What Can An MBA Applicant Do To Stand Out?

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on November 5, 2009

Stanford GSB MBA Admissions Director Derrick Bolton explains what an MBA applicant can do to stand out to admissions officers.

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November 12, 2009 12:43 AM

What can a person who has a degree from a mediocre institution, with mediocre grades/GMAT, working at a mediocre firm but having far-fetched career goals do to stand out to admissions officers?


June 14, 2010 1:42 PM

As a potential applicant, I have the same question. I m eager to know what is the answer of a bschool admission staff. But this question was posted on Nov 12, 09. One of my native proverbs says, "Silence is half acceptence". Does it mean that a medicore candidate can do nothing to standout. or is it that we need to figure it out ourselves. I completely understand that there are no written rules to stand out of application. But we expect some answer.


November 12, 2010 6:49 AM

I had the same concerns as Darknight, but recently decided that networking was the answer, meeting people that shared their experiences, insight and knowledge was a great way for me to stand out. The last one I went to was at the MBS, was well worth my time and I really felt that I took away useful information and met some people that I hope to remain in contact with, I think this is something that anyone can do.

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