One of the points we offered in our post about MBA recruiting a few months ago was about how much money you made pre-MBA. This relates to a question we got some time back, that some others of you may be interested in learning about too:
Hello! I’ve been wondering why schools ask for salary information from every employer listed in apps. Current employer, I understand helps the school determine the delta between pre and post MBA and measure immediate “value”. Since schools ask for more than just current info, I’m curious if it’s a metric they use to evaluate performance or something similar.
I’ve Googled it, and while I usually believe everything I read on the internet, opinions are all over the place on this one.
Any insight? Thanks!
That’s an awesome question, BSer!
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A lot of this comes down to how the specific elements of your profile come together, and we can’t issue definitive statements sight-unseen (the Comprehensive Profile Review is ideal for that level of detailed discussion though!). That’s probably also why this BSer who sent the question in saw so many conflicting ideas — plus, this is one area that many schools’ policies are under review right now, and the way individual admissions reviewers will react to one level of financial success compared to another might be very different this year than before.
It’s another one of those topics where we have to say, Yes! Because everything counts in MBA admissions.
Since the schools don’t give feedback on rejected applicants — and even if they did, it’s highly unlikely they would ever admit publicly that they turned someone down because they don’t make enough money — then it’s impossible to know for sure what the reason is behind an individual application decision. However, if you’re sitting here feeling the sting of rejection in Round 1, we can totally help with an unbiased objective assessment of the factors that may have played a part. Our Post-Mortem Rejected App Analysis gives insights into where an app may not have come through on its full potential — which can help you regroup if you have your eye on Round 2 deadlines next.
If you’re sitting here thinking, “Getting rejected for making too much money is a problem I would not mind having!” then we understand! These are edge cases, for sure.
Most apps get rejected for far simpler issues, such as unclear career goals, or essays that don’t stand out because the answers were too basic or even nondescript. It’s how the collection of application assets comes together into a whole.
If you’re feeling nervous about how your Round 2 apps may fare in light of what happened in Round 1, we’re here to help! There’s even time to go through the entire process for the Complete Essay Package if you get started now!
Update! We talk about “Can you be TOO OLD to make it into an MBA program?” here!