Gabriela Marin, Head of Recruitment & Development at BCR and Executive MBA Bucharest Alumna
Svetlana Kokurina, founder of Volga Marketing GmbH (CEEsam) and Global Executive MBA Alumna
An admission for an MBA at the WU Executive academy is a holistic, competitive and selective process. Here you will find some helpful insights into WU Executive Academy's admission process by our alumni.
• Tailor your CV
One of the biggest mistakes, in my opinion, is to rely on that tired CV you’ve been using for your job applications. It is imperative to tailor your CV for the respective MBA program outlining your relevant experience and achievements. When speaking about your achievements, be precise, not vague and general. If you managed to enlarge your market outreach, mention by how far. I also find it difficult from time to time to separate your own personal achievements from the wider organizational achievements. In the worst cases it can look like gross exaggeration, so think carefully about how you express this.
Also, your CV should look good. Not more than two pages presented in a clear font with no tables or gimmicks. Do not forget to enclose a nice portrait picture of you that supports the overall impression you would like to convey with your CV. Sometimes, it can also be your interests that make you stand out from the crowd. Listing reading, playing tennis and travelling is boring. Try to be more specific, more emotional and make them sound interesting with more detail, like “playing tennis - captain of the university alumni team”. But be truthful, as you may be tested on anything from your CV during the application interview.
• Letters of recommendation
The reason why business schools ask for a letter of recommendation is that they can learn more about your character, achievements and ambitions. They want to better understand what kind of person you are and look for insights into your professional performance. So give your best when it comes to selecting your professional references and choose wisely: Go for referees who want you to succeed and who believe in the value of an MBA. Choose your most enthusiastic advocates. Ideally, it should be someone that can provide examples of your strengths and achievements. Also, bear in mind that an academic reference will not be able to answer the most common recommendation questions. When I prepared for my application for the Global Executive MBA in 2008 I asked a direct supervisor of the company I was working for and a business partner with whom we had been working together successfully over many years. Talk to your referees early and prepare them, where possible. And make sure that they can meet the application deadline.
Here are some insights to get you started:
• Plan well ahead
Applying for an MBA is a project which needs time and planning like any other one. The process involves filling out application forms, gathering documents and more. Take a look at our website, inform yourself and, most importantly, speak to our program managers.
• Have your documents ready
Wrong or missing documents and mistakes in the application are annoying and can easily be avoided. Treat your application like a job interview and prepare accordingly. It makes life easier for you and us to not have to chase after missing documents. We prioritize applications that are complete.
• Involve your employer, family and friends
Participating in an MBA will be a challenging time in your life. Travelling and studying for classes will cost you time and effort so you better be sure that your family is ok with that. Talk to your employer and ensure they support your decision with some time off for your classes and, if possible, financially. This commitment will also help you in your application progress.
• Be aware of what you can contribute to the program
Your learning experience during the program is based on two pillars: The high quality of our international faculty team and the experiences and ideas our students bring into the classroom. Make sure to show your personality and be authentic during the application interviews and don’t use catch phrases. Show us where you came from and what you want to achieve in the future.
Paraphrasing John F. Kennedy: Ask not, what your program can do for you, first ask, what you can do for your program :)
• Be informed
Gather all the information you need about our programs. Think about how an MBA can support you in achieving your goals. Speak to our program managers, alumni and current students or join us during a module visit.
• Be proud of yourself
The quality of our programs highly depends on the outstanding participants we are lucky to have. You will spend much time working in groups, solving problems and generating new ideas with your fellow peers. Don’t hesitate to bring in your full range of experience, in line with the motto: “Do good and talk about it”.