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Michigan Ross Applicants Keen on Team Exercise

Although the vast majority of applicants surely goes into the new team exercise activity a bundle of nerves, the feedback given so far to Michigan Ross School of Business MBA admissions director Soojin Kwon has …

Although the vast majority of applicants surely goes into the new team exercise activity a bundle of nerves, the feedback given so far to Michigan Ross School of Business MBA admissions director Soojin Kwon has been overwhelmingly positive.

Participation in the exercise is voluntary this year, but Kwon says strong interest from Round 1 applicants translated into all on-campus slots filling up, as well as the extra slots Ross added in. Perhaps this round of MBA hopefuls took Kwon’s words from an earlier video to heart when she she said something along the lines of: if you have a chance to introduce yourself and have additional face time before the admissions committee, why wouldn’t you take it?

Something interesting, and certainly reassuring, to take away from Kwon’s latest blog post is the advice she passes along from those applicants who have already completed the exercise:

They said, ”Believe Soojin’s video when she says not to prepare. You can’t and don’t need to prepare.”

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Kellogg Applicants Encounter Video Technology Snags

The video essay, which Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management introduced as a mandatory component of the 2013-2014 MBA application, has hit a few technical snags for some candidates this season. For the video essay, applicants …

The video essay, which Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management introduced as a mandatory component of the 2013-2014 MBA application, has hit a few technical snags for some candidates this season.

For the video essay, applicants use a Skype-like platform where they are asked a short personal question. Users have a minute or two to mull it over, and another one or two minutes to record an answer. They can review their answer and submit it if satisfied, or if not, they have two more chances, with two new questions.

On the GMAT Club forum, applicants have shared their experiences with the new format. Many report losing connection with the first attempt, though one commenter wonders whether the current problem might have been due to system overload near the deadline, as he had no issues submitting a few weeks ago.

In case you’re curious, a few applicants revealed the following as questions posed during the exercise: What is one piece of technology you cannot live without? If you could teach a class on any subject, what would it be and why? and, What is one interesting thing about you that you would want your future Kellogg classmates to know about you?

According to a piece published yesterday in Poets & Quants,  Kellogg is reporting that 8% of applicants have run into “connectivity issues” that have prevented them from completing the exercise.

Kellogg spokesperson Jeffrey Brennan tells Poets & Quants, “Our admissions team is evaluating reports on a case-by-case basis and waiving the video essay component as needed, so applicants can meet the Round One deadline at midnight, October 16. This waiver will not adversely affect the review of applications.”

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Stanford GSB Interview Timeline

Here’s a heads-up for applicants regarding a recent update on the interview process at Stanford Graduate School of Business. According to the MBA Admission Blog, the school has decided to compress the interview timeline. This …

stanford interview timeline

Here’s a heads-up for applicants regarding a recent update on the interview process at Stanford Graduate School of Business. According to the MBA Admission Blog, the school has decided to compress the interview timeline.

This means interview invitations for Round 1 applicants will only go out from October 28-Novembr 26, 2013, instead of over the entire round. Final notification is still December 11th, but you’ll know on November 26th whether you’re still being considered for admission.

“Some of you have told us that if the answer is a definite ‘no,’ you’d rather know earlier to give you more time to work on Round 2 applications for other schools,” writes Victoria Hendel De La O in Stanford MBA admissions. “Our hope is that this compressed timeline helps ease your anxiety as you navigate the application process.”

Because this condensed interview process is still a pilot, interview dates for Rounds 2 and 3 have not yet been set.

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SBC Essay Writing Webinar Coming Soon!

Stumped by uninspired essays?  Struggling to write anything at all? Join a senior SBC consultant for a session designed to help kick-start essays that come to life and create lasting impressions. Two sessions offered on …

Stumped by uninspired essays?  Struggling to write anything at all?

Join a senior SBC consultant for a session designed to help kick-start essays that come to life and create lasting impressions.

Two sessions offered on October 16.  Sign up at StacyBlackman.webex.com.

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London Business School MBA Essay Tips

The London Business School is a close-knit program with an international focus, set in one of the most exciting centers of culture in Europe. Among one of the top ranked programs in the world, LBS …

The London Business School is a close-knit program with an international focus, set in one of the most exciting centers of culture in Europe. Among one of the top ranked programs in the world, LBS is equally valued by US and international recruiters. LBS is an excellent choice for MBA hopefuls who have international experience or would like to develop a career without borders.

When approaching this streamlined set of questions, you will want to make sure you are also presenting your well-rounded self, with focus on career, extracurriculars and personal attributes. Make sure you formulate a clear game plan for this set of essays so you can utilize the limited space effectively.

What will your future look like after completing your MBA? (500 words)

The first two questions for the LBS application focus on your career goals. Though the questions are separated into two, your overall narrative thread should flow organically from your past experiences to your MBA decision and into your future career goals.

To make this essay more than a recitation of your resume, think about explaining the rationale for your decisions throughout the essay. Why did you choose your first job, and what was the impetus behind subsequent career choices? At this point, why are you choosing LBS? While your future career goals are the subject of the next question in this set, you will want to discuss why you have made the choice to pursue an MBA at this time, and why you want to attend LBS.

There should be a clear link between your immediate post-MBA goals and where you plan to be in five years and longer term. You have set the stage with your career story thus far and now you need to explain what your LBS education will launch you towards in the future.

Many applicants aren’t exactly sure what they will do in the long-term or even five years into the future. Certainly the future is not entirely in your control, but this essay is a great opportunity to think about what you really want from your career. Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you want. To take your research deeper it may be incredibly helpful to talk to colleagues and alumni who have MBAs in your field to see what your career path options are. Make sure that your career goals are both realistic and aspirational. An MBA will certainly open doors for you, and also may define a specific career path. Make sure you are well-informed about what others have done before you.

What value will you add to London Business School? (300 words)

LBS would like to see that you have considered their program specifically and have an idea of how the program differs from other top schools. Of course you are applying to more than one program, but the answer to this question will show that you have considered your application to LBS and researched it extensively. As Oliver Ashby, head of MBA recruitment and admissions wrote in the LBS admissions blog: “One of the most common failings we see in applications is an inability to differentiate between top business schools.”

Thorough research will be crucial here, whether online or in person. Reaching out to the clubs and organizations you are most interested in may allow you to interact with a current student who can provide context for you. To be most effective in answering this question you will want to be specific and logical in your choices. What activities make the most sense in the context of your career and industry interests? What about your hobbies? Any community involvement you are currently pursuing and plan to continue will be especially credible here.

What is the School’s responsibility to you and what is your responsibility to the School? (400 words)

The answer to this question, as in the previous essay, should focus on your fit with LBS. The relationship you have with your MBA program is a two way street and LBS wants to know that your expectations of the support you will receive from the program are realistic. At the same time, LBS wants you to realize that you are not just taking education and career progress from the program, you are also contributing to the school both while on campus and afterwards. Values for LBS include taking your studies seriously and being part of the fun, vibrant community and your answer should contain elements from both aspects of the MBA program.

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MBA Essay Insight from UCLA Anderson

Many schools reduced the number of required essays this season, and UCLA Anderson School of Management is one of them. With just one prompt—What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an …

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Many schools reduced the number of required essays this season, and UCLA Anderson School of Management is one of them. With just one prompt—What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals?—applicants either feel relieved at what could be perceived as less work, or more stressed, as they ponder how to answer the question in a memorable and insightful way.

In the latest post on the MBA Insider’s Blog, the staff in Anderson admissions and financial aid attempts to explain the rationale for the single essay question, and offers tips on how to successfully approach the question. While the posted advice is targeted specifically for Anderson MBA hopefuls, the question is common to many schools and therefore pertinent to all b-school applicants.

Like other programs, UCLA Anderson has reduced the number of essays simply as an attempt to focus applicants’—and AdComs’— energies on what matters most. The question acts as a set-up for the face-to-face interview, and basically rounds out the admissions committee’s assessment of the information provided in the rest of the application, Anderson explains.

Remember, the program is asking for a clear set of career goals that will demonstrate the need for an MBA from UCLA Anderson. A key tip for applicants: identify the classes, professors, activities, clubs, tools and other extra curricular opportunities offered by the program and explain how they would help you achieve your goals.

It may be relevant to provide background that highlights your career passions and sets up your future goals. Briefly explain what you plan to do immediately after graduation, and then what you want to accomplish over the long-term with your career. A career path that focuses on demonstrated passions and interests throughout your life is going to be most compelling as you write this essay.

UCLA Anderson acknowledges that most MBA candidates aren’t professional writers, and many may not even be native English speakers, but that shouldn’t stop you from injecting your personality and style into the essay. Just make sure to have friends or family read through your draft before submitting to ensure your message is coming across clearly, the school advises. Also, UCLA Anderson checks essays for plagiarism, so be sure to submit only original work.

For more advice about the Anderson MBA essays, including what to say in the re-applicant essay and how and when to use the optional essay, read Stacy Blackman’s recent tips post here.

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