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Tokyo Interview Workshop on February 12th

Jan, 26, 2015

  This post is an announcement for  a workshop I will be conducting  with my colleague, John Couke, in Tokyo on 2/12/2015. MBA Interview Workshop: Proactive Interview Preparation and Active Listening   Date/Time: Thursday, February 12th, 7:00pm-10:30pm (includes short breaks).   Location: E4TG    Isshin Building 5F, 2-11-7 Yaesu Chuo-ku, Tokyo 東京都中央区八重洲  2-11-7 一新ビル 5階   [...]


IMD MBA Admissions Essays for 2016 Admission

Dec, 18, 2014

In this post, I discuss the application essays for 2016 admission to IMD.  The essays have not changed from those used in Rounds 2-5 last year.   As most applicants  to IMD should already know, there has just been a major turnover of senior staff at the MBA, but the application form is the same. [...]


Why you were not offered admission: It is not just about you!

Dec, 11, 2014

In this post, I discuss why a reject is not always best understand as a problem with the application or the applicant.  For understanding some of the reasons why your application and/or interview might have been flawed or why you might have been selecting the wrong school(s) to apply to I suggestion seeing “A guide [...]


Wharton MBA TBD Interview Workshop in Tokyo

Nov, 04, 2014

UPDATE:  We held our mock TBD  on November 18th. Thanks to excellent turnout, participants got an opportunity to practice for the real thing.  John and I plan to conduct more TBDs as well as other interview workshops in Tokyo for Round Two. For those not located in Tokyo, I would love to do virtual TBDs [...]


Preparing for Wharton Interviews for the Class of 2017

Nov, 01, 2014

In this post, I discuss how to prepare for Wharton Interviews for fall 2015 entry. My post on Wharton’s essays for the Class of 2017, can be found here.   There are two parts to the Wharton interview, the team-based interview and one-to-one interview.  Each part can be prepared for. I am assuming anyone who is [...]


HBS Admissions Interviews for the MBA Class of 2017

Oct, 09, 2014

In this post I provide advice for HBS Admissions Interviews for the MBA Class of 2017. HBS ADCOM HQ   In my experience, applicants who succeed at HBS MBA interviews go to their interview with a sense of confidence based on having done careful preparation. My clients who have failed the interview stage have often done so because of related reasons: lack [...]


HBS Class of 2017 MBA Application Essay, Resume, and App Form

Sep, 11, 2014

In this post I will be analyzing the optional essay question and key components of the HBS Application for the Class of 2017 as indicated by the optional MBA essay topic:   You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, academic transcripts, extracurricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores, and what [...]


INSEAD MBA Essay Questions for September 2015

Aug, 10, 2014

Here I discuss INSEAD’s essays for September 2015 (Class of July 2016). Since 2001, when I began doing MBA admissions counseling, I have had an opportunity to work with a large number of clients admitted to INSEAD. Since establishing my own consulting practice in 2007, I’ve worked with 33 clients admitted to INSEAD. Annual breakdowns and testimonials [...]


Stanford GSB MBA Essays and Application for the Class of 2017

Jun, 04, 2014

In this post, I analyze the Stanford GSB MBA essays and additional information/resume/employment history/activities for Class of 2017 Admission. My analysis of Stanford GSB interviews can be found here. In addition to the Class of 2017 posts, I also recommend reading and/or listening to my presentation, “So you want to get into Stanford GSB?” which was made to a Japanese [...]


Wharton’s really short essay set for 2015 admission!

Jun, 03, 2014

I will post a full analysis later, but Wharton has gone completely generic.  Assuming you are applying to HBS, Stanford, and/or Columbia as well, Wharton essays for 2017 MBA admission represent no real work: “Questions, Class of 2017: 1. (Required) What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 [...]


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