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Preparing for Wharton Interviews for the Class of 2020

Feb, 09, 2018


In this post, I discuss how to prepare for Wharton Interviews for fall 2018 entry.   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 reading this post has actually been invited for a Wharton interview and has […]


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Wharton MBA Essay Questions for Class of 2020

Aug, 17, 2017


In this post, I analyze the essay questions for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for Fall 2018 admission. You can find testimonials from my clients admitted to Wharton in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017  here.  For my most recent post on Wharton interviews, please see here and here. My clients have […]


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Stanford GSB MBA Essays and Application for the Class of 2020

Aug, 16, 2017


In this post, I analyze the Stanford GSB MBA essays and additional information/resume/employment history/activities for Class of 2020 Admission. My analysis of Stanford GSB interviews can be found here. In addition to the Class of 2020 post, I also recommend reading and/or listening to my presentation, “So you want to get into Stanford GSB?” which was made to a Japanese […]


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HBS Class of 2020 MBA Admissions Application

Aug, 16, 2017


In this post, I will be analyzing the essay question and key components of the HBS Application for the Class of 2020.  In addition to discussing overall HBS application strategy and the required essay, I will discuss key parts of the application form, resume, and transcript. I also provide some advice for HBS reapplicants and  Harvard […]


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Back on blog/update/From New Delhi to Helsinki

Jul, 12, 2017


I have been off from blogging since March but my posts will be flying out from today.  From April to end of June I was traveling.  A bit about that. This does not have much to do with admissions advice but more to do with me. For most of April, I was in India. This […]


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MBA Application Planning For 2018 Entry

Mar, 23, 2017


Now that Round two results for 2017 entry are coming in, I am increasingly focused on initial consultations for MBA applicants applying for 2018 entry.  They often ask what to do now before essay season, which really begins June, commences.  Here is what I tell them: 1.  If your GMAT (or GRE equivalent) is not […]


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Interview Preparation: There is no one way to do it.

Mar, 06, 2017


One thing I have learned over the last 15 plus years of coaching applicants on MBA, scholarship, and other admissions interviews is that there is no one way to prepare.  What works for one applicant, does not necessarily work for another. People not only have different learning styles, they have different psychologies. If you are […]


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MIT Interview Essay Question

Feb, 16, 2017


IF YOU ARE INVITED FOR AN MBA INTERVIEW AT MIT SLOAN Those invited to interview will be asked to answer the following question: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something […]


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MBA Admissions Interviewing: Understanding Prior Interview Experience

Jan, 31, 2017


Please see my guest blog post for Service2School on “MBA Admissions Interviewing: Understanding Prior Interview Experience.”


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Brief thoughts on recent HBS MBA admissions interviews

Jan, 29, 2017


In this post, I discuss HBS MBA admissions interviews. My long prior post on that topic is here. This post builds on what is in that post so I suggest reviewing it first. For my detailed suggestions on overall interview preparation, please see: –MBA Application Interview Strategy –Interview Practice is ABOUT SPEAKING! –Further Comments on […]


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Haas MBA Class of 2016 Admissions Essays: The Song Remains the Same

Jul, 08, 2013


This is my post on the UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Class of 2016 admission. You can find my post on Haas interviews here. This is how I started my Haas essay analysis last year: “Haas always asks weird questions. Years ago, they asked who the applicant would invite to dinner and why. Last year, it […]


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What Kind of MBA Do You Need?

May, 21, 2013


This is the second of a three part series of posts on the overal topic of “Do you really need an MBA?” In the first post in this series, I discussed that overall question directly. I suggest reading that post,  “Do You Really an MBA,” before proceeding to the post below.   What Kind of MBA […]


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Haas MBA Class of 2015 Admissions Essays: The Song Remains the Same

Oct, 28, 2012


Haas always asks weird questions. Years ago, they asked who the applicant would invite to dinner and why. Last year, it was “What brings you the greatest joy? How does this make you distinctive? ” Each year brings some new weirdness. Hence their song remains the same.     I had a dream. Crazy dream. Anything […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Interviews

Jan, 30, 2012


My post on Haas MBA admissions essays can be found here.  Before reading this post on UC Berkeley Haas MBA’s admissions interviews, I suggest reviewing the former Director of Admissions for the Full-time MBA Program’s excellent Tips for Acing the Admissions Interview. I also suggest that you listen to the short podcast on interviewing found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/haas/podcast/audio/haas_mba_interview_tips1.mp3. The advice is […]


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Haas MBA Fall 2012 Online Application’s Stupid Word Counter

Dec, 02, 2011


It has been brought to my attention that the essay word counter on the Haas application for admission to Fall 2012 full-time MBA program is TOTALLY F%C&ED. I suggest ignoring said word counter and letting common sense be your guide. Unlike schools that allow for simple document upload, Haas has form for pasting in essays.    […]


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Oh Joy! UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Fall 2012

Oct, 26, 2011


“Oh Joy!” alludes to the subject of the most interesting of UC Berkeley Haas MBA essay questions for Fall 2012 admission. You can find my joyful take on that essay question along with the rest in this post.  The  University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is one of the hardest MBA programs to […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Fall 2011 Admission

Nov, 15, 2010


The University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business is along with HBS, MIT Sloan, and Stanford GSB, one of the hardest programs to get into. The program is small and attracts a very diverse group of students. The objective of Haas admissions is to find the best applicants in order to put together a diverse […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Interviews

Nov, 11, 2009


I have made a few minor changes to this year’s version of this post. Before reading this post on UC Berkeley Haas MBA, I suggest reviewing the Director of Admissions for the Full-time MBA Program’s excellent Tips for Acing the Admissions Interview. I also suggest that you listen to the short podcast on interviewing found […]


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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays for Fall 2010 Admission

Jul, 29, 2009


The University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business is along with HBS and Stanford GSB, one of the hardest programs to get into. The program is small and attracts a very diverse group of students. The objective of Haas admissions is to find the best applicants in order to put together a diverse group […]


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Interview with Haas Class of 2010 MBA Student

Jul, 13, 2009


One of the Japanese members of Class of 2010 at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business was kind enough to answer my questions. Prior to starting Haas in Fall 2008, he worked as a management consultant for five years. He is married with no kids and has both an undergraduate and graduate […]


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