How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs, 5th Edition (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 3, 2010 - Reference - 640 pages
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Surefire Strategies for Getting Into the Top MBA Programs

Now with new and expanded information on international MBA programs, comprehensive rankings of the leading schools, and new interviews with admissions officers, How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs provides a complete overview of what the top schools look for. This book features a step-by-step guide to the entire application process with in-depth advice from more than thirty admissions directors. It shows you how to:

? Develop your optimal marketing strategy
? Assess and upgrade your credentials
? Choose the programs that are right for you
? Write quality essays for maximum impact
? Choose and manage your recommenders
? Ace your interviews

Prepare for business school and get the most out of your program once you go.


  

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Contents

BUSINESS AND CAREER TOPICS
MIXED BUSINESS AND PERSONAL TOPICS
PERSONAL TOPICS
OTHER TOPICS
BRIEF NOTES ON ADDITIONAL ESSAYS
GENERAL RULES FOR APPROACHING ANY ESSAY QUESTION
GETTING STARTED
PLANNING

THE TRADITIONAL FULLTIME AMERICAN MBA
THE EUROPEAN MBA
PARTTIME MBAs
EXECUTIVE MBAs
SPECIALIZED MBAs
ALTERNATIVES TO AN MBA
Appendix I
KNOW YOURSELFAND WHAT YOU WANT FROM AN MBA
RESEARCH THE SCHOOLS
DETERMINE HOW MANY SCHOOLS TO APPLY TO
AVOID THE LIKELY PITFALLS IN CHOOSING A SCHOOL
FINAL DECISION CRITERIA
Appendix II
Appendix III
Appendix IV
Appendix V
USING THE RANKINGS
THE RANKINGS
THE TOP IN EVERYTHING?
LIMITATIONS OF THE RANKINGS METHODOLOGIES
ROLLING VERSUS ROUNDS ADMISSIONS
THE STANDARD AMERICAN MODEL
THE STUDENTINVOLVEMENT VARIATION
THE EUROPEAN VARIATION
WHEN SHOULD YOU APPLYEARLY OR LATE IN AN APPLICATION CYCLE?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO DO YOUR APPLICATIONS?
THE APPLICATION TIMETABLE
WHERE ARE THINGS MOST LIKELY TO GO ASTRAY?
QUALITIES SCHOOLS LOOK FOR
THE EVIDENCE SCHOOLS EXAMINE
UNDERGRADUATE RECORD
THE GMAT
REGULAR APPLICANTS
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DURING COLLEGE
COMMUNITY AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
YOUR PRESENTATION
MAKING THE ULTIMATE DECISIONS
FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
DETERMINING THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR MESSAGE
CAPITALIZING ON YOUR STRENGTHS MINIMIZING YOUR WEAKNESSES
FIT IN STANDOUT
GENERAL POSITIONING VERSUS SPECIFIC POSITIONING
USING THEMES
A SIMPLE POSITIONING EFFORT
Appendix VI
TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE ESSAYS
MBA PROGRAM TOPICS
TIPS FOR GOOD WRITING
REUSING YOUR ESSAYS
WHY ARE RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRED?
WHAT DO ADMISSIONS COMMITTEES LEARN FROM YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS?
WHO SHOULD WRITE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS?
HOW MANY RECOMMENDERS?
APPROACHING A POTENTIAL RECOMMENDER
WHAT DO YOU WANT SAID ABOUT YOU? AND HOW CAN YOU INCREASE ITS VALUE?
THE FOLLOWUP
RECOMMENDATION EXAMPLE
Appendix VII
INTERVIEWING POLICIES
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
PRACTICE
PHYSICAL PREPARATIONS
DURING THE INTERVIEW
GENERAL RULES FOR INTERVIEWS
SPECIAL TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE INCOMPETENT INTERVIEWER
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
SPECIAL CONCERNS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLYTCANTS
Appendix IX
RESPONDING TO ADMINISTRATIVE HOLDS
RESPONDING TO WAITLISTING
RESPONDING TO REJECTION
SHOULD YOU EVER APPEAL A REJECTION?
SHOULD YOU REAPPLY IN THE FUTURE OR SETTLE FOR A LESSER SCHOOL?
OTHER OPTIONS
ACCEPTING YOUR OFFER
LEAVING YOUR JOB
PREPARING FOR BUSINESS SCHOOL
PREPARING FOR A NEW CAREER
HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
TIME MANAGEMENT MATTERS
CUT TO THE CHASE
THINK ABOUT YOUR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
KEEP STRESS UNDER CONTROL
DONT FORGET THE SOCIAL EXPERIENCE
CALCULATING THE COST OF BUSINESS SCHOOL
FINANCING SOURCES
EVALUATING FINANCIAL PACKAGESAND TRYING FOR MORE
STRATEGIES FOR FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS SCHOOL EDUCATION
THE BASIC STRATEGIES
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SOURCES
OVERVIEW OF THE APPLICANTS AND THEIR ESSAYS
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About the author (2010)

Richard Montauk is the author of How to Get into the Top Law Schools and How to Get into the Top Colleges, as well as the founder and president of Degree of Difference, a firm that has helped thousands of applicants get into the world's top law and business schools. He received a B.A. from Brown University, an M.S. in Finance, and a J.D. from Stanford University. He formerly worked as a corporate lawyer and a corporate strategy consultant. He divides his time between London, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

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