IIM Lucknow (IIML) IPMX one year MBA after 10 years experience

Written by Sameer Kamat

IIML IPMXNisha Shukla faced a dilemma that’s not-so-uncommon among professionals who’ve been working for quite a while and are now looking for some serious career rejuvenation. The options at that stage seem pretty limited.
With an experience of 10+ years and a 6XX GMAT score, Nisha didn’t want to target the traditional MBA programs where the average experience ranges between 4 – 5 years. She also had several other concerns, including the rising MBA costs and the ultimate RoI.
She shortlisted the one year MBA programs in India (IIMs and ISB) and abroad. She got an offer from IIM Lucknow (IIML IPMX). Nisha describes her GMAT preparation and MBA admissions story.

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Smeal College of Business Interview with MBA Admissions Director

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

Smeal College of Business MBAIn the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, the Smeal College of Business is ranked among the top 15 public MBA programs. If you consider the years-to-payback aspect, the ranking shoots up within the top 10. Every single student of the class of 2015 received merit-based financial aid. Apart from these interesting facts, there’s much more to the Smeal MBA program.

Manish Gupta, from the MBA Crystal Ball team interviewed Stacey Dorang Peeler, from the Smeal College of Business to get a better understanding of the admissions process, GMAT score evaluation, scholarships, placements, and why you shouldn’t remove your shirt during the interview.

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How B-schools treat minority MBA applications

Written by Sameer Kamat

You might’ve heard it from someone, somewhere before. “Schools love minority MBA candidates!” or “If you are a minority MBA applicant, your chances of getting selected are very high!

How true is it? Or just another myth that’s got propagated over the years?

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Corporate politics driving MBA growth – Achamba

Written by Sameer Kamat

Achamba - Super MBAAchamba, the Super MBA minus the cape and the bright coloured external underwear, did some research. That’s one of the very few things he’s good at. He wanted to get behind the AAP growth story.

No, it’s not what you are thinking. He wanted to know why the Aam Applicant Pool (AAP) was growing at such an alarming rate.

Traditionally, this category of MBA aspirants was known as the Indian IT Male Pool (or IIM Pool). But the acronym was creating a fair bit of confusion, specially among an audience conditioned into interpreting things in bizarre ways.

Achamba’s intellectual discussions would get derailed every time he mentioned ‘IIM Pool’ and one of his friends would quip, ‘IIMs are our national assets. They should focus on management education, not swimming pools.

So Achamba came up with terms & acronyms that, he felt, had very little chance to be interpreted in any other way – Aam Applicant Pool or AAP.

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Advanced interviewing techniques and skills

Written by Sameer Kamat

You know the basics of how to tackle interviews. You also know about behavioral interview questions. But then if you’ve spent enough time on the internet reading the basic job interview tips, you know what most others know. So what next?
Our guest blogger Rohit Gupta shares advanced interviewing techniques, concepts and skills that aren’t run of the mill.

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Management consulting interview questions

Written by Sameer Kamat

Management consulting interview questionsIf you are hoping to join McKinsey, Bain, BCG, AT Kearney, Deloitte Consulting or any other top consulting firm, your second biggest challenge would be to clear the tough management consulting interview questions.
The first one, of course, is to get shortlisted for the interview. Being in the top 1% of the class gets you closer to the interview stage.
Compared to the regular job interviews, management consulting interview questions are quite different. Sachin Gupta from IIM Calcutta, who recently went through several such interviews and came out victorious, shares his experiences.

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Optional Practical Training OPT to be suspended or cancelled?

Written by Sameer Kamat

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program has been the lifeline for many international students who go to USA for higher studies. If you aren’t aware of what OPT is and how it works, read this earlier post -> Optional Practical Training OPT on F1 Visa in USA
However, if Senator Grassley has his way, the optional practical training rules and regulations are in for a major overhaul, including an ‘immediate moratorium‘ for being ‘at risk for fraud and non-compliance‘ and ‘vulnurable to abuse‘. Vinay Paramanand, shares a report on this development that could impact thousands of international students studying (or planning to study) in USA.

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Free online business simulation games

Written by Sameer Kamat

Business Strategy GameIf you are a professional and if you haven’t heard about business simulation games, this article is a must-read for you. The best business schools & top companies use them to train future leaders in management concepts. It’s a fun and practical way to learn about topics that are traditionally thought to be dry and boring.

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Early career MBA: Is it for you?

Written by Sameer Kamat

An early career MBA is the generally accepted trend in India. Complete your graduation, crack the Indian MBA entrance exams and target the good MBA colleges in India. For GMAT MBA schools, work experience is a pretty important piece of the jigsaw puzzle. The average work experience in USA is around 5 years at the start of the program.

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One of the best life skills to learn

Written by Sameer Kamat

On business and MBA blogs, the word heartburn is generally used in a symbolic manner to refer to stress. But I’m talking about the real thing here – the burning sensation that you’d get due to indigestion and acidity. It’s got nothing to do with the heart and there’s nothing burning either. Just like gulab jamun has nothing to do with either gulab or ja…sorry, we’re digressing. But the proximity of the symptoms to the heart may cause some confusion and probably that’s how it got the name.

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