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Common Mistakes in Letters of Recommendations

One of the more important aspects of the MBA application (I guess second only to the essays) is the letter of recommendations submitted by recommenders on behalf of applicants. I’d like to take the opportunity to emphasize a few things I haven’t really discussed until now, since they are worth reinforcing.


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Rejection feedback calls and reapplications: Reflections after Tuck MBA application results

This blog post comes after quite a hiatus – a couple of months at the very least. The intervening time saw me travel around Asia, meeting with prospective applicants from the Middle East to Beijing and everywhere in between. The innumerable conversations I’ve had, the opportunity to look applicants in the eye and share with … Read more


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What’s a good acceptable GMAT, AWA, IR score for top MBA programs?

Especially in India, it’s safe to say applicants have GMAT at the top of their minds. Questions come stumbling out of candidate’s minds with a concern-filled tone and into the open at every single MBA admissions event I’ve been part of. “What is a good enough GMAT score? Is there a good enough score?” “How … Read more


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How important are extracurricular activities for MBA application essays

There’s something about an MBA application that is very different from any other application to any other stream of education out there. Business schools, through their applications, seem to want to know everything about a candidate – life history and future plans, past academic performance, future academic potential, career progress, leadership skills, communication skills, what … Read more


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What Admissions Officers expect from you during MBA Admissions Events

As August and September approach, Admissions Officers from business schools around the world get ready to travel far and wide in order to reach out to prospective applicants. These trips are a culmination of months of immense logistical planning and finalizing of destinations, venues, arrangements, travel plans, and finally, actually making these events the successes … Read more


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How important are business school campus visits during MBA applications?

Yet another question that pops its head in every conversation I’ve had with applicants is the issue of visiting the business school irrespective of where it may be located as candidates prepare their MBA applications. Are business school campus visits a must? Through this post, I’d like to address this question in no uncertain terms … Read more


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MBA placement opportunities abroad for International students

Why can’t I get multiple job offers in international business schools abroad when I can get them easily in IIMs? If I come back to India after my MBA, will the degree be recognized? These are the top MBA placement related questions that Sudershan ‘Suds’ Tirumala (Regional Director, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth) addresses … Read more


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The best MBA Leadership and Management lessons outside the classroom

Apart from the MBA leadership and management lessons taught in a business school classroom, there’s another opportunity that most students overlook. It involves interacting with real thought leaders (as opposed to using our leadership quotes generator). Sudershan ‘Suds’ Tirumala, Regional Director at Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth), writes about how it can transform your learning … Read more


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MBA Interview Etiquette | Tips for In-person and Skype interviews

How should you dress for an MBA interview? What should you know about body language, handshakes, eye contact when you meet the interviewer in person? What about Skype interviews where you aren’t exactly in front of the interviewer and yet you are? Sudershan ‘Suds’ Tirumala (Regional Director, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth), shares tips … Read more


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How will scholarships and financial aid influence your admissions decision?

It’s an enviable situation to be in – multiple admits from top schools – some with attractive scholarship offers (including free rides). It can also be confusing and frustrating when you can only choose one from the mouth-watering options. Will you choose your top choice program (with no financial aid) over other offers that including … Read more