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  • Rejections May Be Based on Multiple Reasons

     Jhonny updated 2 months ago 4 Members · 4 Posts
  • Japo_Japo

    September 22, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Because MBA admissions decisions are holistic choices made based on the assessment of a candidate’s entire profile, those outcomes do not generally hinge on a single factor, such as a GPA or a standardized test score, experts say.

    “There’s no one thing that will either put someone over the top or hold someone back,” DelMonico says. “It’s how everything fits together and how we kind of integrate all the data points.”

    Experts add that MBA hopefuls who are from demographic groups that frequently apply to top B-schools may have to work harder to stand out than applicants with backgrounds that are uncommon in the applicant pool.

    “One key disadvantage is being in an oversubscribed industry, like finance or consulting – in these cases, MBA hopefuls should point to what makes them unique in other areas, like extracurriculars,” Shaifali Aggarwal, Harvard Business School alumna and founder and CEO of the Ivy Groupe MBA admissions consulting firm, wrote in an email.

    Serious defects in an MBA application can greatly diminish chances of acceptance, according to experts, who note that although a single big flaw in a candidate’s profile may not prevent admission, having multiple major red flags usually leads to rejection. Experts encourage MBA hopefuls who were rejected by their ideal B-school to reflect on whether these problems existed within their candidacy:

    <react-trigger trigger=”view”>Insincere, boring or unoriginal admissions essaysInadequate leadership experienceA formulaic, jargon-filled resume that lacked success storiesLukewarm recommendation lettersLack of clarity about career goals or job historyAn unconvincing argument for attending a specific MBA programInsufficient evidence of academic preparednessLittle or no customization of application materialsScores or grades below the norm at the target schoolFew or no details about personality traits and extracurricular activitiesPoor performance during an admissions interviewUnimpressive career progression or the appearance of lacking ambitionMinimal hobbies or interests outside of the classroom or officeSeeming antisocial, hypercompetitive or unethicalMisleading or lying during the admissions processVague or irrelevant answers to legitimate questionsHiding important information about your backgroundA lack of context about your achievements and mistakes</react-trigger>

    “Admissions officers, especially, at top business schools are looking for individuals who not only show leadership ability, but have unique and diverse experiences and viewpoints that can add value to their classrooms,” Michelle Diamond, CEO of Diamond MBA Admissions Consulting, wrote in an email.

    “Oftentimes, it is the personal story aspect that shows resilience or a unique hobby that shows a level of depth that can set a candidate apart,” adds Diamond, who has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. “For example, if you have two candidates from top investment banking firms with the same level of experience, the one who also practices and won awards in let’s say archery (this was from a past client), will have a better chance of acceptance because it is not only unexpected, but makes them stand out.”

    Applicants who are chameleon-like and attempt to play the part of the supposed ideal student at their target B-school are likely to be rejected, experts say.

    “No matter how qualified you may be on paper, authenticity counts,” Rebecca Loades, director of career accelerator programs at ESMT Berlin, wrote in an email. “The biggest mistake we see candidates make is when they tell us what they think we want to hear, rather than showing us who they actually are. The essays and interview are a great opportunity for you to present your true self.”

  • Pernia

    September 24, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    In our country Pakistan, B-schools have the highest fee.

    • FateXD

      September 25, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      Same. It is hard to afford MBA here.

  • Jhonny

    September 26, 2021 at 4:47 am

    One reason can be deviating from your original profession and you may not have much knowledge about business.

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