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11February2017

MBA Interview Prep 2: Do’s and Don’ts – Preparing for a team-based interview

by The Red Pen

2nd in a 4-part series on MBA interviews While most MBA programs interview applicants one-on-one, there are some schools that follow a different interview style. The Wharton School of Business and Michigan Ross, for example, use a team-based interview format, where approximately four to five candidates are assessed simultaneously on their ability to work collaboratively. Business

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9February2017

MBA Interview Prep 1: ‘Tell Me About Yourself’

by The Red Pen

1st in a 4-part series on MBA interviews Tell me about yourself. It’s a simple question, right? Yet we find several applicants tripping over this interview staple more often than not. And, because it’s usually the first question presented to them by their interviewer, it can set the tone for the whole interview and derail

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14January2017

You made it to Oxbridge – get up to speed with some of the traditions!

by The Red Pen

Congratulations on getting an offer from Oxbridge! At the time you were sitting opposite your interviewer in December, your chances of success at Oxford were around 1 in 3 – and about 1 in 4 at Cambridge. Now that you have an offer, it is time to make sure you get the grades to fulfill your conditional requirements and gear up for the adventure of a lifetime! Get ready for a world steeped in tradition; from matriculating at the Oxford Sheldonian1 in your sub-fusc2 uniforms to meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their frequent visits, the two universities have a lot in store for you.

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8January2017

You have been placed on our waitlist…what now?  

by The Red Pen

After a long and exhaustive application process, spread over a few months, getting a waitlist notification can be disappointing. However, while many see the waitlist as a rejection, MBA applicants need to understand that being placed on the waitlist is another opportunity to shine. It really means the admissions committee has decided to continue evaluating your candidacy. But sometimes the waiting can get to you. So here are some guidelines on the waitlist strategy to keep you on track.

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5January2017

Getting Camera Ready!

by Originally Published in The Hindustan Times Education Supplement

The wonders of technology have made it simpler than ever for foreign colleges to communicate directly with international students. But navigating these virtual interactions to project composure and competence takes skill. The most dazzling resume and polished oral communication skills can be undone by a patchy internet connection, flickering video feed or unintended imagery on your screen. Read below for 10 tips on how to master the video interview:

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12December2016

Being proactive while awaiting your MBA Round 1 results

by The Red Pen

This is a stressful time. You have submitted your application materials, completed your interviews and are now awaiting that much desired “You have been accepted” to your dream business school.  Yet at the back of your mind there is a niggling doubt that the decision might be ‘Rejected’ or ‘Waitlisted’. Your head is swirling with

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10December2016

Applying to US colleges? Read & review before you submit!

by The Red Pen

It is almost the middle of December and many of you in grade 12 are now down to the last stretch before submitting your US college applications as the January 1 deadline looms near. The last couple of months have been tough: juggling school, research and exams with seemingly endless application work – choosing colleges,

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1December2016

Treat Oxbridge interviews like discussions

by Originally Published in The Hindustan Times Education Supplement

Oxbridge Interviews and Pooling System   There are numerous myths around the interview system at Oxbridge. Do not fret, you will not be asked to peel an orange thrown at you or anything of that sort. These interviews are only to help the university staff decipher if you will be able to thrive in the

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29November2016

How to crack the MBA interview

by Originally Published in The Hindustan Times Education Supplement

Recently my colleague, Vrinda Jalan, wrote some helpful pointers on using the MBA interview as an opportunity to reinforce your personal brand. Since the first round of interview invitations for global MBA programs is upon us, I thought it would be relevant to share some of her tips. Applicants often underestimate the interview, a crucial

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