Did you make it to our 2012 Accepted.com MBA Waitlist Q&A with Linda Abraham? If so, then you know what a huge success the Q&A was. Your questions were excellent and we hope that Linda’s answers will help you achieve your goal of moving from the waitlist to the accepted list at your top choice b-schools. If you missed the event, then you’ll definitely want to read/listen to the transcript for current info and must-know advice for waitlisted applicants, including the following tip:
Here is a very common question. “I have been rejected from all the schools I applied to except one where I am waitlisted. I would love to go to my waitlisted school. How should I proceed?”
The best way to proceed is to send in an update, when you have something to say. And turn to people who know you well and know the school well and ask them to perhaps send in a letter of support. You should address any weaknesses that there may be in your profile. And if you are sure you would attend the school, let them know that you will attend the school if you are accepted. The problem with that statement is that people aren’t always honest. A lot of people will make that statement and won’t attend the school, so the schools don’t put a lot of stock in that. But I would not say, “I got rejected everywhere else, and I’m desperate to go to your school.” I would not say something like that. That is not going to enhance your chances. But do say that this is your #1 choice of where you want to go because it supports your goals, and give some substantive reasons.
Other questions asked were:
- Could you give an example for how to make it clear that this is my first choice and that I will attend if accepted?
- When speaking to a school representative directly, in person or on the phone, how do you suggest we show continued interest, aside from asking questions about the waitlist?
For answers to these questions and many others, please view the full transcript or listen to the audio file. For addition advice on how to proceed as a waitlisted applicant, see MBA Waitlist 101.
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