MBA Ding Analysis – figure out what went wrong, and how to do better now
When you’re applying for an MBA program, it can be hard to know what really makes the difference between a ding and an admit. Is it your GMAT score? Your essays? The strength of your recommendations? How about the school you went to? Or the company you work for? It’s never just one thing. But if understanding how decisions are made is part of your strategy for getting into business school, then you need to know that—believe it or not—there are patterns behind those decisions. And better yet, those patterns are discoverable. Most people who apply to business school think they’re not in control of their admissions destiny. They think they have to take whatever comes their way and accept “no” if they get it. But this idea is extremely flawed. While it’s true that there are no guarantees, you have much more power to impact the outcome than most people realize. And when you can understand why programs accept some applicants and not others, you can make adjustments and improve your chances of success in future applications. That’s exactly what ding analysis can help with.
So what is ding analysis, exactly?
What is MBA Ding Analysis?
Ding analysis is exactly what it sounds like: an analytical, post-mortem look at the possible reasons you got rejected by a top business school. The word “ding” comes from the sound of a bell ringing, which signifies that someone has been declined admission to a club. But why would you want to put yourself through that again? After all, once you’ve been ding’d, there’s not much else you can do about this particular application cycle—so why bother looking back?
Don’t let the pain of rejection blind you from seeing the value in getting an objective opinion about what might have gone wrong with your application. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we know that certain things are more likely to ding you than others. For example, if your GMAT score falls below a certain range, or if your undergrad GPA is below 3.5, or if your leadership experience doesn’t show up on your resume in a way that will stand out to admissions committees, or if your goal isn’t clearly articulated and specific enough—the chances of being rejected are higher. In addition to helping you identify potential weak links in your application, an MBA ding analysis can also help you figure out what’s missing in your application or your approach, so you can fix it the next time round.
What can MBA ding analysis help with?
The ding analysis process is a simple one. It’s essentially a post-mortem on your application that gets to the heart of what didn’t work and why, and provides a road-map for reapplying. The tips are all carefully tailored to your individual situation, so you won’t receive generic advice about how to build your resume, or be told to focus on diversity instead of leadership. We know from experience that each applicant is unique, and we approach each ding analysis with this in mind.
Ding analyses are helpful because they give you targeted feedback on how to improve your application. You may make improvements based on the personal observations of your friends or family, but their perspectives may be limited because many people haven’t applied to business school themselves. And unlike your friends and family, who might be too kind or polite to give you direct feedback, admissions consultants are honest and objective in their assessments. They have no reason to sugarcoat the truth when reviewing applications.
Which kind of applicant is a good fit for MBA ding analysis?
There are two main types of applicants who need this service: those who have applied and been rejected without interview, and those who have been rejected after interview. For the latter group, we take the time to analyze both the application you submitted and your performance in the interview itself to determine where the weaknesses were that led to rejection. If you’re not sure which kind of analysis you need, feel free to reach out for clarification.
The most important part of our process is the consultation—it’s during this time that we get to know you better and truly understand what went wrong with your application so we can improve it for next time. We don’t just tell you what mistakes you made—we explain why they were mistakes, and provide concrete suggestions for turning things around moving forward.
How can GyanOne’s MBA Ding Analysis help you?
We see the MBA admissions process as a game, and we know, you’ll learn how to position yourself as an ideal candidate for top MBA programs and create an application that’s sure to impress.
Through our MBA Ding Analysis consultation, we’ll help you:
- Understand what makes for a strong MBA application
- Identify your USP and develop a compelling story around it
- Dissect your application materials word by word and pinpoint the things that went wrong and could have been done better
- Create a strategy for choosing perfect schools to apply to
- Develop a plan that suits your specific needs and goals
- Help you analyze your school selection and how it can be improved
The MBA Ding Analysis will explain everything about your application and what went wrong. The MBA Ding Analysis has five sections:
- Application Overview: This section gives an overview of all your applications.
- Ding Breakdown Analysis: This section provides an analysis with feedback on each major element of your application (GPA, GMAT/GRE, Essays, Recommendations, Extra Curricular)
- School Specific Feedback: This section provides feedback on how you can improve for reapplication to specific schools
- Competitive Factors Analysis: This section gives an indication of what factors made you less competitive than the admitted students at each school
- Application Strategy Review: This section reviews the overall strategy and approach used in your applications
Is this a paid service?
Yes, it is, but if you want the free, lite version, we are still happy to get on a shorter call with you to help you understand what went wrong and what you can do next. Get in touch today.
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