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Mba Admissions Strategy: From Profile Building To Essay Writing [Format Kindle]

Avi Gordon
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This accessible, well-written book is a must-have for the aspiring MBA applicant. The 2nd edition of MBA Admissions Strategy is an essential guide to the four aspects of a successful, competitive business school application.

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"I would definitely buy this book if I were applying again."--Rodney Bryant, Macquarie Bank, Australia, formerly of Morgan Stanley, New York

Learn all about MBA admissions techniques and skills from an expert!

MBA Admissions Strategy guides candidates through the four most important aspects of a successful, competitive business school application: -Competitive Strategy -Profile Development -Essay Management and -Writing Technique

This lively and accessible new book takes you step-by-step through the process of producing a successful MBA application, with primary emphasis on the essays.

The book outlines a system for candidates to identify the competitive value of their past and construct an application profile and compelling message from this. The book then deals with the typical essay questions that applicants face and shows candidates how to fit their profile message to each question: how to know what to write, which essay to write it in, and how to write it well. Along with specific templates and solutions for improving expression, the book shows readers how to avoid common essay pitfalls. An essential must-read for all those considering applying for a MBA.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Precis et Efficace 3 janvier 2012
Il existe beaucoup de livres plus ou moins bons sur la preparation des MBA. Celui d'Avi Gordon est le nec plus ultra. Il permet de developper son profil personnel et de le mettre en mots a travers les essais et l'interview. Par son experience Avi nous fait beneficier du point de vue des AdCom. Ce livre est en particulier tres precieux pour l'ecriture des essais, en proposant une methode precise plutot que de conseils tres generaux. Il vous permettra de mettre toutes les chances de votre cote pour reussir les meilleurs MBA. J'ai egalement utilise le MBA Studio d'Avi Gordon qui a ete tres utile. Bonne chance!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Le meilleur outil pour préparer sa candidature 17 mai 2012
Par Mlle A
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Un must-have pour toutes les personnes qui veulent postuler à un MBA. Une stratégie qui marche : j'ai été acceptée dans ma dream school et dans les deux tiers des Top 20 schools auxquelles j'ai postulé !!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent, really insightful 16 septembre 2011
Par Gaetan Lion - Publié sur
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This is an excellent book that provides tons of insights about the MBA admission process. The author's writing style is very informative. He always conveys a list of key points for everything that makes it easy to remember or refer to the most important information. Early on the author conveys the 22 qualities Bus Schools are looking for. Next, he maps them out elegantly within a four dimension vent diagram (academic, professional, communal, personal). He mentions the 5 objectives of admission officers. At the end of the book, he restates the main 12 key points (if you forget everything remember at least those 12 points).

There is no miracle to getting into a top MBA program. You need the grades (GPA 3.3+), the GMAT scores (690+), the successful working experience. Those are the essentials to make the first cut so your application is not immediately rejected. In essence, that's where the real work begins because there are a lot more candidates (3.3+/690+/strong work exp.) than there are available seats at the top programs.

The author guides you on how to differentiate yourself. It is all about deep introspective analysis (know thyself), and communicating clearly who you are, what is unique about you, how you fit the mission of the school, what are your life goals, why you need an MBA, why are you applying to this specific school. It is all about your communication proficiency in interviews and even more importantly in the essays.

More than half the book is about the essays. Excellent essays with a 690 on the GMAT make for a more competitive application than a 720 with poor essays. The author covers everything about the essay writing techniques including how to address the hardest questions such as writing about your failures. Everyone needs help tackling skillfully such tough writing challenges.

The book is also full of other insights besides essay writing. If you are a strong candidate, apply early even if you have an oversubscribed background (banking, consulting). That's because upon the first deadline, the admission officers are looking strictly for excellence. They will select 45% of the class from this first group. If you are not so strong, but have a background outside the oversubscribed one apply by the second deadline instead. At that time, the admission officers are looking for class balance. They will select another 45% from this second group. Thus, if you are a nonprofit manager you are not competing against consultants, but instead against other candidates with your similar background. Don't bother applying by the third deadline. By this time, the class is already 90% full. Also, don't take the GMAT more than twice. The schools see all the scores. A 700 on the 3d shot may not cut it. Apply to at least 3 but no more than 6 schools. An application is an extensive effort. You don't want to spread your energy to thin and also tire your references with too many requests.

The author provides a lot more information at his website that is mainly free. There, he actually shares with you even what are the class room experiences at different top schools with short videos. This blog also shares tons of resources on essay writings, the latest admission trends at specific schools, and much more. The author is truly a helpful and dedicated expert on this subject.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Resource for Essays 2 mars 2006
Par Darian Diggler - Publié sur
I applied to Darden using another reference and online resources before I found "MBA Admissions Strategy". I was blown away by the insight that permeates each chapter, and I corrected many

mistakes on my HBS app. I do not know what Gordon's background is, but he clearly knows exactly what goes on behind the scenes at adcom. He even explains what kind of people end up on the adcom and how to tailor your message to them.

So, I was waitlisted at Darden and now I have an interview at

Harvard. Wow! Can't argue with results like that. It was a lot of work but this book was my sole guide in transforming my essays. I am not an excellent writer but I am very pleased with the results. I would never try to apply to an MBA program without this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Striking Strategy Nailed My Essay 16 août 2007
Par M. Gearhart - Publié sur
I had a technically perfect, reasonable and ambitious Statement of Purpose and solid work experience. However, I wanted to be sure that it was a winning essay and turned to Avi for insight about it. After reading Avi's advice, it was obvious that my long-term goal of becoming a VP or Worldwide Marketing, while ambitious, was not adventurous or striking enough to secure my admission into an MBA program.

Thanks to Avi, I reset my essay (and career) strategy to something that made me nervous yet more excited and confident that my Statement of Purpose would standout when reviewed by the MBA Admissions Board. I don't want to give away my competitive strategy, but I believe Avi's book and valuable experience will enable you to prepare your own striking strategy, possibly rethink your career goals, and is a "must read" before applying to any college. I landed in the MBA program that I really wanted and trust that you will be successful as well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best book on the subject 26 décembre 2007
Par Pankaj Chandak - Publié sur
MUST HAVE BOOK. By far the best book on the subject.

Even if you have already purchased Richard Montauk book or any other MBA consulting book, I still advise that you buy and read this book.

If you have not purchased any book yet, I strongly recommend you to start with this book.

If you are targeting top 15 MBA programs, reading this book will be the best thing you could do to improve your chances.

Pros -
1) Very structured approach. It begins with helping you profile yourself.
2) No nonsense material. Very brief, succinct and to the point.
3) It leaves the obvious clutter out. Author does not repeat himself. I think this is the biggest plus of this book. There are many top sellers (no names), which are too thick at the expense of being repetitive.
3) Comprehensive.
4) Refined. Polished.

Cons -
1) Addition of some sample essays would be a very useful.
2) Schools specific research and advise will be useful too. I notice that most of the MBA admissions book in the market lack this type of material.
3) Part time program specific advise.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I couldn't agree more 20 décembre 2008
Par The Guy Next Door - Publié sur
I have bought a LOT of MBA books, pretty everything you can think about, but I have never written a review for any one of them. I honestly felt guilty not to write one for this book. That should just give you an idea of how good this book is. This is the book that you WANT to read. Most people who give review don't mention what I consider the single most important part of this book: Whoever you are or whatever you have done, if you want to go to b-school, you can. As others have pointed out, if this book included sample essays and the author's critiques, it would have been THE MBA book.
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