Wednesday, October 28, 2009

North Carolina Interviews & Inside the MBA

No, this is not me in a business suit.

Next week I will be in North Carolina at the Inside the MBA events in Raleigh (November 2nd) and Charlotte (November 4th). These events are a fantastic way to learn more about MBA programs and the admissions process. If you're in the area come out and meet me- make sure to tell me you read the blog!

I will also be taking a limited number of appointments for interviews in each city. This special opportunity is open to all prospective students. Simply email me at to set up a time.

BTW: If you didn't get your application in to us in time for Round One don't miss Round Two- it's coming up! The deadline is December 1st. Contact us if you have questions: or 706-542-5671.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Make the Most of Your Interview

Ah, interview season is starting again! Over the next few months members of the Admissions Committee will be interviewing hopeful prospective Terry MBA students. I thought it might be timely for me to repost some of my interviewing tips from last year. Please keep in mind that we interview by invitation only; you must submit a complete application for the Committee's review first.

An evaluative interview is a critical component of the admissions decision at many business schools. That's certainly the case here at Georgia. You have so much to gain from putting your best foot forward at interview time- don't squander the opportunity! Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your interview.

  • Arrive on time. Remember: college campuses can be big, complicated places. Get there early and leave yourself plenty of time to park and navigate your way to the correct building.

  • Dress appropriately. Show respect for the opportunity you have been granted and the person/people you will be interviewing with by wearing proper business attire. This usually means a suit. This is not the time to go business casual or casual. We're thinking about how you might arrive for a job interview. Look sharp!

  • Be prepared. Make sure you know why you're applying to business school, what it is you like about that school in particular, etc. Know how you will answer the standard questions.

  • Don't get defensive. C'mon now- nobody's perfect. If the interviewer asks you to account for a missing year on your resume or your less than stellar GPA answer the question openly and honestly. Responding in an aggressive or defensive manner is a definite no-no.

  • Ask questions. Jot down a few questions you'd like answers to. If given the opportunity at the end of your interview- ask away! Questions show your interest in the school. One caveat: make sure they are well thought-out questions and not obvious facts that can be readily discovered on the school's website.

  • Keep the focus on you. You are the person being interviewed. It is never a good idea to ask the interviewer questions about his/qualifications or personal life. It's great to chat and certainly OK to have a fun conversation, but unless the interview raises something about his/herself personal questions are off limits.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Popular Questions about Submitting Your Application

Have a question about submitting your application? I may be able to answer it for you right now!

Two very popular questions regarding submitting the application are below:
Q1. Do I need to wait until my recommendations are complete to submit the application?
A1. No! There is no need to wait. The system you are using to complete your application is very sophisticated and allows us to receive your recommendation after you hit submit. If you hope to apply for a certain deadline, please try to emphasize the importance of time to your recommenders. Remember, be firm but not overbearing about it - they are doing YOU a favor.

Q2. I sent my transcripts on Saturday (it's Tuesday)... can I make sure that my transcripts and test scores have been received?
A2. While we are on top of our game here at Terry, there are some things that may not be humanly possible. It takes at least 3-5 business days to match your application with your materials once we receive them, and if we receive multiple pieces at different times, the process can take a little longer.
To check to make sure your materials have been received, please log back into your application (even after you submit it) and you will be able to check. If it has been a while (more than 2-3 weeks) from the date you think we should have received your materials, please email us at and we may be able to help.

We are excited you are applying! Good luck!