Category Archives: Yale SOM Advice
October 23, 2012
Have you already applied to Yale School of Management or thinking of doing so in an upcoming round? Admissions director Bruce DelMonico recently posted insight into the Yale SOM MBA admissions process that we’d like …
Have you already applied to Yale School of Management or thinking of doing so in an upcoming round? Admissions director Bruce DelMonico recently posted insight into the Yale SOM MBA admissions process that we’d like to share with current and future applicants.
Step # 1
Two different members of the Admissions Committee review the submitted applications. Like most top-ranked schools, Yale SOM takes a holistic approach to its review and DelMonico says no one element of the application is determinative. The school is looking for candidates with strong academic backgrounds and leadership potential, with certain qualities that make Yale SOM students distinctive.
According to the admissions director, successful applicants will possess “broadmindedness and intellectual curiosity,” as well as “the ability to think rigorously and act purposefully, and the constancy to navigate uncertain situations.” With a class size of just 250 students, it’s imperative that each member of the community brings an element of diversity through his or her background, experiences, interests and professional aspirations.
Step # 2
For those who applied in Round One, know that Yale SOM has extended approximately a third of the total interview invitations it plans to offer for the round. While an interview is certainly a positive sign, DelMonico cautions against assuming that an invite is a strong indicator of AdCom’s final decision.
“We typically interview roughly 30% of our applicants, and a little more than half of those interviewed are ultimately offered a place in the class,” he explains.
The purpose of the interview is to get a better sense of how you think and act, DelMonico says. Preparation is vital, and you should come in ready to discuss your leadership experience and career trajectory as well as elements from your resume and essays.
Step # 3
If you applied in Round One, you will receive a decisions by December 13, 2012. For those applying on the January 8th Round Two deadline, expect to hear back by March 28, 2013. If you are still working on your application and interested in learning more about the school, DelMonico notes that Yale SOM has posted additional events to its schedule, including online chats, which are a great way to get a feel for the campus and community.
For more on applying to Yale School of Management, read Stacy Blackman’s previous posts with Round Two advice, application tips, interview pointers, and more.
December 21, 2011
In the latest admissions newsletter from Yale School of Management, Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico offers advice for those planning on spending the holidays polishing their applications in advance of the January 5, 2012 Round …
In the latest admissions newsletter from Yale School of Management, Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico offers advice for those planning on spending the holidays polishing their applications in advance of the January 5, 2012 Round 2 deadline.
Here are DelMonico’s three general tips:
Be yourself. This sounds obvious, but many applicants get tripped up trying to get inside our heads. Don’t outthink yourself. Tell us about what you care about, not what you think we want to hear.
Don’t ignore your weaknesses. There’s no such thing as a perfect applicant. Everyone has weaknesses. We’ll see them, so you’re better off acknowledging them and incorporating them into your application than hoping we’ll miss them. If you don’t do so, we’ll wonder how introspective and self-aware you are.
Don’t stress about (insert application element here). Grades matter. Test scores matter. Essays matter. Everything in the application is important, but nothing more so than anything else. Do a good job and take everything seriously, but don’t let it overwhelm you””no element by itself will make or break your application.
For the next two weeks, DelMonico suggests you reread your essays and recruit a trusted friend or family member to give it a thorough review to ensure that you’re addressing all of the cogent points. Be sure to proofread the entire application to ensure there aren’t any spelling mistakes or missing/incorrect information. Also, wrangle those recommenders to confirm that they’re on target to submit their letters by January 5th.
Applicants will last-minute questions will be relieved to know that the admissions office still has a handful of 10-minute telephone Office Hours spaces available–but you’ll have to jump on those asap.
January 14, 2011
The Yale School of Management provided a brief MBA admissions update yesterday for those hoping for further insight into the next steps in the admissions process. The admissions committee has begun to review applications and …
The Yale School of Management provided a brief MBA admissions update yesterday for those hoping for further insight into the next steps in the admissions process. The admissions committee has begun to review applications and already issued the first wave of interview invites earlier this week.
Adcom reminds any nail-biting applicants that some invitations may go out later in the round, which is merely a consequence of when the application is reviewed and has no bearing on your status in the process or the final outcome of your application. The waiting game has begun!
One thing you can do, suggests the admissions committee, is double-check your online status page to make sure Yale SOM isn’t still waiting for any of your supplemental materials. The ball doesn’t get rolling until your application file is complete, so confirm that they have everything they need to move the process forward.
As a reminder, interviews have a 30-minute time frame and are usually conducted by trained second-year students. A half an hour goes by in a flash, so prepare well and maintain your focus on your resume, essays, leadership experiences and career direction. Tell your unique and personal story, not what you think the interviewer wants to hear, Yale SOM recommends.
Lastly, for those of you who have yet to submit applications, the campus visit program has begun for 2011. Campus visits are a valuable opportunity for you to get a first-hand view of Yale SOM, sit in on a class, take a tour of campus, lunch with current students, and participate in an information session conducted by one of the admission committee members.
Still need more information about Yale School of Management? Check out Stacy Blackman’s section on Yale SOM Advice for application tips, updates and further insight.
December 10, 2010
Early to mid-January will see a spike in activity at B-schools across the country and around the globe as Round 2 deadlines approach. With that in mind, the admissions office at Yale School of Management …
Early to mid-January will see a spike in activity at B-schools across the country and around the globe as Round 2 deadlines approach. With that in mind, the admissions office at Yale School of Management offered some recommendations Thursday for applicants looking for the best way to make use of the remaining time before hitting the submit button.
While this advice is geared toward Yale SOM applicants, it holds true no matter where you are applying.
Work on your essays. Here is your chance to share your personal/professional narrative, so make sure your essays not only answer the questions and tell a coherent and concise story, but that you are also putting your most competitive foot forward.
Ask a mentor or colleague to read over your essays and provide honest feedback on how well you achieve these goals.
Polish your resume. The resume is a snapshot of your educational and professional life to-date. Make sure it is clean, clear, and concise; that it highlights your achievements, not just your responsibilities; and that it is typo-free.
Pin down your recommendations. You want to give your recommenders as much time as possible to complete their recommendations. If you have not finalized your choice of recommenders yet and sent them the recommendation form, now is the time to do so.
Take (or re-take) a standardized test. If you haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE yet, you’ll need to do that asap. If you’re not satisfied with the results and feel that you can do materially better, there’s still time to take it again.
Doing so depends on a number of factors ”” whether you think you can improve your score enough to make re-taking it worthwhile; whether you have the time to study for the exam, etc.
You’re entering crunch time now, so make sure you have all other elements of the application under control if you’re considering retaking the test.
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Applicants can connect with current students during Yale SOM’s Winter Break Socials; please check the admissions events page, where cities and dates across the globe will be posted.
For more Yale SOM advice from Stacy Blackman Consulting, follow this link!
November 19, 2010
The admissions office at Yale School of Management offered an update on Round 1 applications Thursday to let prospective students know that admissions is still in the midst of reading applications and extending interview invitations. …
The admissions office at Yale School of Management offered an update on Round 1 applications Thursday to let prospective students know that admissions is still in the midst of reading applications and extending interview invitations.
Yale SOM reads through admissions in random order, so if you haven’t heard back yet, hang in there and take comfort in the knowledge that admissions will continue to extend invitations for interviews throughout the round and still has several Round 1 interview slots available.
The Round 2 deadline (January 6, 2011) is fast approaching, and the school strongly encourages applicants to use this time wisely as you finalize all the components of the application during the hectic holiday season.
Here are a handful of resources and events that may help you in this last leg of the application journey:
- Yale SOM will be hosting two industry-focused events: a December 1 Finance at SOM Chat and a December 7 Consulting at SOM Chat.
- On December 3, the Yale SOM Open House offers an opportunity to visit the campus and meet faculty, students, and alumni.
- Listen to a recording of Yale SOM’s September Application Tips Chat (it comes in two parts: a slideshow presentation (pdf) and an accompanying audio (mp3). A copy of yesterday’s application tips chat should be available soon.
- The December issue of the Yale SOM Admissions Newsletter will include an announcement of opportunities to meet with current Yale SOM students in your area over winter break.
October 27, 2010
Now that the first round admissions deadline has come and gone, the Admissions Office at Yale School of Management has some insight into the interview process to share with applicants. Like most MBA programs, the …
Now that the first round admissions deadline has come and gone, the Admissions Office at Yale School of Management has some insight into the interview process to share with applicants.
Like most MBA programs, the interview is merely one component among many which are used to judge and weigh your candidacy for a spot. At Yale SOM, the purpose of an interview is two-fold.
- Interviews give AdCom a chance to see a candidate’s personality, leadership qualities and motivation for pursuing an MBA from the Yale SOM.
- Interviews also let applicants tell their own story beyond the essays and other materials in the application.
Applicants shouldn’t worry about the timing of an interview invitation, since Yale SOM reviews applications randomly but makes every effort to get invites out as early in a round as possible. The school confirms that, so far, it has extended approximately half of the interviews planned for the first round.
Second-year students who have gone through an extensive training process conduct most of the interviews, though some are conducted by admissions staff, alumni, and other members of the Yale SOM community. And remember: interviewers don’t know anything about your background apart from what is on your resume.
The time frame for the interview is just 30 minutes, so there won’t be time to share everything you’d like. Preparation is vital, and you should come in ready to discuss your leadership experience and career trajectory as well as elements from your resume and essays.
Most important, advises Yale SOM admissions representatives, is to be honest with yourself and tell your unique and personal story–not what you think the interviewer wants to hear.
For more tips on how to navigate your B-school interviews, read advice from Stacy Blackman Consulting here.
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