Meeting Admissions Directors: How to Make a Great Impression

Posted by Stephanie Millner on 13 June 2016 / 0 Comments

You’re dressed in your best business attire, you have a flawless resume in hand, and you’re ready to network! Yet, when you approach the booth for your dream school your mind draws a blank. What do you say? How do you make the best first impression?

Meeting Admissions Directors face-to-face can be intimidating, but if you prepare ahead and follow these tips it will easily become second nature.

1)   Do Your Research

Before attending the event take note of the schools that will be there. Highlight the ones that you are most interested in and do research online about specific programs, classes, admissions processes, etc. Most answers to common questions (grades, requirements, scholarships) can be found online. You’ll want to formulate questions that will be of value in a conversational setting. For example, instead of asking if the GMAT is required, ask about the competitive advantages of the school’s MBA program. This probing question will provide the basis for a better conversation.

Learn how doing your research can help start a memorbale conversation.  

2) Practice Your Pitch

Take a few minutes to write down why you are interested in doing an MBA. By putting your goals down on paper you’ll be able to better articulate them to the Admissions Directors you meet. Be clear and concise when introducing yourself.

See how a good pitch can leave a great impression.

3) Confidence is Key

Remember, Admissions Officers are there to help you! They want to answer your questions and provide you with the best information possible. Be confident when introducing yourself and speaking about why you are interested in that specific school. 

Here are some more tips about how to start conversation with an Admissions Director.

 4) Relax!

The more at ease you are, the more information you’ll absorb, and the better your interactions will be. For more information on how to prepare for the event and advice from Admissions Directors, visit The MBA Tour’s YouTube page!

Now that you're ready to make a great impression, register free for The MBA Tour's US July 2017 MBA Conference. Network with Admissions Directors from the best MBA and M.S. programs! 

Learn more about The MBA Tour's MBA Conferences by watching this video.  




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