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ABC of Getting the MBA Admissions Edge [Paperback]

Matt Symonds , Alan Mendonca
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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19 Nov 2001 0971482217 978-0971482210 2nd
Once a luxury for the elite, the MBA is increasingly becoming a necessary asset for all those hoping to clinch (and hold on to) top managerial positions. Every year, the number of candidates applying to the top schools goes up, and with it the quality of the competition. To ensure your place in the b-school of your dreams, you really do have to stand out from the crowd. With advice specific to the US MBA community, this over 600 page book will improve your chances of admission to the schools of your choice. It features an in-depth analysis of applying to each school, a step-by-step method for positioning your dossier, extensive analysis of the classic essay questions (over 100 essays reviewed) and the strategies to employ and traps to avoid in the GMAT, TOEFL, essays, interviews, and letters of recommendation.

You will find strategies to refine your application to match the profile of the schools of your choice. For each of the 11 MBA programs featured (Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Insead, LBS, Kellogg, NYU, MIT, Stanford and a NEW CHAPTER on Wharton), up-to-date information is given on the curriculum, its strengths and weaknesses, teaching methods (15 pages per school), as well as an in-depth analysis of the admissions dossiers of each school, with customized advice to master each application (25 pages per school), interviews with the Admissions Directors of each MBA and insider views written by successfully admitted students to the different schools. This is the only book on MBAs that has been officially supported and sponsored by McKinsey & Company, BCG, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, AT Kearney, Novartis, Bertlesmann, Vivendi-Universal, Cap Gemini and Roland Berger & Partners.

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: The MBA Site.com; 2nd edition (19 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971482217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971482210
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,413,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A thorough and accessible reference guide to the MBA application process - a wonderful resource for anyone researching top business schools." -- Sharon J. Hoffman, Associate Dean and Director of the MBA Program, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

"An outstanding, well-organized and informative guide to access pertinent information about the top b-schools." -- Linda B. Meehan, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Columbia

“A comprehensive guide for international students, with invaluable advice about the top business schools.” -- Myriam J. Perignon, Assistant Dean - MBA program, INSEAD

“Essential reading for candidates – a realistic view of the programs, and its accuracy helps candidates ask themselves the right questions.” -- Eric Chambers, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Wharton

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Bigger, better, with up-to-date information for the top B-Schools, and featuring a new chapter on Wharton, the number one bestselling MBA title is back!

Getting the MBA Admissions Edge has everything you need to get ahead in the MBA race. Can you afford not to have it?

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable guide to top schools 27 Aug 2002
By Adrian
This book became an indispensable reference throughout the selection and application process for the top business schools. The fact that the authors were recent graduates, and have analysed in such detail the character, learning style and criteria for admission is tremendously useful when you yourself are trying to research the schools and establish your shortlist.
A couple of years ago I bought the Which MBA book - a pretty good general guide, but it doesn't even come close to the detail of Getting the MBA Admissions Edge - entire chapters dedicated to each school - Harvard, Wharton, LBS and the other top 10 schools. They go through all the essay questions with both good samples and analysis of what lies behind an efective, persuasive and personal answer.
All the schools end up asking you why you have applied to their school (one of the key questions), and you've got a lot more confidence to provide a solid answer. In fact, the book also helps you ask good questions of the alum, colleagues, HR directors and anyone else that you talk to as part of your research.
A really great book for anyone thinking of doing an MBA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABC of Getting the MBA Admissions Edge 14 Mar 2004
By A Customer
A superb book, I would wholeheartedly recommend reading this before considering applying to one of the top b-schools. Probably the best advice is not to rush into the application process, but plan and brand yourself as a top candidate. This book gives you targeted support in this exercise for each school, reading the thought processes behind essay questions helps develop your style in an application. It certainly helped mine to one of the schools (which I was subsequently admitted to).
If you haven't taken your GMAT, I would also wholeheartedly recommend Kaplan GMAT 800 (ISBN: 0743224345) as a source of hard GMAT questions. If you are applying to a top school the standard prep books (Kaplan,Princeton Review etc) do not challenge after a bit, while this one kept me scratching my head up until the GMAT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The two great things about this book are i) it only focuses on a small number of schools (the top ones) & ii) each chapter is written by students from those schools. After reading this book & applying to a couple of the schools (& getting into one!) I can confirm that the impression you get from reading is very accurate. Some of the information, especially on subjects like the GMAT and references, gets repeated a number of times for each school, but all round this is an excellent overview of the top b-schools.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference for MBA applications 2 Jan 2003
This book starts with a graph, from 1954 to 2000, showing the number of places available at Harvard Business School compared to the number of applicants - the numbers of applicants have tripled, whilst the numebr of places have barely changed.
Fortunately the book then spends 600 pages explaining how to improve your chances of being admitted. Any self-help book risks offering over-generalised advice from a so-called expert, but I have to say that I really liked the approach of Getting The MBA Admissions Edge. As well as interviews with school Deans and Directors they have turned to current students or recent graduates to give a very detailed assessment of the school, including certain weaknesses that never find their way into the school brochures.
You can see from the Kellogg chapter that students from the school are very proud of the differences that make the school so special, and they provide many more details than for example the author from Stanford. They even try to help you with examples for the GMAT.
I will only apply to three or four schools from the list (very pleased to see that INSEAD and LBS are included alongside the top US schools) but have learned from many of the school chapters to now improve my applications to those target schools.
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