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Introduce yourself to your dream business school well before you send off your application. Know the reasons why you really want to go to business school. Don’t’ be shy. Get ready to show and tell. It is time to shine. Practice makes perfect. Practice sample interview questions well in advance of your admissions interviews. You are nothing if you are not the truth. See the big picture. Define and be your unique truth! – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Five Key Tips to get into Harvard Business School from a Harvard-educated MBA admissions consultant


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Grace Education
To Future MBA Applicants
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Five Key Tips to get into Harvard Business School
from a Harvard-educated MBA admissions consultant
For more invaluable advice and tips, visit Grace
Education at www.graceducation.com and send an
email to contact_at_graceducation.com for a free
consultation.
  • Introduce yourself to your dream business school
    well before you send off your application.
  • Know the reasons why you really want to go to
    business school.
  • Dont be shy. Get ready to show and tell. It is
    time to shine.
  • Practice makes perfect. Practice sample
    interview questions well in advance of your
    admissions interviews.
  • You are nothing if you are not the truth. See
    the big picture. Define and be your unique truth!

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Introduce yourself to your dream business school
well before you send off your application.
  • Reach out and connect with alumni, current
    students, and professors from your dream business
    school. When necessary, make appropriate mention
    of these contacts in your application and
    interview. These connections and relationships
    demonstrate to admission committees that you are
    really interested in their school and becoming a
    member of its community. Believe me, given the
    choice between two candidates with equal
    credentials, admission committees will be more
    inclined to choose a candidate who already has
    begun to build solid connections with the school.
  • Know the reasons why you really want to go to
    business school

It sounds crazy, but many applicants have really
not thought about why they are pursuing an MBA at
the time they decide to apply. Are you seeking
to transition into a new profession? Finance to
Consulting, etc. Will an MBA offer significant
career advancement in your current field? Where
do you s ee yourself two years after earning
your MBA? Five years? Knowing this is critical
to shaping your written application essays and
interview responses for the famous questions
regarding short and long-term career goals. It
can be hard to project oneself this far in the
future and admissions committees know this. They
simply want to see that you have you have thought
about why you are about to quit your job and
invest over a hundred thousand dollars in your
education. More importantly, like you, they want
to ensure that their program will best help you
achieve your career objectives.
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Dont be shy. Get ready to show and tell. It is
time to shine. .
  • For your written application essays and
    questions, every time you cite a professional
    achievement, make sure you show and demonstrate
    how your strong leadership/management skills had
    a concrete and direct impact on company
    profitability, productivity, shareholder value,
    brand equity value, and/or operating cost
    reduction etc. Your CV. should be a narrative
    about you and not simply a laundry list of
    bullet-point tasks. It should show your skill
    progression and increased responsibilities over
    time. Remember to highlight specific
    achievements using strong action verbs and
    limited technical jargon to illustrate how your
    strong leadership/management skills had real and
    tangible effects on company profitability,
    productivity, shareholder value, brand equity
    value, and/or operating cost reduction etc.
    During interviews, be able to defend why you took
    each professional position and how it has or will
    help you to reach your short and long-term career
    objectives.

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Practice makes perfect. Practice sample
interview questions well in advance of your
admissions interviews.
  • Business school coursework is largely based on
    individual and group oral presentations. For
    admission committees to gain a deeper
    understanding of a candidates interpersonal
    sills and communication style, nothing seems to
    beat the interview. Additionally, more and more
    business schools are offering applicant-initiated
    interviews as part of the application. These
    interviews, conducted on Skype or video-cams,
    usually allow a candidate forty-five seconds to
    reflect after the question has been posed and
    ninety seconds to articulate a response. This
    does not leave much time for you to improvise an
    impressive answer. To avoid memory blanks and
    lapses, research sample interview questions from
    online student forums, student alumni, etc. and
    practice many times before admission interviews.
    During the actual interview, you may not have the
    same questions that you had previously rehearsed.
    However, chances are likely that you will have
    similar questions. You can then adapt your
    answers and succeed your interviews with flying
    colors.

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You are nothing if you are not the truth. See
the big picture. Define and be your unique truth!
  • Admission committees want to admit candidates
    with strong revolutionary visions such as Bill
    Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, but they are one in a
    million. While admission committees look for
    candidates who will be future business leaders,
    they are essentially looking for candidates with
    human character, those who care about others,
    have ideals, and will leave a legacy behind in
    the world. Maya Angelou, the late critically
    acclaimed American poet and Pulitzer prize
    nominee, defined legacy as not the financial
    wealth and material possessions you will bequeath
    your children and loved ones after your passing.
    It refers to how your life, your choices,
    personal and professional, as well as the sum
    total of your accomplishments will have touched
    and improved the lives of others. When you
    reflect on your applications, in particular, you
    career objectives, remember to ask yourself what
    your legacy will be and be sure to explain this
    in your essays and interviews.

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Grace Education Client Success Story Profile of
a Georgetown, McDonough MBA graduate
  • Name Sophia
  • Nationality Chinese
  • Age 34
  • Educational Background Undergraduate and Masters
    degrees in Chemistry
  • Profession General Manager, Advanced water
    purification treatment technology
    investment/water plant construction department
    for Chinese private investor in environment
    projects
  • GMAT 690
  • TOEFL 99
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.79/5.0
  • Personal Interests Cooking, yoga, Chinese Opera,
    skiing, traveling, and running marathons

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  • Motivations for MBA Growing up in a rural
    Chinese village, Sophias calling to improve the
    environment came to her at a young age when she
    witnessed children in neighboring villages with
    hereditary physical deformities caused by
    environmental pollution, a direct consequence of
    massive industrialization. A chemistry masters
    graduate, she began her career working as an
    investment consultant for water purification
    technology financing. After several years, she
    was rewarded for her excellent work with
    successive promotions to become general manager
    of the water treatment and plant construction
    investment division. Recommended by a former
    Grace Education client and now successful Yale
    MBA graduate, Sophie solicited our admissions
    consulting services to help her with her MBA
    applications. She hoped to use her MBA to
    facilitate her transition into entrepreneurship.
    This new business venture would leverage her
    dedication and commitment to the environments
    conservation/protection, her passion for
    innovative anti-pollution technologies, and her
    strong private-sector finance/project management
    experience.

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  • Grace Education Offers A Helping Hand After a
    free consultation session via Skype, Sophia was
    assigned to Kevin, a Grace Education MBA
    consultant who attended Wharton. Developing the
    foundation of what would become a lasting
    professional collaboration and personal
    friendship, the initial conversations between
    Sophia and her consultant consisted of
    brainstorming sessions to craft and create her
    unique story setting her application apart from
    thousands of MBA candidates. That story, resumed
    in one sentence, was the following Chinese
    female visionary with strong science and
    investment skills creates Chinese-based company
    to improve the publics health by reducing the
    countrys dangerously high air, land, and water
    environmental pollution levels.
  • Grace Education then helped Sophia to reflect on
    what form the company would take and what its
    eventual function would be. The answer to this
    question came about during a Skype conversation
    between Sophia and Kevin when she mentioned the
    increasing role of the Chinese government in
    financing and implementing measures to combat
    pollution. Sophias consultant helped her to see
    the big picture and to come up with the idea of
    creating a public-private-funded investment
    consultancy. This entity would invest in and
    integrate environment anti-pollution treatments
    for water, soil, and solid wastes into urban
    building programs via partnerships with
    construction companies, government, and private
    sector investors. Sophia and her consultant
    decided that in the short term, she would need an
    MBA to enhance her corporate finance,
    entrepreneurship, and public policy management
    skills.

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  • Before opening her company, Sophia decided her
    short-term career objective post-MBA would be to
    work for a Chinese publicly-funded institution
    involved not only in the financing of
    antipollution technology initiatives, but also
    the policy implementation of these measures
    through government legislation at local and
    national levels. This invaluable experience would
    give Sophia the public policy skills and
    government contacts needed to start her future
    business venture.
  • We then researched with Sophia business schools
    with strong entrepreneurship research centers as
    well as significant public policy management
    course offerings. After establishing her list,
    Sophia began to introduce herself and, more
    importantly, her short and long-term professional
    objectives to the schools via interactions with
    alumni, professors, and current students from
    each school on her list. These schools included
    Yale School of Management, Stanford, Georgetown,
    NYU, and the W.P. Carey School of Business.
  • Next began the laborious task of the application
    essay redaction. Sophia emailed her drafts to
    Kevin who then sent her edits within 72 hours.
    Grace Educations successive draft editing
    process is a rigorous sentence-by-sentence,
    paragraph-by-paragraph interrogation with one
    objective the clear and concise expression of a
    candidates strong leadership/management skills
    and its direct impact on his/her companys
    profitability, productivity, shareholder value,
    brand equity value, and/or operating cost
    reduction etc.

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  • While working on her essays, Sophia also
    benefited from Grace Educations obligatory
    Enhanced Interview Coaching Module for English as
    Second Language (ESL) clients who do not have
    minimum TOEFL scores (100 for internet-based test
    (IBT) 600 for paper-based test (PBT) IELTS 7.0
    overall band score, or PTE (Academic) 68 overall
    score). This module is run by TEFL/TESOL/
    Cambridge English certified teachers who work
    with our MBA applicants on oral presentation
    skills and syntax to ensure they are able to
    express their ideas clearly and coherently in
    English and in their own words during MBA
    interviews.
  • After Sophia completed her applications and
    interviews, she was accepted at Georgetown, WP
    Carey School of Business, NYU, and Yale. She
    decided to attend Georgetown because its
    financial aid and scholarship package was the
    most interesting.
  • To date, Sophia remains in contact with Kevin,
    her former MBA consultant, who continued to help
    her after the application process ended. More
    precisely, he helped her in finding summer
    internships during business school.

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Biography for Samuel, founder of Grace Education,
Leading Admissions Consulting Training Center
  • Harvard and London School of Economics graduate,
    Samuel worked as an investment banker in New York
    and London before moving to Paris to begin a new
    life in film and television production.
    Published in the New York Times, an avid writer
    and storyteller, Samuel has always been committed
    to education. A volunteer professor/professional
    coach of underprivileged youths as well as former
    Harvard applicant admission interviewer, Samuel
    decided several years ago to leverage his love
    and passion for education, professional coaching,
    writing, and business expertise by joining
    Admissionado, one of the worlds top MBA
    admissions consulting firms. Helping hundreds of
    successful MBA applicants, predominantly Asian
    and South East Asian natives, to gain admission
    via his one-on-one, highly personalized
    application review/editing and interview
    coaching, Samuel honed the craft that would later
    inspire him to found Grace Education in 2013.
    This college and MBA admission consulting
    training center is composed of consultants who
    themselves are successful graduates of Harvard
    and other top schools. Grace Education is proud
    of its 95 applicant acceptance rate as well as
    its highly efficient applicant management
    practices allowing it to offer client prices
    50-60 less than that of leading MBA admission
    consultancies.

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