Podcast Interview With Oxford Saïd’s Mark O’Brien

Mark O’Brien, MBA recruitment manager for the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School

University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School

“Don’t underestimate the impact your story has on your application,” says Mark O’Brien, MBA recruitment manager at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. “Areas like GPA and GMAT are very important, but GPA, for example, you can’t change. So you can’t dwell on your GPA. You can’t change that so you need to emphasize your professional story: what you’ve done and what you bring to the classroom is slightly different. Sometimes there is a tendency to fill out your application thinking what does the admissions committee wants to hear. That kind of application is very obvious, very quickly. We are interested in what you are bringing that is different. When you stand up in the classroom and give your opinion, we want to know how that will enlighten the rest of the classroom.”

Listen to our CentreCourt MBA Festival interview with Mark O’Brien, MBA recruitment manager for the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School

About the Author...

John A. Byrne

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.