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.
Tips for applicants with low stats:
Tips for applicants with other challenges:
- Linda Abraham on Overcoming Weaknesses
- Younger Applicants
- Older Applicants
- Disclosing a Learning Disability
- Explaining Frequent Job Switching
- Lack of Extracurricular Activities
- Common MBA Essay Topics
- Flaws Make You Real
- How Do You Deal with Criticism? MBA Admissions Committees Want to Know
- 6 Tips for Talking About Your Weaknesses
- Writing About Resilience in the Face of Failure
- 3 Tips for Discussing Failure in Your MBA Application Essays
- 5 Ways to Optimize Your Online Presence Before Submitting Applications
- Can You Get Accepted After Doing Something Stupid?
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