International applicant to US Schools – Do’s and Don’ts

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Admission committees like to have fair representation of international students in their student body to enhance the collective experience of the class. International applicants should ensure that they present a well-rounded overview of their profile of their candidature during written or oral communication with the business school. Some of the do’s and don’ts for prospective applicants are:


  • Try to market your profile in a holistic way. Numbers only (GPA, GMAT), though they are important to be competitive, don’t help you to get an admission. Ensure that you are stating the impact at and outside of work, focusing on cross-cultural experiences, soft skills, challenges overcome in diverse team settings and the impact you made in your community.
  • Do sensitize the reader about the under-graduation and professional academic achievements by elaborating about the selection process and competitiveness of the program.
  • It is important to demonstrate your achievements using metrics for easy reference. For financial impact made in the organization like increase in revenue or costs saved, use the international currency (USD or EUR), or use reader’s local metrics (pounds over kilograms or miles over kilometers).
  • Interviews are a great opportunity to make a positive impression. Candidates need to be confident and honest and provide sincere and thoughtful answers to the questions asked. Do explain how you would be an asset to the business school community and offer models for team leadership and cross-cultural experiences. In some cultures, people speak either very fast or slow. You need to alter the pace for the interviewers to understand.


  • Don’t assume the reader knows your organization, culture and the challenges faced by you. In essays and interviews, help the audience understand your background to appreciate the diversity you bring to the class.
  • Don’t oversell the organization or cultural aspects or names of people associated with you. The admissions’ committee would like to know who you are as a person and your journey as a leader; YOU should be the central theme of the essays.
  • While choosing recommendations, don’t go by the title of the individual. Rather, choose a person who knows you well. Admissions’ Committee prefers an honest judgment about the candidate over the claim of a recommender.
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