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Stanford MBA Admission Myths Debunked (Recommendation Letter, Interview & Admissions)

Stanford MBA AdCom has debunked myths about MBA Admission, Recommendation letter and Interviews in their blog. Here is the summary:

Stanford MBA Admission Myth Debunked

1) Regular Updates: You will not receive regular updates about your MBA Application status. The statuses that would be visible to applicants are:

a) Submitted
b) Under Review

On the day of the decision, you will receive a link to the decision letter in ApplyYourself.

2) Full Time work experience: This does not include experience during or before your undergraduate degree. Include months of experience from completing your undergraduate degree until Sep 1, 2013.

3) Campus Visit: Visiting Campus does not increase your chance of admission other than helping you with your research. There are many International students who is admitted without any campus visits (You can bookmark Stanford MBA or Business School Research pages for your Research).

Stanford MBA Recommendation Letter Myths Debunked


1) More Recommendation Letters are Not Better: Presenting your profile in required number of recommendation letters is better. More is not always better. Don’t waste the AdCom’s time with 3-4 recommendation letters. Develop a strategy to present your profile completely with one professional recommendation and one non-professional. If your performance is best highlighted by your work, present two professional recommendation letters. There is no hard and fast rule, strategize and plan accordingly.

2) Business Owners or Self-Employed Applicants: Although getting recommendation letters for Self-Employed Applicants or Business Owners would be tricky, applicants can get recommendation letters from clients or other partners (not relative).

3)  Recommendation Letter Quality: Although you can provide guidelines on how to write the recommendation letter, you can’t control the whole process unless you are editing the recommendation letter yourself. This is not recommended. There might be flaws in grammar or sentence structure, especially among non-native recommenders but if the content is good, the AdCom understands what the recommender is trying to convey. You will not be at a disadvantage.

In any case, don’t forget to download Recommendation Letter Guide for MBA Applicants. You will receive tones of tips, sample recommendation letters and advice to get into top Business Schools like Stanford.

Stanford MBA Interview Myths Debunked


1)  Early Invitation: An early interview invitation in an Interview round does not mean that you have a better chance of getting into Stanford MBA program. It just means that your application was reviewed first. Again, order of application review has no bearing on the results.

2) Interview Weightage: Although interviews are important for MBA Admissions, if you didn’t perform well in the interview it doesn’t mean you don’t have any chance. Stanford AdCom looks into your application as a whole and the decision would be based on that.

3) Alumni in Location: The interview invites are not based on the available alumni in your location. In some cases, the AdCom will ask the applicant to fly to another city for an interview with Alumni or in worst-case scenario set up a virtual interview. The chances of admission are not impacted by the mode of interview.

Recommended Resources

1) Stanford MBA Essay Guide
2) Stanford MBA Interview Guide
3) Stanford MBA Admission Blog

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