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16 minutes | 2 days ago
What do you bring to an MBA program? : B-Schooled episode 32
Communicating what your classmates will learn from you and how you’ll be an asset to the MBA program you attend is monumentally important. This episode covers ways to get that information across through your resume and essays.
23 minutes | 9 days ago
Tips for editing down essays & application responses: B-Schooled episode 31
Often times, it's quite a challenge to fit an application, data-form or essay response into the space provided when restrictive character or word counts are in play. This episode focuses on specific ways MBA applicants can edit down essays and short-answer responses without compromising the power of their stories, anecdotes or statements.
21 minutes | 16 days ago
Communicating MBA program knowledge & fit: B-Schooled episode 30
This episode covers a quick admissions update from Harvard Business School before diving into why it's important for you to demonstrate your knowledge of and fit with the MBA programs you’re applying to – and how you can do so in both your written materials and your interview responses.
14 minutes | 23 days ago
Why an MBA? : B-Schooled episode 29
This episode discusses why all business school candidates need to be able to clearly explain why they need an MBA, especially if they are in one of four applicant buckets where it's important to clarify the need for a business degree. Common reasons for getting an MBA are covered, as are reasons that might be realistic but are best left out of one's application materials.
18 minutes | a month ago
MBA interview advice, part 2 of 2: B-Schooled episode 28
Our host Erika is joined once again by former Kellogg admissions director Beth Tidmarsh for a discussion specifically about behavioral MBA interviews (i.e., "Tell me about a time when..." questions). They cover the types of behavioral questions candidates can expect, advice on how to answer those questions, pitfalls to avoid, and more. They also role-play a few questions and responses for listeners.
25 minutes | a month ago
What’s on Your Mind: An Admissions Test Q&A: B-Schooled episode 27
In this episode, we welcome back Jay Bryant, a former MBA admissions director who is now a liaison between business schools and ETS, the company behind the GRE® General Test. Our host Erika and Jay will answer questions that listeners sent in about: Differences between the GMAT and the GRE General Test How MBA programs view the two main admissions tests Why admissions tests cover specific subjects When applicants should take their admissions test ... and much more!
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Part-time programs: B-Schooled episode 25
In this episode, our host Erika welcomes Bill Chionis, one of Stacy Blackman Consulting's experts on part-time (PT) MBA programs. They have a discussion about: Whether or not we've seen an increase in interest in PT programs since COVID hit The benefits of PT program vs. a traditional 2-year MBA Similarities and differences between part-time and full-time MBA programs How employers look at PT programs How (and if) PT MBAs can pursue a career switch Part-time MBA application criteria and guidance
19 minutes | 2 months ago
COVID updates and coping with first dings: B-Schooled episode 24
This episode covers: What candidates should make of recent news headlines about "soaring" MBA application numbers due to COVID, and Important context about dings, after HBS's Round 1 interview invites, Round 2 deferral and release notifications went out yesterday.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Admissions test (and other) anxieties: B-Schooled episode 23
In this episode, we welcome Jay Bryant, a former MBA admissions director who is now a liaison between business schools and ETS, the company behind the GRE® General Test. Our host Erika and Jay will have a discussion about: What Jay’s been hearing from MBA admissions teams over the past few months regarding what COVID-19 has and hasn’t affected in the admissions process Common questions about the new at-home version of the GRE test Easy things applicants can do to keep admissions-test anxiety at bay Jay will return to the podcast in late October to answer listener questions about the GRE test, so please send in anything you’d like him to address to email@example.com.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
What to do (and not do) after you submit: B-Schooled episode 22
After you submit your MBA applications, should you contact the admissions committee with updates on your candidacy? What should you do if you find an error in your materials? Should you start preparing for your interviews now? This episode answers those questions and more, and advises listeners on the best way to make use of their time between submission deadlines and their interviews.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Data form do's and don'ts: B-Schooled episode 21
This episode covers how to make the most of the data form—or the actual online application itself—and why you shouldn't underestimate its importance. We’ll cover: Optional fields Common questions applicants have about confusing fields and dropdowns The awards section(s) How you can use the data form fields to strengthen your candidacy
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Video essays: B-Schooled episode 20
This episode covers how to prepare for the various kinds of video essays (pre-recorded, live with known questions, and live with randomized questions) several MBA programs require, as well as general tips on what you should wear, where you should record, and more.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Before you submit in Round 1... : B-Schooled episode 19
This episode covers some last-minute things to think about, do and not do as Round 1 deadlines loom.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
Career goals: B-Schooled episode 18
This episode covers: - How you should think about and position your short- and long-term career goals in both the short-answer responses on business school applications, as well as in career-related essays. - What you should do if you have no idea what your career goals are, or if the main reason you want to go to b-school is to explore different options for your future career path. - Whether it's a bad idea to say you want to completely change careers or stick with what you’re doing now.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Reapplying: B-Schooled episode 17
This episode covers common questions MBA candidates have about reapplying -- including specific advice for those who first applied in spring 2020's extended Round 3 (aka "the COVID round") or who originally applied to a 2+2 or deferred admissions program while still in college.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
How to MBA your resume: B-Schooled episode 16
Your resume is perhaps the single most important part of your application materials. This episode covers how to maximize that one precious page.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
6 Essay-writing mistakes to avoid: B-Schooled episode 15
Round 1 deadlines start to hit a little over a month from now, so while you're in the midst of essay writing, make sure you don't make any of the 6 common mistakes we'll cover in this episode.
64 minutes | 4 months ago
What should you do with your life? : B-Schooled episode 14
In this episode, Erika is joined by Kellogg JD/MBA and fellow SBC consultant Gina for an in-depth discussion about how applicants can use the MBA application process to reflect on what they really value and what kind of work might make them truly happy.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Virtual info sessions -- are they valuable?: B-Schooled episode 13
Since in-person campus visits and traveling information sessions aren’t happening for a while, MBA admissions committees are offering several different types of virtual experiences and online information sessions to help prospective students get to know their programs better. This episode answers the questions: Are these online sessions valuable? How should they be approached? Should they be treated like an interview? Can an online interaction with the adcom help or hurt my chances? What questions should I ask? How can I use something from the session in my essays? What other ways can I research programs?
27 minutes | 5 months ago
How to pick the right recommenders: B-Schooled episode 12
This episode details: The most important recommender criteria What you should do if you can’t ask your direct manager for a letter What you should do if you don’t want anyone at your company to know of your MBA plans If it’s OK to use college professors or extracurricular contacts as recommenders Whether seniority or alumni status matters Whether "side letters" are effective What you should do if you’ve worked for more than one company since college What you should do if you haven’t worked with one of your recommenders for some time, and finally What you should do if you work for a family-owned business
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