How to Demonstrating Value to an MBA Admissions Committee

Gauri Khatri

Gauri Khatri

Founder, Pegasus Global Consultants

The MBA admission process is fiercely competitive, and one needs to demonstrate value to make an impression. Academic capability, professional credentials and the ability to lead are prime considerations for admission. However, the Admissions committee keenly observe an applicant’s conduct both personally and professionally. Let’s discuss some key points that make a difference to the evaluation of your applications:


Professionalism, Maturity, And Ability to Judge

Your statement of purpose and essays will give the Admissions Committee a fair idea of your maturity and diplomacy in a professional sphere and how likely are you to fit into the culture of the B-school. How do you handle conflict? Does pressure get to you? Does confrontation make you aggressive or diplomatic? Can you handle responsibilities? In times of Social Media, it just takes a single inappropriate comment on a relevant issue to trigger red flags. The blame game, inability to handle criticism are a few areas that can always point towards immaturity and poor judgment.


Meaningful and Positive Intent

The reason for pursuing an MBA might differ for every applicant; however, it is essential to convey. Why do you want to do with the MBA? The admissions committee is trying to find the driving force beyond your goals. Money and Success are not the only drivers behind an MBA degree. Yes, everyone wants to make money and be successful but is that the end or beginning of your goals. How you aim to use your precious degree in the long term is a question that requires some introspection to convince the Adcom.


Awareness of Self and Others

Emotional Intelligence is an important attribute that differentiates a leader from a follower. All successful people are not just self-aware but also aware of others around them. People who have a good understanding of their personality and how they come across to others are better equipped to handle the dynamic needs of the business environment. The ability to read people and influence them is a trait that gives the impression you are in command.


Receptive to Learning

Business schools aim to prepare individuals for senior management roles. In these roles learning is a never-ending process. The Admissions Committee is looking for that person who is committed to the concept of coachability. The environment at a Business School is conducive to learning via not just classroom teaching and practical training. A lot of learning happens with experience sharing from faculty, peers, and industry experts.


Communication Skills

The single biggest skill required in senior management is communication. The ability to convey your ideas and thoughts to team members, clients, and stakeholders is critical in the business domain. The admissions committee is scrutinising your application for your ability to speak, write, and organize ideas effectively.Your verbal GMAT and GRE scores, MBA essays and interview will demonstrate your communication abilities effectively.

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