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留学参考:Ten Things Successful MBA Applicants Know and Do  

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留学参考:Ten Things Successful MBA Applicants Know and Do


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We can dissect the data of who gets admitted into top MBA programs and we will see that the majority have strong academic backgrounds and work experiences.

 

But what’s often interesting is to look at many of those, the more than 80% of the successful MBA applicants, who are unsuccessful in their bid to land an admission offer at a top business school.

 

On the surface many of the rejected candidates also have worked for similar firms and have strong academic records comprised of strong G.P.A. and GMAT/GRE scores.

 

So what gives? There are key characteristics and behaviours that successful applicants exhibit that give them an edge in the competitive MBA admission process. Here are ten of the key ones:


1. Be Willing and Open to Learn.

Bring an attitude of curiosity to everything you do both in the world of work and outside.Having a genuine desire to discover new things—how to improve processes or products or simply investing in growing your skill set and area of expertise—are all great examples that make for interesting essays that differentiate you to the adcom.


2. Keep Your Ego in Check.

Nothing rubs the admissions board the wrong way as arrogance.It doesn’t matter how successful a candidate is, if he/she comes across as having an over-inflated sense of self, the admission outcome is likely to be a rejection.So when writing your MBA application essays avoid exaggerating your achievements, stick to the facts, and ideally have your recommenders (brand champions) do the raving about how much of a rock star you are.


3. Be Self Aware and Reflective.

All top business schools request a resume and your resume paints the first layer of your story.
But the resume is inefficient in transforming your stories into the full-dimensional and interesting individual that you are.This is where your essays, recommendations, and interviews come in. These three components enable the admissions board to understand who you really are, your motivations.The more effective you are with showing the Why and How of your experiences the more likely you are to stand out from your competition.Vivid examples are always more powerful than broad and vague statements.Make sure that your recommenders also use specific anecdotes to reinforce the key traits you want the adcom to know about you.


4. Have a Detailed Game Plan.

It’s not enough to plan to go to business school. You have to be very specific about your goals.Which type of business school is the best fit for you? Why do you want an MBA? What do you plan to accomplish with the MBA?  How will you achieve your objectives?Applicants who have thoroughly thought through these questions and have very specific and well-reasoned goals are more likely to be credible when they apply.A general plan is “I want to get an MBA in the future for career advancement”.A more specific plan is something more along the lines of “I intend to pursue an MBA with a focus in General Management in the next year and want a program that will give me more flexibility to broaden my international experience through a term abroad as well as an international internship.I aim to complete my GMAT preparation by May of this year which will allow me two opportunities to take the GMAT exam in June and possibly in August if I’m not happy with my first score.
I intend to apply in round one. I have already contacted all my recommenders and they are on board.We will meet the first week in June to discuss my school plans, revisit my work with them and…..”.This latter example has specific periods for action you intend to take allowing you to be accountable for the delivery of those things and to move your MBA application along.


5. Execute Your Game Plan.

Don’t procrastinate; this is a recipe for disaster. Successful applicants work off of their detailed plan and strategically follow through with each aspect of the MBA application.They invest in the resources that may be required, whether it is a test prep course/tutor or leveraging a friend who is an English major to proof-read their essays or a professional consultant to help with their overall strategy.Knowing when each deliverable is due and following through helps manage the stress of the application and ensures that you don’t run out of time or turn in mediocre quality applications.


6. Be Realistic.

Successful applicants tend to not overshoot when targeting schools. It is important to cast a broad net when targeting schools given the competitive nature of the application process.Simply saying you want to get into only one school because it is the best in the world is not being realistic about your chances.You should aim for three or four schools in a given round. That way you can focus all your efforts and not spread yourself too thin.Also do your research to see how successful or unsuccessful previous applicants with your similar profile performed.

7. Follow Your Passion.

Be authentic. This trait is highly valued by the business school adcom.They are looking for that spark that reveals what drives you. For many accomplished candidates who are denied admission this can be a missing ingredient in their MBA application.


8. Take Some Risks and Show Tenacity.

Look for ways to take the “road less traveled”. It doesn’t mean you have to jump out of airplanes or live in Timbuktu to impress the admissions board of your grit.You could have a regular job but you have examples where you have stepped up and seized opportunities to lead a challenging aspect of the project or you initiated something new that has created significant value for your group….these are all examples that successful candidates often have in common.By the way, you don’t have to win in every instance. There could be very interesting stories about taking a risk that didn’t result in the outcome you wished but yet demonstrates strong character and lessons learned.


9. Deliver Results.

This is related to the above point. Ultimately the adcom is looking for evidence of impact.Quantify the impact you had when possible. Evidence of tangible achievement signals to the adcom that you are likely to repeat such involvement/achievement in the future.


10. Start Early and Leave No Room for Excuses.

Ideally you should start early. I’m always impressed with people who approach me two or more years before they plan to apply to assess their backgrounds and identify any potential holes.This proactive approach gives them a huge head start that can often yield a positive admission outcome.

 

 

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://www.expartus.com/ten-things-successful-mba-applicants-know-and-do/

 

 

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