We recently talked about how Stacy Blackman Consulting has former admissions officers from all of the top programs on our team, and how these ex-adcom MBA consultants help with Flight Test reviews for each of our All-In clients. They also contribute their insider knowledge to our internal message boards and assist with program-specific questions. We asked these valuable team members if they had any advice for our readers getting ready to apply in Round 2.
Here’s Part Two of what our ex-adcom MBA consultants had to say:
- For some schools (such as Columbia), fit and knowledge of the school matter as much as your qualifications. You still have to have the qualifications, mind you. But if you have them and don’t thoroughly know the program, it can be a reason for rejection. Know where and why you are applying!
- Schools like to see a mention of you attending their events or speaking with their students (or both!) in your essays.
- Programs have a lot more to offer visiting prospective students on campus during the school year versus over the summer. Plan your campus visits accordingly.
- It is a good idea to have items and examples to discuss in your interview that are not on your resume.
- For some schools (such as Kellogg), interviews are truly blind; your interviewer will have only seen your resume.
- Connected alums can email admissions directly on your behalf without counting as one of your formal recommenders. (Tip: use this very sparingly!)
- In a group interview situation (such as at Wharton), highlighting the ideas of others or effectively drawing out quieter members of the group is seen as a plus.
Until next time,
The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting
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