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留学参考:Top Ten MBA Application Mistakes  

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留学参考:Top Ten MBA Application Mistakes


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Applicants to business school often make mistakes that make it easy for the MBA Board to reject their application. Below are some of the usual suspect MBA application mistakes that many applicants make:

 

1. Lack of passion: Do not sacrifice your passion in an attempt to spin a story you think the admissions board wants to hear. Focus on what gets you excited professionally?Applications without passion are bland and no one wants accomplished but boring students. The admissions board can see through contrived stories.So be authentic and talk about what matters to you and how the MBA will help you achieve your passion.

 

2. Lack of clarity about why you want an MBA: Be clear on why you are applying to business school. Your rationale has to make sense.Many candidates jump on the MBA bandwagon because many of their colleagues/friends are applying or because their jobs expect them to pursue an MBA as a natural next step.Make a compelling case for why you need the MBA to achieve the vision you have for your future.

 

3. Lack of time: A rushed application is likely to yield an unsuccessful application. We have all heard of the guy who did his application for business school in 48 hours and was admitted to Stanford and HBS.Well, as far as we know, this could very well be a great urban legend. Given the very high stakes, why would you want to rush the application and chance a rejection?Basic errors such as switching school names, grammatical and spelling errors occur when you are pressed for time.

 

4. Lack of introspection: Applications that lack insight is another major mistake that candidates make.Admissions Boards can see all you have achieved by simply referring to your resume and recommendations. What is missing is the WHY behind what you have done.It is not enough to present your blue chip career and Ivy education, for instance.
There are too many people with the same name brand background and only one out of ten of you will be admitted in many cases.Failing to provide the admissions board with your reasoning and motivations behind your decisions and actions leaves many unanswered questions which can hurt your admission chances.

 

5. Lack of judgment: Failure to exercise good judgment can hurt an MBA candidate’s admission chances. One area where this error plays out is the recommendation decision.Candidates who select a recommender based on title can sacrifice substance. Yes, a managing director or CEO recommendation can carry significant weight; however, this is the case only if the individual knows you very well and can speak substantially to your contributions and impact.Title alone will not get you any bonus points. Alumni recommendations are also not useful if the person does not know you very well.You are better off selecting recommenders who can speak at great length of your brand and back it up with specific examples.Some applicants also express poor judgment when it comes to their essays.For instance, avoid a personal tragedy story unless it truly had a profound impact on your character and you can tie the lessons learned directly back to business.

 

6. Lack of understanding of what business schools are looking for: MBA programs are not looking for a particular prototype.Yet many candidates make the mistake to assume that there is a particular candidate profile that is appealing to the admission board (for instance an investment banker or consultant).While a sizeable number of individuals from these two backgrounds apply to business school, MBA programs are interested in diversity across the board and are equally interested in candidates from the public sector, not for profit sector as well as varied industries.Also, assuming that business school admissions boards are mostly interested in your academics (the GMAT and GPA for instance) at the exclusion of other aspects of the application can be detrimental as well.
Focus on presenting a strong application across the three application criteria: academics, leadership/managerial potential, and unique/diverse perspectives.The stronger you are across all three areas the better your chances of admission.

 

7. Lack of brand champions: It is not enough to have people writing recommendations for you.Applicants need to cultivate relationships with their recommenders for them to become their brand champions. Make sure the recommenders know what your goals are and the unique value you offer.I’ve read enough recommendation letters where the candidate says one thing in her application and the recommender says something else.This type of confusion never benefits the applicant. Brand champions will go the extra mile.They will sit down with you to understand your admission strategy and how you are marketing yourself.They will invest the appropriate amount of time to write detailed and glowing recommendations for you.Avoid situations where recommenders ask you to write your own recommendation letters and they sign them.This is a clear indication that the person isn’t invested in you and is unwilling to take the time to write a compelling recommendation on your behalf.Besides, MBA boards may be able to see through this! Don’t take the chance.

 

8. Lack of fit: Applicants who do not do enough diligence to identify schools that are an appropriate fit set themselves up for disappointment.Research the MBA program and make sure that there is a fit before applying.For instance if you don’t enjoy speaking in class, you may think twice before attending case focused MBA programs such as HBS and Darden. Also take the time to visit the schools and attend classes.When you skip this step and you blindly apply, your application may reflect the fact that you don’t understand the brand of the school.

9. Lack of leadership: All top MBA programs value leadership in their admitted students.Yet many applicants apply to business school without presenting a compelling case of their leadership track record. It is important to recognize that leadership is not simply about title.Leadership can be demonstrated through influencing others without formal title.It can be shown through thought leadership by becoming an expert in a particular thing and using that to create value for your firm.Leadership is about having an impact on people, whether it is on a mentee, colleagues you work with on a project, or changing the way customers at your firm are served.What is important is to present tangible examples of your role leading and the impact you had.

 

10. Lack of a brand: I saved this for last, though it is of utmost importance.Since Admissions Board members read hundreds (if not thousands) of applications per admission cycle, and can only accept 10-15%, you should ask yourself how your story is different from other candidates with similar work and academic profile.It is the quirky, interesting, and unique things that are distinctively you that set you apart. Be clear on what your brand is and avoid the temptation of having multiple people “weighing in” on your essays.You don’t want to “water down” your story in your attempt to take on the different feedback that you receive.What’s more important is to focus on one or two compelling things that differentiate you besides your job title and look for ways to reinforce that message through out your application.So for instance although you may be an engineer who has strong academic records and work experience, you may focus on your innovative interests and the fact that you enjoy transforming things.So your brand could be “Turnaround Innovator” instead of the generic “Smart Engineer Guy”. 

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://www.expartus.com/top-ten-app-mistakes/ 

 

 

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