MBA Applications – Seven Points to Check Before Submitting
You have laboured hard over your MBA applications for the past few months and now the time has come to submit it. Even though you have gone through numerous iterations of your application form, resume and essays, there might still be some aspects that you have overlooked. Here are some things to recheck before you hit that final “submit” button.
1) MBA Application Form – This long, exhaustive document requires you to fill out many personal and professional details, some which you may have not filled out completely the first time around. Start at the beginning and make sure that each section is filled out, the information provided is accurate and all relevant transcripts have been uploaded. Data (such as job duration, designations and number of people supervised, among others) mentioned in the form needs to be consistent with the resume.
2) Resume – Serving as a snapshot of your work experience, education, skills and accomplishments, your resume needs to be comprehensive, but still be only one page long. If the business school you’re applying to has a set template for resumes, make sure that you adhere to it. It is critical to be consistent in your resume. Double-check that your resume is correctly formatted, with the same font, margins and currency.
3) Essays – This is probably where you have spent the maximum amount of time. Re-read the essays one last time before submission to ensure that there are no grammatical errors. During the MBA application process, you must have repurposed the same information for different essays for multiple business schools, so make sure you are uploading the right one. Errors such as the wrong school name can ruin your chances of gaining admission.
4) Letters of Recommendation (LORs) – By now, your recommenders would have written your LORs, but it is your responsibility to follow up with them to make sure that they have submitted the LORs before the deadline. Recommendations can be submitted before you submit your MBA applications so tell your recommenders to submit this as soon as possible. Remember, until your business school receives your LORs, your application will be considered incomplete.
5) GMAT/GRE Scores and TOEFL/IELTS – At the time of taking the test, you may not have decided your college list and as such have not gotten your scores reported. These need to be sent along with the application, so ensure that you have paid the fees and indicated where you are applying so that your desired business school gets your scores on time.
6) Proofread Everything – Each component of the MBA application needs to be proofread before you submit it. Check for spelling mistakes, grammatical and syntactical errors. The format that you use for numbers, figures, dates and durations should be consistent across your application, along with the use of American or British English. Also try to avoid using industry-specific jargon and acronyms, along with colloquialism.
7) Submission Timing – Do NOT wait until hours before the deadline to submit your MBA applications as this may cause unnecessary delays. The servers may become slow and even crash due to overload, so try and submit your application a few days early. In case you are applying close to the deadline, check the exact time of the deadline for each school, as they all may have different timings. Be wary of time zones, especially in the US as the East Coast and West Coast timings differ significantly, and if you are not mindful, you may miss the deadline entirely.
If you feel like you are not ready to hit submit, don’t worry, you can still apply for your MBA programme in Round 2. If you have any further questions about how to apply to business school or if you need help with choosing the right school, get in touch with us.