Stanford Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Overview:  It is certainly important for you to think very introspectively during the application process and with this set of essay questions; Stanford seeks to get inside your mind to understand what’s important to you, how you think and your career aspirations.  With applications like these, it is very important to do some brainstorming before […]

MIT (Sloan) Essay Review: 2010 – 2011

Overview:  MIT Sloan’s application probes for what they are looking for in Sloan students: people who have made an impact in their career, taken active leadership roles, and are innovative in their approach to attacking business problems.  These essays are relatively short (500 words), but give you the opportunity to really sell your differentiating characteristics.  […]

Beat the GMAT Guest Writer: How to beat a bad GPA

Today was an interesting morning – four candidates with stellar professional experience –  two who were charismatic, and two who were a bit more introverted.  All were exceptionally nice.  However, they were unified in each having GPAs which were sub-optimal for the top-tier MBA programs they are trying to get into.  I felt like a […]

Quoted in Yahoo’s Associated Content discussing financial services jobs for MBAs

It seems that we have some friends at Yahoo’s Associated Content.  Okay – one, but we’ll take it.  Recently, we shared some ideas on the opportunities in financial services for MBAs which typically attract about 40% to 50% of top-tier MBA alumni.   The industries recruit heavily, offer a great skill set, and help to take […]

Columbia Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Essay 1 What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit) Overview:  This question is relatively straightforward and consistent with “standard” MBA questions related to short-term and long-term career goals post MBA admission.  It is clearly a pre-requisite for any MBA program […]

Duke Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Overview:  Don’t be deceived by the basic Duke essay questions—these “open” questions can be some of the toughest to write.  There is quite a bit of room for you to deliver your message to the Fuqua MBA admission committee by plotting out your story in advance.   Make sure to think abut what you want to […]

Harvard Business School Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

The Harvard Business School essays are similar to last year save two swapped essays topics for the last two optional essays.  When thinking about the HBS essays, reflect on how you have exhibited leadership and made an impact on your career and community pursuits. 

UC Berkeley (Haas) Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Overview: The Haas application can be quite challenging with 6 required essays ranging from 250 words to 1000 words and probing the candidate with questions on passion, accomplishments and your fit with Haas.  Before tackling the Haas essay questions, I strongly suggest you outline a plan for what you want to convey.  If you don’t, […]

Featured in Chubbybrain: Should I start a company or go to business school?

So many candidates, especially those with a strong idea to start a company or those between jobs, struggle with this question.   Watching your bank balance rise twice a month as you receive paychecks is dandy, but which one of us have not dreamed of storming into our boss’ office, tossing our laptop at his or […]