Game Plan for Getting into Business School: 100 Proven Admissions Strategies to Get You Accepted at the MBA Program of Your Choice [NOOK Book]

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A Treasure Trove of Tools and Tips to Help You Build Your Best Business School Application

GAME PLAN FOR 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 ...
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Game Plan for Getting into Business School: 100 Proven Admissions Strategies to Get You Accepted at the MBA Program of Your Choice

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Overview

A Treasure Trove of Tools and Tips to Help You Build Your Best Business School Application

GAME PLAN FOR 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
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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Steven DeKrey, President, Asian Institute of Management; former GMAT Committee Chair, Graduate Management Admission
“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.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016619408
  • Publisher: Maven Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 262
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    "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. As stated in the book, shorter rather than longer essays are the current trend in b-school admissions, but the longer essays are better for studying how content and style are used to craft essays. 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 Bu

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