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The Top Seven Things to Do While on an MBA Waitlist

The Top Seven Things to Do While on an MBA Waitlist

Round 1 decisions are out, and you are not in. Although you may be disappointed, the good news is that you were not denied! Here are seven tips for what you can do while you are on an MBA waitlist. 1. Breathe. Relax. Seriously, you are still in play. Celebrate! There is something—actually, probably a lot—about your application…

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December Tips for Round 2 MBA Applicants

December Tips for Round 2 MBA Applicants

At Stratus, we use a team-based approach when supporting our clients as they prepare their MBA applications. Going into the last month before Round 2 submission deadlines, I decided to have some of my talented colleagues share their insights on how you should approach various components of your business school applications. But first, a few…

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Four Tips for Couples Applying Jointly to MBA Programs

Four Tips for Couples Applying Jointly to MBA Programs

Applying to an MBA program can feel like one giant Ninja competition. There are obstacles at every turn—conducting school research, introspecting about your goals, and preparing your essays. These steps can feel like running over spinning logs, hurling yourself up a steep hill, and crawling through low netting. When you apply based on not only…

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Plan B for Your MBA Applications: Six Things to Think About

As Round 1 MBA decisions start rolling in for both acceptances and interview invitations, now is the time to think about a Plan B—including which MBA programs you might wish to target for Round 2. Remember that to land a seat at your dream business school, you need to be a strong applicant AND submit…

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Tips for MBA Letters of Support

How to Write a Standout Goals Essay For Your MBA Applications

When reviewing your business school application, admissions committees want to see that you can clearly articulate your goals and tie them into your personal story. Why, you might ask, do you need to articulate your goals if many people either change their mind or want to explore career options during their time in an MBA…

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Nine Tips to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile Before Applying to Business School

Nine Tips to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile Before Applying to Business School

In an increasingly digital world where there are fewer opportunities to meet admissions directors and staff in person at MBA fairs and other events, your LinkedIn profile is even more important. Considering that there are word limits for just about every aspect of the application process, LinkedIn is low-hanging fruit in providing additional space for…

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Doppelgänger MBA Programs: If You Like X, You May Like Y

How do you “fit” into an MBA program? Whether the issue is you liking a school or a school liking you (to the point that it accepts you), the question of fit is one that should always be top of mind for any applicant. Do you like a program’s teaching style? The focus of the…

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Seven Things NOT to Do in Your MBA Interviews

So, you were lucky enough to receive an invitation to interview at your top-choice MBA program. Congratulations! For most schools, your chances of acceptance have increased to roughly 50%. However, this is less likely to be the case at schools that try to interview most candidates, such as Kellogg, and schools that allow applicants to…

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Five Things to Do in Your MBA Interviews

Congratulations! You received that coveted e-mail or call inviting you to interview at your top-choice business school. While some schools grant interviews to applicants on request or to candidates who file their application before a certain date, most competitive schools offer interviews by invitation only. The percentage of candidates who receive an interview invite at…

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Six Tips to Ace Your Virtual Interview

By now, most MBA programs have adopted the virtual interview format. Although the basics of interviewing remain the same whether interviews are conducted in person or virtually, there are a few extra things to keep in mind when participating in a remote interview. Here are six tips to help ensure your next virtual interview is…

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Six Tips for the Wharton Team-Based Discussion Interview

Congratulations! You have been invited to interview at Wharton! Making it this far in the business school application process is a huge win, but preparing for Wharton’s unique Team-Based Discussion (TBD) presents new challenges. Here are six tips to follow so you can feel ready for (and maybe a little more excited about) your Wharton TBD. 1….

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Using Lessons from Greek Life in Your MBA Applications

Using Lessons from Greek Life in Your MBA Applications

Often, I have conversations with clients about whether or not they should use a story from their fraternity or sorority days as part of their business school application. As with most extracurricular experiences, you can use Greek experiences to show leadership, highlight what you learned, and explain how it’s helped you grow as a person….

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