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.
Q1: What is the most common mistake you see on an application, and how can candidates avoid this? #TheMBATourChat— The MBA Tour (@TheMBATour) October 25, 2017
A1: Common mistakes: not clearly articulating why the school is the best fit for post-MBA goals & not showing personality. #TheMBATourChat— Georgia Tech MBA (@GeorgiaTechMBA) October 25, 2017
A1: General responses that don’t tie to the specific strengths of the school. Apply to a few b-schools and know them well. #TheMBATourChat— TCU Neeley MBA (@TCU_MBA) October 25, 2017
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.
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.
Forgetting to Proofread
A1: Have somebody read your application carefully to check for mistakes. #TheMBATourChat— UCR AGSM (@UCRAGSM) October 25, 2017
— UConn MBA (@uconnmba) October 25, 2017
A1: Proofread your essays; don't indicate you would be a strong applicant to School "X" when you are applying to School "Y". #TheMBATourChat
A1: Using an outdated or poorly written resume is a common mistake we see. Take the time to edit & review yours. (cont. 1/2) #TheMBATourChat— Moore School (@MooreSchool) October 25, 2017
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!