If you’re stuck at home right now and want to start preparing for your MBA applications, Menlo Coaching just released 20 MBA admissions videos for you, with more to follow soon.
Our multi-topic video library covers everything from what admissions committees are looking for to GMAT basics and school networking. In addition to an interview with a Harvard Business School alumna turned entrepreneur, we’ve also included videos of the several interviews we had with admissions committees at top business schools such as Kellogg, Tuck, INSEAD, and more. For serious business school prospects wanting to get an edge on their MBA applications, this resource is both binge-worthy and practical.
Here’s a taste of what’s available:
MBA Admissions 101
There is a lot of noise about “what the MBA admissions committees really want” which can be confusing when you sit down to write your application. In our videos about the MBA admissions process, we aim to sift through the clutter and simplify the process, giving you clarity–and tips– we’ve learned along the way, while helping hundreds of applicants on this journey.
In this first release, we’ve included videos about
- The application timeline, and how to get an edge with early prep
- The value and long-term benefits of having an MBA
- Which schools can you (realistically) get into
- Honest feedback about MBA admissions from a former admissions director’s point of view
GMAT Basics for MBA Applications
The GMAT: a necessary evil of MBA admissions. Not only do schools want to make sure you can handle the rigorous business-school coursework, but also, the GMAT helps schools in another way: managing rankings. While most schools won’t openly admit it, a higher GMAT score will always carry more weight than a lower one because it helps them to manage their average score. We always encourage our clients to push hard for their best GMAT scores.
We’ve created a few videos to help you understand a few basics about the GMAT, covering what is a good GMAT score for you? And, pros & cons of different study methods.
School Selection & Networking
Not sure which business schools to apply to? Trying to narrow down your list? Our video on “Safe, Target, and Reach schools” helps you craft an approach that is realistic yet goal-oriented.
And once you decide which MBA programs you’ll apply to, it’s time to reach out! Taken from our modules we usually reserve for clients, the videos we share related to school networking include methods that still work well while working from home.
Alumni and Adcom Interviews
Over the past two years, we have spoken with numerous students, alumni, deans, admissions directors and committee members to get the inside scoop on what makes each MBA program special. In total, we have 30 videos with several top business schools highlighting topics such as program differentiators, incoming class profiles, the b-school experience, employment reports and career outcomes.
Here’s a sampling of the interviews:
- Kate Smith, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Kellogg, discusses what it’s like to be a student at Northwestern and how the Evanston location, near Chicago, is beneficial to MBA students.
- The Admissions Director at Ross, Soojin Kwon, analogizes the MBA Admissions process to dating.
- INSEAD Admissions Director, Virginie Fougea reveals the school’s decision-making process–in detail!
- Dartmouth Tuck and Yale SOM elaborate on who would fit well in their program, and what exactly they are looking for in applicants.
- And more!
We encourage you to take advantage of our MBA Admissions video library to learn more about the application process and start taking the necessary steps to win admission to a top business school.
David White has been recognized as a top reviewed MBA admissions consultant by Poets&Quants in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and is a founding partner at MBA admissions consulting firm Menlo Coaching. His 15-year tech career included executive roles at startups (Efficient Frontier, acquired by Adobe) and publicly traded companies (Yahoo, Travelzoo), during which time he hired, trained and developed dozens of young professionals. He has been coaching MBA applicants since 2012 with a special focus on developing the right career goals.