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B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

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B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

Language:

English


Episodes

MBA interview advice, part 2 of 2: B-Schooled episode 135 (replay)

11/23/2022
Our host Erika is joined once again by former Kellogg admissions director Beth Tidmarsh for a discussion specifically about behavioral MBA interviews (i.e., "Tell me about a time when..." questions). They cover the types of behavioral questions candidates can expect, advice on how to answer those questions, pitfalls to avoid, and more. They also role-play a few questions and responses for listeners.

Duration:00:17:26

Ten things I wish I'd known about recommendations when applying, Part 2: B-Schooled episode 134

11/16/2022
In the last episode your host Chandler Arnold shared five things he wished he’d known about recommendations when applying to business school, including: How to help your recommender think about the skills grid rankings, as well as how to prep your recommender for several frequently asked questions, including: FAQ 1: Describe the applicant’s key strengths and how she or he compares to others you have supervised FAQ 2: Describe the biggest piece of constructive feedback you have given the...

Duration:00:22:07

Ten things I wish I'd known about recommendations when applying: B-Schooled episode 133

11/9/2022
In this series of two episodes your host shares ten things he wished he’d known about recommendations when applying to business school, including: The *skills grid* recommenders frequently need to fill out evaluating your personal and professional skills Frequently asked questions, such as: Describe the applicant’s key strengths and how she or he compares to others you have supervised. Describe the biggest piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Are there any areas of...

Duration:00:24:24

MBA interview advice, part 1 of 2: B-Schooled episode 132 (replay)

11/2/2022
Our host Erika is joined by former Kellogg admissions director Beth Tidmarsh for a discussion about MBA interviews. They cover the types of questions candidates can expect, advice on how to answer those questions, what adcoms are looking to get from you out of these interviews, and more. Part 2 will be live on November 23.

Duration:00:20:06

MBA career goal madlibs: B-Schooled episode 131

10/26/2022
You may remember madlibs from childhood—the silly word game where you fill in blanks to make an entertaining story… but don’t let the playful title of this podcast fool you! The content we discuss today is anything but silly. However, we are using the madlibs concept as a powerful FRAMEWORK to help you think about how best to articulate your short and short- and long-term goals in ways that are specific, authentic, bold, and realistic. If you have ever been intimidated about fleshing out...

Duration:00:26:26

6 things you think you know about MBA essays (but might not): B-Schooled episode 130

10/19/2022
We all know how to write, so what could possibly go wrong in an MBA application essay? Lots of things, as it turns out. In this podcast we dive into 6 tips for MBA essay writing that even the most confident writers sometimes miss. This will include: Directly answering the question asked The active vs the passive voice Writing an attention-grabbing first (and last) sentence The STAR format and why it is your friend Structuring your essay clearly Writing in a way that is clear, simple and...

Duration:00:17:09

Time and energy wasters (replay): B-Schooled episode 129

10/12/2022
In this replay of one of our most popular episodes, Meg — a former University of Chicago Booth admissions committee member and current SBC admissions consultant — joins Erika to discuss some of the biggest things they see MBA candidates wasting their precious time on during the application process. They address: Their most-hated question MBA candidates often ask *Why* it doesn't make sense to worry about certain things in the admissions process What applicants' time is better spent on What...

Duration:00:22:07

Single-Employer Career Narratives: B-Schooled episode 128

10/5/2022
This episode discusses the most important things you must communicate to the admissions committee -- as well as the red flags you can head off -- if you're a candidate who's only worked for one employer since college.

Duration:00:17:45

How to pick the right recommenders (replay): B-Schooled episode 127

9/28/2022
This episode details: The most important recommender criteria What you should do if you can’t ask your direct manager for a letter What you should do if you don’t want anyone at your company to know of your MBA plans If it’s OK to use college professors or extracurricular contacts as recommenders Whether seniority or alumni status matters Whether "side letters" are effective What you should do if you’ve worked for more than one company since college What you should do if you haven’t worked...

Things you’re scared to talk about (and why you REALLY should) Part Two: B-Schooled episode 126

9/21/2022
In this episode Caryn Altman joins us for more real talk. Today’s topic: the complicated question of sharing something in your application of which you are not proud. This might be explaining anything you wish you’d handled differently… from a low GPA, to a lapse in judgment, to something like a DUI. The key to approaching these topics effectively is often LESS about the incident itself and much MORE about how you respond to and explain the topic in your application. Admissions officers want...

Duration:00:35:19

Things you’re scared to talk about (and why you REALLY should) Part One: B-Schooled episode 125

9/14/2022
In this episode Caryn Altman joins us for some real talk. Today’s topic: the complicated question of sharing something in your application of which you are not proud. This might be explaining anything you wish you’d handled differently… from a low GPA, to a lapse in judgment, to something like a DUI. The key to approaching these topics effectively is often LESS about the incident itself and much MORE about how you respond to and explain the topic in your application. Admissions officers want...

Duration:00:34:11

How to write and talk about accomplishments: B-Schooled episode 124

9/7/2022
If you're usually not comfortable "tooting your own horn" -- or telling others about your achievements, this episode is for you. There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. How can you make sure you don't cross it in your MBA materials?

Duration:00:14:55

Tips for LGBTQ+ -- and other underrepresented -- applicants: B-Schooled episode 123

8/31/2022
All of us who put together this podcast are on a mission to help MBA applicants shine their brightest when applying to business school. For this episode, we sit down with SBC consultant Marc Paulo -- who has worked in admissions at UVA Darden and for private sector leaders like McKinsey and Bain -- to share lessons we have learned from working with LGBTQ+ and other underepresented applicants over the years. This podcast is NOT ONLY for members of the queer community. It is a must-listen for...

Duration:00:23:13

What should you do with your life? (replay): B-Schooled episode 122

8/24/2022
In this replay of one of our most popular episodes, Erika is joined by Kellogg JD/MBA and fellow SBC consultant Gina for an in-depth discussion about how applicants can use the MBA application process to reflect on what they really value and what kind of work might make them truly happy.

Duration:01:01:48

GRE vocabulary prep: B-Schooled episode 121

8/17/2022
Today we are dive into a topic on the minds of many MBA applicants: test prep for the GMAT and/or GRE. We are joined by , Stacy Blackman Consulting’s Director of Test Prep, who’s been a GMAT and GRE tutor for more than two decades. Anthony works with his clients to develop an individualized plan of attack for a broad range of focus areas. To give an example of this, today Anthony takes a deep dive into one area of test prep he focuses on – in this case, GRE vocabulary prep – and shares a...

Duration:00:22:26

What makes you unique?: B-Schooled episode 120

8/10/2022
It's a question that haunts all MBA applicants: How do I stand out? What's special about me? What makes me unique? This episode offers several ideas for how to understand what you have to offer an MBA program that no one else can.

Duration:00:16:34

Data form do's and don'ts (replay): B-Schooled episode 119

8/3/2022
This episode covers how to make the most of the data form—or the actual online application itself—and why you shouldn't underestimate its importance. We’ll cover: Optional fields Common questions applicants have about confusing fields and dropdowns The awards section(s) How you can use the data form fields to strengthen your candidacy (This is a replay of episode 21.)

Duration:00:20:17

Tackling your main MBA essay (Part 2 of 2): B-Schooled episode #118

7/27/2022
B-Schooled Episode #118: Tackling Your Main MBA Essay (Part 2 of 2) Today we are dive into about one of the topics we get the most questions about: how best to tackle your main MBA essay. While different MBA programs approach this essay in different ways, what these programs REALLY want to understand is who you are as a person and what you are passionate about. Just as importantly, these schools want to understand WHY you are passionate about these things… and how you want to lead in these...

Duration:00:22:46

Tackling your main MBA essay (Part 1 of 2): B-Schooled episode #117

7/20/2022
Today we are dive into about one of the topics we get the most questions about: how best to tackle your main MBA essay. While different MBA programs approach this essay in different ways, what these programs REALLY want to understand is who you are as a person and what you are passionate about. Just as importantly, these schools want to understand WHY you are passionate about these things… and how you want to lead in these areas after earning your MBA. These questions can be intimidating....

Duration:00:31:08

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and the MBA : B-Schooled episode 116

7/13/2022
At SBC we work with an increasing number of applicants interested in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion – either because they are personally passionate about these topics, see DEI as a possible post-MBA career path, or both. If you are interested in Diversity, Equity, and/or Inclusion this is the ABSOLUTELY the podcast for you. This episode includes all of the following (and more): Tips for DEI-focused applicants applying to MBA programs Suggestions about making the most of your MBA...

Duration:00:27:09