10 Key Steps You can Take to Get off the ‘Waitlist’

This happens every year.  You have invested significant amount of time and effort into your MBA applications, have done well at your interview, and are now waiting eagerly to get that coveted admit offer.  Instead, you receive that discouraging letter that you have been ‘waitlisted’.  Being on the waitlist is understandably a tricky situation that is good news as well as bad news.  The bad news is that you will have to wait a bit longer to get in, and the good news is that the ‘waitlist’ is not the end of your MBA dreams.  There is a bright side … Continue reading

H-1B Visa changes – A Potential Boon for MBA Applicants

Are you worried about the proposed changes to the H-1B Visa reform and its impact on your chances of employment after your MBA in the USA. If yes, you must read e-GMAT’s well-researched , extremely detailed, and highly informative article which shows that the proposed changes, if implemented, can actually be beneficial  for most MBA candidates. Here is how e-GMAT has summarized the findings: Proposed changes may lead to higher chances of securing H-1B Visa: The H-1B visa program is severely abused and hence oversubscribed. Even with a sponsor, an MBA currently has a 33% chance of securing the H1B visa. … Continue reading

Financial Times Global Rankings – 2017

Financial times published its Business schools rankings recently. This year’s global ranking saw European business schools perform much better than US B schools by claiming 5 out of 10 spots in the top 10 global schools. FT’s ranking is based on surveys of business schools and their 2013 graduates. MBA programs are assessed according to the career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation, and the diversity of students and faculty. Here are the key highlights: INSEAD took first place for the second year in a row. INSEAD receives high marks for its strong international culture and extensive and … Continue reading

Last Minute Tips for Round 2 MBA Applicants

As we welcome the year 2017 with hope, optimism, dreams, and new resolutions, we also know that it’s almost time to submit Round 2 applications.  ( Ross and CMU applications have already been submitted) With that in mind,  myEssayReview  would like to share some helpful blog posts on composing compelling and persuasive essays, crafting effective résumé, and obtaining strong letters of recommendations that will help you secure interview invitation from your dream school.      Useful Tips to Craft an Effective MBA Résumé        10 Key Tips for Creating Compelling Business School Essays        Creativity and Business School Essays     Helpful … Continue reading

10 Key Tips for Creating Compelling Business School Essays

The Round 2 application deadlines are only 2-3 weeks away.  Some applicants are already half way through the application process while some are still at the beginning stage.  Whichever stage of the application process you are, you are still working on showcasing your best personal and professional stories.  Indeed, your stories about the various aspects of your professional career (goals, accomplishments, leadership experiences etc.) and personal life (background, cultural experiences, setback/mistake etc.) play a key role in determining your chances of admission to you dream school.  Therefore, you must invest a significant amount of time in reflecting on your best … Continue reading

‘Creativity’ and Business School Essays

 Having worked with MBA applicants on their application essays in the past five years, I have observed that every year the application essay writing is getting more and more challenging for the applicants. In this highly competitive admissions process,  admissions essays  distinguish them from the sea of equally qualified applicants they are competing with. One of the greatest challenges that stares business school applicants in the face is that every year, business schools come up with essay prompts that challenge them to use their imagination and creativity. These questions are thoughtfully composed by the Admission Committee to get illuminating glimpses … Continue reading

Tuck MBA Essay Questions Analysis- 2016-17

Essays :  Like last year, applicants will response to two required essays. However,  Tuck has recently made changes to their first required goals  essay that focuses on global approach. Also, the second required essay, the longstanding essay about a meaningful leadership experience has been replaced with more of a focus on diversity. Here are important dates : Key Application Dates: Application and LORs* due Applicant-initiated interview complete Admissions Decision Early Action Round 10/5/16 10/31/16 12/16/16 November Round 11/2/16 11/11/16 2/10/17 January Round 1/4/17 1/31/17 3/10/17 April Round 4/5/17 4/5/17 5/12/17 1st Round Consortium*** 10/15/16 10/31/16 12/16/16 2nd Round Consortium*** 1/5/17 … Continue reading

The Common Letter of Recommendation

In order to simplify the letter of recommendation writing process, a few top schools with the cooperation of GMAC, have released the new common letter of recommendation. The Common LOR will provide a single set of questions for recommenders whose answers will be sent to participating schools. It will help ease the burden of recommenders because they will not have to write multiple letters for multiple schools for multiple students. The applicants will also benefit  because they will now  be more comfortable requesting letters from their busy mentors, professors, or employers. Participating schools (per the Ross admissions blog)  include Michigan … Continue reading

MBA Application Essays- 10 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

Essays are the most critical part of the application package for business schools that showcase those aspects of the  applicants’ profile which other parts of their application package do not reveal. B-schools use essays as tools to know their prospective candidates outside of the typical academic and professional environment. When working with the B-school applicants on their application essays in the past five years, I have come across the following common mistakes which, I believe, can be easily avoided with careful thought and preparation. 1.  Insufficient Time: Year after year, I have noticed that some applicants do not give themselves … Continue reading

UT Austin McCombs MBA Essay Questions Analysis – 2016-17

There is no major change in the essay prompts of this year. Like last year, McCombs business school asks its applicants to write two required essays and one optional essay. However, both the essays have been tweaked a little bit.  Also, one of the communication methods (about.me option) for the first question has been dropped. MBA application deadlines Round 1: Application deadline: October 11, 2016 at 11:59pm CT,   Decision date: December 20, 2016 Round 2: Application deadline: January 10, 2017 at 11:59pm CT,  Decision date: March 29, 2017 Round 3: Final application deadline: April 4, 2017 at 11:59pm CT, Decision … Continue reading