The MBA Reality Check: Make the School You Want, Want You

The MBA Reality Check: Make the School You Want, Want You

Evan Forster, David St. John Thomas

Language: English

Pages: 222

ISBN: B0030CVRW0

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A no-nonsense guide to getting into business school at a time when the industry requirements are evolving and competition is at a record level.

MBA programs are redefining their mission and seeking a new generation of business visionaries. No longer simply about grades or test scores, top schools now look for students with a transformative vision. The MBA Reality Check covers everything from the specifics of the application process to how applicants can position themselves among the crop of tomorrow's business innovators. Through their work with hundreds of MBA hopefuls, Forster and Thomas have shown what it takes to succeed in today's highly competitive marketplace, including:

?How applicants can find their own exceptional story to set them apart

?What to include in an MBA application-and what to leave out

?What b-schools really want to learn about candidates

?How to turn any question into an opportunity to illustrate unique leadership qualities

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silence filled my office and finally, sheepishly, Jared admitted it: “Dad would kill me if I wrote a business school essay about the WWE.” Let’s Make a Deal So, I made Jared an offer he couldn’t refuse. “Let’s do it both your way and my way. You’ll write two goals essays, we’ll show both of them to your father, and see which one he likes.” This whole deal sent a shiver down my spine. It went against one of my most fundamental tenets as a consultant: “No essays by committee.” Almost without

is the most coveted commodity on Wall Street.” “Are they still using your telecom primer today?” I mentioned a few other wheels that never had to be reinvented, like tax software and DVRs, and the light finally went off in his head that he had not only mastered an incredibly complex and difficult subject—definitely a worthy professional accomplishment—but had also made it so that no one else would ever have to start from scratch again. And that is called “creating legacy.” As I’ve said already,

assistants into the fire?” For all of you out there saying, “I don’t know,” please consider what you’re saying about yourself: “I don’t know how I succeed, I just do.” If that’s really true, that makes your success accidental instead of intentional. Which kind of success do you think business schools are drawn to? If you’re still struggling with how to pull out the details that create your success, here’s an exercise to illustrate the problem: Describe how you get from your house to Target

architecture. Together, we scavenged the city in pursuit of perfectly preserved ruins. One day, as one such trip neared its end, Sandra shared with me a startling revelation: a co-worker was sexually harassing her. Sandra told me I was the only colleague she had shared this secret with, for fear of professional estrangement. In Japan, she argued, successful businesswomen had to tolerate the indignities of this male-dominated culture straight out of Mad Men. She had resolved to do the same. But I

gestures, I explained, would serve the same purpose that baseball cards had for Andrew: a springboard to talk about the things you want people to know about you. Andrew had picked baseball players that represented different values that were important to him (for example, Jackie Robinson represented his pioneering spirit and gave him a platform to discuss something he had pioneered). And with that, Ankita’s path to enlightenment became clear to her. Excited, she erupted with ideas: The result was

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