2014 ISB Adcom Interview Available!

Indian School of Business

ISB

Thinking about applying to the Indian School of Business?

Then check out our recent Q&A with Mr. V. K. Menon, Senior Director of Placements at ISB for valuable information on career prospects for ISB grads post-MBA. Read on for an excerpt:

Question: Can you explain how well ISB graduates are placed in terms of being work ready on the first day? Do ISB and companies that hire consider that the PGP is robust enough to deliver work-ready managers with minimal training?

VK Menon: Let’s look at how we operate. The ISB Program is a one-year program. So right when we were setting up the school the question arose, should we go in for a one-year program or should we do a normal two-year program like many other business schools? The research we conducted showed that if people had more than three years of experience they were in a very advantageous position if they went in for a one-year program, and so we chose the one-year model.

The tradeoff of the model is that in a typical two-year model, you get about 720 contact hours. These are hours which you spend in class with the professors, 720. In a one-year program, that is the one that is done by ISB, you have around 680 contact hours.

So there is a tradeoff of about 40 contact hours, but the advantage is that you get back to work one year earlier.  
 
So that’s how we formulated the design. Having formulated the design, the other thing which we had to do was that we had to do away with all the breaks….This one year is split up into eight terms and each term is one and a half months. In each term, you will do about four to five subjects which means that it’s a very tight program and the program rolls on term after term for one complete year.

Now, the interesting fact here is that close to around 70% of the students who join the PGP Program of the ISB change their careers. They either change their function or they change their industry or they change their location or they change all the three. So the question which was asked becomes very important. How is it that we make these people ready to be operative from day one, how is that we prepare them not just on that curriculum but also on the get-ready-to-industry concept? Now for that we have a complete — under the Career Advancement Services, we have a Learning and Development Department. The Learning and Development Department is headed by vertical specialists….So it is their role…to ensure that you take the right subjects, you go to the projects which you need to do. You may have to choose certain projects which are specifically designed for you. You may have to kind of go out and work with certain industries. You may have to do special sessions from industry experts who are brought in for getting you ready to go to market. So there’s a whole set of activities which are done by the Learning and Development Department.

This department is not in any way associated with the academics that go on. The academics is a stream by itself. The Learning and Development Department just ensures that the student is job ready, job fit for both the interview and for the job, if and when the job is given to you. So that’s the way in which we train students to be ready on day one. Going by feedback of companies which have been recruiting, and we’re very sensitive about feedback, we get back to the companies and we are in close touch with more than about 1,000 companies worldwide. So the feedback suggests that the graduates of ISB have performed exceptionally well when it came to really handling assignments post graduation.

For the complete conversation, please check out the 2014 ISB Career Opportunities Post-MBA Q&A or listen to the audio file. You can also view our ISB B-School Zone for more information.

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2013 London Business School Masters in Management Adcom Interview Available!

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Are you confused about the difference between London Business School’s MBA and its Masters in Management (MiM)? Are you considering applying for the MiM program but have questions about the program’s curriculum, student life, job prospects, etc.? Are you looking for winning tips on how to best present yourself in London’s MiM application?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then you’ll want to check out our recent Q&A with London Business School MiM reps Ivan Anderson, Client Services Manager at the Masters in Management; Alex Salter, Recruitment and Admissions Manager at the Masters in Management at London Business School; and Daniel Lay, Career Services Recruiter Lead for the Masters in Management at London Business School. Read on for an excerpt.

Question: What are the main differences between the MiM program and the conventional MBA program?

Alex Salter: With regards our MiM program, it really is a pre-experience program for more recent graduates in the last couple of years. The MBA at London Business School, I can certainly say you will be required to have a minimum of two years work experience and it’s actually unusual to see students on the program contributing at that level. The average work experience on that program has risen year and year. At the moment it’s just about six years work experience. So we really are filling the gap in the market. People are graduating more recently looking for that practical business experience, whilst they might not have the practical experience themselves. It may only be in a number of internships that they have undertaken.

Ivan Anderson: …Also, I definitely think the differences between the MBA and the Masters in Management specifically is that we equip individuals who come from various different undergraduate disciplines with the skills and the knowledge, as well as, the tools that they need in order to really begin and to make their impact on the business world. Versus the MBA which is slightly different where individuals either use the MBA to shift careers or to move up to the next level within their career. Versus the MiM which is designed to really give young professionals that are just entering the market the extra competitive edge that they need in order to really make an impact.

For the complete conversation, please check out the 2013 London Business School MiM Q&A transcript or listen to the audio file. You can also view our London Business School MiM B-School Zone for more information.

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2013 MBA Waitlist Q&A with Linda Abraham Transcript Available

MBA Waitlist Chat

Waitlisted?

Have you been waitlisted to your top choice MBA program? Are you looking for tried and true tools that will help you gain acceptance from the waitlist? Check out the transcript from our recent Q&A, 2013 All You Need to Know About MBA Waitlists Q&A with Linda Abraham, CEO of Accepted.com, for advice on all aspects of the MBA waitlist.

During the Q&A, Linda answered the following questions (and others):

  • What is the ideal frequency of emails to the waitlist manager?
  • Is there strategically a good time when to send my letter, i.e. right away versus waiting until round two responses go out?
  • Is it acceptable to say that you have registered for an online class recently? There won’t be a grade to report back, but would this effort make a difference?
  • Most schools say a visit to campus does not affect decisions because they don’t want to penalize people who cannot make it. But, can a campus visit help show interest and passion that may help a waitlist candidate?
  • Is it true that schools do in fact rank the waitlist? If so, when do they typically begin that ranking?
  • Do you suggest we sit tight for schools like HBS who say to send in nothing?

For the complete conversation, including answers to these questions, please check out the 2013 All You Need to Know About MBA Waitlists Q&A transcript or listen to the audio file.

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London Business School Masters in Management Admissions Q&A

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

Alex Salter- Recruitment & Admissions Manager

If you’re thinking about applying to London Business School‘s Masters in Management program, then you’ll want to tune in to Accepted’s upcoming Q&A on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM GMT, during which Ivan Anderson, Client Services Manager,  Alex Salter, Recruitment & Admissions Manager and  Daniel Lay, Career Services Recruiter Lead will be available to address all your MiM concerns – from who the ideal MiM candidate is, to details about the MiM curriculum, to student life in London…and everything in between. If you’re interested in learning about how this internationally acclaimed top program will enrich your understanding of business fundamentals and help you reach your management goals, then you won’t want to miss this Q&A!

Register now to reserve your spot for London Business School’s MiM Q&A.

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All You Need to Know About MBA Waitlists Q&A

MBA Waitlist Chat

Waitlisted?

Waitlisted? Accepted.com founder and president, Linda Abraham, will be hosting a Q&A devoted to waitlisted applicants on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET. During the Q&A, Linda will provide an overview of waitlist basics – key steps you should take, things to avoid, and more. The overview will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers. Don’t just dream of being accepted to your top school – make it a reality when you attend Accepted’s live waitlist Q&A and benefit from Linda’s successful waitlist tactics.

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London Business School MBA Admissions Committee Interview Available Online

London

“Range of Experience”

We had an excellent Q&A last week with the student and adcom representatives from London Business School. Please read the excerpt below for a sample of what was discussed, and then download the full transcript or listen to the audio file for the full conversation.

Linda Abraham:  How do teams work? Could you share more insight about the study group experience for a student at LBS?

Finnbar Cornwall: So the makeup in my study group is really fascinating. In my study there are six of us in the – for those that don’t know just to start from the outset, there’s 400 in our year. We’re split into five streams of about 80, and then within your stream you are in a study group of six people, sometimes seven. So, my study group is me, there’s an Egyptian girl who worked in marketing for American Express in New York. We have a Chinese guy, former banker, and then he worked in clean tech in business development and clean tech in China, an Italian-Japanese consultant from Italy, an Australian consultant, and an Israeli girl who was formerly in the army and then a journalist. So, that is my study group and that sort of diversity that you can see there is just reflected across my stream of 80 people, and then again across the year of 400.

And really one of the most interesting parts of being at LBS is you get a group project…and getting a range of views, seeing the consultant’s comment, to then a banker’s view, and then the sort of marketer…It’s really interesting, very fascinating. And then beyond that within the stream of 80 people we can get some very interesting discussions going within class. If we’re looking at a particular topic somebody, has more than likely been involved in that…and has a perspective when we’re talking about…. So that’s definitely been one of the pluses and it’s one of the reasons why I picked LBS, …is the range of experience that people bring…The average years of experience is slightly more than in some other programs, and you really feel that. You get the benefits of that, sort of the diversity and the range of people.

Alina Vivian:  I’m actually in a group of seven. There are not very many groups of seven. And I’m the only native English speaker in my group. There are five guys and one other girl. One of the guys is from Brazil, and he used to work in finance and consulting. There is another guy originally from Nigeria, and he was previously working for Shell as an engineer, so industry. There’s another guy working in Kuwait, or he’s from Kuwait, and he is an economist. And then, there’s another guy working in consulting in the Netherlands, and another guy who is working for his family business in India, and his family business is actually traded on the public exchange in India. And then the last person in my group is another girl from Russia. She has a PhD in finance, so again, it’s a quite diverse group, but we actually get along really, really well.

Read the rest of the transcript or listen to the MP3 audio file and visit the London Business School zone page for more information on how to create a winning application for this top European b-school!

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Northwestern Kellogg MBA Admissions Committee Interview Available Online

Northwestern Kellogg

“Culture is our strong suit.”

Do you want to learn what makes Northwestern Kellogg so great? We learned all about it (plus lots of other important info and tips) during our recent Kellogg Q&A. Read the excerpt below for more on this:

Linda Abraham: What distinguishes Kellogg from its tier 1 peers such as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and Chicago?

Kate Smith: If you’re looking at a top-tier program, you’re going to have great options across the board, but what is really important for you to do your homework on is to understand where you think the program is going to best match your goals, needs, and who you are. I think at Kellogg what we pride ourselves on, and I truly feel is a very distinguishing feature for us is our focus on the student experience and that it is truly unmatched in our peer group. We have, historically, always been engaged on maximizing the experience for students. The way that that’s evidenced is across the board we have–Dean Ziegler…and her job is solely focused on mapping the student experience and maximizing that, in partnership with our students.

One of the things that distinguishes Kellogg is we have a history and a culture of kind of what we call “co-creation” and collaboration at the core of what we do. So that co-creation with students is something where students here are involved in every facet of the direction of the Kellogg School. They are engaged with us in leadership positions, on our student leadership teams, in creating the conferences that we host annually, and inviting some of our prestigious alumni and business and thought and industry leaders. So the student experience is something that we are very focused on in terms of helping enable your personal development and growth.

The way that that manifests itself–another thing that I think is a distinguishing feature for Kellogg, is that culture is our strong suit. If you look at our students, they’re known for being very grounded. They have a spirit of boldness, innovation, a passion for collaboration.

We have a history. We sort of put the idea of working in teams on the B-school map and the way that we approach that was that we identified that when you come into an MBA program, in one or two or three years, depending on which degree path you’re pursuing–because we have a dual degree JD MBA program that you can complete in three years, but our full-time options of our one-year program or our two-year program–whichever pathway you choose, we want you to be equipped to go out and, basically, be ready to lead in whatever career pursuit that you are following. So what that represents is the ability to work with others in an environment where the experience that you have here is replicated as what you’re going to experience out in the workplace. And I think that that’s focused on team skills and collaboration in and outside the classroom is another distinguishing feature.

Another element that we are proud of is our global community and that we have a highly diverse international student body with powerful alums all over the world. Our network, our alumni network, is 54,000 strong and growing every year and, as I mentioned earlier, we have 48 countries represented in this year’s class. I think those are some of the features of our program and sort of the cornerstone that I mentioned earlier is our academic faculty being world-renowned and best-in-class in many different areas of focus, so across our nonprofit sector, our public and private interface, obviously strategy. We’re well known for marketing. We have exceptional finance professors. So across the board, I think those are some of the features that really set Kellogg apart.

Read through the full Q&A transcript or listen to the MP3 audio file and visit the Kellogg School of Management B-School Zone for more information on how to create a winning Kellogg application!

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Spotlight On You MBA Admissions Q&A Available Online

MBA Q&A

“Spotlight On You” MBA Q&A

Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent Spotlight On You MBA Q&A, an open forum during which Linda touched on a wide range of topics. Here are some snippets from Linda’s responses that we thought you’d enjoy.

  • 1-Year Programs vs. 2-Year Programs

“In general, for career changers, internships really, really facilitate that career change. Now, if you take, let’s say, INSEAD’s one-year program and you start it in January, there is time for a six-week internship in the middle of that program. So it also depends on how the program is structured whether you can get that internship in…So an internship is very important for career changers, but I’ve interviewed many of the European one-year programs in particular, and they say that they facilitate career change just like two-year programs do, just with much lower opportunity cost, and I think lower tuition cost also.”

  • Older Applicants

“First of all, when we talk about older applicants, realize that most MBA programs, there are some differences among the programs, Stanford tends a little big younger, for example, Kellogg, INSEAD, IMD tend to older. So you want to look at the school’s average amount of work experience in particular and average age of matriculation and see what the range is, especially, again, that 80% range…If you’re above the 80% range, then you are getting in that area of experience–it’s more experience level than age – where the schools will question whether you can benefit from the program and benefit from the career placement.
…If you really want the traditional MBA program, then one thing you can do is let the school know that while you need the education provided by the MBA, you have the career contacts and connections to get a job afterwards or maybe you even already have a job…The other thing you can do is apply to programs that are friendlier to older applicants and more experienced applicants. Apply to those programs that have higher average ages of matriculation because those program tend to value experience more.

See if those programs, which are aimed at older applicants…may just be a much, much better fit for you. You would be taking classes with people at your level of experience who it would be easier for you to learn from. The classes would be geared for people at your more experienced applicants and you would simply belong much better.”

  • Jargon in Essays

“In general, you want to minimize use of technical jargon…So if your mother understands it, it’s probably okay for a general audience. But if your mother is technically minded, then try your grandmother or your aunt or your father or somebody who is not technically minded and see if the jargon is such that they understand it or don’t. If they don’t…you should get rid of it… You want to talk in terms that your reader will understand…if you can’t express it without jargon or without very technical terms that lay people are unlikely to understand, then my suspicion is that you are writing an essay that is not going to be effective in a business school context because you’re talking about technical achievements, and not the kind of leadership management, teamwork skills that business schools value. So big warning there on jargon.”

  • Reapplicants

“If it didn’t work last time, you have very little reason to believe it will work this time….No, reapplicants are not at a disadvantage as long as they can show improvement and growth since their last application. In general, reapplicants are actually at a slight advantage provided they can show growth and improvement in their applications.”

Read the rest of the Spotlight On You MBA Q&A transcript or listen to the MP3 audio file for more info on choosing schools, mitigating weaknesses, displaying leadership experiences, and much more!

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Open MBA Admissions Chat This Wednesday

Q&APlease be sure to join us at 10:00 AM PT/1 PM ET/6 PM GMT on Wednesday, Dec. 19th for our latest Q&A session, Spotlight on You: Open MBA Admissions Q&A. The moderator, Linda Abraham, CEO and founder of Accepted.com, will answer your questions on any aspect of the MBA admissions process – essay tips, LORs, interviews – you name it!

You don’t want to miss out!

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Register for the webinar.
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  4. Tweet about what’s going on and catch up on the latest tweets by using hashtag #accepted.
  5. Continue the dialog on the Accepted.com Facebook page after the Q&A.
  6. Review the Q&A transcript or via on-demand audio at your convenience (available a few days after the live broadcast).

See you Wednesday!

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Living Globally: London Business School MBA Admissions Q&A

LondonGuests: Mary Ferreira and Zsuzsanna Bucko, Recruitment & Admissions Managers
Date:   Wed, Dec. 12, 2012
Time:  10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM BST
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Living Globally: London Business School MBA Admissions Q&A

Are you wondering what the international MBA experience is like at London Business School? Do you have questions about the curriculum—the core classes, case discussions, tutorials, and workshops—as well as the networking opportunities available at London Business School? Join us for our London Business School Admissions Q&A on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM BST, when Recruitment & Admissions Managers, Mary Ferreira and Zsuzsanna Bucko, will answer your pressing questions and address London Business School’s mission of providing students with experiential knowledge, an international outlook, and life-long networks.

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