A Guide to asking the right questions about MBA Admissions at MBA fairs
Last updated on July 24th, 2015
You have been there – you have done that, but at the end of it all, none of your questions regarding MBA Admissions were answered to your satisfaction!
Is that a thought you relate to?
Well, maybe you were asking the wrong questions, or asking the right questions in the wrong way.
Before I deep-dive into the list, here are 2 generic things that you need to remember when clearing your doubts about MBA Admissions at MBA fairs:
1) Leave questions open-ended
For all questions you can end with “Is there anything else that you think I should know? Is there anything else that you think is important for this”? Make sure the Admissions Member is able to provide you pointers that you may have NOT anticipated.
2) Don’t ask for data – ask for opinion.
The value should be given to the person’s perspective and not to something google-able. So try to pick their brains by asking things specific to your case.
Here’s a list of specific questions about MBA Admissions and how to ask them:
What to ask: Their thoughts on how typically Indian candidates such as yourself fund their education
What not to ask: Generic questions such as the placement scene for that year, or questions about salary ranges, or “campus placements”.
What to ask: The kind of companies in your industry and function that they have alums in and if possible any tips on what such companies look for in post-MBA roles.
What not to ask: % of international students or any such google-able data about the demographics
What not to ask: Whether you will get in
What to ask: What are the typical things that an applicant should keep in mind while applying to that particular school?
What not to ask: Generic question about groups and activities in the college campuses.
What to ask: Specific groups and activities that might be of interest to a candidate like you.
Now that you are all set to go, get going on that list of questions you want answered at MBA info-sessions.
Did we clear all your doubts? Still got questions? Let us know in the comments below!