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How to get into the top MBA programs

Author: Montauk, Richard Publisher: Prentice Hall, 2007.Edition: 4th ed.Language: EnglishDescription: 645 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780735204232Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes index
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How to Get Into The Top MBA Programs Contents Preface--xi How to Benefit Most From This Book--xiii Part I THE CONTEXT 1 Why Get an MBA?-3 Some Common Reasons for Getting an MBA-4 What Does an MBA Program Do?-5 The Value of Going to a Top School-7 Financial Considerations-9 Who Hires MBAs?-9 Is an MBA Right for You?-10 2 Types of MBA Programs-11 The Traditional, Full Time American MBA-12 The European MBA-14 Part-Time MBAs-19 Executive MBAs-20 Sponsorship-22 Specialized MBAs-28 Appendix I: What to Expect at Business School-35 3 How to Choose the Right School for You-43 Know Yourself--and What You Want from an MBA-44 Research the Schools-45 Determine How Many Schools to Apply To 48 Avoid the Likely Pitfalls in Choosing a School-52 Final Decision Criteria-53 Appendix II: Criteria for Assessing MBA Programs-55 Appendix III: Choosing a Part-Time or an Executive MBA Program-70 Appendix IV Visiting Business Schools-86 4 How to Use the Rankings-95 Using the Rankings-96 The Rankings-98 The Top in Everything?-104 Limitations of the Rankings' Methodologies-105 5 The Admissions Process-120 "Rolling" versus "Rounds" Admissions-121 The Standard (American) Model-122 The Student-Involvement Variation-124 The European Variation-124 6 Application Timetable-128 When Should You Apply--Early or Late in an Application Cycle?-129 How Long Will It Take to Do Your Applications?-132 The Application Timetable-133 Where Are Things Most Likely to Go Astray?-136 Appendix V Application Organizer for Each School-137 Part II MARKETING YOURSELF SUCCESSFULLY 7 Making the Most of Your Credentials-143 Qualities Schools Look For-144 The Evidence Schools Examine-146 Undergraduate Record-147 The GMAT-153 Work Experience: Regular Applicants-162 Work Experience: Younger and Older Applicants-165 Extracurricular Activities During College-176 Community and Other Activities-177 Your Presentation-181 Making the Ultimate Decisions-182 For International Applicants-193 8 Marketing Yourself: General Principles-198 Determining the Substance of Your Message-199 Capitalizing on Your Strengths, Minimizing Your Weaknesses-205 Fit In--Stand Out-210 Fashioning Your Message: Positioning-211 General Positioning versus Specific Positioning-213 The Mechanics of Positioning: Using Themes-213 A Simple Positioning Effort-219 The Marketing Vehicles-220 Conclusion-220 Appendix VI: Personal Organizer-221 9 Understanding the Key Essay Topics-227 Taking Full Advantage of the Essays-228 MBA Program Topics-230 Business and Career Topics-240 Mixed Business and Personal Topics-254 Personal Topics-267 Other Topics-274 Team Essays-279 Brief Notes on Additional Essays-281 General Rules for Approaching Any Essay Question-283 10 How to Write Persuasive Essays-287 The Writing Process: Getting Started-289 Planning-290 Writing-290 Tips for Good Writing-300 Reusing Your Essays-306 Further Reading-307 11 Recommendations-308 Why Are Recommendations Required?-309 What Do Admissions Committees Learn from Your Recommendations?-311 Who Should Write Your Recommendations?-312 How Many Recommenders?-316 Approaching a Potential Recommender-317 What Do You Want Said About You? And How Can You Increase Its Value?-320 The Follow-Up-328 Recommendation Example-329 Appendix VII: Recommendation Briefing Outline-336 12 Interviews-337 Interviewing Policies-338 Before the Interview-341 Practice-349 Physical Preparations-350 During the Interview-351 General Rules for Interviews-357 Special Types of Interviews-361 How to Deal with the Incompetent Interviewer-374 After the Interview-375 Special Concerns for International Applicants-377 Appendix VIII: Interview Questions-378 Appendix IX: Résumés-387 Part III ON THE ROAD TO BUSINESS SCHOOL 13 Responding to Wait-Listing, Rejections, and Other Disappointments-393 Responding to Administrative Holds-394 Responding to Wait-Listing-394 Responding to Rejection-399 Should You Ever Appeal a Rejection?-401 Should You Reapply in the Future or Settle for a Lesser School?-402 Other Options-405 14 What to Do Once You Are Accepted-406 Accepting Your Offer-407 Leaving Your Job-410 Preparing for Business School-411 15 How to Get the Most Out of Business School--425 Hit the Ground Running-426 Time Management Matters-426 Choose Your Study Group Wisely-427 Cut to the Chase-428 Develop Skills and Knowledge That Are Vital to Your Career (and Difficult to Develop Outside of Business School)-429 Think About Your Career Development-433 Keep Stress Under Control-436 Don't Forget the Social Experience-438 16 Financing Your MBA-439 Calculating the Cost of Business School-440 Financing Sources-442 Evaluating Financial Packages--and Trying for More-449 Strategies for Financing Your Business School Education-451 Summary: The Basic Strategies-454 Additional Information Sources-457 Part IV APPLICATION ESSAY EXAMPLES Essays-461 Overview of the Applicants and Their Essays-464 106 Essays Written for Top Schools on Thirty-six Different Topics-462 Index-629

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