Admissions Tip: The Admit Office’s Hate List

Last summer BusinessWeek.com posted an article on what business school admissions offices don’t want to see. It’s very useful information as we move into the application season. It includes many quotes from admissions officers. Please take a look at the full article.

Here is the quick list of what NOT to do:
1. Making excuses instead of explanations

2. Writing what you think they want to hear

3. Getting too personal (“a good general rule is that if it’s inappropriate for dinner-party conversation, it probably doesn’t belong in your B-school essay”)

4.Obvious resume padding

5. Title shopping (with your recommenders)

6. Playing alpha dog (striking a balance between being confident and being arrogant)

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