An MBA applicant recently told me that he was advised to retake his GMAT by a school representative. The school had waitlisted him and is among the few to offer feedback. He really didn’t want to retake the GMAT and asked my opinion — hoping I would give him “permission” not to do so. Big mistake.
The exchange inspired me to post a brief excerpt from my ebook, The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlist:
Mistake #1: Ignore the instructions you receive from the school.
The letter politely indicates that your below-average GMAT score and GPA are a cause of concern. And you do nothing. Or the letter suggests that you take calculus. And you go skiing. Or the letter says that they don’t want to hear from you. And you call once a week. Or the letter tells you to contact your waitlist manager, and you call your girlfriend.
You might as well send a telegraph to the school saying, “I do not follow instructions.”
How impressive is that?
Right Move: Follow the directions contained in the correspondence telling you that you are waitlisted. If the school says “Jump!” you should ask, “How high?”
School instructions regarding deficiencies are pure gold! They tell you what you need to work on both for your waitlist effort and a possible reapplication. For more details on what exactly you can do, please see Mistake #6. For now, just know that constructively responding to school feedback shows the school you are improving your areas of weakness and are serious about the school.
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