During the past few months, there has been a noticeable movement to quality of applicants in MBA admissions.
Which means you will have to earn your way into MBA school on the merits of your record, application and interview. It also means that being a female applicant, in and of itself, will not be enough to get you admitted into a top program. As the number of women applicants increases, MBA schools are also becoming more selective in their recruitment.
However, you should consider this to be a positive trend. By making simple adjustments now you can benefit from the smaller pile of women MBA applicants who truly understand this movement. Please consider the following suggesions:
Start with the right perspective. Focus less on gender and more on the relevant skills you have acquired that will tranfer well into an MBA program and future business career. Doing so increases your chances of becoming a successful MBA candidate.
Apply your skills to MBA schools. A good way to determine what qualities MBA schools look for in an applicant is to hit each of the schools’ websites on your list and pull up the Class of 2015 student data for their MBA, EMBA and MS programs. Take note of the easily classified data such as undergrad majors and GPAs and then look for underlying qualities in their profiles of incoming students. When you write down and compile data on students at specific schools, certain qualities such as problem-solving skills will begin to emerge. This exercise will allow you to map your core skill set to a list of qualities specific MBA schools look for in successful candidates.
Combine skills. It is unusual for most MBA applicants to have acquired a world #1 skill in any single area of concentration. However, most of you have learned some combination of skills that truly sets you apart from the majority of the field. When 3 or 4 ordinary skills are combined and identified in one person success often follows. Some commentators refer to this as your ‘talent stack’. Assuming your combination of skills is effectively communicated, it will also become obvious to recruiters that your core skill set is a separator and they will assign more value to your application.
Please take these suggestions into account and make any simple adjustments you feel are necessary. Going through this process before you apply will benefit your application and help you get into a better MBA school.