Advice from Admissions Directors: Common Application Mistakes

Posted by TheMBATour on 29 November 2017 / 1 Comment

 Are you looking to submit your MBA application for R2? If so, you've come to the right place. We asked Top B-Schools to give advice about the MBA application process during our Twitter Chat on Wednesday, October 25, so we gathered some of their tips just for you. This week, we're focusing on mistakes to avoid when working on your application. 

Mistake #1: Being Unclear


It is extremely important to be specific when writing about your strengths. Don't just say you have a lot of work experience -- explain what kind of work you've done and how it has prepared you for your MBA. Also, be clear about why you are interested in each particular school to show that you've done your research. 


Mistake #2: Answering Essay Prompts Incorrectly


Be sure to read each essay prompt more than once so you know exactly what it is asking. And when reading back your response, doublecheck that you have fully answered the question. If it helps, see if a friend can guess the question you're answering solely based on your response. 


Mistake #3: Forgetting to Proofread


If you want to be taken seriously by admissions directors, it is vital that your writing is free of typos and other silly mistakes. These give off the impression that you're careless and thus not a serious candidate. And this tip extends to your resumé -- that should be just as fine-tuned as your essay responses!


Our MBA Conferences are also a great place to speak with Admissions Directors and ask questions, find one in a city near you.  

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