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  • 08/05/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    EMBA Round 1 deadlines in chronological order + other important info

    Kellogg EMBA R1 for Jan intake 8/17/22 and R2 is 10/5 (all applicants interviewed; test score optional but need quant evidence); also deadlines for September start. Meetings in Miami monthly and Evanston biweekly, both residential.

     

    https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/programs/executive-mba/admissions.aspx

     

    Average WE 15 years; average age 39

     

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  • 07/05/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Should I Submit Low Test Score or Waiver?

    Question:

    Is there a possibility that I might get in a T15 with a Test waiver, however, if I apply with a test score, I might get rejected (because of a low-test score)?

    Just trying to assess what’s the best course of action :)

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  • MBA Recommender Selection Criteria
    06/13/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    MBA Recommender Selection Criteria
    • You want a recommender who has witnessed you demonstrate those all-important attributes – teamwork, leadership, and problem solving, just to name a few. What content will they offer? Is it in line with how you want to brand yourself? The content is far more important than their status at the company.
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  • 06/08/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Asians & Indians with Low Stats - Can the EA Get You In?

    It’s not great but schools kind of rely on Indians and Asians to take care of the foundation for the GMAT average (for schools that disclose, GRE as well) and when an applicant's stats are lower than the class average there would have be a very compelling and well-articulated upside (or celebrity) for them to get in despite this. 

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  • 05/31/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    How to Boost Your MBA Profile in Short Order

    Round 1 applicants can implement many of these but Round 2 applicants can apply nearly all of them.

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  • 05/25/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    HBS Essay Tips

    HBS Essay Tip #1

    BRAND

    Figure out your “throughline” – “a connecting theme, plot, or characteristic." This is what is meant by the term "brand"
    Focus on that; don’t try to do all the things. 

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  • 05/24/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Should I get a 1-year or 2-year MBA?

    I feel that in most cases, a 2-year MBA makes sense and I’ll elaborate on those reasons below. However, here are the people who could consider a one-year MBA.

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  • CHICAGO BOOTH EMBA ESSAY TIPS
    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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    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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    12/07/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    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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    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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    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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    06/29/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    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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    06/17/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 1 Comment
    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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    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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    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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    05/05/2021 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    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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  • 08/05/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    EMBA Round 1 deadlines in chronological order + other important info

    Kellogg EMBA R1 for Jan intake 8/17/22 and R2 is 10/5 (all applicants interviewed; test score optional but need quant evidence); also deadlines for September start. Meetings in Miami monthly and Evanston biweekly, both residential.

     

    https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/programs/executive-mba/admissions.aspx

     

    Average WE 15 years; average age 39

     

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  • 07/05/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Should I Submit Low Test Score or Waiver?

    Question:

    Is there a possibility that I might get in a T15 with a Test waiver, however, if I apply with a test score, I might get rejected (because of a low-test score)?

    Just trying to assess what’s the best course of action :)

    Read More
  • 06/13/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    MBA Recommender Selection Criteria
    • You want a recommender who has witnessed you demonstrate those all-important attributes – teamwork, leadership, and problem solving, just to name a few. What content will they offer? Is it in line with how you want to brand yourself? The content is far more important than their status at the company.
    Read More
  • 06/08/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Asians & Indians with Low Stats - Can the EA Get You In?

    It’s not great but schools kind of rely on Indians and Asians to take care of the foundation for the GMAT average (for schools that disclose, GRE as well) and when an applicant's stats are lower than the class average there would have be a very compelling and well-articulated upside (or celebrity) for them to get in despite this. 

    Read More
  • 05/31/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    How to Boost Your MBA Profile in Short Order

    Round 1 applicants can implement many of these but Round 2 applicants can apply nearly all of them.

    Read More
  • 05/25/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    HBS Essay Tips

    HBS Essay Tip #1

    BRAND

    Figure out your “throughline” – “a connecting theme, plot, or characteristic." This is what is meant by the term "brand"
    Focus on that; don’t try to do all the things. 

    Read More
  • 05/24/2022 - MBA Prep Coach 0 Comments
    Should I get a 1-year or 2-year MBA?

    I feel that in most cases, a 2-year MBA makes sense and I’ll elaborate on those reasons below. However, here are the people who could consider a one-year MBA.

    Read More
  • 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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