Welcome to a new world, Brave Supplicant.
Today we’ll invite you to click over to a post that went up on Medium last night: The problem with lying.
Welcome to a new world, Brave Supplicant.
Today we’ll invite you to click over to a post that went up on Medium last night: The problem with lying.
We love it when Brave Supplicants do their homework.
We got this question from a military candidate recently:
I noticed Stanford has a comparatively lower percentage of Veterans in its class than many of the other top schools (3% or so versus 5%). Any theories on why that is?
Well yes! In fact, we do have theories!
Today we’re going to share them with you – if you’re in that contingent of military MBA candidates.
If you have access privileges on your account to view our Military MBA content then you’ll see this material. If not: Happy Inauguration! Merry Weekend! Best wishes for 2017! Or whatever other type of good-will generating we can do for you. We’ll see you back here on Monday for a standard installment of snarkness.
Military MBA types interested in Stanford, read on.
As a wrap-up comment:
Trying to interpret or extrapolate anything from the Stanford dataset and class profile is not usually a very fruitful effort. Stanford admits PEOPLE not numbers. The numbers can help point you in the direction of the standards of excellence that they tend to select on – but they don’t tell the whole story.
Good luck to all who are trying for Stanford this year! From the military or any other background.
If you’re a military MBA, check out our resources and hit us up if we can help!
Gosh, if only we knew.
We’ve been following with interest the posts from Tuck’s Dean Dr. Matthew Slaughter. You may want to subscribe to their Slaughter & Rees Report which is an email blast every week-ish which we read with interest.
Dr. Slaughter served in the Bush White House and we found his (historical) profile on the White House website quite interesting: His area of expertise is globalization. Here is a post that offers a counter argument to some of the rhetoric of the President Elect around the loss of American jobs .
Tuck also published a video recently which seems to be saying, diversity is good and we need humble leaders who are focused on economic growth in order to fix the imbalances.
At least, that’s what we think they are saying. See for yourself.
Lots of top business schools have been focusing on international business and training leaders for the complexities of a global economy for decades now. That’s true in the U.S. MBA programs, where the international student body is touted as a key advantage, and it’s also true at places like the Indian School of Business which was founded 15 years ago with a mission to “groom future leaders for India and the world.” Bschools, and all of academia, rely on the flow of students and faculty to bring fresh thinking and new ideas from all over the world.
In response to the financial crisis of 2008, many American business schools implemented dedicated modules on ethics in business. Dean Lyons at UC Berkeley led an effort to define and codify the Haas School values. Many schools today place great emphasis on their values in communicating to their community and applicants, as you experienced in writing essays in response to their carefully designed questions. Schools react to what’s happening in the broader society.
With the easy flow of people, goods, and information across borders in today’s world, it is impossible to believe that a closed-off, protectionist America is even possible, much less desirable. Our planet is too interconnected these days for that, what with trade routes and supply chains and complex manufacturing flows that involve multiple countries at once. We blahgged right after the election on what the impact for international applicants to U.S. grad schools may be, and that post was later updated with links to some articles about effects that UK schools have seen post-Brexit which may signal trends to come here as well.
The incoming President has promised big changes in nearly every aspect of life, and an “America First” philosophy is prominent. However, we have a hard time believing that the institutions of higher education in America will be changing their strategies of recruiting and executing their missions as a result of this populism.
Everyone will be waiting to see what happens. It’s an interesting time, for sure.
At risk of repeating ourselves – we say this every round – there’s a few things you need to remember when it comes to interviewing:
1. The timing of when you get the interview invite matters not at all. For most schools, there’s no rhyme or reason to it. The main exception to this is Harvard where the bulk of their invites come out on the first day, which simply means that if you’re going to be interviewed at all, there’s a higher probability you’ll be invited in the initial wave only because that’s when most people are. We go into all the details on interviewing at Harvard on our Harvard MBA info page and several posts linked therefrom.
By contrast is the other extreme: Columbia. It’s very common for Bser #A who applied to Columbia weeks ago to still be sitting around in Know-Nothing Limbo, while BSer #B, who submitted just yesterday it seems, gets moved to the interview stage fast.
This happens for several reasons:
Both those apps could be equally strong yet one person hears soon and the other doesn’t. It doesn’t matter if your first or your second reviewer invites you; what matters is that you get invited. If you submitted earlier and they DON’T like your app, then you’ll find that out quite quickly, too, since you’ll (uh-oh) get the deny. If you submitted right at the Fellowship deadline 10 days ago then you may not get the deny super fast, since the reviewers are slogging away looking at things once and then twice before deciding your fate. But you may not get the invite right away either and you could still have a strong app that makes it in.
See? No rhyme or reason.
Bottom line: Don’t worry about this stuff, it will only drive you crazy, and even if you knew for a fact that the timing of the invite meant something about how the school perceived your app, what would that do? What would that change? It’s not like you can affect the components of your pitch at this point. If you enjoy the
stress-inducing mania of screen refreshing theoretical guessing game that happens on the applicant forums, then be our guest and go hang out there, but we very rarely see anyone in those forums who actually knows what they’re talking about when it comes to why a school issued an invite to one person and this other person hasn’t gotten one yet.
2. When you do get that interview invitation, after you’re done with your happy dance, you must create a plan to prepare. This is not trivial stuff. Talking about yourself in the right way – not too annoying, not overblown, yet not too meek or demur; with enough detail that you carry your point without overburdening your interviewer with the irrelevant; a focused, polished presentation where you ANSWER THE QUESTIONS thoroughly yet strategically – this takes practice. You do NOT have these skills right now. Regardless of how much you love talking about yourself, this is a different animal entirely. Enlist a friend – or even a computer – and go through your answers in a mock interview setting.
The Interviewing Guide can help you work out your plan of attack, and of course there are plenty more posts here on EssaySnark about interviewing for MBA admissions. If you are lucky enough to land an interview at HBS next week – lucky you! – you will have a lot of work ahead, though that’s true for any interview, frankly. For HBS specifically, we can help with custom interview questions for their open interview, which is also applicable to schools like MIT and NYU.
You’re in very good shape once you’re headed into the interview and the odds are firmly on your side, but this marathon is far from over. Good luck with it!
Yesterday we announced that MIT Sloan earned the first-ever Radcom Award for the 2016 admissions season.
But the REAL reason why Sloan gets the 2016 Radcom Award from EssaySnark?
It’s because of this:
— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) August 11, 2016
None of you Round 2 BSers would’ve cared about that, but those mock classes were a huge gift for wanna-be Sloanies trying in Round 1 last fall.
The thing is, if you’re a plan-ahead type — say, a new Brave Supplicant who’s just now thinking about applications for the MBA Class of 2020 — then right about now, you’re busy with first steps of the process like the GMAT. You’re eating up the bandwidth on those applicant forums, learning about data sufficiency problems, and getting googly-eyed with dreams of applying to Harvard. You might be kicking the tires on specific schools but probably your research is currently limited to only the schools you’ve heard of – HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia. You maybe haven’t yet gotten your feet wet with schools like Tuck or Darden. That won’t come till later, after you’ve become a near-obsessive on all this bschool stuff, and you have heard about the concept of “school fit” so many times that you try to figure out what they’re talking about when they say it.
But again, if you’re like most BSers, you’re not worried about actually starting on your apps for months and months – not till maybe July, when everyone on the forums is discussing essay questions after the new app information is released. And that’s when you roll up your sleeves to figure out which schools to apply to, and that’s when you find EssaySnark after some serious Googling, and that’s when you actually READ the essay questions and realize that the schools are asking you to tell them why you belong there. And that’s when you discover the truth behind our near-constant advice, that visiting the school is the best way to find out about them.
And by then, in mid-summer, with Round 1 deadlines looming in early September, if you visit campus, you get only half the experience. Because the campus visits in summer, in the months before Round 1 hits, are missing the important element: The students.
The reason we’re going through all of this today is not only to acknowledge the innovation that MIT Sloan displayed by having these mock class visits for interested applicants to experience the MBA community outside the standard academic calendar. But it’s also to serve as your official reminder:
If you’re going to be applying to bschool in the Fall, then NOW is the time to be planning your VISITS to the bschools, which you’ll want to do in the Spring.
In January, springtime feels very far away, however it’ll be here soon enough and that’s when you should be putting your butt on a plane and getting to campus. An ideal time to do your bschool tour and experience these schools for yourself is end of March through April. After that, class will let out and all those second-years will be graduating, and the first-years will be off to their internships. There won’t be many students around campus and there won’t be any classes to sit in on (at least, not at most schools; places like Columbia have class visits available even in summer based on their J-Term format).
So. Kudos to MIT Sloan for coming up with this new way to offer prospective students a chance to experience the MBA class, even when classes are not in session. We hope they’ll do it again this summer. For this innovation, along with the other applicant-friendly policies, they have earned our Radcom Award for 2016.
For all of you:
If you do not currently have an admit to an MBA program locked up from Round 1, there’s a chance that you might end up a reapplicant in the Fall (we hope you get in this year of course! but just staying on the prudent side of things, if you’re not in yet, you can’t assume you will be, no matter how many apps you crammed in two weeks ago). Or, if you’re one of those forward-thinking BSers who’s planning ahead for Class of 2020, who’s on the early side of your research project, then kudos to you too for getting started so soon.
In both cases, we would like to suggest that you flip a few pages ahead in your 2017 calendar, to see about getting a few days’ vacation and booking a flight or two, to get out to these schools that you’d like to be applying to in the Fall.
No, it’s not mandatory to visit before applying, but it ALWAYS is beneficial to your process.
Now that most Round 2 deadlines are behind us and the frenzy of another MBA admissions season is winding down, we wanted to step back and catch our breath and acknowledge some of those hard working admissions teams out there. We’ve done this before, with a few posts in the “adcoms that we love” series that we started five years ago, where we talked about sometimes overlooked schools like IESE and INSEAD. In 2014, we posted our Five Faves which at the time were Darden, Tuck, Yale, Columbia and our #1 favorite, NYU Stern.
This year we’re christening The Radcom Award which we’re going to bestow on the adcom that’s the raddest.
In the ‘Snark’s opinion, of course.
So, who will it be???
We wanted to give it to Ross because they’ve got the coolest videos!! But then they went and put their Round 2 deadline on January 2. C’mon guys! That’s not playing nice! Yeah yeah yeah, that early deadline meant that they’ve already started issuing interview invitations way ahead of most everyone else, which is definitely exciting. But sorry, that doesn’t make up for the pain inflicted on so many a few weeks ago and it’s also, from our perspective, shortsighted.
We simply can’t give it to Haas based on how mean they are with international applicants over the TOEFL. It seems that they’re more and more restrictive on this policy every single year (you can see evidence of that in the comments from BSers on that post).
Coincidentally or not, the adcom that we’ve chosen for our 2016 Radcom Award has policies on the exact opposite side of both of those issues:
Yep, you guessed it, we’re giving the Radcom Award to MIT Sloan!
Those aren’t the only reasons for why we like MIT right now.
While their cover letter requirement has proven difficult for many BSers, they are remarkably open and flexible in allowing you to submit almost anything else in support of your candidacy, through their Optional Essay (which is totally different from any other school’s optional essay, just FYI). For MIT, you have free rein on what you want to tell them about or how you want to present the best of your bad self to them. You can cover the traditional “optional essay” topics of low GPA or why you’ve chosen the recommenders that you did, and you can do that in a written essay. OR — or hopefully, AND — you can choose to share something about who you are as a person, through a PowerPoint or a video or anything else you can transmit through the Internet.
They’re not the first school to have such an opportunity (NYU and Booth have both done so for ages) but we like the combination of one very structured yet still fairly free-form submission with the cover letter, plus the do-what-you-will-with-it additional submission alongside.
That’s not the reason we’re giving them this honor of the Radcom Award, though.
It’s also because of how accessible they are to their applicants. It seems like practically every other week there’s been a chat with the Sloan adcom where they’ll let you people hit them up with questions. Other schools do these chats too so again, it’s not like Sloan is blazing a new trail or anything. It’s just that they’re offering them often, and they’re also longer (last one was 1.5 hours; some schools cut you off at half an hour) which is a significant investment of time from the admissions folks. Good stuff.
There’s one more reason why MIT has gotten the highest honor in Snarkville, which we will present along with its significance to all of you
For now, you can learn all about Sloan on our dedicated MIT Sloan MBA info page or check out all our previous posts about MIT’s business school.
But they do happen to be schools with Round 2 deadlines in the future. Does that mean you should apply? It would be in our self-interest to say YES! APPLY! Because then we could try and sell you the need for some consulting services to increase your chances of success. However these two schools do…