Were you rejected in round one? Do you know what to do before round two? Oh no! You haven’t received interview invitations for round one, or your dream school has already denied you admission. What do you do now? One thing is sure; if you apply with the same application, you will have the same result.
Follow the four-step approach below to get a better ROI for round two.
Step 1: Assess
Take a step back. You need an honest evaluation of round-one applications.
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Step 2: Ask
You need to ask yourself some tough questions:
- Did I answer the essay prompts correctly and sincerely?
- Did I go deeper than the obvious and superficial when reflecting on the events I chose to discuss?
- Did I highlight my strengths and mitigate my weaknesses?
- Did I conduct enough research on the school?
- Did I select the right recommenders? Did I give them enough information so that they could write a convincing letter?
- Is my GPA above the school’s average?
- Are my test scores above the school’s average?
- Did I demonstrate how I would add value to my peers, the school, and the university’s community?
- Did I apply to the correct set of schools that would enable me to achieve my goal?
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Step 3: Address
You need to mitigate your weaknesses:
- Do I have time to study and retake required assessment exams (GMAT, GRE, EA for most MBAs)?
- Do I have time to take a course?
- Do I need help with my applications? We’re here to help!
- Do I need interview help?
Step 4: Apply
You should apply to schools that will enable you to achieve your goals and that were not in your initial set of schools.
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By Natalie Grinblatt, the former admissions dean/director at three top business schools. Natalie has reviewed more than 70,000 applications, interviewed more than 2,500 candidates, and trained nearly 700 admissions directors and alumni volunteers to select outstanding candidates for admission. Her clients gain admission to top programs, including those at Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Berkeley, Chicago, Northwestern, and NYU. Natalie holds an MBA from Michigan Ross. Want Natalie to help you get Accepted? Click here to get in touch!