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Back on blog/update/From New Delhi to Helsinki

Jul, 12, 2017

I have been off from blogging since March but my posts will be flying out from today.  From April to end of June I was traveling.  A bit about that. This does not have much to do with admissions advice but more to do with me. For most of April, I was in India. This [...]


MBA Application Planning For 2018 Entry

Mar, 23, 2017

Now that Round two results for 2017 entry are coming in, I am increasingly focused on initial consultations for MBA applicants applying for 2018 entry.  They often ask what to do now before essay season, which really begins June, commences.  Here is what I tell them: 1.  If your GMAT (or GRE equivalent) is not [...]


Interview Preparation: There is no one way to do it.

Mar, 06, 2017

One thing I have learned over the last 15 plus years of coaching applicants on MBA, scholarship, and other admissions interviews is that there is no one way to prepare.  What works for one applicant, does not necessarily work for another. People not only have different learning styles, they have different psychologies. If you are [...]


MIT Interview Essay Question

Feb, 16, 2017

IF YOU ARE INVITED FOR AN MBA INTERVIEW AT MIT SLOAN Those invited to interview will be asked to answer the following question: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something [...]


MBA Admissions Interviewing: Understanding Prior Interview Experience

Jan, 31, 2017

Please see my guest blog post for Service2School on “MBA Admissions Interviewing: Understanding Prior Interview Experience.”


Brief thoughts on recent HBS MBA admissions interviews

Jan, 29, 2017

In this post, I discuss HBS MBA admissions interviews. My long prior post on that topic is here. This post builds on what is in that post so I suggest reviewing it first. For my detailed suggestions on overall interview preparation, please see: -MBA Application Interview Strategy -Interview Practice is ABOUT SPEAKING! -Further Comments on [...]


GMAT 8 Times Lifetime Limit

Dec, 10, 2016

This is big news that was announced last month on the official website of the GMAT: “Candidates can’t exceed five GMAT exams within a 12-month period or the eight lifetime GMAT exams (lifetime limit updated November 2016).” There was previously no lifetime limit.  Now there is.  I guess this means that GMAT prep instructors will not [...]


MIT Sloan MBA Essays for Fall 2017 Admission

Aug, 18, 2016

In this post I will discuss the Class of 2019 MBA application admissions essays for the MIT Sloan School of Management.   You can see the my client results and testimonials here.   Before analyzing MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Essays for Fall 2017 entry, I think it is important to take a look at MIT [...]


HLS Resume Template Collection for LL.M. Applicants

Jul, 31, 2016

In addition to the resume template I make available, Harvard Law School has a great collection of CV templates useful for anyone pursuing graduate studies in law.   You can see other resume templates at the Harvard Law School site. This is a great collection of legal resumes for a variety of purposes. I don’t necessarily think [...]


Chicago Booth 2016-2017 MBA Application Essays

Jul, 29, 2016

This post is on the University of Chicago Booth’s MBA application essays for 2016-2017 admission to the Class of 2019. The University of Chicago is a very intellectually serious place.  Booth reflects that culture. Not everyone who goes there is an intellectual, but most are quite smart.  Your objective is to show you understand yourself, understand [...]


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