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留学参考:How Indian Applicants Can Get Into A Top MBA Program  

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留学参考:How Indian Applicants Can Get Into A Top MBA Program

 


BY: SALMA QARNAIN ON FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Salma Qarnain, a graduate of the Harvard Business School, is a senior strategist and admissions counselor at Stratus Prep, a leading test prep and admissions consulting firm.

 

 

If you are reading this, you are most likely a candidate from India who is wondering what you need to be working on now to maximize your chance for admissions success to top MBA programs next season and beyond.

You are not alone. According to GMAC’s Profile of GMAT? Testing: Citizenship Report, Five-Year Summary, TY2011–TY2015, the largest applicant pool to MBA programs outside of the United States comes from India. Indian citizens comprise approximately 12% of the global GMAC testing pool, while approximately 68,000 Indian citizens sent scores to MBA programs this past year.

Given the strong prospects for MBA graduates all over the world, it is not surprising that there has been a surge in international candidates to top MBA programs, especially from India. Indian applicants routinely cite the need to gain global exposure and grow beyond technical positions, looking to the MBA to fill in the gaps. Additionally, a recent boom in Indian MBA programs has led to increased competition in the job market, giving those who graduate with a global MBA a distinct advantage.

Because the candidate pool is more competitive than ever, it is important to start early to develop and differentiate your candidacy for top MBA programs. Based on our extensive experience at Stratus Prep working with Indian candidates who have achieved their dream of studying at a world-class MBA program—from Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management to London Business School and INSEAD—here are our top admissions strategies:

Beat the GMAT

Although a high GMAT score is not a requirement for admission, to be as competitive as possible, we advise our clients to work with a private tutor to increase their scores to competitive levels, which in many cases is in the 700s. Once your score passes a level where it is above the school average (ideally by twenty points), there is no need to continue focusing on improving your score. You should then focus on strengthening other elements of the application.

Recently I had a client from India with a GMAT score in the 600s who was admitted to Harvard Business School. This client emphasized his significant leadership experiences through extracurricular achievements with his alma mater, including international collaboration. In contrast, another client had her application put on hold by Columbia Business School until they submitted a GMAT score that was above the 715 average. Thus, a GMAT score by itself won’t necessarily make or break your candidacy, but a competitive score does help maximize your chance of success.

Broaden your Mix

The second key is to apply to a good mix of programs. I encourage candidates to look all around the world and develop a school selection strategy. Indian candidates should apply to between six and 10 schools per round to give yourself an appropriate amount of stretch, target and safety options. Look beyond the U.S. and consider great programs in other parts of the world, including the new Asia School of Business in Malaysia and University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School. Another recent Indian client applied to eight top programs, was admitted to five, and was awarded a $100,000 merit-based scholarship from a top-five program on the strength of the application, which focused on the his authentic passions, personal growth experiences and fit with the program.

I also always advise clients to apply in the round in which their application is the strongest. If you are ready to hit submit, Round 1 will have the greatest number of seats, as well as scholarship funds, available. If you are willing to commit to a program such as Fuqua or CBS, apply in the early decision round to send the admissions committee a clear signal that their program is your top choice.

 

Demonstrate Leadership at Work and Beyond

MBA programs are searching for and shaping the next generation of leaders. Leadership is not simply defined by the size of the P&L you manage, but includes how you work on teams to solve problems, advance thought within an organization, and influence and motivate others. Candidates should develop these broad skills professionally by spearheading initiatives at work, either formally or informally by volunteering to coordinate activities. Cross-cultural collaboration is also extremely important and vital to success in today’s business environment. If you have not had opportunities to work internationally or cross-culturally, you can distinguish yourself by actively seeking and asking for the opportunity to grow as an international leader.

One factor that is routinely overlooked by Indian candidates is the importance of extracurricular activities. In order to demonstrate leadership skills and differentiate your candidacy in a meaningful way, you should get involved in community activities beyond fundraising about which you are passionate. By authentically participating in an operational capacity, you will be motivated to make a real impact in an organization. Getting involved in an extracurricular activity is also a great way to create an opportunity to take on a leadership role, especially if you have not had the opportunity at work.

Creativity and entrepreneurship are valued in business (and thus, valued in the admissions process), so if you are entrepreneurially inclined, I would encourage you to look for ways to become involved in a new venture. Last year, our team worked with an Indian candidate with a technical background to win scholarships to multiple MBA programs, including Fuqua and Cornell, by highlighting how creative pursuits outside of work enabled entrepreneurial success.

Develop Relationships with Recommenders

My colleagues and I often hear from Indian candidates that they are concerned about their letters of recommendation. The best recommendation letters come from managers who are intimately involved in your work. The recommender’s title is not as important as knowing you well and being your champion. The easiest way to a great letter of recommendation is to develop relationships and seek out mentors. The more you nurture the relationship, the easier it is to ask for a strong letter of recommendation. Additionally, the easier it will be for the recommender to write with an effusive tone about your candidacy — a cultural difference that moves a letter from simply being “good” to being “great.”

While U.S.-based admissions counseling firms are typically more expensive than admissions counseling firms based in India, if you work with a firm that has demonstrated significant success coaching Indian applicants, the additional investment is well worth making. American admissions consultants possess the most up-to-date information on what top MBA programs are looking for, as we are constantly interacting with students, faculty, and admissions officers through tours, interacting with our colleagues and as a member of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC).

For example, at Stratus Prep, from our very first conversation with our clients, we collaborate closely, offering thoughtful suggestions on how to strengthen their profile, leadership and work experiences. We assist candidates in storytelling — developing a complete picture of themselves that is expressed through every piece of the application process, enabling them to truly stand apart from the rest of the applicant pool.

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2016/02/12/howindianscangetintotopmbaprograms/

 

 

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