From Seeking an MBA to Seeking Success (Part II)
Step 4: Application Components
Although there are many components to the application, the following are common concerns of applicants and admissions committee members.
- Essay. Overall, tell your story honestly and with humanity while always answering the question. Describe your teamwork successes and work both in and out of the workplace.
- GMAT. Take a practice test and assess your scores against the ranges of your target schools. If your score is not up to par, consider a professional test preparation course. Give yourself adequate time to reach your target score and practice.
- Interview. Interviews are generally relaxed, but it’s recommended that you practice prior to your interview. Review your application, the school’s website, and come ready to have a good conversation. Avoid extreme wordiness, shyness, and poor eye contact, which all can come across as poor preparedness.
Step 5: Choosing Your School
- Consider attending the weekends for admitted students, which will give you a chance to meet admitted students and might help you decide on a school.
- You also may consider getting in touch with current students, faculty members and admissions staff.
- Reassess location benefits, reputation and your goals.
Step 6: Summer Before School
Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know members of your class at local events or online forums. In addition, if you’re in need of preparation consider taking refresher courses. Some students also take this opportunity to travel or visit friends and family, as school and work may not allow for extended trips or visits in the near future.
Step 7: Getting a Job
The process varies according to the school and your interests. Generally, if you are interested in a field that is typical of students in your program, you will find that the business school has its own process you can follow as soon as 1-3 months after you begin your study. If you are interested in an atypical path, you might have to do additional legwork on your own in terms of making contacts and getting interviews. Yet, each school will help you perfect cover letters and resumes and tailor them to the jobs you want.
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