By Hillary Schubach, founder and president of Shine MBA Admissions Consulting.
Congratulations! If you’re one of the motivated few to get your business school applications in early, you may be wondering what to do with yourself next. Here are a few suggestions:
1. APPLY TO SECOND ROUND SCHOOLS
You already have great momentum from all of your hard work in the first round; why not continue moving forward? Worst case scenario, you develop an additional set of applications and end up with the fantastic news that you have “wasted your time” because you were accepted to your first round schools. Best case scenario, you use these next few months wisely to write outstanding applications and create options for yourself–rather than scrambling at the last minute, if first round decisions don’t go your way. For additional application tips,
2. PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS
You may not know yet whether you have been invited to interview at your first round schools, but once you are, those interview dates come up quickly. A great use of your time would be to begin preparing your responses to the long list of commonly-asked questions, which can be found through independent research or by working with an MBA admissions consultant. Mock interviews are also great confidence-builders, whether conducted with a friend, on video, or in front of the mirror. Practice your responses so they flow naturally and concisely. Look out for distracting hand gestures or facial expressions and begin practicing ways to eliminate them so you are your best self on interview day.
When it comes time for the actual interview, make sure that you have done your research on the school's particular programs, and come prepared with strong questions to ask admissions representatives.
3. EXCEL IN YOUR WORK
Continue building an arsenal of success stories in your professional (and personal) life. Step up for that new project. Propose that innovative idea. Take a leadership role on your team. Your employer will certainly appreciate it, and most of all, you'll gain exciting new fodder for your potential interviews. Admissions committees like to see a growing track record of accomplishments, and little is more impressive than a candidate who continues to take initiative, even after the application deadlines have passed. If all goes well, you'll have ample opportunity to discuss those new stories
Hillary Schubach is graduate of Harvard Business School and the founder and president of Shine MBA Admissions Consulting, an admissions consultancy responsible for helping students gain acceptance into top business schools. For personalized advice on interview prep and general MBA admissions consulting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org