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2306, 2019

The 2019 Harvard Business School MBA Essay Question!

By |June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

HBS has released the 2019 MBA essay question and deadlines for the class of 2022 business school application, and it's the exact same question as last year! With no word limit on the 2019 essay, you may think writing more is better -- don't do it! The ability to be concise is a gift, and is one of the business skills the admissions committee, not just at Harvard, but at any of the "Top Ten" highly competitive business school MBA programs, consistently looks for: can you convey your assets and talents in a clear, crisp, concise way. Get you message across in a moderate amount of words, in a way that's succinct, yet shows the committee who you are, and that will make you stand out. So, to relate the following: The Class of 2022 Harvard MBA essay question is: As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program? (no word count limit) Most of my clients who are successful in getting in to HBS have, on average, essays that come in with a word count of 1,000 words. Not 1,500 words, and certainly

606, 2019

Stand Out From The Pack: Make Your #MBA Application Extremely Competitive!

By |June 6th, 2019|Categories: Harvard, HBS, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, MIT Sloan, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Business schools like leaders. High GMAT scores are great, pedigree experience at well known-name firms will get you attention, but business schools…especially if you’re looking at the famed  ‘Top Ten’ and targeting places like HBS, Wharton, Kellogg or Chicago Booth for your MBA or EMBA degree, want to see that you also bring something actively interesting to the table. What do I mean by “actively interesting?”  Something that demonstrates you are ambitious, innovative and using every ounce of your time to creatively push your career forward. The best way to do this?  In my opinion, it’s to start your own side business, and/or not-for-profit organization. It doesn’t matter how big it is, it doesn’t matter how successful.  What matters is that you ACTIVELY decided to take a step forward and tried something perhaps outside your comfort zone. Even while working a full-time job. For example: I worked with an applicant who started a humanitarian organization raising just a mere $1,000 USD initially to buy school supplies for girls in India. This non-profit is now bringing in over $250k annually, and its founder, who really didn’t have much truly outstanding on her resume to begin with that would get her noticed, got into HBS, Stanford, and MIT.  She thought

1211, 2017

Your Big MBA Interview: How Should You Prepare?

By |November 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

It's MBA interview season, and if you're in the midst of it (and one of the lucky few to actually get a Round 1 or Round 2 interview date from your business school of choice), you're probably wondering how to best prepare, and what you can do to truly ace the process. Rule #1:  First understand the process.  Are you on campus or out campus (as in out-of-state, or out-of-country in terms of your school?).  Each scenario has it's own perks and downfall, so just understand the difference. On campus, the people who will be interviewing you, are the ones who will actually make the decisions.  This, in my professional view, is the (and your) best case scenario, because there's no middle ground or intermediary person you have to first wade through in order to get to the actual decision maker(s).  In other words, it's like meeting with the CEO or the President of a company  = the one who has the actual power to hire you. Given this, if at all possible, I always recommend going to campus for your actual interview. If it simply cannot be done however, because you're in a different state, or a different country

3005, 2017

MBA Application Deadlines for 2017-2018

By |May 30th, 2017|Categories: Columbia, Dartmouth Tuck, Harvard, HBS, INSEAD, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, NYU Stern, Ross, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The top MBA business school deadlines for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle are starting to come in! I will be updating the MBA IVY blog as Round 1 dates and essay questions continue to be announced, but for now, the big changes from last year include Harvard (HBS) moving their deadline up to Sept 6 (R1) and Jan 3 (R2) respectively, and Wharton now more aligned with other "Top Ten" MBA programs, with a Sept 19th deadline for Round 1. As mentioned, essay questions for some of the MBA programs have also already been announced, so while we still wait for others, check the list out below and check back soon! And remember, if you need extra help or advice on this year's application: I’m a former Harvard admissions interviewer and a Harvard grad, and run the top MBA admission consulting firm  Contact me today and get into the school of your dreams!]

2205, 2017

NYU Stern Announces New 1-Year MBA in High Tech

By |May 22nd, 2017|Categories: MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, NYU Stern|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Traditional 2-year Tech MBA is About to be Disrupted New York University’s Stern School of Business just announced its new 1-year MBA program in tech for IT professionals and others looking to further pursue and build upon their career in the high tech industry. It's a new category for a top business school that is already at the forefront of New York's Wall Street and "Silicon Alley" community, as the one-year MBA allows those who are already immersed in the field to really narrow their professional focus, put their nose to the grindstone, and come out with an MBA in half the time (and the investment!) from a top business school like NYU Stern. The Tech MBA is specifically designed for applicants who already have a solid technological background and want to take that next step.  It will prepare graduates, post-degree, to secure jobs in the corporate world in high tech finance and entrepreneurship across numerous platforms and industries. MBA applications are available now for 2018 admissions at: NYU Stern's Tech MBA site, and check out my other article The GMAT Score You Need to Get In to a Top Ten Business School! [I'm a former Harvard admissions interviewer

2105, 2017

Columbia MBA & EMBA Essay Questions for 2018

By |May 21st, 2017|Categories: Columbia, EMBA, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Columbia Business School has announced the MBA & EMBA essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. 2018 ESSAY PROMPTS: Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters) Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3 – 5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words) Essay #2: The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words) EMBA Essay #2: Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA will challenge you by offering a rigorous academic experience, global exposure through the international seminar, and the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your career. How will you approach balancing the demands of the program with your professional and personal life while you are in school? (250 words) Essay #3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words) a: Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life. b: If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what

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