MBA Application for Smarties by Linda Abraham of accepted.com is a wholesome package for anybody who wants to get started with their applications. A good thing about this book is that it is simple and clear – no big jargons and no high fundas. Another thing I loved about the book is that it pretty much covers everything – right from your research (what website rankings really mean and what they don’t mean) to check points for interviews to a bit about wait list and reapplications.
One of the biggest highlight to me is that Linda even points about how to approach an alumni and what questions to ask and what not to. This question has been bugging me for a long time because the questions you ask impacts your “fit” factor in your application to various schools not only that but it is a part of building your network – which is pretty important!
Linda often uses (many) examples to illustrate a point – a pretty good way to reiterate a point – that way the idea gets ingrained in the readers mind and it also clears confusion that often crop up. After all, applications are based on experiences so it doesn’t have a hard core formula as such.
There are points to remember after end of each chapter – which you can use as notes while you are working on your essays. I find this pretty useful because I don’t have to go back to reading the whole book again but just uses these as check points for my final draft.
There are several take aways for me like “fit”, STAR approach etc. I would recommend this book for anybody who is looking to get things started or is a bit confused about where to begin or is probably stuck at addressing certain issues like low GPA or GMAT. Even those who have begin their application you could use this book as check point for your draft.
This book is available in kindle edition on amazon.com – a plus easy to take notes and keep bookmarks ;-)!