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    04/12/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    CHICAGO BOOTH EMBA ESSAY TIPS

    Why are you seeking an MBA from Chicago Booth and what unique knowledge and experiences do you hope to contribute to the program? (2 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

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  • 03/24/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Why Was I Dinged?

    A few pointers. Often applicants focus on status and prestige, being "business-like" in their applications which provides as an obfuscation to really getting to know the applicant.

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  • 02/04/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Wharton EMBA Recommendation Questions

    Applicant: recommender has no word limits

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  • 02/04/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Chicago-Booth EMBA Recommendation Questions

    Applicant: recommender can input 210 words if you fill in the text boxes; unlimited in a Word doc

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  • figure with its hands up standing in the middle of a four way cross
    12/14/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Part-Time MBA vs EMBA – Which to Pick?

    Choosing an MBA program isn’t easy in the best of times, and there are so many options out there it can make your head spin. Here I’ve broken down some of the key points of comparison between part-time MBA and EMBA, in order to make your decision a little bit easier.

     

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  • young man in a shirt and tie crossing his fingers, looking hopeful
    12/07/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 1 Comment
    Waitlisting Strategy – Show Your Zing

    It’s that in-between time on the MBA admissions calendar – Rounds 1 and 2 are over, interviews are done, and decisions are made. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with these decisions, and if you’re one of them, my condolences. I know that wasn’t the outcome you were hoping for. You’re probably feeling pretty vulnerable right now.

     

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  • insead
    08/26/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Tips for Writing INSEAD Job Essay 1

    Main message when talking about work: it's easy to slip into jargon and acronyms that create a barrier to adcom understanding your greatness. Use universal language, and then run your response by people in your life who don’t know much about your job.

     

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  • tips and tricks
    07/21/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    How to Approach the Dreaded "What Else Do You Want Us to Know?" Prompt – HBS Edition

    The prompt:

    As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

     

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  • nametag reading hello i am your dream
    06/29/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 1 Comment
    Researching Post-MBA Goals

    The internet is so vast, where do you start researching these things? One of the best tools out there is right at your fingertips – LinkedIn.

     

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  • papers, pencils, and a phone neatly arranged on a dark wooden desk
    06/17/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 2 Comments
    MBA Program Research – A Complete Guide

    Likely you’re at the beginning of this research process. There’s time before Round 1 deadlines, but you really need to use it wisely. I’ve laid out a guide below that will help you get your ducks in a row as you begin.

     

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  • our values define us
    05/27/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    What Matters Most and Why?

    This is a really daunting question, and most people are lost at sea with it before coming to me.

     

    The way to tackle this is to examine the question behind the question. First of all, in becoming part of the GSB alumni, you would be an ambassador of sorts, whether you are aiming to or not. You would represent GSB, an affiliation that will last longer than many marriages. Because of that, they want to really understand your operating system – your values.

     

    And so, this question actually asks, what do you most value?

     

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  • male child in a suit writing a letter, the table next to him covered in crumpled papers
    05/13/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    So You’ve Landed on the Waitlist – Now What?

    Hello to all those waitlisted! I realize this wait is agonizing and putting your life on hold. My hope is that you do what you can to put forth a great update letter and then let it all go.

     

    I really like how Cornell-Johnson has outlined the potential weaknesses and recommended strategies in their waitlist information letter. I want to give you a bit of insight behind each item.

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  • handwritten list with checkboxes
    05/05/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 1 Comment
    Getting Ahead of Round 1 MBA Applications

    Prepping MBA applications is a little like Christmas, holiday, or birthday shopping. The deadline is months away, you've got all the time in the world, you can afford to drag your feet a little bit. Then, all of a sudden, you're out of time. You might be able to find a good present at the last minute, but you won't be able to churn out a good application in a week, or even a month.

     

    Getting your MBA can be life-changing, so it demands a high level of attention and a lengthy prep time. If you’re even considering applying to business school, most of these steps have been on your mind. So, think of these steps more as a checklist or a guide to make sure your application is as strong as possible.

     

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  • deadline on a calendar
    04/06/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 1 Comment
    Should I Apply to INSEAD in Round 2 or Round 3?

    MBA applications can’t be rushed. They require lots of introspection, research, and iteration. So, you need to leave ample time for essay writing. That being said, it could still be in your best interest to apply in Round 2, even if that means you need to be done a little sooner than you planned. Here are some things you need to take into consideration when making your decision.

     

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  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    03/31/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 2 Comments
    Stanford GSB’s Background/Perspective Question – What You Need to Know

    MBA application questions are notorious for seeming easy to answer when they actually aren’t. This one, however, actually gives you pause right away. I was recently asked, “Could you offer any advice about how to approach this short answer question from the Background section? It’s a bit unclear to me whether this is an ethnicity / citizenship question or if you can talk about anything related to your background.”

     

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  • man speaking into a webcam
    03/16/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 1 Comment
    INSEAD Round 1 Kira Video Essay Prompts

    A short compilation of video essay questions that have been asked in INSEAD’s Round 1 this season. For tips on how to prepare for video questions and a comprehensive list of past questions from INSEAD, Kellogg, and Yale, check out my previous post here.

     

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  • gmat answer sheet
    03/11/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 2 Comments
    Q&A: Multiple GMAT Scores and INSEAD

    Q: Seeking some advice –INSEAD applicant here. Completed my GMAT last year – score was 670. Q47 (63%). Repeated my GMAT today – score was 690. Breakdown Q45 (57%). Quant has dropped quite significantly. I still have the option to cancel my score, should I report it? If so, I’ll probably have to address my max 63% score in quant between the two tests.

     

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  • globe
    03/03/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Q&A: INSEAD and International Experience

    Q: Here’s a quick question. Does INSEAD require International experience?

    A. Yes and no.

     

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  • thank you
    02/12/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Writing Thank You Notes/HBS Post-Interview Reflection

    First of all, definitely send a thank you note. Not 30 minutes after the interview; it will seem insincere. But no later than 24 hours.

     

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  • mechanical pencil resting on a blank open notebook
    02/03/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    MBA Admissions Essays – What Can I Recycle?

    I get it, you're tired of writing and rewriting. But no matter how much you want to, recycle with caution. Adcom is very old hat at this and will smell it out instantly.

     

    What is possible, however, is borrowing pieces or aspects of various essays, which I call content blocks. However, absolutely make sure they are very on-target in answering the question – shape the recycled content as needed.

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  • 04/12/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    CHICAGO BOOTH EMBA ESSAY TIPS

    Why are you seeking an MBA from Chicago Booth and what unique knowledge and experiences do you hope to contribute to the program? (2 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

    Read More
  • 03/24/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Why Was I Dinged?

    A few pointers. Often applicants focus on status and prestige, being "business-like" in their applications which provides as an obfuscation to really getting to know the applicant.

    Read More
  • 02/04/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Wharton EMBA Recommendation Questions

    Applicant: recommender has no word limits

    Read More
  • 02/04/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Chicago-Booth EMBA Recommendation Questions

    Applicant: recommender can input 210 words if you fill in the text boxes; unlimited in a Word doc

    Read More
  • 12/14/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Part-Time MBA vs EMBA – Which to Pick?

    Choosing an MBA program isn’t easy in the best of times, and there are so many options out there it can make your head spin. Here I’ve broken down some of the key points of comparison between part-time MBA and EMBA, in order to make your decision a little bit easier.

     

    Read More
  • 12/07/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 1 Comment
    Waitlisting Strategy – Show Your Zing

    It’s that in-between time on the MBA admissions calendar – Rounds 1 and 2 are over, interviews are done, and decisions are made. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with these decisions, and if you’re one of them, my condolences. I know that wasn’t the outcome you were hoping for. You’re probably feeling pretty vulnerable right now.

     

    Read More
  • 08/26/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Tips for Writing INSEAD Job Essay 1

    Main message when talking about work: it's easy to slip into jargon and acronyms that create a barrier to adcom understanding your greatness. Use universal language, and then run your response by people in your life who don’t know much about your job.

     

    Read More
  • 07/21/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    How to Approach the Dreaded "What Else Do You Want Us to Know?" Prompt – HBS Edition

    The prompt:

    As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

     

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