The MBA application process can be daunting. As overwhelming as it can seem, though, there are ways you can get yourself organized and ready to tackle the task.
Step 1: Finding the “Inner MBA” in yourself
Start by looking within – identify and analyze your strengths, weaknesses and goals. Done right, this takes time and objectivity – neither of which in great supply these days. At The MBA Exchange, we use a formal, personalized process to help our clients get a firm handle on what they should showcase vs. what they should fix or ignore in building their MBA candidacy.
Step 2: Identify which programs are best for you
This is the first step because it will refine your focus, and ensure that you’re making the best use of your limited time. There are lots of ways you can narrow down your search – location, prestige, average test scores and GPAs, price. You can spend hours and hours Googling on your own. Or, through our evaluation process, The MBA Exchange can help you generate a list of prospective schools and programs to help you achieve your long-term career goals. We draw from the experience of more than 2,000 past clients, especially those with profiles like yours.
Step 3: Map out your admissions campaign
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of prospective MBA programs, you’ll want to make sure your applications are as perfect as possible. But who can you rely on to make sure that you’re doing the right things in the right order? Applicants often burn out by obsessing about some elements and totally missing others. Our consultants have seen it all, and they will help ensure that you address everything the application asks of you – and that you don’t waste time on things it doesn’t.
Step 4: Reach out to your networks
Contact people in your network who might be able to help you with the MBA Admissions process. You’ll want to find people who can give you a great recommendation, and be sure to stay in contact with them through the process. You might also find that some people in your network are alumni, or know alumni who can help you. They’ll also be good contacts after you complete your MBA, too. The point is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to contact everyone. It’s essential to strategize in advance on which contacts in your professional, academic and personal past can add the most value to your MBA candidacy. Then, contact them at the right time and in the right way to encourage them to say yes and really add value to your candidacy. Again, The MBA Exchange is your experienced, knowledgeable and reliable resource.
Step 5: Just do it
After all of the research, analysis and planning, it’s time to produce some killer apps. Having the best candidacy is not enough unless you can get it down on “paper.” Not everyone is a great writer. In fact, many otherwise stellar applicants are intimidated by the very thought of presenting their life story to an admissions committee. Getting past writer’s block to capture and convey your essence with impact, clarity and differentiation is critical. Our experts can help you overcome the obstacles and present a powerful, distinctive insight that admissions committees will welcome.
Where to start?
While the steps we listed above offer a framework , our consultants can help you focus on what it takes to get into your dream MBA program. We’ve helped applicants through every aspect of the MBA admissions process – from analysis to planning to implementation. Resume refinement, rec development, essay review, interview prep, you name it. Every school and every application is different, so let The MBA Exchange help you stay on top of things. We specialize in helping you put your best foot forward so that you can get into your desired business school. It all starts when you request a free evaluation of your candidacy.