IMD MBA Admissions: Indian cracks top MBA in Switzerland
Sophie S is a thorough operations professional, having handled tens of employees and the operations of multiple airports across the world. After all her immersive experience, though, she felt that she needed the formal business learning that comes with an MBA. As a Swiss resident, IMD was a natural choice for her. The much-vaunted IMD in her sights, she set out to craft her application strategy for the IMD MBA Admissions process with GyanOne.
As an operations professional working in the aviation, the key issues that Sophie ran into were around demonstrating business exposure and leadership in a context that would be appreciated by a B-school. To be sure, Sophie possessed all of this experience, but her discussions on her essay drafts yielded how she could talk about her achievements while also clearly articulating her need for an MBA education. Rather than focusing on only the traditional aspects of her job and what they had taught her, Sophie crafted a better strategy of also leveraging her extensive international travel and global business experience. In an extensive career, Sophie has had many successes and failures, and it was difficult for her to choose the right ones for her application. Discussing these over multiple sessions with GyanOne, she was able to arrive at the right set of her experiences that helped supplement her strengths while also honestly acknowledging her areas of improvement. Sophie was now ready to apply.
In a little over three weeks, she received an invite to the IMD interview (assessment) day, which she worked with GyanOne on again. The interview preparation helped Sophie to hone her skills across the multiple evaluation parameters looked at by IMD. In her own assessment, the preparation really helped her be familiar with a lot of the skills that many other applicants from more corporate-leaning backgrounds would have more naturally had. It helped her to compete in a competitive pool of applicants at the IMD assessment day. Two weeks later, Sophie received her IMD admit.
Some take-aways for professionals looking at top B-schools (and especially IMD) for their MBA:
– Go beyond the technicalities. As we have highlighted in an earlier post on operations professionals, it is important to bring out your skills beyond the core technical abilities you have and also talk about your experience
– Do not sit down to prepare your application with the first instance or example that comes to your mind for most essay topics. Think through various options (if possible, with a consultant or someone else skilled in advising you) before deciding the ones that are appropriate to the questions at hand
– If you are from a non-business background (academic/professional) then focus on polishing up your skills for interview process, especially for programs such as IMD that have an extensive interview process.