As the dust settles from the Round 1 MBA application rounds, there’s good news for some and there’s additional work to be done for the others. A few questions that applicants ask: Is it worthwhile applying to Round 2? Or am I doomed coz I didn’t make it through in Round 1? What should my MBA application strategy be?
Everyone talks about how important it is to apply in Round 1. We know the arguments and the justifications there. But if you haven’t struck gold yet, don’t worry. The fact that schools have a Round 2 AND a Round 3 means they are still looking for good candidates to include in their incoming class. So for whatever reasons (just got the GMAT score, maybe essays weren’t impactful enough, maybe the MBA interview preparation could’ve been stronger, maybe you forgot to wear your Shani Suraksha Kavach) if your success with business school applications has been delayed, it’s time to take a breather and re-evaluate your Round 2 strategy.
If your Round 1 approach hasn’t worked as you thought, try to evaluate why. No point in just rushing in 6 more applications that look and sound exactly the same. Was it your choice of schools? Was it your story-line? Was it your post-MBA goal?
Quite a few people have approached us for the MBA MAP as they wanted to discard any baggage from Round 1 and start afresh – starting from the choice of schools and the overall approach.
If you are convinced and confident about your R1 application strategy, then you could still go ahead with the same approach. Maybe it was just the intense competition.
If you have any theories of what might have gone wrong in R1 and what you plan to do differently in R2, share your stories as (anonymous) comments. We’d be glad to share our thoughts.