1. Do Research
Researching schools of interest before attending an MBA conference will allow you to come prepared with strong questions and have productive and mutually beneficial conversations with admissions directors.
Visit school websites and social media channels. Make a list of:
2. Prepare Questions
Having strong, insightful questions to ask school representatives will go a long way in your interactions at a recruiting event. Asking questions will demonstrate your resourcefulness, and will indicate to admissions representatives that you are serious about their program. It will also help you gather more information on programs in your consideration set, and ultimately allow you to make an informed decision on which school will be right for you.
Have questions ready on what inspires you about the programs:
3. Define Your Goals
Admissions directors may ask questions of you in response to your questions, to get a sense of your candidacy for their program. Having a solid ’30 second pitch’ on why you want to pursue an MBA is a good start. Even more importantly, you must have a concrete grasp on your goals, both during and post-MBA. B-school representatives want to know that you will be a strong contributor to their program inside and outside of the classroom. They also want to know whether you will be a competitive candidate for employment post-graduation.
Keep in mind that your interactions with admissions directors at recruiting events will be brief. Therefore, it is important to narrow down your goals. Defining your goals is not only important in conveying your candidacy, but also in determining your fit with a school:Be able to tell admissions Directors:
4. MeetUps - Confirm any meetings
Get invited to 1:1 and small group meetings with business schools at the event. Invitations are sent within 2 weeks of the event. Select schools that you are interested in during registration.
5. During the Event
When the day of the event arrives, make sure that you dress the part and act professionally. The dress code of an event should be business formal. Treat the event as you would a job interview - come prepared with detailed questions to ask admissions directors. Remember, first impressions are everything since you only will have a short amount of time to interact with representatives. Create a 30-second elevator pitch that highlights who you are as a person, and what you could contribute to an MBA program.
What to Bring:
6. After the Event
Meeting with a school representative, admissions officer, or alumnus only marks the beginning of your relationship with them. After you introduce yourself, give your pitch, and ask your questions, you must ALWAYS thank them for their time and ask for their business card. Once you have their contact information, the rule of thumb is to send a “thank you” email within 24 hours. Your email should identify who you are, thank them again for their time, and tell them you forward to staying in touch. Your next step is to maintain a conversation with the representative up through the application process. You can do that in the following ways:
How to Prepare
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