Getting into a top business school (b-school) is not a piece of cake. You have to make a selection of schools to apply to and then complete several application steps including personal essays, letters of recommendation, standardized tests as well as the interview. Most of the times you also have to make a financial investment, i.e. pay an application fee to each school.
In order to be part of the 10% of students top b-schools actually admit, try to avoid some of the most common mistakes applicants make by reading this Businessweek article. The first two mistakes address the applicant’s personal fit with the school, which should not be underestimated. When you choose your preferred b-schools, for example, don’t only go for the names or rankings but find out whether you personally fit into that b-school. Not every school is made for everyone to enjoy and take the most out of. So go to the campus and see for yourself whether it’s right for you or (if travelling to the school is not an option) contact current students, professors or alumni to get first-hand information on what it is like to study and teach there.
(© Bloomberg Businessweek, published on 4th June 2014)