Sandy On What To Avoid In Your MBA App

What are some of the most common mistakes that can trip up even the most qualified MBA applicants to elite MBA programs?

We asked that question of Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com, a leading MBA admissions consultant and reader of admission tea leaves at Harvard Business School and other highly selective schools.

In the above video, he outlines four major things to avoid. But the biggest takeaway is “Do No Harm.” Essays, Kreisberg believes, don’t get people into highly ranked MBA programs. They more often than not get people rejected, even when everything else in your application from your GPA and test scores to your work experience lines up.

“Applying to an MBA program should be a social experience,” he says, inviting candidates to reach out to alums, current students and others in the know. Kreisberg also advises candidates not to allow “perfection” to get in the way of what would be perfectly “adequate” in an application.

If you’d like Sandy and John to handicap your odds of admission to all of your target schools in a webinar, click here.

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About The Author

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.