Be Interview Ready

The five P's of interviewing are essential! Do you know that Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Presentation?

What’s your brand?

Getting ready for a transition? Looking to explore new paths? How do you get your best out there? Make a lasting impression that differentiates you from others and helps elevate your resume or LinkedIn profile to the top of a recruiter or admission officer’s list.

MBA Success

Are you thinking about an MBA?
The decision to apply to business school is both exhilarating and challenging! Explore ways to maximize your chances of success in the application process.

Manage Your Career Trajectory

Are you evaluating your next career steps?
Should you be looking for a significant career transformation or just looking for avenues to continue to grow and accelerate your path? We’re here to help!

What will make you different?

January 31, 2017

US News and World Report recently released a summary of the business school programs receiving the highest number of applicants in 2015. All of the names are well-known schools, and great programs. The numbers cited by their reporting are particularly helpful as you think about your own applications for next year. The thousands of applicants are already self-selecting themselves into an applicant pool with above-average academic, work, and extracurricular credentials. What will make you different?

Tools and advice are available, so get started now in planning your applications. Know people attending these programs? Set up information interviews and build relationships. Going to be in town for work? Book a campus tour, and trade emails with current students. Geography less important to you than finding the right “fit”? Explore higher-ranked schools that are less popular in terms of number of applications (hint: Tuck and Yale, among others). ProValues can get you started in identifying your priorities.

Most importantly, keep your expectations grounded. If going somewhere is critically important to you, add a safety school or two. Sometimes things happen, and you won’t be a good fit for an Admissions Committee’s priorities for a particular year. Generally, your worst-case scenario is 10-20 extra hours of work and a few hundred dollars in application fees for an option you have the choice of turning down.