It’s a brand that gets instant respect no matter where you are in the world – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It already had a formidable presence in the technology world, and with the MIT Sloan School of Management, it ventured into management education. Its flagship proram, the MIT Sloan MBA, enjoys a high ranking and attracts the best students from all over the world.
We published an interview with the MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Officer. We switch perspectives now to reach out to a successful MIT Sloan MBA admit. Shahid Azad talks about how he managed to get a seat at one of the best MBA programs in the world.
My MIT Sloan MBA Application Journey
by Shahid Azad
Let me begin with my pre-MBA experience – I did my Bachelors from IIT Kharagpur (2010) and have been working with Caterpillar Inc. since then. I work on Digital manufacturing technology at Caterpillar supporting New Product Introductions. During this period I also spent a year in USA at Caterpillar HQ in Illinois.
I have been thinking of MBA since 2012 and hence got done with GMAT long back. I knew the next step – writing MBA essays – would be the most challenging one for me. And this is where I decided to take help from MBA Crystal Ball admissions consulting team.
MBA Application Strategy
My MBA application strategy was simple – I didn’t want to apply to a large number of schools and compromise on quality, so I focused on three and made sure that I had given my best to each one of them.
I am sure you would have heard this many times over, but to re-iterate, essays are the most important part of the application. You might feel that you have good experiences and good stories to tell but equally important is to convey it to the admissions team in layman terms and this is exactly what Manish is very good at.
Manish from MBA Crystal Ball was a guide, a mentor to me throughout the whole application process. He really helped me make my stories crisp and succinct and convey the message in the most effective way. He was always available for any quick question and as a result I had interview calls from all the three schools I applied too – Sloan, Kellogg and Ross.
MBA Interviews are basically meant to gauge whether you are the same person as you seem on paper. So it is important to prepare your story well and make sure you put forth all the points that make you unique as an applicant.
Manish again guided me through the questions that I could expect and how I can structure my responses well. So whenever I fumbled, the auto-mode kicked in and was able to navigate through the situation.
MBA Application Results
I ended up converting MIT Sloan MBA, was wait-listed at Kellogg and withdrew my Ross MBA application as I got the MIT Sloan result before Ross interview.
All in all I felt more confident throughout the process with Manish around and I am sure this would not have been possible without him. Thanks Manish again for everything!!
After going through the whole process I would like to add my two cents – the process is long and tiring, so it is important to plan it well and give yourself enough time so that you do not have to rush at the last moment and compromise on quality.
This along with some expert guidance could go a long way.
A little gesture of courtesy that many applicants forget in their euphoria of getting an admit from a top MBA college (especially if it’s your numero uno choice), is to let the MBA Admission Committees of other schools know that you aren’t interested in taking the application process further with them.
That way, rather than have those seats blocked till the last minute, they can offer an admit to another deserving candidate earlier.
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