How To Stand Out as an MBA Candidate

Posted by The MBA Tour on 16 June 2015 / 0 Comments

The first MBA Conference of the summer is only one week away and you may be asking yourself, “How can I stand out as a candidate?” If you are looking for advice on how to make an impression at our European MBA Event in NYC on June 22 or any of our upcoming events this summer, Sheldon Dookeran, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Rotman School of Management has the inside scoop. As an admissions counselor, he offers three tips that will help you make a memorable impression:

He starts by setting the scene:

"So you walk into an MBA fair it’s busy, it’s noisy, it’s crowded. After waiting, you finally see that I’m free. You approach and ask, 'What’s the minimum GMAT and GPA required for admission?' I tell you and you move on to the next school.

You know what I do? Nothing. But what you want me to do is to see your potential, to be so intrigued and so impressed that I want to help you. I jot down notes on you. I ask you for your business card, your resume, so that I can keep in touch with you and I invite you to the school and introduce you to others."

So how do you make that happen? Three things:


Make a memorable impression with your appearance before you even open your mouth. I’m not saying you need to wear a suit, but you do need to be well groomed and dressed professionally.

Dressing professionally gives the impression that you take this process seriously and you are professional, a quality MBA programs find important.


Craft your elevator pitch, and this is your story that you can weave into our conversation and our interaction.

It is crucial to be able to explain not only what you are looking for from an MBA program but also what you can contribute to the school. Consider these interactions like a job interview.


Ask probing questions and the only way to do this is to be well researched before you even show up.

Admissions recruiters prefer you to ask questions that are not easily found online or in their brochure. Ask questions that show you have done your research so that the recruiter has the knowledge you are interested in their program. They want you to ask questions you can't find the answers to online.

We hope to see you at one of our fairs and that you stand out, leaving a memorable impression.

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