Thank you to Fabien Dufil, International Project Manager of Access MBA, for answering our questions about making the most of an MBA event. Next month, Access MBA will be visiting New York with business schools from around the world. Check out Access MBA online to view the complete schedule and to register for upcoming events today!
What is unique about the Access MBA events?
The Access MBA Tour is an original and efficient way to find the right MBA program. Created 9 years ago, the renowned MBA Tour travels to 50 cities every year with a hundred international business schools. The tour gives selected candidates the chance to meet individually with Admissions Directors of top-tier MBA programs. Access MBA is based on a simple and original concept: 20 minutes to convince recruiters of your suitability for admission as well as to determine which MBA program is the best for you.
Being held for the fourth time in NYC, representatives of Full Time, Part Time or Distance Learning programs will be present at the One-to-One event on June 18th at the Warwick Hotel.
“It is a unique experience and so much better than a traditional fair where you often feel a bit lost. Here we are guided, accompanied and individually oriented at each step. The individual meetings enabled me to think in more detail about what I want and now I know where I wish to apply” explains John, who participated in last year’s event in NYC.
How should applicants prepare for your events?
Given that applicants have 20 minutes to make a difference, the key is to gather as much information as possible on the school programs by looking at their websites. School profiles are also distributed to each candidate onsite which is one of the best ways for them to look informed in front of the Admissions Directors. Unlike traditional fairs, candidates are led to their school meetings by personal hostesses and must go back to the waiting area after each meeting, allowing them to be well prepared for their next meeting! Applicants should be able to present a coherent professional project and prepare targeted questions about the programs in order to catch the school representatives’ attention.
What should applicants do to make the most of the event while they are there?
Getting business cards, taking notes, dropping CVs and professional references can certainly have a better impact on the application process. Applicants should also take advantage of the numerous personalized services provided onsite, such as panel discussions on how an MBA can help advance their careers, GMAT and MBA admissions advising, and individual consulting by experts whose specialty is to match the right candidate with the right school.
Are there any event follow-up steps you would recommend?
When applying to MBA programs, applicants should follow up with the Admissions Directors that they met during the event. They usually remember who they met at face-to-face meetings, as they are always more impactful, which is likely to maximize the applicants’ chances to get selected.