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 Officers 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 advantage of the school’s MBA program. This probing question will provide the basis for a better conversation.
Watch this video for more questions do’s and don’ts:
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 Officers 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 confidant 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 Officer:
Lastly, 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 Officers, visit The MBA Tour’s YouTube page! Now that you're ready to make a great impression, register for one of our MBA Conferences on our Canada Tour!