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The Best Business Schools' Admissions Secrets: A Former Harvard Business School Admissions Board Member Reveals the Insider Keys to Getting In Paperback – July 1, 2008
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The author provides deep insights into how each applicant is evaluated. MBA admissions to the top business schools is not all about GMAT and GPA.
In order to be admitted to the top 5 business schools in particular, one needs to show tremendous leadership and other WOW factors. One needs to foster good relationships with potential MBA recommenders. And don't forget the arduous preparation for GMAT.
Unfortunately, one can't just build a MBA WOW factor in few months. It may take years to build extracurricular credentials and leadership experience that an MBA program would find compelling and credible (it is too late to join the Peace Corp 3 months before the application).
This would be an ideal book to read for those who just finished their undergraduate program and would like to attend an MBA program in a few years. It will provide quite helpful tips on how to prepare for the grueling and challenging MBA admissions process in a top school. DO NOT think high GMAT and GPA will guarantee you admission into a top MBA program (although they will surely help).
To summarize the book, one needs to build a compelling personal brand and allow other parts of the application,interview, and recommendation confirm that brand. DO NOT write boring and trite essays that will put admission officers to sleep. Make your essays interesting and compelling with a touch of humor. The book also outlines a list of things an MBA applicant should never do in the essays, interviews, and recommendations.Read more ›
The book's author Chioma helps one really identify and define one's 'brand' so that there is a consistent thread throughout one's application. The author helps you craft a great application from stories made up of choices you've made, extracurriculars you've taken a critical role in, relationships you build, to interesting situations you've experienced. She debunks myths and provides insight into the mysterious admissions office and what they are looking for (helping applicants identify strong personal stories of impact vs. stories that are unimpressive). Additionally, Chioma covers all aspects important to the process including resume, interviews, and recommenders which are crucial to supporting your candidacy.
I got into 3 out of 4 of the schools I applied to and will be attending HBS next year. Thus, I highly recommend the book!
[Extract] Chioma Isiadinso: "I focus The Best Business Schools' Admissions Secret on personal branding as it relates to the admissions process...The greatest mistake applicants to business schools make is that their applications lack a compelling brand. Most applicants pay way too much attention trying to "game" the system and figure out what the admissions boards want to hear instead of taking a step back to assess their own stories and to present them in an authentic, powerful way."
I would recommend any Bschool applicant to at least go through the book before making his or her pitch to the admissions boards.
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Excellent book for potential students or, better yet, parents.Published 13 months ago by jacquelin lai
Very Informative information which I never know before.Published 20 months ago by Daniel Haholongan Siregar
This book answers almost every question you would have about the b-school application process. She addresses everything in such an easy-to-read tone that I feel like I've just had... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Oluwasola Olaniyan
Excellent read. Gave me great insight on which business schools to look into in the near future, and how I would go about being accepted into them.Published on December 2, 2013 by Tim Holmes
With a solid GMAT regimen, this book, and enough time, I think you have a good shot at getting into any program out there. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by pdangelo
I found this book to be extremely helpful in understanding the MBA admissions process. It contains crucial information that can really help you get into top schools. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by S.R.
I purchased this book to prepare for the interview and was amazed at how thorough it was! Of course, I wished I had purchased it before I submitted my application! Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Dave D.
Every aspect of the application process was dealt with in a very detailed and insightful manner. The author seemed to know exactly what she was talking about, providing examples... Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Dee123
A well written and thorough trip down the rabbit hole with a pro who knows her graduate admissions information! Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by Future_cpa1