Applying to business school is a difficult process. On applications, prospective students not only must be sure to convey how they plan to use an MBA to become leaders in the future, but also demonstrate how they need further schooling for the seasoning of their skills. An article for U.S. News & World Report* provides some smart ideas and things students should stay away from when sending in their business school applications.
Show what you do
Admissions officers are more willing to help professionals earn the right to pursue their degree in business if they demonstrate qualities that would make them strong leaders in the future. When completing their applications, prospective students should show off some of their experiences in leadership in the workplace or college setting. These experiences will help admissions officers weed out the professionals not fit for business schools.
Not what you don't
Too many business professionals believe they have to go above and beyond the call on their MBA program applications. The news source said one of the biggest mistakes professionals can make when filling out applications is trying to showcase everything they have done, in turn making themselves look like business school was more of an afterthought. When applying to business schools, professionals should choose only a few things they have done in their educational and professional career and elaborate on those experiences, instead of trying to touch on everything.
Refine the process
Prospective business school students should make sure they have a strong resume, but it should only tell part of the story about the applicant. Business school students should be honest on their applications while portraying their strengths and weaknesses. By showing admissions officers how they can benefit from business school, professionals will have a better chance of getting into the schools of their choice.
A few other reminders
Business school applicants should also be sure keep a few other things in mind when sending in their applications. According to Forbes**, when applying to the business schools of their choice, professionals should remember these keys tips: trust that college grades aren't everything, turn a firing into a positive, get strong recommendations and focus on writing a strong essay.