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Recommended Book, When Used with Others
on November 29, 2014
This is the first book that I've read from front to back regarding the MBA admissions process. It is chocked full of great advice, anecdotes, and helps to demystify the process. It adequately puts forth what the MBA admission boards are looking for in an application, and how to *market* yourself without coming across as overly-confident or too flawless.
There are some essay writing tips that I'm fortunate to have read because it guided me away from committing certain follies in my essays that I had planned to commit! One being starting my essays with the intention to create a mystery.
If you're concerned with the content being too old (the book was published in 2009), rest assured that the content is still relevant, and I can imagine it being so for many years to come.
This may be minor, but I was surprised with how many chapters this book has. It struck me as being poorly structured, although it does not take much away from the quality of the content of the book.
The main shortcoming of this book is the lack of actual recommendations and essays. Perhaps it was not the goal of this book, but the addition of actual essays would have improved the usefulness of this book tremendously. As a result, I'm subtracting two stars. I had to refer to essays in "How to Get into the Top MBA Programs" by Richard Montauk to get the look and feel of actual essays and recommendations.