Q: I am studying Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Economics, and am looking to receive an MBA later on, after about 3-5 years of work experience. Do you have any advice about how I could make myself extra-attractive to employers? My chances for admission into a top MBA program will likely be impacted heavily by the quality of learning and experience I gain from this first employer, and I want to secure the best job possible. What can I do to better my chances and prepare myself to get the most from the experience?
A: You’ve got a good major/minor combination and a realistic view of the requirements for getting an MBA from a leading program. Consider several additional steps to prepare for business school. One is to take the GMAT before you finish college. The score will be good for five years, and you’ll benefit from taking the test now, while your recollection of college English and math is strong and your test-taking skills are still sharp.