Student Case

How can a non-chatty person keep a panel engaged during a 30-minute business school interview?

Kate: “Some folks think the interview process requires them to be entertainers or conversationalist, here’s the good news – not so!

Each school has it’s own flavor for the interview so make sure you identify the school’s style. Interviews can be one-on-one, you + panel, you in case setting then one-on-one, etc. It’s an evolving hurdle. Find out as much as you can from the admissions office before you go.

**Have a friend already at the school? Cool! Sometimes they have the inside scoop. But don’t depend on them entirely. Schools can change…”

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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

GMAT TIP - 8 weeks before Round 1 applications drop. Happy with your GMAT score? Great. If you're not, you only have a few weeks to retake. Here's everything you need to know about whether or not to retake.

Don't wait until the last minute!

Not sure if you need to retake? Take a look at my response to a students question about the retake based on their score.

Retaker Guide
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GMAT Course Material

Life is Expensive!

For people who are just entering the workforce or who are relatively new to it, determining how much income it takes to live comfortably can be a challenge. Let’s assume you want to live at or above the level at which your parents live. How much money do you need to make? You might be surprised.

On the whole, you probably need to make more money than you expect in order to duplicate the life that your parents have. Quite frankly, ordinary living is expensive. Who hasn’t gotten a paycheck, only to be shocked at how little you take home and how quickly it disappears?

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Application tip

Some schools get all the application love.

Approximately 10,000 people apply to Harvard each year for a class size around 900. Similar story at Wharton. Stanford expects to see fewer applications, but they have a much much smaller class. If one of these is right for you, go for it! But don't just throw in your name for the sake of maybe. Students are often surprised when I push off school selection. It's what many of you want to decide right away. What's my goal school, what's my fallback?

We don't work that way..


This is not like undergrad. For college you needed an option. Business School is different - and much more specialized. By the time you apply to a business school, you should know what it is about that school that fits your future best. You should also know how competitive you are for that class.

Not in the top 20% of candidates for that school?
You have work to do.

If one school is the best for you, you need to put as much time and energy into acceptance as possible. That may mean changing jobs and sitting out for 1-2 years as you build a stronger profile. Or develop your plan B of moving on without Business School. If you have big goals and one particular school fits them best, it can be worth the wait.

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Webs of Knowledge

You learn the most from the people around you. Chances are, most of your interactions are with friends, family, and teachers. By expanding your network of interactions to different kinds of people of various experiences and backgrounds, you are creating a web of knowledge that feeds into the things you know and how you see the world

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