THE MBA TOUR CONFERENCE SURVIVAL GUIDE, Part 2: Making the most of panels and school presentations

Posted by TheMBATour on 13 June 2012 / 0 Comments

A great way to get basic and advanced questions from the source about schools and their programs are from school admission reps and alumni at school presentations and panels. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your time at the various presentations available at The MBA Tour events.

1. Review the schedule ahead of time

Check out to see the full schedule of presentations available within 30 days of the event, multiple schools present in each time slot and if there are two conflicting presentations you want to see, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of both to decide which would be the best use of your time. All schools are present during the fair so you can still connect with a school if you miss their presentation.

2. Listen and take notes

Put you notebook and pen to use to jot down some of the information that’s being provided. A lot of topics are covered during presentations and panels, so keeping tabs on who says what allows you to retain valuable information and follow up with targeted questions during the Q&A, which brings us to the next point.

3. Ask questions

Use some questions you developed during your preparation to ask during Q&A at the end of a school presentation or panel. Asking questions helps you stand out as an interested candidate and allows you to learn more about how a particular program might appeal to you. Listen to other candidates to hear if you have the same question, and follow the second pointer to take advantage of answers to questions you didn't know you had.

Hear what admission representatives have to say about "asking questions" at MBA events in this video:

Bonus tip*

A good way to take notes during the event is to create a school grid: list a column of schools you are interested in and a row of characteristics that are important to you. Throughout the event, take notes on each category and you will make some great school comparison discoveries by the end of the day. Characteristics to consider are program length, academic concentrations, location, career opportunities, student life and culture, etc. (Remember, you should already know the basics: GMAT Score, application deadlines, and other general academic requirements.)

Keep an eye out for Part 3: The Fair and Following Up, to learn how to handle yourself during the Fair portion of the MBA Tour events and how to properly follow up with the new information and contacts you now have.

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