In admissions, I would spend typically about 15 minutes reading an application. I did not go off the application, meaning I didn't go and search for the candidate on LinkedIn or try to follow them on Instagram. I just read what was in front of
One of my pet peeves from when I was in adcom was when people did not complete the application data forms. They would have this perfectly crafted essay, this spectacular resume, and it was clear they spent hours and had multiple people involved in this
The resume is a huge, integral part of the business school application, and as more and more schools are scaling back on the amount and the word limit of essays, they're really looking at the resume to tell the whole picture. Here's a few things
This is that part of the process that you have very little control over, so it is important that you pick the people well. Totally fine if you're not going to use a current supervisor, and in fact, when I worked in admissions, I would
How do you answer the question, ‘why school X?’ This is a very common essay question. Most schools have it. What you really want to focus on is being specific about the resources you would take advantage of at that school. You know you have
I have a message for the non-traditional applicant. That's those of you going into areas outside of finance and consulting, areas that aren't so served by [on-campus] recruiting, such as arts management or non-profit or education, or areas in media and technology. These industries are
I have a message for Indian applicants. That's those folks applying from India to U.S. business schools. You are amongst one of the toughest peer groups, and I'm really sorry for that. When I worked in adcom, I read the India pool, and you have
I work with clients every year who didn't get the result they wanted last year, and are now going to reapply for the upcoming year. I love reapplications. When I worked on the admissions committee, we accepted people every year who reapplied to the school.