A Few of the Mostest at Accepted.com

This is the time of year to look back at the most, best, (worst), etc. I am going to stick to the positive.

Top Ten Most Visited Accepted Admissions Almanac Posts of 2010:

In a nutshell, rankings and application tip posts rule. (I am only listing the current tip post when last year’s tip post also made the list):

  1. Financial Times Global 2010 MBA Rankings
  2. Forbes ROI MBA Rankings for 2010
  3. Harvard HBS 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  4. INSEAD 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  5. NYU Stern 2011 MBA Application Questions, Tips, Deadlines
  6. Common Application Essay Tips
  7. Columbia 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  8. 2010 MBA Rankings Released by BusinessWeek
  9. Kellogg 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  10. London Business School 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

Three Most Commented Accepted Admissions Almanac Posts of 2010

  1. Harvard HBS 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (269)
  2. INSEAD 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (246)
  3. INSEAD 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (60)

Keep ’em coming! (Please post your questions about this year’s applications on this year’s tips.)

Five Most Popular Articles on Accepted.com of 2010:

  1. Go for the Goals in your Statement of Purpose
  2. Tips for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Medical School
  3. 4 Must-Haves in Residency Personal Statements
  4. MBA Admissions: Low GMAT or GPA 
  5. Sample MBA Interview Questions

Most Popular Resources of 2010:

Our Absolute, Best, Most Superlative Asset: YOU, our readers, followers, fans, subscribers, and most of all, our clients.

On behalf of Accepted’s staff, this post is where I

Thank you, all of you Acceptees, for making 2010 our best year ever!

By Linda Abraham, President and Founder of Accepted.com.

Do Not Give “Canned” Answers to Interview Questions

Although it is important to practice your interviews, interviewers are looking for genuine, unforced answers to their questions. You do not want to sound rehearsed – and please, do not answer their questions with answers that you think they want to hear, instead of what you really think or feel.

There might not always be a right or wrong answer to a question posed during an interview. The interview has more to do with how you express yourself than with what you say or know. Sometimes an applicant may give an answer to a question that he or she wanted the interviewer to ask rather than answering the question that was actually asked. This may call the applicant’s listening skills into question. Ask for clarification if you do not understand the question.

Be sure to review your answers to your primary application as well as to the medical school’s secondary application as part of your interview preparation. If you are asked about something you wrote about in your application and you respond with, “I am not sure what you are talking about. Could I please see the essay?” you will sound completely unprepared for you interview and will bring all the answers to the questions in your application into question. 

 This post is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.


Writing a Winning Harvard 1

Some of you may think I am obsessed with videos about Harvard Business School. Although we are just getting started in video, Accepted already posted one video with tips  on HBS’ MBA application, and is now posting its second. But let’s face it, it’s Hahvaaad.

In any case, in my reviews of HBS 1 essays, I am frequently struck by the monotony and shallowness of the responses. In the video below I suggest an alternative approach that will differentiate those of you who use it and hopefully encourage you to think more deeply about those three key achievements.

My apologies for the closeness to the deadline of this post. I don’t expect all of you who have written, edited, edited again, and proofed your Harvard essays to trash your current HBS 1. I am posting this video for those of you who aren’t near completing the essay for your round 2 submission — yes there are a few — and for round 3 applicants. And if course if HBS uses this question again, there is always next year.

By Linda Abraham, President and Founder of Accepted.com.

Indiana Kelley 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.

Indiana Kelley 2011 MBA Essay Questions

This Indiana Kelley 2011 MBA Application tip post is one of a series of posts providing MBA application and essay advice for applicants to top MBA programs around the world. You can access the entire series at http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/tag/2011-mba-application-tips. My tips for answering Kelley‘s essay questions are in blue below.

Your essays will give us an idea of your personality, perspectives, and opinions and will let us know how closely your professional objectives match the objectives of the MBA program.

Below you’ll find five essay areas. All applicants must answer number 1. You must also choose two of the next three essay questions (2 through 4). Number 5 is optional. Please limit each essay to no more than two double-spaced pages.

Finally, please include the essay number and your name at the top of each sheet.

We encourage you to be informative, creative, and concise.


1. Please discuss your post-MBA short- and long-term professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals?

This is a straight-forward MBA goals question. As always with this type of question, connect the dots. Let the reader see that your goals grow organically from your experience and are achievable given your experience and an MBA from Kelley.

Choose two of the next three:

2. Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in your professional career. How was it resolved and what did you learn from the experience?

First realize that an ethical dilemma is not a choice between right and wrong. It is a choice between conflicting values or the lesser of two evils.  Briefly describe the dilemma you faced. Then describe the pros and cons of the available options and discuss how you handled the situation. Don’t forget the lessons learned.

3. Suppose you had to choose three people—people alive now or people from another era—to travel with you on a cross-country automobile trip. Who would you choose and why? What would you hope to learn from them? (Think carefully about the company you want on those long stretches through Nebraska or Kansas.)

Have fun with this question and use it to show a non-professional side of you. What  books, movies, sports, artists, or thought leaders would you love to spend time with? Who from the past has fascinated you.  More important than the person you choose is why you picked these individuals and what you would like to learn in those endless stretches through Kansas and Nebraska.

4. Describe what there is about your background and your experiences that will contribute to the diversity of the entering class and enhance the educational experience of other students.

What is the distinctive stone or hue that you will add to the mosaic that is a Kelley class. Think about this diversity question broadly, not just in ethnic or professional terms. What are you going to add? Is it an enthusiastic commitment to Barak Obama, a local environmental cause, your church, or a hobby, sport, or art form? Is it an unusual personal background? Perhaps, overcoming distinctive challenges?  And then, how will this unique facet cause you to contribute?  Will it lead to involvement in a specific club or Kelley project? An active role in classroom discussions on a specific topic?  Interest in a particular program? Show your knowledge of Indiana Kelley as well as your  fit with this great MBA program.


5. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question.

It is almost impossible for three essays plus a bunch of boxes, a transcript, and a GMAT score to represent fully the uniqueness and talents of a truly impressive candidate. That comment has nothing to do with writing style and everything to do with the complexity of accomplished human beings. While I certainly agree that if you have nothing to say, you should say nothing, you should have something valuable to add in your optional essay.

If you would like help with your Indiana Kelley MBA application, please consider Accepted.com’s Indiana Kelley School Packages or our essay editing services.

Indiana Kelley 2011 MBA Deadlines

Domestic and International

Deadline Notification
Early Nov 1 Mid January
Priority Jan 5 Mid March
Third Mar 1 Late April
Final Apr 15 Late May
Consortium applicants

Deadline Notification
Priority Nov 15 Early February
Final Jan 5 Mid March


  By Linda Abraham, President and Founder of Accepted.com.