B-Schooled Podcast Episode #175: Clear, Consistent, Cohesive MBA Applications


On this B-Schooled podcast, we spend a lot of time diving into different elements of your MBA application: essays, recommendations, scores, grades, and so many other things. But it is also critically important—especially as you near the end of your application process—to take a step back to review all these different elements of your application to make sure that they fit together as a cohesive whole.

Think about these different application elements as chapters in a book. While you want each chapter to be compelling in its own stand-alone way – your MAIN GOAL is for these different pieces to function together as an OVERALL NARRATIVE about you, who you are, what your goals are, and what you will bring to the school and to the world after graduation.

To that end, this podcast offers specific tips to help make your overall application narrative as compelling as possible, including:

  • Working through a “story mapping” exercise before you start your application
  • Forcing yourself to think through—and pressure test—your short and long-term goals EARLY in your application process
  • Creating your own “MBA soundbite”
  • Stepping back and reading each element of your application and thinking carefully about how they fit together, including:
    • Your resume
    • Your essays
    • Your recommendations
    • Your data forms
    • Your MBA interview prep

Finally, think about how all of these elements interact with each other to create a clear, consistent, and cohesive narrative—while also making sure that you are as bold, vulnerable, and authentic as possible.

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