The MBA Admissions’ Strategy is a comprehensive guide to the MBA admissions process which covers the core aspects of your profile, that the admission committee will be evaluating.
It is the admission committee or the admission officers who matter, and it is their decision that counts. So we need to understand that what are the criteria that they are going to consider before offering you a chance to be a part of their institution. So, let us discuss about the core aspects of your profile, that the admission committee will be evaluating.
Numbers do matter.
If we talk about the numbers, your GMAT score, GRE score, and the GPA, matter the most. A strong GMAT score is preferred. However, your GRE score is also important, as it is an alternative to the GMAT. If you have not taken the GMAT, then majority of the schools will consider your GRE score.
In most cases, a GPA of above 3 is considered good by the top business schools.
Even if you don’t have the highest scores in GMAT or GRE still you have a fair chance of making it to the top B-Schools. Through your professional experience, the admission officers take into account the responsibilities you have taken. In order to describe your professional experience, you need to shed some light on the soft skills too. Let me describe the soft skills which you need to mention, with an example.
Let us understand, with the help of a real life situation.
We had an employee, who was struggling with work and was often criticized.
So, what I did was, after the work was over, I gave him time. I used to sit down with him and taught him the basics of soft skills. After three months or so, to everyone’s surprise, he started working efficiently and contributed to the company.
He came back, appreciated my efforts, and thanked me, that felt pretty good.
Explaining your professional experiences, with the help of real life examples, will surely help you to impress upon the admission authorities.
Off lately a lot of B-Schools have started giving importance to Emotional Quotient along with Intelligence Quotient. Your community profile truly matters, as the schools don’t need a geek, or a candidate with GPA of 3.5 or above. What they need is a good scholar, who is a good person. Through your community profile, you can demonstrate- what you have done for the community, or how you have helped people. For example, you can mention that you have donated blood to the needy, have been part of rescue and relief teams during disasters, have been part of awareness programs, taught street kids free of cost, have given donations at an orphanage or supported a noble cause which might show that you have it in you what it takes to be a good citizen of the world.
Your personal profile is also important, as the admission officers want to know you as a person. Your unique personal attributes will help them add diversity to their class. As an aspirant you should be considering things like for an example, your hobbies should be unique, you should have a taste for different things in life, your approach towards a particular situation, your oral and written communication abilities. In short, things which make you stand out from the crowd and yet you can be a crowd puller in times of need.
The Golden Question – Why do you want to join us?
If you are applying to a particular school, then the admission authorities will want to know the reason behind it.
They will ask you,
- why have you applied to our B- School?
- Why should we consider your application?
- Why have you not applied for other B-Schools?
It is not that the seats are vacant or you got a good score, and you expect them to get you in. You need to do enough research on the school you are applying to. The admission officers want to see, how keen and committed is the candidate and whether the candidate will complete the degree
The idea behind this is that they want to ensure that after three months, you are not upset, or you don’t feel like, “I have had enough and I want to leave the program”.
So, your level of comfort with the program is very important. You need to prove the admission officers, that you are the one who will adapt to the competitive environment, complete the course, and represent the school after you pass out.
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