Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
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Happy Memorial Day! This week's podcast kicks off with some discussion of latest wait list movements and anticipation of more activity over the next couple of weeks. Graham then discussed the Application Overview Workshops that have now concluded and previewed Clear Admit's July webinar series, which will be focused on each MBA program’s essays. Graham also noted a special webinar event on June 8, focused on entering the management consulting field (signups are here: https://bit.ly/caconsultingjune). Graham then highlighted two 'Real Humans Alumni' pieces; a Cornell / Johnson graduate working as a Technical Account Manager for Google and a Columbia MSFE graduate working as a Software Engineer (also at Google). Finally, your hosts discussed the news of the new dean at Michigan / Ross. For the WireTaps portion of the show, Alex selected three ApplyWire entries to review: First up, is a candidate with outstanding numbers (3.9/740) who appears to have done well at work. Alex and Graham had some thoughts regarding their goals, and would like to know more about their activities outside of work. With that said, all the information on hand does look promising. The second candidate this week has an “unconventional" career trajectory and will need to expand on the “whys” behind those career decisions. Their numbers will raise concerns at the very best MBA programs, so they need to attend to that. Graham and Alex also wanted to know more about their goals in green tech. This week's final candidate has a 730 GMAT, and despite that high score, we debate whether it’s worth a retake. For some candidates, this may well be the case. Their GPA is 'modest', and while it appears they have done well at work, their work experience is going to be a little 'over-represented'. We also have questions about their 'consulting in non-profit' goals. This episode was recorded in Cornwall, England and Paris, France. It was produced in 'always sunny' Philadelphia by Dennis Crowley.
Alex and Graham began this 150th episode of Wire Taps (podcast episode 234 overall) by reviewing some of the show's “greatest hits”. A huge thankyou to our listening audience for making this podcast a pleasure to produce, record, and share each week! Beyond the fanfare of a milestone episode, Alex highlighted more waitlist movement, and the anticipation of further activity in this area as Stanford and Chicago / Booth’s decision releases are due this upcoming week. Graham highlighted a new admissions tip which focuses on the role of supplemental course work (aka transcript repair); this includes a deep-dive look at HBS CORe and MBA Math. Your hosts also discussed our new initiative regarding reviews, you can add yours here: https://bit.ly/clearadmitreviews Graham then highlighted the ongoing Application Overview workshop series he is hosting. This upcoming week includes Stanford, London Business School and UCLA Anderson. Signups are here: https://tinyurl.com/clearadmitevents For the WireTaps portion of the show, Alex picked out three ApplyWire entries: First up is a candidate who is focused on the environment and water management, both academically and through her career. She is a first generation African immigrant to the UK. She has really good goals that fit well with her profile. Essentially a lot to like, if she can perform well on the GRE. This week's second candidate is another first-generation applicant, originally from Morocco, now based in France. He is debating whether to pursue another masters program now, in France, or wait a few years to target top MBA programs around the world (Alex and Graham push for the latter choice). Finally Alex picks a candidate who is also first-generation (a theme this week!), who is targeting Harvard Business School only. Graham and Alex strongly advise her to also consider a few more programs which can absolutely help her in terms of her goals. This episode was recorded in Cornwall, England and Paris, France. It was produced, engineered, and cared for by Dennis Crowley in glorious West Philadelphia. Thanks for listening and please tell at least three people to tune in!
Alex and Graham kick off this week's episode with some discussion around the waitlist movements they've observed over the last week on MBA LiveWire. It is becoming clear that MBA programs are going to their waitlists in good numbers, with likely more to come. Graham highlighted the most recently published Real Humans alumni pieces, including a Columbia graduate who has landed at Microsoft, and a Northwestern Kellogg grad who is now in a role with Amazon. Graham also discussed a new initiative we have launched, where we are seeking reviews regarding your experience with Clear Admit. We ask you to add yours, here: https://bit.ly/clearadmitreviews. Graham also highlighted the ongoing Application Overview workshop series he is hosting. As a reminder, this upcoming week includes Columbia, Dartmouth / Tuck, Chicago / Booth, and Virginia / Darden. Signups are here: https://tinyurl.com/clearadmitevents! For the WireTaps portion of the show, Alex selected three ApplyWire entries: First up, Graham introduces a candidate who is working in asset management sales (decent emphasis on business development). She has a masters in finance, after completing an unrelated undergraduate degree at a top UK university, and she worked throughout her studies. The strong ECs also help bolster this candidate. Assuming a decent result on the GMAT, Alex and Graham feel confident she can target top programs. This week's second candidate works in Australia, and is from New Zealand. She has transitioned from the legal profession to consulting, with a longer term target of Fintech. Her super GMAT will be an asset as she makes the case for b-school despite a legal background. Our final candidate is a military pilot, who has a strong technical undergraduate degree and is seeking a product management role post-MBA. He is considering dual degrees, as well as a straight up MBA. With a super GRE of 322, and a strong GPA, much like our first two candidates, there is a lot to like....but does he need the dual degree or will an MBA suffice? This episode was recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. It was produced and engineered by Dennis Crowley from his top secret studios in West Philadelphia. Thanks for listening!
Graham and Alex are back for another Wire Taps episode as Round 3 decisions continue to roll out (this upcoming week includes UPenn / Wharton, Northwestern / Kellogg, Michigan / Ross and Berkeley / Haas). Your hosts discussed anticipation of significant movement on the wait lists over the next few weeks and Graham put Alex on the spot with a question about the application process. Graham then highlighted two Real Humans alumni pieces; the first a Ross graduate working as an Associate at McKinsey, and the second a Stanford graduate working on matters of energy transition and decarbonization for Deloitte. Graham also noted the Application Overview workshop from last week (and what he learned about Haas’s approach to the standardized test), and the upcoming workshop this week which includes CMU / Tepper, Cornell / Johnson, Duke / Fuqua, Upenn / Wharton and Texas / McCombs. Signups are still open at https://tinyurl.com/clearadmitevents As always, this episode includes detailed analysis of three real candidates - with all three sourced on ApplyWire this time. First up, Alex selects a military officer with Ranger training and a Physics degree. His numbers are very respectful for the top programs, and his experience in Cyber Security appears to be quite interesting. Alex and Graham discuss the dilemma of how a candidate approaches discussing their experience when it is “classified”, noting the importance of sharing the experience’s impact, rather than the identifiable details of the experience itself. This week's second candidate is a food scientist whose aspirations might lead them to the World Food Program. She has a little hurdle to overcome, regarding a failed class during graduate coursework, coupled with a decent-but-not-outstanding GMAT. Let’s hope her nerves don’t get the better of her during a planned GMAT retake. Finally, Alex picks a candidate with great “counting stats” (GRE of 336, GPA of 3.85 and 5 years of experience in the Energy sector) - but a somewhat puzzling selection of target programs, as they target the technology sector in the northeast of the U.S. This episode was recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. It was produced and engineered by Dennis Crowley, the 'Steve Albini' of podcast audio. Thanks for listening and please be sure to tell at least 3 people you know about this show!
This episode of the podcast kicks off with Alex and Graham discussing the Round 3 decisions that are starting to roll out, noting how it’s a much shorter cycle than the prior rounds with rapid turnarounds. Graham then highlights several 'Real Humans: Alumni' pieces, including a CMU / Tepper graduate working at Google, a Cambridge / Judge alum who has landed with Microsoft, a recent INSEAD graduate who chose the Boston Consulting Group, a Cornell / Johnson alumna who also works for BCG, and a USC Marshall alum working Google. Graham also mentioned the first of our Application Overview workshops, scheduled for this Wednesday. Signups are still open at https://tinyurl.com/clearadmitevents. Programs attending this first event are Berkeley / Haas, INSEAD, Yale SOM and Michigan / Ross. As always, the show features three real candidacies selected by Alex - and this week they are all from ApplyWire entries WireTaps goes "all in" on the new application cycle. First up, Alex has chosen a candidate with a 333 GRE, a master’s degree from a “rural ivy” and entrepreneurial (and related) experiences in China. They are seeking an MBA to pursue consulting in the health care space. Alex and Graham think there is a lot to like, especially regarding the transition to China. This week's second candidate has a very unorthodox pathway to the MBA; this includes not completing an undergraduate degree and experience in the sports industry; they are also from Greece. They do have a master’s degree, and their GMAT is a superb 750. They will really need to execute well on their applications, and fill in the gaps we couldn’t discern. But there are possibilities... Finally, we have a candidate from Canada, with what looks like very strong engineering experience and very decent extra curriculars. Their post MBA goal includes being in Europe, so they are looking at a mix of Euro-based programs and top US-based programs. We think they should take a flyer at HSW and possibly INSEAD, and if they think there is improvement in their GMAT, then retake it. This show was recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. It was produced by Dennis Crowley in glorious West Philadelphia. Thanks for listening and please be sure to rate, review, and share this podcast!
This week's episode of the podcast offers further details of Alex and Graham's recent trip to London, followed by discussion of all the latest MBA admissions news. In particular, Alex noted this week's application deadline for HBS’s 2+2 program. Graham also highlighted the recent 'Real Humans: Alumni' pieces, including a Columbia graduate working at Google, a NYU / Stern graduate who landed at Apple, a Chicago / Booth graduate working at Microsoft, and an HBS alum also at Microsoft. Graham then noted Clear Admit’s upcoming events schedule, with a series of Application Overview workshops slated for every Wednesday in May. First up, on May 4th, we have Berkeley / Haas, INSEAD, Yale SOM and Michigan / Ross. Signups are here: https://tinyurl.com/clearadmitevents Alex also encouraged listeners to add their entry to https://www.clearadmit.com/decisionwire if they’ve completed their application journey. As usual, this week's episode also featured three candidates - two from ApplyWire entries and a one DecisionWire entry. First up Alex selected an enlisted military candidate who has a modest GPA (3.1), but a very decent GMAT score (730). The question is, would a better GMAT score (780) make any difference? Graham and Alex recommend they might try this, while also taking HBS CORe or MBA Math. With that said, the candidate's enlisted experience sounds very decent, and perhaps strong enough to help them stand out. This week's second candidate is another military applicant; an officer with an outstanding GPA and special ops experience. The weakness in this instance is the GRE (318). Likely they will still have access to some of the target programs they’ve listed, but Alex and Graham think they need to retake the GRE and aim higher. Finally, from DecisionWire, Alex selects a candidate who is looking to do tech entrepreneurship and is weighing Haas (with significant scholarship) versus Wharton (less money) and Harvard. They want to be on the west coast, post-MBA. All three are very viable. This episode was recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. It was produced by Dennis Crowley from the coolest basement studio in all of West Philadelphia. Thanks for listening and please spread the word about the show!
This week, Graham and Alex tackle a variety of topics, from their meetup in London for a 'top-secret' project, to all the latest in MBA admissions news. Graham called attention to Clear Admit’s incentive program for top contributors on the platform and a survey we now have in the field and would really love you to complete; you can access it here: https://bit.ly/casurvey2022 (Amazon gift cards are available for some survey respondents). Graham also highlighted Real Humans Alumni pieces, including a Stanford graduate who works for Apple, a Northwestern / Kellogg graduate at Apollo Investment Corp. and a UPenn / Wharton graduate now at Bank of America. For the WireTaps portion of the show, we tackled two ApplyWire entries and a DecisionWire entry. First up, Alex selects a non-traditional candidate who appears to have done some very interesting things, and should be targeting top programs. Their challenge will be to show fit, as well as explain some of their experiences and goals. The second candidate on this episode is at the opposite end of the spectrum; they are from the “ORM” pool, an over-represented candidate. That said, they are equally impressive and will simply need to target the first rounds to maximize their opportunities. Finally, from DecisionWire, this week's final candidate is deciding between Darden (no money), Kenan Flagler, McCombs and Simon (all with financial awards). They are looking at consulting and tech. Their decision appears to boil down to their appetite for taking on debt, as well as their geographic preference, post MBA. This episode was recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. It was produced by Dennis Crowley in his West Philadelphia studios. Thanks for listening, and please remember to rate and review wherever you listen!
In this episode of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions podcast, Alex and Graham talk about getting together in London to work on a “top secret” project... (which actually means that if the project fails, no one will be the wiser!). Speaking of London, Graham highlighted the career report from London Business School; there are some very interesting differences in this career report, as compared with top U.S.-based programs. Graham also points listeners to the latest Real Humans alumni pieces; the first features a Michigan / Ross graduate who navigated from a pre-MBA career in retail merchandising to a post-MBA job investment banking at Morgan Stanley, and the second of which used a Cornell / Johnson, MBA to get into investment banking at JP Morgan. And finally, in the new category, Graham discussed a survey we now have in the field and would really love you to complete; you can access it here: https://bit.ly/casurvey2022 (Amazon gift cards are available for some survey respondents - with one lucky winner getting a $400 Amazon or Apple card). For the WireTaps portion this week, Alex selected two ApplyWire entries and a DecisionWire entry. First up, Graham introduces a candidate targeting deferred admissions programs. The candidate appears to have a strong academic record, internships and is engaged on campus. All good ingredients for these types of programs. The 730 GMAT is a very good score, overall. But there’s a potential blemish; the quant score is below average. This may be a minor “red flag” issue. This week's second candidate shows a lot of potential and strong numbers (3.85 and 750) - but with two years of experience, Alex and Graham ponder whether next season the right time to apply to maximize their opportunities. Finally, from DecisionWire, we have a candidate who is weighing Rice / Jones, Texas McCombs, and UCLA / Anderson. They want to do investment banking/PE in the energy/clean energy sectors. There’s some great advice on the DecisionWire platform to help make that decision. This episode was recorded in Cornwall, England and Paris, France. It was produced and engineered by Dennis Crowley in Philadelphia, PA. Thanks for listening!
This week's episode of WireTaps kicks off with a discussion of the 2023 US News & World Report rankings for US-based MBA programs. For those of you who missed the results, Chicago / Booth shares the top spot with UPenn / Wharton, with Stanford and Kellogg tied for third, and Harvard and MIT Sloan tied for fifth. While advocating for more of a tiered ranking, Alex makes the case that rankings like US News do themselves harm when they place Harvard and Stanford outside the top two. After that discussion, Graham highlighted Real Humans Alumni pieces from a CMU / Tepper grad working at Bank of America, a Duke / Fuqua graduate working at BCG, and USC / Marshall graduate employed by Disney Resorts; each pivoting their careers. Graham also mentioned a new line of business; we have merchandise for sale! All for a bit of fun. Graham also discussed a podcast he hosted with NYU / Stern’s Lisa Rios. As to the WireTaps portion of the show, Alex selected two ApplyWire entries and a DecisionWire entry: First up, Graham introduces a candidate who was a history major and then served in the marines. They have a passion for finance, and now want to transition out of the military into investment banking. Boosting the quant portion of the GRE and taking MBA Math appear to be a logical step to improve the requisite quant profile for that type of pivot. This week's second candidate appears to have had a strong career, so far, in the health care domain, and Alex and Graham suggest they need to double down on that, in terms of their post MBA goals. They are targeting a 750 GMAT, and with a score like that, should aim high with regards to school selection. Finally, from DecisionWire, Alex chooses a candidate (and long-time friend of the show!) who had decided to matriculate at Northwestern / Kellogg, but now has an offer from the waitlist from Yale SOM. In the end it sounds like Kellogg might be the right decision... This episode was recorded in Cornwall, England and Paris, France. It was expertly produced and engineered by Dennis Crowley in the land of Tastykakes, WaWas, and other amazing jawns. Please rate and review this podcast wherever you listen; it's the best way you can show your support for the show!
Learn the ins and outs of MBA admissions at the NYU Stern School of Business with the Assistant Dean, MBA Admissions, Lisa Rios. Lisa joins host Graham Richmond to discuss what's new and exciting at the leading b-school, what applicants can expect in the admissions process, how the interview works and more.
Wire Taps 225—Great candidate, but is the GMAT high enough? Deferred admissions candidate, heading to Big Tech. Darden versus Ross, with waitlists to navigate
Episode 224: Case Study Method Primer
Wire Taps 223— Promising candidate needs solid GMAT score. Failed a class, is it fatal? “Dream School” Wharton versus Anderson with money
Episode 222: Women’s Path to Leadership and the Power of the MBA
Wire Taps 221—Military candidate with weaker numbers, entrepreneur with top GMAT, Columbia versus Sloan for Asset Management