Getting into Business School: 100 Proven Admissions Strategies to Get You Accepted at the MBA Program of Your Choice by Brandon RoyalGetting into Business School: 100 Proven Admissions Strategies to Get You Accepted at the MBA Program of Your Choice by Brandon Royal

Getting into Business School: 100 Proven Admissions Strategies to Get You Accepted at the MBA…

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Paperback | March 15, 2010

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GETTING INTO BUSINESS SCHOOL is based on a simple but powerful observation: Applicants who apply successfully to business school master a finite number of the most important application skills and strategies. What are these skills and strategies? The answer to this question is the basis of this book. Readers will find 100 easy-to-follow tips and a complete range of sample documents, including 50-plus sample application essays covering all ten major MBA essays types, as well as exhibits highlighting relevant application documents: sample letters of recommendation with critiques; an interview evaluation form complete with interviewer's comments; an interview thank-you note; sample employment records and professionally formatted résumés; and extracurricular presentations showing how candidates present their awards and recognition, community service, collegiate activities, and hobbies and interests.

Read this book and gain an insider's understanding of all MBA application strategies in order to:
*Anticipate the likely reasons for acceptance and rejection at the most competitive business schools
*Understand the interplay of both quantitative and qualitative admissions components
*Write compelling admissions essays
*Present a powerful employment record
*Obtain detailed letters of recommendation
*Maximize your ability to answer interview questions with insightfulness and confidence
*Personalize your record of extracurricular involvement

Author's bio: Brandon Royal (CPA, MBA) is an award-winning educational author and a graduate of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. This book represents, in part, his distilled experience gained from having developed and taught MBA admissions courses for Kaplan Educational Centers in Hong Kong and from having conducted hundreds of hours of individual tutoring sessions that helped scores of applicants build superior applications and achieve acceptance at the world's leading business schools.

An MBA graduate of the University of Chicago and certified public accountant, Brandon developed an expertise in GMAT test-taking and MBA admissions strategies while working overseas for the Hong Kong branch of the world's largest test-prep organization. This book represents his distilled experience gained from classroom teaching on two...
Title:Getting into Business School: 100 Proven Admissions Strategies to Get You Accepted at the MBA…Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Maven PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Best book for sharpening your application chances" Okay, here's the scoop. I recently completed my MBA at the Oxford Said School. Although I only applied to one school and got accepted (my first choice), I studied the admissions "game" of a few other top schools, purchased some half dozen admissions books, went to several b-school promotional seminars, drafted MBA essays, and made numerous visits to MBA school websites. So, for what it's worth to other readers, I'll state my case. I gave a five-star rating to "Secrets to Getting into Business School" because I feel it is the highest quality book in the market. Probably what made the book a genuine pleasure is that it is so distilled. The author avoids the vacuous writing style that shrouds many other books. A good example occurs in Chapter 2, Frequently Asked Questions, when he answers the question: "Is it better to apply early rather than late?" He states that, in general, earlier is better but says that it is not categorically correct to say "early is better than later". This is due to three different theories about the potential advantages and disadvantages of each of the three rounds. The advantage of round #1 is "vacancy" theory (lots of spots); the disadvantage of round #1 is "eager beaver" theory (i.e., strongest candidates may apply early). The advantage of round #2 is "middle-of-the-road is best" (i.e., avoids round 1 and 3); the disadvantage of round #2 is either "vacancy" theory (some spots are gone) or "theory of the diverse candidate". Round #3 may be advantageous due to the "theory of the diverse candidate" (i.e., truly diverse candidates may be favored in round 3 best because ad com members are always looking to tweak diversity), but obviously this round is disadvantageous because of the "vacancy" theory(i.e., most spots are gone). This is only one of many examples of crisp writing. Also, the book contains the best overall sample essays including some truly cool, longer, meaner sample essays written by determined candidates. The book’s 10th and final chapter on “Packaging Your MBA Essays and Application” is very useful because it contains a slew of information about editing your application essays. Topics include: Tips for Writing Smart, Grammatical Gremlins (diction), Using Readability Tools, American English vs. British English, and Editing Touch-ups. (The “for example” technique works like magic to help you avoid vague writing.) I did not find these topics covered in any other MBA admissions book. The author is a professional writer so he really gets the nuance of language. In terms of other books, I can also recommend Richard Montauk’s "How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs". It’s a big book that appears to be quite popular as it’s on its 5th edition. My overall criticism is that he doesn't have as distinctive a writing style and tends to waffle (he was a consultant in his past life!). “Your MBA Game Plan” is a solid book that does a good job of covering the MBA application components. Paul Bodine’s “Perfect Phrases for Business School Acceptance” is a light book that you could take on an airplane and will get you thinking about the writing of your essay; his “Great Application Essays for Business School” is a fine book if you want help with just your admissions essays. Chioma Isiadinso’s “The Best Business Schools” Admissions Secrets’ has a nice personal writing style. Her mandate is to think of yourself as a brand and build your brand around your personal passion. I like that. I suspect though that it’s not always realistic to tell the admissions committee what your real career goal is if your goal is something off-the-beaten-path and doesn’t flow from your background and current work experience. The “Secrets to Getting into Business School” book mandates thinking about application themes and how your candidacy could be summarized as a captivating phrase. For example, “the mathematics whiz who likes finance” Š “the female pianist turned management consultant” Š “the volunteer junkie who wants to do fashion merchandising”. Whether the advice is to “present yourself as a brand” or “build your application around a theme”, I believe these are two ways of saying the same thing. As stated on the back cover of the “Secrets to Getting into Business School” book, it contains 60 sample essays covering the ten different types of essays. “Your MBA Game Plan” contains 32 sample essays, “Great Application Essays for Business School” contains 22 sample essays, while “The Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets” contains only 7 sample essays. Although “How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs” contains 67 sample essays, I thought its discussion of the do’s and don’ts of essay writing was more generic compared with coverage in the other books mentioned. The “Secrets” book is also 300 letter-sized pages, so that equates to some 500 smaller-sized pages of print. Hope this helps.
Date published: 2011-01-02

From the Author

Secrets to Getting into Business School was the Winner of the 2010 International Books Awards – “Business Careers” category

Table of Contents

Topics covered in this book include: Introduction; Chapter 1 – What Are Schools Really Looking For? Chapter 2 – 20 Most Frequently Asked MBA Admissions Questions; Chapter 3 – Writing the Classic MBA Essays; Chapter 4 – Writing the Other MBA Essay Types; Chapter 5 – Writing Optional Essays; Chapter 6 – Résumé and Employment Record; Chapter 7 – Letters of Recommendation; Chapter 8 – Extracurricular Presentations; Chapter 9 – Interviews; Appendix I – Summary of MBA Admissions Strategies 1 to 100; Appendix II – GMAT & MBA Informational Websites; Appendix III – Contact Information for the World’s Leading Business Schools; Appendix IV – Evaluating Your MBA Programs; Appendix V – Flowcharting the MBA Admissions Process; Appendix VI – MBA Application Tracking Sheets; Appendix VII – How to Get the Most Out of Your Business School Experience; On a Personal Note; Praise for Getting into Business School; Index; About the Author

Editorial Reviews

"In my 15 years running MBA admissions operations at four top schools, I have never reviewed a more helpful admissions manual. It is a must for all serious MBA candidates."–Dr. Steven DeKrey, President, Asian Institute of Management; former GMAT Committee Chair, Graduate Management Admission Council