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EMBA World
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»EMBA World, Jason Price, M.S., M.B.A.
Current Climate
With the current economic environment it is
no surprise that business schools report signifi-
cant increases in inquiries, higher attendance
to on and off-site information sessions, and
an increased volume of applications for atten-
dance in 2009. But this rosy picture does not
necessarily transfer toward the executive MBA,
which may prove to be advantageous if you are
planning to attend in the upcoming year.
The executive MBA is highly selective and
lesser known than the traditional MBA. The book The Executive MBA: An Insider’s Guide the interview in the evaluation process. If an inter-
EMBA’s 210 plus programs in the United for Working Professionals in Pursuit of Gradu- view is scheduled then you have passed a round of
States and around the world attract an older ate Business Education. The career record is an internal reviews and now it is time to meet. Some
and more professional student body. The aver- aggregation of professional and personal history important considerations for preparation include
age age is 33 to 35 and typically seven years summarized in a series of steps that include the es- wearing professional attire, understanding the
of work experience. Many students receive says, interview, evaluation, and the business school audience, having some working knowledge about
some level of financial assistance although this application. The career record best represents a to- what the interviewers want from their applicants,
appears to wane during troubled economies. tal picture of a working professional applying to and being able to clearly articulate personal and
With less corporate financial support enroll- the EMBA. Each component of the career record professional achievements.
ment may not look as strong as in the past. For deserves careful attention and no part should be
instance, EMBA enrollment is approximately treated less than the next, although admissions Bring a few copies of your resume and note
10% down from last year, due to the economy, officers agree that certain aspects of the career re- taking during the interview is acceptable. Treat
reports Joan C. Coonrod, Director, EMBA cord receive more weight than others. the interview as if it were a high profile meet-
Admissions, Goizueta Business School, Em- ing. Interviews are generally conducted by faculty
ory University. Wharton reports little to no who will be teaching the course and it takes about
growth in applications for similar reasons.
The Interview
30 minutes. “It’s a formal interview, the candidate
should expect a similar format to a job interview,”
At the same time schools are seeing more self- An interview is essential and strongly encouraged says Josie Powell, PR Coordinator, Saïd Business
financed students. Enrollees accept the higher to take place face-to-face rather than by phone, School of Oxford University.
cost education of the EMBA to a traditional although phone interviews are available for the
MBA with the understanding of a richer and international and cross continent applicant. “At The actual interview will typically last for up to
more rewarding real-world, practical business Fordham University we do require an interview an hour. Expect a lot of open-ended questions as
education. No matter how many slots will be for admissions. For foreign students this interview they will want to get to know more about you as
competed for in the upcoming years, one of the is done via phone,” says Francis Petit, assistant a person. In your explanations they will evaluate
most important parts of the application pro- dean and EMBA program director at Fordham’s you on attitude, communication skills, general
cess is the graduate business school interview. Graduate School of Business Administration. intellect and, most of all, the ability to fit with fel-
low classmates and contribute to the cohesion of
The interview is one of several components to Schools vary on the formality of the actual inter- the group. As Diane A. Sharp, Associate Director,
the career record as we discuss at length in our view, but do not underestimate the importance of Marketing and Admissions, MBA Program for
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