBA applicants, this is likely “crunch time” as deadlines in early January loom.

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If you’ve already completed a first or second draft of your MBA essays, spend these next few weeks proofreading and polishing to make sure they hit all the right notes. Do they convey your passions? Do they clearly address your career goals? And crucially, do they show why X school is the best fit?

If you haven’t yet sought feedback on your essays, now is the time to enlist a family member, colleague, or trusted friend to look them over. However, their primary concern should be your spelling and grammar, not making you second-guess your strategy.

Another key component of the MBA application is the resume, so make sure yours is in tip-top shape. Get rid of any jargon or industry-specific acronyms that a lay person wouldn’t recognize; highlight achievements to identify results and impact; and show the skills you have gained.

Remember, this is not a resume designed to land a job interview—it’s another important way to tell your story to the admissions committee…and it’s often the very first document the person reviewing your application will open.

Finally, ensure your recommendation letters are in. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you know you’ll get your materials uploaded in time, but you simply can’t be as confident about your recommenders. If you haven’t received confirmation that they’ve submitted their letters, stop everything and do what you can to help them finish this critical task.

Best of luck to all candidates applying in Round 2!

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Seasons Greetings!
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From the entire team at Stacy Blackman Consulting, we want to thank our loyal blog readers for logging on each day for the latest news from the B-school universe, and extend our very best wishes for a  happy holiday season!

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: On a B-School Waitlist? Do These 3 Things Right Now
Ah, the waitlist….such an agonizing place to find oneself after applying to the business school of your dreams. There’s no denying that this temporary state of limbo is unsettling, especially for Type-A personalities who are used to taking matters into their own hands and getting stuff done.

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While being waitlisted isn’t ideal, MBA applicants should celebrate the fact that their candidacy is strong enough to merit further consideration by the admissions committee. It’s a great sign that you are qualified to attend the program, and that the school is interested in your profile.

The applicant pool fluctuates every year, and if you’ve applied during an especially competitive season, it may just be that the program cannot offer you an immediate place in the class. So, what steps should you take if you’ve been waitlisted?

Find out the waitlist protocol and follow it to the letter—Waitlist guidelines vary by program, but some business schools welcome hearing from you if there’s been a significant change that bolsters your candidacy, such as improving your GMAT score, passing a college-level quant class with flying colors, receiving a promotion at work, or having had a recent extracurricular accomplishment.

On the other hand, if you’re waitlisted by a program that requests a simple yes or no answer about whether you are interested in remaining on the waitlist, don’t try to send more information or pester the admissions committee about their reasoning because you’ll only be shooting yourself in the foot. You want to do as much as you can without disregarding their requests or overloading their staff.

Show them the love—Your second goal, after updating the admissions team on improvements to your candidacy, is to show them the love. You want them to understand that you love their school, you very much want to be in their program, and that you are committed to attending if admitted.

Business schools don’t want to be rejected if they extend an invitation to you. They need to manage their yield, and want to be able to say that 100% of the people they invited to attend actually said yes.

So how do you show the love? By staying in touch with your waitlist manager through the occasional phone call or regularly scheduled email reiterating how excited you are about their program and that you absolutely will attend if they offer you a place in their class. Keep the contact and content under control, though. No stalking! This is about love, not obsession.

Relax and reconnect—Most MBA applicants become consumed by the admissions process and find themselves emotionally untethered when there is no immediate next step to advance to the goal. If that’s the case, it’s time to unwind and reconnect with the people and pastimes that fell to the wayside during those hectic months of preparation.

Once you do start business school, life may again be too frenzied to adequately nurture your outside hobbies and relationships, so make sure to devote time and energy to the things that feed your soul outside of your career.

Finally, to all those waitlisted candidates out there, take heart. It’s not the news you wanted, but there are plenty of reasons to keep hope alive. You wouldn’t be on the waitlist if you were not someone they thought could be a great addition to the class. Hang on and stay strong—and positive—as you wait out this last leg of the MBA admissions process.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Strategies for Defining Your MBA Goals
While it sounds simple enough, many b-school hopefuls struggle with the question of addressing their career goals because although they know they want an MBA, they haven’t yet clearly defined what their goals are, and how earning an MBA degree will help.

Remember, a goal is something you want to achieve. Therefore, “I want to work in investment banking” is not a goal. How then do you go about defining your career goals?

Think about a logical sequence that starts with your past work experience, then your MBA education and ends with your immediate post-MBA goal. Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you want.

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In your essays and interviews, you’ll want to give some background about why you are interested in your specific career pursuits. It will also add credibility to describe how you tend to approach goals in general. Are you determined despite obstacles? How have you demonstrated your persistence in your career thus far?

Your past experiences have certainly informed your post-MBA plans, and touching on those most relevant will be helpful to setting the background for your current pursuit of an MBA. To make this essay more than a rehash of your resume, think about explaining the rationale for your decisions throughout the essay.

Focus only on relevant examples from your career: the situations that led you to realize what you really want to do or helped you to build skills that have become important to your goals. Often the best indicator of future performance is the past, and therefore examples can support your position that your goals are achievable with an MBA degree.

Believe it or not, it’s sometimes helpful to reflect on the negative. By taking a look at your least-favorite moments in your career trajectory so far, it becomes easier to see which functions appealed to you the most and which ones you really disliked. To take your research deeper, talk to colleagues and alumni who have MBAs in your field to see what your career path options are.

One thing I tell people to tap into when they’re thinking of their career goals is envy…in the best possible sense. When you think about envy, it probably means you’re thinking about people doing things that you wish you were doing. Ask yourself, “Who is this person? What about them would I like to emulate?” That can help you define your goals in many ways.

One final tip: Spend some time thinking about how the specific business school you are applying to will help you achieve your career goals, and use your essays to explain to the admissions committee why their program is the right place to spend the next two years of your life.

Passion for your career choice will come across as you tell your story through essays, discussions with recommenders, and interviews, so it’s worth articulating your own dreams in advance. A career path that focuses on demonstrated passions and interests throughout your life is going to be most compelling.

Make sure that your career goals are both realistic and aspirational. Your post MBA goal should be achievable and demonstrate the need for the degree. Once you’ve come up with a clear, cohesive vision of your career goals, tying it all together with your background and accomplishments is a great first step in a successful application strategy.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: So long, 2015!
As we prepare to welcome 2016 this week, it’s a time for both reflection and anticipation. But odds are if you’ve been working on MBA applications, you’ve already been doing a lot of both over the past several months.

Updating your resume, brainstorming the most intriguing stories for your essays and reminding your recommenders of everything you worked on together is about as intense a walk down memory lane as it gets. You’ve spent weeks upon weeks reviewing your life’s accomplishments and navel-gazing in order to ensure your materials will show admissions committees who you really are.

Now we encourage you to take a break (even if it’s just for a day) and focus on looking forward.

If you already know where you’ll be heading in the fall—or are in the envious position of deciding between programs—then there’s no doubt 2016 is going to be a banner year. You have much to be excited about!

If you’ve been waitlisted, are putting the finishing touches on your Round 2 applications or are just beginning the application process for Round 3, we understand how nerve-wracking it is to have a good chunk of 2016 up in the air. But your future plans will all fall into place in due time. And once your materials are in, there’s no harm in testing out the power of positive thinking, right?

You could also make it a New Year’s resolution to look forward to bigger and better things in 2016—no matter what ends up happening with business school.

Or you could take this slightly more cynical approach:

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On January 4, SBC will be kicking off our 2016 “Words of Wisdom” series. Check our social media channels and here on the SBC blog for ongoing tips and inspiration. Insights are contributed by partners, including deans and professors at top b-schools, the best in GMAT prep providers and our friends heading up the admissions committees at the schools you want to go to!

Happy New Year,

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Stacy Blackman’s Year in Review
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How is it possible that we’re already at the final day of 2015? Once again, the time is upon us to make new resolutions, push ourselves to learn and grow, and rededicate ourselves to our personal and professional goals.

With that in mind, we’d like to share some of our most popular blog posts from the past year, each selected to help you better prepare as you journey along the road to business school.

Should You Retake the GMAT?—Business school hopefuls can be incredibly hard on themselves when they make mistakes on the GMAT, but each error is a learning opportunity and a chance to improve.

Evaluate 3 Factors When Comparing Business School Acceptances—The decision-making process is different for everyone, but there are a few things to consider that may sway your choice.

Checklist for Admitted MBA Students—Once the euphoria over your acceptance to the b-school of your dreams has subsided slightly, it’s time to refocus your energies to all of the big and little details that make up your admitted MBA student “To Do List.”

Decide Whether to Pursue a Pre-MBA Internship—The pre-MBA internship has become a growing trend among the recently admitted. Let’s take a look at what it is, who it’s for and why you should think about pursuing one – maybe.

4 Reasons to Write an Optional Business School Application Essay—When it comes to the optional essay question posed by most business schools, MBA hopefuls often wonder if it is really optional. Many applicants feel an obligation to write something, and struggle with what that something should be.

Don’t Be “Joe MBA”—One of the biggest mistakes we see applicants make is assuming that the surest route to business school admission is playing it safe and doing what “everyone else” does.

Avoid Choosing the Wrong MBA Recommenders— Steer clear of these potential pitfalls when it comes to selecting a recommender, or you may find your chances of admission crushed despite having an overall compelling application.

MBA Your Resume—Your resume is a very important part of your materials, and the extra work you put into revising it could be what makes the difference between a ding and an interview offer.

How to Think (and Write) About Your Career Goals—Here’s a little secret: the AdCom doesn’t expect you to know exactly what you want to be doing decades from now. And no one’s going to hold you to what you write in your essay. However, your answer to the career goals question is still important.

4 Things to Know Before Going to Business School—Whether you’re already an admitted member of the Class of 2018, or a candidate working on your application for next fall, take a look at these tips to help better prepare you for an awesome MBA experience.

How to Stand Out in an MBA Group Interview—Business schools want students who will play nice with others, and so watching how someone interacts with peers before anyone’s even admitted can be very telling.

Develop a Smart Social Media Strategy for MBA Applications—Your social profile needs to match the persona you will present to the admissions team, so start thinking of it as an opportunity to better tell the story of you.

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My goal with this blog has always been to bring b-school applicants the latest news from the schools, insightful application and essay tips, and to explore major trends affecting the future of management education.

Thank you so much for making us a top destination for your b-school research. I hope this resource continues to serve you well as you embark on what is definitely a life-changing, career-boosting journey.

Have a wonderful holiday, and I’ll see you back here in 2016!

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These brief sessions with schools can provide valuable insight into why you were rejected.

This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA Blog on U.S.News.com
All MBA hopefuls fear getting denied, but if there’s any silver lining to rejection, it’s that many business schools now offer 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, who often find success the second time around. In fact, in the past, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has shared with us anecdotally that applicants who reapplied often have a slight edge in the applicant pool.

Find out the policy of your school of choice and get in touch with the admissions office right away, making 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.

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.

Think of this as one additional opportunity to build upon your relationship with the school, so 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, so 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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Over the next week, more than a dozen top MBA programs will close out their Round 2 application periods.

If you are targeting one of those schools and haven’t hit “Submit” yet, here are some last-minute tips for you:

  • Ensure your recommendation letters are in. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you know you’ll get your materials uploaded in time, but you simply can’t be as confident about your recommenders. If you haven’t received confirmation that they’ve submitted their letters, stop everything and do what you can to help them finish this critical task. Seriously. Right now. Go call them. (Don’t email or text them—call)
  • Give both your resume and your essays to a family member or friend to review for typos. And just typos or other errors! At this point, it’s not wise to change much about the content itself, so be clear that you are not looking for their thoughts on whether there’s a better story to use or example to discuss. Their concern should be your spelling and grammar, not making you second-guess your strategy.
  • The application itself—or, the “data form”—also needs a careful review. Here are specific things to look for before you hand it over to someone else with fresh eyes:
    • Spelling errors, missing letters/words, stray punctuation. There’s no spell-check feature in most applications, and if you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to make a mistake.
    • Consistency. Ensure you’ve remained consistent in everything from titles to organization names to date ranges across the data form, your resume and your essays. If something doesn’t match up across your materials, it may raise a red flag to the AdCom.
    • Redundancy. While you want your background to presented consistently across each piece of your MBA application, if you simply copy and paste your resume bullets into data-form fields such as “Most significant accomplishment,” you’re wasting an opportunity to tell the AdCom something new. Even if time is tight, you should be able to describe an achievement in a fresh way or give additional details that didn’t fit on your resume.
    • Correct program name. The “optional essay” or “additional information” field in particular can be a dangerous one if you re-use the same content across applications—ensure you don’t have School X’s name in School Y’s materials.
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“Have fun, be excited about the opportunity for self-reflection and, in that spirit, be yourself! Open communication with your friends and classmates makes for a richer and even more rewarding experience.” – Amanda Carlson, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Columbia Business School.

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Are you targeting the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School? Whether you’re looking forward to an interview in Round 2 or 3, or perhaps have your sights set a bit farther out for next application season, you’ll want to take a look at these three tips I recently shared with Business Insider on how to ace your Wharton interview.

  • Prepare for the Team-Based Discussion: observers want to see candidates contributing without dominating the discussion; the idea is to see how you might engage in a productive conversation with a group of future classmates. To make a positive impression, be sure to share your point of view, but also listen thoughtfully; respect differing points of view; and bring others into the conversation.
  •  Emphasis your experience as an innovator: To emphasize this aspect of your personality or experience, think of ways you’ve acted as a “change agent” in your workplace or community. Wharton wants students who are dynamic and energized about looking to change industries, economies, and even their countries.
  •  Show you’re globally savvy: Showing global awareness isn’t necessarily about the number of stamps on your passport. Rather, it’s about showing that you thrive in new and unfamiliar environments, and can successfully navigate the challenges of competing in a global marketplace.
Click over to the full story on Business Insider and you’ll learn how to show the admissions team at Wharton that you’re prepared to work well with a team, emphasize innovation in your approach, and share your global perspective. You may just find yourself on the positive side of Wharton’s competitive interview and application process.

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Last week, the website Poets & Quants named Edward “Ted” Snyder of Yale School of Management as the 2015 Dean of the Year, an honor only four other business school deans have received. When Synder took the helm in July 2011, expectations were sky-high given his previous deanships at the Chicago Booth School of Business and UV Darden School of Business.

“Just four and one-half years into the job at SOM, Snyder has not merely met those high expectations. He has clearly surpassed them,” writes editor-in-chief John A Byrne. “On virtually every single metric of quality—from application volume and average class GMAT scores to MBA rankings and starting compensation for graduates—Yale SOM can boast major improvements.”

During his tenure, Snyder has expanded the SOM’s mission of educating leaders for business and society by further connecting with Yale’s other professional schools, opening ultra modern new facilities, and by greatlyexpanding its international footprint through the Global Network for Advanced Management.  The Global Network, founded by Snyder in 2012, currently has 28 member schools from all over the world.

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These improvements have certainly caught the attention of prospective MBA candidates. Poets & Quants notes that Yale SOM saw a 24.8% increase in applications last year, and the school has reported a 29% rise in Round 1 applicants this year.

“The biggest increases, however, have come from countries where a global network business school is located,” Byrne writes. “In global network countries, for example, GMAT volume is up 14.6%, but SOM’s applications from those nations are up a whopping 51.6%.”

The SOM’s higher profile and quality of the applicant pool has led to a marked increase in compensation figures as well, with Class of 2015 graduates receiving  a median first-year compensation of $146,480, a 9.1% increase over the previous year’s graduates. ““We are closing the gap with the best best schools on employment,” Snyder tells Poets & Quants.

Byrne concurs, noting that “At that level of pay, SOM is in an MBA sweet spot occupied by Columbia ($146,645), Wharton ($146,303), and Dartmouth Tuck ($146,020).”

There’s little question Yale School of Management will offer Snyder a second five-year term when his first is up in July. As the dean says, “We’re building on the work of many before us and are energized by the school’s mission.”

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Earlier this week, we launched a Words of Wisdom (WOW) campaign on our social media streams. Have you seen it yet?  The goal is to galvanize potential MBA candidates with inspirational quotes from the top business schools and our educational partners, and we’ve had a tremendous response!

More than 12 elite MBA programs, and organizations such as Forté Foundation and the MBA Tour, will chime in with their thoughts on topics such as how to conquer the GMAT, solve the thorniest business problems, manage your time, and be true to your values.

Every Friday for the next month, we’ll provide a roundup of these motivational messages here on the blog, but you can see them right away on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Use the following hashtags:  #WOW #WordsofWisdom #SBCWOW #MBAinspiration and #BeInspired to check it out each day.

We hope these messages inspire you to make 2016 your best year ever!



“We all live by a set of core principles. Make sure that one of yours is to choose graciousness in all that you do.” Mike Rielly,  Assistant Dean, The Berkeley MBA For Executives, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

“Your best preparation includes learning how to fully engage in your own learning process.” Bara Sapir, CEO/Founder  of  Test Prep NY/SF

“What is happiness? Three things: good health, meaningful work, and love.” Richard Shell, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics  at The Wharton School. Author of numerous books including Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success

 “Research tells us that women tend to opt out of opportunities where they do not feel 100% qualified. The truth is that there is no one ideal MBA candidate profile.  There’s also no one ideal business school. Opt yourself in to this process. Explore a variety of schools, and find which one is the ideal fit for YOU.” Krystal Brooks, Associate Director, Early Career Women at Forté Foundation

“Be a force for intellectual honesty in public discourse — be true to your values, respect the differing values of others, and be willing to change your views in the face of new analysis and evidence.”Professor David Besanko, Kellogg School of Management

“The GMAT is like a first date: first impressions matter, but you must be on the top of your game throughout the entire time.” The Economist Test Prep

“When solving problems, it’s easy to come at them and say ‘I need to fix this.’ Instead, take the time to question the problem itself.” Christina Hachikian, Executive Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“Time management is key. Start the application process early, and make sure to plan ahead for any unforeseen delays.” The MBA Tour  

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On Friday, Harvard Business School‘s director of MBA admissions, Dee Leopold, shared the following details regarding Round 2 interview invitations:

  • Interview invitations will go out in two waves: January 27 and February 3
  • All candidates not being invited to interview will receive notice of their “release” on February 3
  • All 2+2 candidates will receive an invitation or be released on February 3
  • Interviews will take place between February 11 and March 4
  • Campus Interview Days will offer opportunities for class visits, student and faculty panels, and campus tours
  • Hub cities this round are:
    • London, Paris, Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Menlo Park, and NYC
Our advice here at Stacy Blackman Consulting for anyone interviewing at Harvard Business School is this:

As you prepare for your interview, one of the most important tips to remember is to sound natural—not scripted—during the exchange.  Instead of trying to remember and include every last one of your memorized bullet points, focus on succinctly answering only the question at hand.

If you can get from point A to point B in a clear, logical way; maintain an open, friendly, and professional demeanor; dress appropriately; and have an inquisitive attitude about the school and all it has to offer students, you stand a very good chance of coming out of the interview with flying colors.

Good luck, HBS applicants!

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The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has released the findings of its 2015 Year-End Poll of Employers, which reveal solid 2015 hiring numbers and robust 2016 hiring projections that reflect a continued healthy demand for recent graduates of master-level business programs — especially MBAs.

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Among the survey’s other findings: 96% of responding employers agree that hiring business school graduates creates value for their companies and 68% agree that recruiting graduates of MBA and business master’s programs is a priority in their company’s hiring plans.

“Employer demand for graduate management talent is projected to remain strong in 2016 for MBAs and other master’s-level business candidates,” says Bob Alig, GMAC’s executive vice president for school products. “Recent graduates from business and management programs should see high demand for their skills because employers understand that they are valuable assets to their organizations.”

Findings in this report represent survey responses from 179 recruiters from across 159 companies of varying sizes and industry sectors located in 31 countries or regions worldwide. A majority of the employers participating in this year’s survey indicate that they will be striving towards improving performance and productivity, expanding their customer base, and launching new products and services and less focused on overcoming economic challenges and cutting costs than in recent years.

In addition, 73% of responding employers plan to offer internships to MBA candidates in 2016 — GMAC surveys have indicated that internships remain one of the most successful ways for master’s-level business school graduates to receive job offers. Ninety-two percent of the responding employers that offered MBA internships in 2015 plan to increase (26%) or maintain (66%) the number of MBA internship openings in 2016.

These positive developments echo what recent business school graduates say about the value of their degrees. In a September 2015 GMAC poll of recent graduates, a vast majority of alumni from the class of 2015 said their graduate management degree helped prepare them for the job market.

In fact, three to four months after graduation, full-time two-year MBA alumni in the class of 2015 reported an employment rate of 91%– five percentage points greater than the class of 2014 reported in September 2014.

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Fresh on the heels of being named Dean of the Year by Poets & Quants, Edward Snyder has been appointed to a second term as dean of the Yale School of Management.

“I am delighted that he is willing to continue in this capacity and foster SOM’s continued excellence and prominence on the world stage,” President Peter Salovey announced in a letter to the SOM community.

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During his tenure, Snyder has expanded the SOM’s mission of educating leaders for business and society by further connecting with Yale’s other professional schools, opening ultra modern new facilities, and by greatly expanding its international footprint through its Leadership Center in Beijing and the Global Network for Advanced Management.  The Global Network, founded by Snyder in 2012, currently has 28 member schools from all over the world.

Salovey noted that many members of the Yale SOM community wrote to recommend the dean’s reappointment.

“In reading the comments that so many of you took the time to send me, I was struck anew by the many facets of the dean’s leadership and the abundance of connections he has forged for the school,” Salovey said.

“You wrote of his talent for motivating colleagues, uniting faculty, staff, and students in a strong sense of purpose. You lauded his clear agenda toward transforming SOM into one of the world’s elite business schools. And you spoke of his commitment to Yale SOM’s unique mission to educate leaders for business and society,” he continued.

Snyder began his term as dean of Yale SOM in 2011, and is regarded as the most successful business school dean in the nation, former Yale University President Richard C. Levin said at the time. Prior to accepting the position at Yale SOM, Snyder served as dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and had also held that position at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is an economist with expertise in industrial organization and antitrust economics.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Stacy Blackman’s Words of Wisdom Campaign Continues
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We’re wrapping up the second week of the Words of Wisdom (WOW) campaign on our social media streams. Have you been following along?  The goal is to galvanize potential MBA candidates with inspirational quotes from the top business schools and our educational partners, and the online response has been through the roof!

More than 12 elite MBA programs, and organizations such as Forté Foundation and the MBA Tour, will chime in with their thoughts on topics such as how to conquer the GMAT, solve the thorniest business problems, manage your time, and be true to your values.

Every Friday for the next month, we’ll provide a roundup of these motivational messages here on the blog, but you can see them right away on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Use the following hashtags:  #WOW #WordsofWisdom #SBCWOW #MBAinspiration and #BeInspired to check it out each day.

We hope these messages inspire you to make 2016 your best year ever!

  • “Here at @NYUStern, we value IQ + EQ. Embrace your individuality. Don’t hold back,” says Assistant Dean Isser Gallogly, New York University Stern School of Business
  • “Give 100% attention to the task at hand.  The past is over and the future hasn’t arrived.  Focus on the present.” GMAT Genius
  • “Remember to be memorable. Don’t be afraid to reveal and share the true stories that make you unique. Memorable candidates are not forgotten and sharing a highlight from your personal journey makes you stand out from others,” advises Judi Byers, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Cornell’s Johnson School of Management

  • “Both the GMAT and the GRE are difficult exams that cover a wide range of topics. Give yourself time to prepare and master the complex academic material,” suggests Paul Siemens, Director of Advantage Testing of Los Angeles
  • “Throughout the admissions process we genuinely want to get to know you. When preparing your essays, make sure you answer the questions asked, but at the same time, don’t overthink your responses. Be authentic!” says Jim Holmen, Director of Admissions at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • “You are the hero of your own story.” Forté Foundation
  • “Be uniquely you. We seek a diverse MBA class and value variety in perspective, experience, outlook and thought,” explains  Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of MBA Admissions at Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business
  • “Be tenacious, and be goal oriented. This will help you during your GMAT Prep and the entire MBA application process.” The Economist Test Prep
  • “Double check your essays!  Schools want to see that you know how you’ll benefit from the MBA, and also how you’ll enhance the community as a student.  Make sure your essays are specific to each individual school, and that you highlight both parts of the ‘fit’ equation—what you’ll give back as well as what you’ll get from the program,” counsels Allison Jamison, Director of Recruitment at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
  • “A detailed plan of action can keep your endeavors on track, but ask someone to hold you accountable.” GMAT Genius
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ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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