The most competitive MBA programs accept just a tiny fraction of the qualified candidates who apply each year, so you have to do everything you can to maximize your chances of getting in.
However, applicants often get tripped up by seemingly harmless mistakes that diminish their chances without them even realizing it. To see what I mean, check out the article I wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek on how to blow your chances of getting into a top business school.
Thankfully, round one deadlines are still a few months off, so if you think you may have strayed down any of these erroneous paths there’s still time to correct course. And remember, you don’t have to be a so-called “perfect” candidate to get into an elite MBA program; but self-awareness is a defining trait of every successful MBA.