Let's face it—nobody's perfect. Everyone has flaws (MBA applicants included!), but you shouldn’t passively let flaws ruin your candidacy.

Do you have a low GPA or a not-quite-high-enough GMAT score? Are you older or younger than the average applicant to your target program? Have you had a habit of frequent career switching in the past, or have you recently been laid off? Answering "yes" to any of these questions doesn't disqualify you from the MBA marathon—you just need the right techniques to help you mitigate these weaknesses.

Below you'll find numerous resources that will help you tackle your MBA application weaknesses head-on, so that despite your shortcomings, you present yourself as the confident, competent, and highly prized applicant that you are.

Low Stats

  1. Applying to Business School With Low Stats: What You Need to Know, a free guide
  2. The GMAT: Low Scores, Retaking & Strategies for Success, a free webinar
  3. Get Accepted to Top MBA Programs with Low Stats, a free webinar
  4. 5 A's for Your Low GPA, a podcast episode
  5. 16 Grad School Application Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make, a podcast episode
  6. Applying to Top MBA Programs with a Low GPA, a short video
  7. Do Low Stats Sink Your App?
  8. Low GMAT Score? Don't Panic...Yet. 
  9. 3 Tips for Handling a Low GMAT Quant Score
  10. 3 Tips for Handling a Low GMAT Verbal Score
  11. MBA Admissions Tip: Dealing with a Low GPA
  12. How to Apply to B-School with a Low GPA
  13. So, You're Applying to Business School with a Low GPA or GMAT Score?
  14. How MBA Adcoms Evaluate Your GPA
  15. 15 Reasons MBA Applicants are Rejected

Other Challenges

  1. Linda Abraham on Overcoming Weaknesses
  2. Younger Applicants
  3. Older Applicants
  4. Disclosing a Learning Disability
  5. Explaining Frequent Job Switching
  6. 6 Tips for MBA Applicants with a Criminal Record
  7. Lack of Extracurricular Activities
  8. Laid Off! How Will it Affect Your Application?
  9. Admissions Warning for All
  10. Common MBA Essay Topics
  11. Flaws Make You Real
  12. How Do You Deal with Criticism? MBA Admissions Committees Want to Know
  13. 6 Tips for Talking About Your Weaknesses
  14. Writing About Resilience in the Face of Failure
  15. 3 Tips for Discussing Failure in Your MBA Application Essays
  16. 5 Ways to Optimize Your Online Presence Before Submitting Applications
  17. Can You Get Accepted After Doing Something Stupid?

Are you seeking more in-depth, individualized advice for your MBA application? Do you have questions about how your weakness or flaws may affect your application? Choose from Accepted's MBA application consulting services to work one-on-one with an experienced editor and admissions expert!

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