MBA Advice by Topic

Use this section to find all of the recorded answers to 45 questions we asked during the interviews. Each page shows the distribution of responses and enables you to dive into the answers that interest you most.

A. Basics

  1. How many schools did you apply to?
  2. How many schools did you get in to?
  3. Which schools did you apply to and how did you choose them?
  4. Why did you choose the school that you went to?
  5. Why did you want an MBA?
  6. Would you go get an MBA again?
  7. How did you prepare to take the GMAT?

B. Resume

Start by downloading my resume as it looked 3 years post business school. This is the 58th version - you must iterate! Feel free to steal the formatting, spacing, tone, sections, and pacing. Note that most MBAs have a Work/Experience, Education, and Activities/Interests section.

  1. What were the messages you were trying to convey with work experience section of your resume?
  2. What were some work experience bullets on your resume?
  3. What did you struggle with most in the work section of your resume?
  4. How did you describe your academic experience on your resume?
  5. What were your resume’s extracurricular, hobbies, and interests?
  6. How did you talk about the reasons you left your most recent employer?
  7. What elevates a resume to the top of the pile?
  8. What causes a resume to be immediately thrown away?

C. Cover letter

  1. How did you approach writing your cover letter?
  2. How much did you tailor each cover letter to the individual school?

D. Activities outside of work

  1. What activities outside of work were you involved in prior to your MBA?
  2. Which of those activities did you focus on for your application, and why?

E. Essays

At the heart, essays are trying to get you to answer the questions: Why an MBA? Why now? Why this school?

  1. How did you feel about the essay writing process?
  2. What was your approach to brainstorming, shaping, and fine tuning your essays?
  3. Who did you get feedback from and why?
  4. Essay question: describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular.
  5. Essay question: describe a time when you convinced an individual or a group to accept one of your ideas.
  6. Essay question: describe a failure that you have experienced; what role did you play and what did you learn about yourself?
  7. Essay question: what matters most to you and why?
  8. Essay question: what do you want to do—REALLY?
  9. Essay question: why do you want to go to MBA program X?
  10. Any other thoughts about the essays?

F. Letters of recommendation

  1. Who wrote your letters of recommendation and why?
  2. How closely did you work with your recommenders on the content of the letter?

G. Interviews

  1. What was your approach for preparing for interviews?
  2. What were some of the common interview questions?
  3. How did you structure your responses?
  4. What questions did you ask the interviewer?

H. Other MBA

  1. What qualities of yourself were you trying to convey to the admissions committee?
  2. Did you use any admissions consulting services?
  3. If you were waitlisted, what was your strategy for getting a spot in the class?
  4. Did you provide “supplemental information”?
  5. What was your favorite experience during your MBA?
  6. What is one piece of advice you have for someone who is about to start an MBA program?
  7. Anything else you would have done differently in your application process?

J. Other

  1. How did you employment after business school compare to the career you thought you would have when you wrote your essays?
  2. What do you look forward to the most about your job?
  3. What experiences weren’t on your resume but were instrumental to your personal and professional growth?

Z. Outtakes

If you need a break, look no further than the outtakes.