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Top 3 Mistakes Made with the Sloan Application 2015-2016

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Is Sloan Receptive to Re-applicants? [#permalink]

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From Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts), http://www.mbaadmit.com, email: info@mbaadmit.com

We welcome you to sign up for our FREE informative Newsletter, which provides useful tips, insider information and guidance for applying to top MBA programs. Sign up on the right hand side of our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com.

For a FREE profile evaluation directly from Dr. Shel Watts, a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 25 years of work with MBA applicants, fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

For a Ding Analysis, in which we can review your prior application and give you detailed feedback about how to improve your next application, send an inquiry to info@mbaadmit.com or visit http://mbaadmit.com/category/ding-analysis/. Current Special Pricing: $265.

Ask about our current specials – Comprehensive packages beginning at $1495 (Compare with our competitors who charge $4,400!); Basic editing of one application for $925. Valid through March 30, 2016. Opt to work directly with Dr. Shel on your MBA applications!




Is Sloan Receptive to Re-applicants?

Most of the top MBA programs are receptive to re-applicants if a re-applicant makes certain to correct the perceived weakness(es) in their prior application. We have written a long article that discusses 7 Best Practices for Re-applicants, located here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/7-best-practices-for-reapplicants-214756.html

But what specifically about Sloan?

Some top business schools are rumored to be less receptive to re-applicants than others. In our experience, Sloan is receptive to re-applicants as long as you fix the prior shortcomings of your candidacy or application. But within this receptiveness, they are still weeding out candidates strongly based on whether you “fit” with the Sloan culture and curriculum.

We have seen candidates go from rejection with no interview to admission the very next year – from all sorts of backgrounds, including American, African, East Asian and European. In most cases, these candidates did show a great fit with the Sloan culture or curriculum. They had demonstrated a desire to help facilitate change and bring excellence to their work, for example. We helped these candidates to identify the problems of their candidacy or application and address them, which helped them gain admission on a second try.

Therefore, if you had a solid overall application but one flat recommendation, you need to reapply with a stellar application – including the essays – and stellar recommendations. If your GPA is solid but you applied with a less-than-ideal GMAT score, say around 640, you should strive to secure a much higher score, ideally in the 700s. If you did not put enough effort into your essays, but otherwise your credentials are competitive, you need to present a new application that shows clearly a great deal of effort in preparation and excellent content.

Success is possible!


Here is information about our Ding Analysis Service, which we are offering a special discount on through April 5, 2016 (current cost, $265): http://mbaadmit.com/category/ding-analysis/

Best wishes,
Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts)
President, MBA Admit.com

http://www.mbaadmit.com
Email: info@mbaadmit.com
_________________

From MBA Admit.com: Proudly, one of the most affordable MBA admissions consulting companies. Comprehensive service for approx. $1695-$1995 for the first application and approximately $500-900 for work on the essays of a second application. Basic editing: $985 for 1 application. Restrictions apply.

Dr. Shel Watts, the Founder of MBA Admit,.com, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Clients can opt to work directly with Dr. Shel in the admissions process. http://www.mbaadmit.com

Interested in learning if we think you can be successful as an applicant to a top MBA program? Sign up for a FREE Profile Evaluation directly from Dr. Shel. Fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

Direct email address: info@mbaadmit.com

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From Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts), http://www.mbaadmit.com, email: info@mbaadmit.com

We welcome you to sign up for our FREE informative Newsletter, which provides useful tips, insider information and guidance for applying to top MBA programs. Sign up on the right hand side of our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com.

For a FREE profile evaluation directly from Dr. Shel Watts, a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 25 years of work with MBA applicants, fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

For a Ding Analysis, in which we can review your prior application and give you detailed feedback about how to improve your next application, send an inquiry to info@mbaadmit.com or visit http://mbaadmit.com/category/ding-analysis/. Current Special Pricing: $265.

Ask about our current specials – Comprehensive packages beginning at $1495 (Compare with our competitors who charge $4,400!); Basic editing of one application for $925. Valid through March 30, 2016. Opt to work directly with Dr. Shel on your MBA applications!





Top 3 Mistakes Made with the Sloan Application 2015-2016

Given the Sloan MBA application’s sole main essay topic, highly restricted space on the application form and resume, and long recommendation form responses, candidates should employ a solid strategy to present their best achievements and a compelling case for admission. Many applicants fail to recognize the importance of the structure of Sloan’s application and they also fail to make great use of some of the key application components. Based on the candidates we have conducted Ding Analyses for thus far, here are the three most common mistakes that were made with the Sloan application this 2015-2016 admission cycle:

Mistake #1: Failing to take great advantage of the sole main essay in the Sloan application. When there is only one essay topic in an MBA application, it is extremely important that you do an outstanding job in writing it, choosing the topic with great care. This means you should ensure it highlights your winning strengths and credentials and use excellent business-relevant language to convey some of your key points. Sloan also provides an optional essay, and we at MBA Admit.com encourage candidates to use that space as it gives you all the more space in which to make your case for admission.

You should make certain to use this “prime real estate” to present a very strong, compelling portrait of yourself, including your passions, skills, talents, greatest achievements, personal story and vision for the future. Failing to make great strategic use of the essays can reduce your odds of success in Sloan’s admissions process.

Mistake #2: Failing to recognize how much titles matter and to present your most impressive credentials on the application form. Did you notice that on the Sloan application form you didn’t have much space to provide details or descriptions about such matters as extracurricular activities or jobs? What does that mean? It means that titles matter a great deal. Please note, this is a notable change in the Sloan application form relative to about four years ago. The school seems to be pickier in recent years about the academic credentials and titles that candidates present, likely in an effort to be more selective in admissions and thereby strengthen their position in the rankings of top MBA programs.

Bearing this in mind, you need to select the credentials you present on the Sloan application form carefully. With regard to your work experience, for instance, will the admissions committee be impressed with the name of your employer or school? Are they prestigious or leaders in their fields? If not, you need to work harder in the essays to present the value of your work experience and present other impressive credentials through your resume.

As for extracurricular activities, if the admissions committee sees you were only a member-of-this and a member-of-that for extracurricular activities, with no distinct leadership contributions, they may already believe you are not a proactive leader before they even begin reading your application. If you have impressive leadership titles with some activities and participated in the activity for a reasonable amount of time, consider showcasing this on the application form.

Mistake #3: Failing to maximize use of the recommendations. Unlike many other top MBA programs, Sloan has not adopted the use of the “common recommendation form” – a recommendation form that offers three standard recommendation questions to which recommendation writers are to respond. Those schools that offer the common recommendation form make it easier for candidates to apply to multiple schools, since they can use the same recommendation at multiple schools. But Sloan has not only kept its own unique recommendation form, it has also kept a large number of recommendation questions, several of which are completely distinct from the questions asked on the common recommendation form. The take-away? Sloan doesn’t want it to be easy for you to simply apply to Sloan as a backup school. They want to see you put effort into the application and that your writers devoted time to address their customized questions. They also want to see if you truly exhibit some of the characteristics they most care about, including your ability to impact an organization, influence others and be goal-oriented. If your recommendation content is not shining and the grid marked well, your chances for admissions will be hurt.

Here is information about our Ding Analysis Service, which we are offering a special discount on through April 5, 2016 (current cost, $265): http://mbaadmit.com/category/ding-analysis/

Best wishes,
Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts)
President, MBA Admit.com

http://www.mbaadmit.com
Email: info@mbaadmit.com
_________________

From MBA Admit.com: Proudly, one of the most affordable MBA admissions consulting companies. Comprehensive service for approx. $1695-$1995 for the first application and approximately $500-900 for work on the essays of a second application. Basic editing: $985 for 1 application. Restrictions apply.

Dr. Shel Watts, the Founder of MBA Admit,.com, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Clients can opt to work directly with Dr. Shel in the admissions process. http://www.mbaadmit.com

Interested in learning if we think you can be successful as an applicant to a top MBA program? Sign up for a FREE Profile Evaluation directly from Dr. Shel. Fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

Direct email address: info@mbaadmit.com

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What a Ding Analysis of my Sloan Application Did for Me [#permalink]

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From Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts), http://www.mbaadmit.com, email: info@mbaadmit.com

We welcome you to sign up for our FREE informative Newsletter, which provides useful tips, insider information and guidance for applying to top MBA programs. Sign up on the right hand side of our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com.

For a FREE profile evaluation directly from Dr. Shel Watts, a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 25 years of work with MBA applicants, fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

For a Ding Analysis, in which we can review your prior application and give you detailed feedback about how to improve your next application, send an inquiry to info@mbaadmit.com or visit http://mbaadmit.com/category/ding-analysis/. Current Special Pricing: $265.




What a Ding Analysis of my Sloan Application Did for Me!


Many Sloan candidates who receive rejection letters wonder if a Ding Analysis from a highly reputable consulting company might be worth the investment. At MBA Admit.com, we highly encourage the Ding Analysis because the best way to begin preparing a winning MBA application to Sloan is to fix the problems that existed in your prior applications. You must know clearly and precisely what those problems are. Once you know what the problems are, ideally you can identify actionable next-steps to address and correct those problems in order to bring a better outcome at Sloan in the near future.

What are some of the aspects a Ding Analysis should assess in order to help you identify the weaknesses of your candidacy or Sloan application? One thing of particular importance for Sloan is whether you demonstrated a great fit with their culture and curriculum. There are many other factors to assess also, and these are some of the more important. A Ding Analysis should consider:

General strength of essay content – strategic view
General strength of essay content – grammatical/writing quality view
Strength of Recommendations
Strength of resume
Strength of application form
Impact of Citizenship
GMAT Score
GPA – Undergraduate
GPA – Graduate (if applicable)
Adequacy of Work Experience Duration
Adequacy of Work Experience Quality
Impact of Age
Impact of Industry – Asset or Negative?
Impact of Current Company – Asset or Negative?
Long-term goal
Short-term goal
Strength of Extracurricular Activities
Impact of Round or Application Timing
Effectiveness in Conveying Personal Story
Effectiveness in Conveying Personal Attributes
Overall Impressions

We will soon be posting profiles of candidates who underwent a Ding Analysis for Sloan, thereby coming to understand clearly what aspects of their application they needed to improve. They then applied successfully to top MBA programs thereafter. We will update this posting with a link to those profiles!


Here is information about our Ding Analysis Service, which we are offering a special discount on through April 5, 2016 (current cost, $265): http://mbaadmit.com/category/ding-analysis/

Ask about our current specials – Comprehensive packages beginning at $1495 (Compare with our competitors who charge $4,400!); Basic editing of one application for $925. Valid through March 30, 2016. Opt to work directly with Dr. Shel on your MBA applications!

Best wishes,
Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts)
President, MBA Admit.com

http://www.mbaadmit.com
Email: info@mbaadmit.com
_________________

From MBA Admit.com: Proudly, one of the most affordable MBA admissions consulting companies. Comprehensive service for approx. $1695-$1995 for the first application and approximately $500-900 for work on the essays of a second application. Basic editing: $985 for 1 application. Restrictions apply.

Dr. Shel Watts, the Founder of MBA Admit,.com, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Clients can opt to work directly with Dr. Shel in the admissions process. http://www.mbaadmit.com

Interested in learning if we think you can be successful as an applicant to a top MBA program? Sign up for a FREE Profile Evaluation directly from Dr. Shel. Fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

Direct email address: info@mbaadmit.com

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