why do you want to do a mba
The most common and basic question that is asked during the Personal Interview round at B-schools is Why MBA?. It seems like another simple question on hearing, but attempting to answer it is not an easy task. This question is one of the most important questions on the minds of interview panelists. Most of the PI candidates are not sure about how to answer this question and get nervous when it comes to answering this question. In this article, we will talk about the ways in which you can prepare yourself for answering this question the right way.
Once you ve answered the question, Why do you want an MBA? you ll likely be faced with a follow-up question: Why now?
I assume that you already know why you want an MBA. б (If you donБt, see last weekБs tip, Б. Б) Do you have the work experience to apply now? Establish how many years and what kind of work experience your target program prefers. Then determine if the quality and quantity of your work experience is comparable. If your experience is not comparable, then you need to consider a different program or push off applying for another year (or more).
Does your target program support your? If your future goals are still muddled, then you may want to spend another year clarifying what you really want to do before quitting your current job and diving into an MBA program. Are you stagnating in your current position? If your career progression has plateaued, then now can be a good time to earn an MBA. If you re still at the bottom of the learning curve, however, and you re looking forward to growth, increased responsibilities, and promotions, then you may want to hold off.
Do you need an MBA to make your next professional move? If you answered yes to the questions above, and have good reasons for those Бyeses,Б then you have the material to respond persuasively to the БWhy now? questions both in your essays and interviews. Your actual response will probably focus on #3 #4, and be positive. DonБt complain about your job or belittle your work. Focus on your plans for the future. Show that given your past work experience, when you learned a lot, and your future goal, which requires the skills and benefits of an MBA from Top Choice Bschool, now is the time for you to exchange your professional briefcase for an MBA studentБs backpack.
By Linda Abraham, CEO and founder of Accepted. com and co-author of the soon-to released book, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools. б Linda has been helping MBA applicants gain acceptance to top MBA programs since 1994. Our Series On Perfecting Your MBA Essays:
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