Ask the experts: How to create a winning business school application

6 tips to improve the quality of your application profile

Written on 22 Aug 2018.

Every student is curious to know 'what it takes to build a good application file'? How to make a good impression with your application on the selection committee?

Here is all what you need to know, 6 useful tips :

1. Verify the application requirements

An application file is not a single document or one-step process but a multiple steps procedure where you are asked to submit various documents, credentials, transcripts, quantitative test scores, letter of recommendation and SOP etc. Verify the application requirements posted on the school's website or with their admission team.


2. Express your achievements - be a storyteller

Your entire application should narrate a story about your achievements and goals and offer insights to what is not documented on your cv/ resume. Highlight points that illustrate who you are and what you will offer to their school. Tailor your storytelling to the specific goals of the programme you wish to pursue. 


3. Make an impact - stand out!

Many of the top-rated business schools wish to enrol “game changers”. Show your entrepreneurial or creative side and share any hobbies that add value to your application or differentiates you from other candidates.  However, be mindful to not list everything that captures your fancy. Being a member of 10 different clubs could present you as an unfocused person.


4. Show your interest in the school

Demonstration to the admissions manager that you really want to join the school and that it is your first choice. Research the history and future direction of the school. Visit the campus, if you can, and connect with current students and alumni. elite business schools receive more applications than they can admit.


5. Respect deadlines

Admit it, a super convincing application is never written overnight.  Especially when you are applying to a top business school. Starting early will give you time to make multiple rounds of edits on your statement of purpose or cover letter. In addition, a last minute application can be interpreted that you are not a serious candidate or that you are not sure about the choice of your school or programme.


6. Talk with your admissions manager 

Business schools appreciate it when students maintain conversation with them. Many schools keep track of the students who show deep interest.  Try to attend the education fairs or off-campus admissions’ events organised by schools or other educational bodies; QS, Campus France, etc.  Ask for a 1-to-1 appointment with your admissions manager to discuss your educational and professional plans.  Connecting with the admissions team will also give you an opportunity to acquire more info about the school and give you answers to all the questions you have about the school and the programme.