Acceptance rate and yield of MBA programs

The Two B-School Popularity Indices Most Applicants Are Unaware Of

You’ll only obscurantly come across the two, almost in conjunction with each other, in few MBA admission-outreach events, articles comparing MBA programs, and MBA program websites.

Nevertheless, these are two of the most keenly monitored and, often, proactively-managed indices by MBA programs.

Why?

Because they are strong, market-determined reflection of popularity of their programs.

Jason Fried TED Talk

Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work? [Ted Talk]

How many times last week you got uninterrupted four hours at work? (Uninterrupted means uninterrupted – no meetings, impromptu chat from boss or colleague, phone calls, and similar disturbances.)

Two hours?

One hour?

You’ll have to really stretch your memory to recall when you last got even one hour of uninterrupted time.

Not surprisingly, there are days when we wonder, “Did I get anything solid done today?”

Jason Fried, co-founder of 37 signals, in this satirical TED Talk argues that blocking Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube at workplace isn’t the solution. The solution, according to him and rightly so, is to have less meetings and less interruptions. And in the end, he suggests three solutions to get more done at workplace.

Stanford yield better than HBS

Why Stanford’s Yield, Despite Being Lower, Is Better than That of HBS?

No doubt, this is a controversial topic.

Traditionally, HBS has had the highest yield (88-90% range) of all MBA programs, followed by Stanford (78-84% range).

(Yield of an incoming class of an MBA program is the percentage of accepted applicants who join the program, and it’s one of the best market-driven statistics that reflect reputation of a program.)

Then, how does such bold, cold statistic lie?

It doesn’t.

But it doesn’t reveal the entire picture, either.

Do I need to send official GMAT score to my target school if …? [FAQs]

“I’m a reapplicant. Do I need to send official GMAT score again this year?”

“I took GMAT three years back, but I’m applying only this year. Do I need to send my official score again to the schools which I selected while taking the test?”

These are some of the questions regarding reporting of official GMAT score that bewilder applicants to MBA programs. This post tries to clarify most such questions.

How Your Body Language Shapes You – Experiments at HBS? [TED Talk]

Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, delivered this second-most viewed (more than 31 million views as on date) TED talk ever on how your body language can shape you, how you can fake your body language till you actually make it.

In this talk, she talks about the experiments she did at HBS, how high-power posing made difference to the outcome of interviews, and how one MBA student who rarely participated in the class transformed herself.

Specialized master's programs vs. MBA

Which One Is for You – Specialized Master’s or MBA?

Do you know that specialized master’s programs such as Master of Finance (MF) and Master in Management (MM) are steadily climbing popularity charts as their appeal to certain segment of applicants grow?

According to Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) 2015 Prospective Students Survey, the interest of prospective students in MBA and specialized master’s programs was as follows:

ISB Interview: On What Questions Are You More Likely to Be Grilled? [Recent Interview]

The interview board can grill you (or ask series of supplementary questions) on any part of your profile, but, as it happened with few applicants in ISB interviews this year, you’re more likely to face probing questions particularly on two parts of your profile – leap of faith and the most important accomplishments/ experiences.

In one of the interviews, for example, Q&A on just two experiences constituted more than half the interview time.

Yes, half the time!

And because the interview board is so much more interested in these parts of your profile, your responses here can be a major determinant of your interview’s outcome.