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Winning the MBA Admissions Game – eBook
A must have book for every Top 10 B-School candidate

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    So now you have tamed the GMAT and are ready for the next step, the admission
    process, what do you do?

    Here is what will really excite the Admissions Committee at the Top 10 B-Schools:

    You have Great Grades. It is better if these are in an extremely complex subject which you have
    chosen our of real interest. Of course, you have very good reasons to dump that subject, because
    of your ‘Calling’ for management, that has nothing to do with more money!

    On the other end, if you do not have Great Grades, you have had such an amazing student life that
    you can explain your low grades with ease, maybe you have studied through an Olympics
    scholarship, or you have supported a family of four through college, or any such ‘plausible’ reasons.


    You are an extremely accomplished person. A third of your achievements are professional, a
    third extracurricular and the balance personal. Mediocrity in any of these can put you in the ‘One
    Dimensional’ or ‘Two dimensional’ bucket. In short, you have a ‘well-rounded’ personality.


    You are unique. You have fought for your country, experienced significant amount of hardships
    that have moulded your character, or you belong to a Royal family or have famous parents.


    You have had at least one phenomenal failure. This failure has changed your life and given
    you new insights that have taken you to higher levels of success.


    You have planned the next 15 years of your life. Your goals are simply unachievable without
    parting with $100K and getting an MBA from this particular school. And of course, you have very
    valid personal reasons for selecting this particular school, these reasons cannot easily be found on
    the Schools’s website.


    You have a single minded approach in life and you can attribute your actions, reactions,
    mistakes, and pretty much everything else to this.


    You are an ethical person. Your ethics have been challenged at least once, but you have
    successfully overcome temptation to uphold your values.


    These are things that will really get the Adcom (Admissions Committee) excited.

    But what do you do if you are a mere mortal?

    You should be reading 'Winning the MBA Admissions Game'!!


    Why do you really want an MBA?

    It's the dreaded question that you will have to answer several times if you want to go to b-school.

    Do you want to make more money, want to get a promotion, you're tired of your current job and
    want
    to make a change, or you just don't feel like struggling through the rat race and need a little time off.

    These are all valid reasons, but of course these are reasons that you can never mention in
    your "Why MBA essay".

    This book will help you look deeper within yourself and enable you to answer the ‘Why
    MBA’ question with conviction.



    Do you struggle with the following?

    So how do you verbalize your reasons for doing an MBA, that the adcom will fall in love with?

    How do you write stellar essays? How do you generate ideas? Who is the best person to get
    a recommendation from.

    How personal do you need to get in your Essays?

    Is Active Voice better than Passive Voice?

    How do you explain/comuflage your less than stellar academic performance?

    How to portray your lack of experience in a positive light?


    The answers to all these questions require deep introspection.
    Despite all the hype of Admission Consultants, the best person to answer these questions is You.

    The core stories, the incidents and the examples have to come from you. No one else can do these
    for you.

    And then, you have to use a bit of creative writing and pronto, you are done!!

    Well, almost done!!

    From idea generation to the final draft of your essays, there are many pitfalls and many ways of
    presenting yourself.

    So what is the best way to navigate the admissions quagmire? How do you make sure you don’t
    make any ‘schoolboy’ errors? How do you make your application ‘shine’?

    And this is where the ‘Winning the MBA Admissions game’ comes in.


    Why you should be reading this book?

    This comprehensive 150+ Page book will guide you throughout the admissions process, right from
    generating Ideas for your Essays to which school’s offer to accept.

    This book will teach you how to:

    Generate Insightful content for your applications

    Avoid the Wrong Answers for the all important ‘Why MBA’ question

    Make sure there are no ‘Holes’ in your story

    Underplay weaknesses in your profile

    Combat ‘IT’ stereotypes

    And much, much more...


    Here is a quick look at the Table of content:

    So how do you start the process? The critical First Step
    Why would YOU want to do an MBA? Some WRONG Answers
    Why MBA? How did this Columbia student work out her reasons?
    The value of an MBA
    Choosing where to apply
    Short listing Business Schools
    The Four Key Criteria
    After the short list. How you can decide which MBA is for you?
    Timing the Market
    Do you need a Safety School?
    What are the Top Schools looking for?
    Some helpful do’s when filling in the application form
    The Key Success Factors
    What do the recruiters look for?- An IBank perspective
    The Big Picture View of the Application Process
    How to generate insightful content for your Application
    Prewriting Strategies
    Brainstorming
    Clustering
    Freewriting
    Looping
    Your Fact File
    Weaving an integrated story
    How did Kate get into Stanford, with an 80 percentile Quant Score?
    A close look at her strategy
    Are you good enough to get in a Top B-School? A checklist
    The Nuts & Bolts of the application process & how it all fits together
    Your GMAT Score: What does Wharton Adcom Say?
    Minimum Score Requirements
    Some Test Sections Matter More
    How do B-Schools treat Multiple Scores?
    Academic Record Academic Performance and GMAT Score
    Your Undergraduate Degree (First University)
    International Students and Academic Records
    Recent Academic Work
    Work Experience
    What Your Work Experience Says about You
    Work Experience—Quality Versus Quantity
    Full-Time Work Matters Most
    If You Lack Full-time Work Experience
    Essays
    Some Important Things to Remember
    Essays are probably the most important part of your application pack.
    Letters of Recommendation
    Obtaining solid recommendations
    Who Should Write Them
    Know School Policy
    The Ideal Recommendation
    Why do you need to know about Behavior-based interviews
    Your Interview Invite: What does it indicate?
    How to finish on a Strong Note
    What are Top B-School Interviews like?
    How Arti aced her recent Wharton Interview
    Questions from  a recent NYU Stern Interview
    Organizing Your Response: The PAR Approach
    Fine-Tuning Your Delivery
    Stick to the Positive
    Interview on Campus
    Invitation-Only Interview
    Mandatory Interview
    Optional Interview
    No Interview
    Extracurricular and Community Activities
    Things to Keep in Mind
    Understanding Demographics: Whom are you competing with?
    MBA and the Indian IT male... or female
    When a 700+ Score may not be enough
    IT applicants, watch our for these Pitfalls!
    ESSAYS : A Close Look
    Essay Strategy
    Essay Writing
    The truth about Word limits
    Essay Strategy for multiple schools
    The next critical Step
    Addressing Specific Problem Areas in your Profile
    Low GMAT score
    The optional essay
    Lopsided GMAT score
    Addressing low quant scores
    Addressing low verbal scores
    Minimal Work Experience?
    Are you over the Hill?
    Too many Job Changes? You have no focus!
    Linguist from Ghana? Too difficult to place
    No extracurricular activities? No problem.
    Essay Question 1: Why MBA?
    Analysis of my response
    Essay Question 2: Why Now?
    Essay Question 3: Why YOU?
    Essay Question 4: Failure/Setback essay
    Lessons learnt: Why schools reject a strong candidate
    A look at Kellogg Essays
    A look at Chicago GSB Essays
    A look at Wharton Essays
    A look at Stanford Essays
    Financial Aid: How does it work?
    Funding your MBA
    Killer Resumes for MBAs: Does yours’ Pass the test?
    What a Resume Should Do
    What Recruiters Look For
    What do Admissions Officers Look For
    What Your Resume Should Say
    Writing an International Resume
    Resumes: What is the correct size?
    Admission Consultants: Are they worth the money?
    What to do if you are Waitlisted?
    Waitlist Strategy
    Effective Writing for MBA Applications
    Essay Opening: Getting off to a Strong Start
    General principles of good writing you need to keep in mind
    Five golden rules
    Other General tips
    Sentence and paragraph length
    Words to avoid
    Unnecessary words
    Using nouns instead of verbs
    Active versus passive style
    Personal versus impersonal style


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    Why should you buy this book?

    What do these MBA Admissions folks want from me?

    Not only do they expect me to take the GMAT test, demonstrate an ability to handle the academic
    rigors of b-school, write essays that outline my entire life history and goals, but they also want me to
    describe every club, hobby, volunteer activity, and/or community service in which I’ve been
    engaged since high school!  

    What if I don’t measure up? What if I don’t have the right number and mix of activities? What if the
    adcoms don’t find my interests of value?


    Does that sound like you?

    If yes, then this eBook is for you. This book will guide you through the complete admissions
    process and ensure that you come out a ‘Winner’.


    Why should you believe me?

    I have myself gone through this rigorous process and come out a Winner. (Have a look at this
    admit from INSEAD).

    I did not have the benefit of  any external guidance and had to navigate the admissions minefield
    on my own.

    Though I did come out successful in the end,  I ended up spending too much time getting things  
    right.
    Subsequently, I have successfully guided scores of students to a Top 10 MBA.

    My personal experience, and my experience of working with other successful students, is the basis
    of this book.

    Till now, this information & strategy was only available to students who took private coaching from
    my-gmat, and cost upwards of a thousand dollars.

    Now it is being made available to anyone who wants to ‘Win’ the MBA admissions game.


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