The second deadline is almost behind us. In general, the process is out of your control now –you did your best (hopefully), got strong recommendation, wrote compelling essays and impressed every single alumnus from the schools you’ve met.

  1. You discover mistakes in your application –realizing that you used the wrong school name in the essays or had some typo is painful, but there’s not much to be done. You can’t upload new essays and calling the Admission Office and telling them how much you regard this mistake won’t help either. It is what is it, and you should just hope for the best. True, it is frustrating to realize that after all the hours spent on the application one mistake could cost you with not getting an interview, but that’s life. It also depends on who’s reading your application – the personality, as well as the schools guidelines. As for small grammar and spelling mistakes, well – most Admissions Officers read applicants file on paper, so if it’s something that’s very common they might not even notice it.
  2. Good news – if you switched jobs or found a job after looking for a while, if you retook the GMAT and got a better score or took a quant/account class to improve your candidacy – you should let the admission committee know. If you are confident about your candidacy you can wait, and use it a bit later in case you get waitlisted, but in most cases any of the events above are worth mentioning. If you candidacy was evaluated as very strong/weak already this might not have an impact on the Admissions Office decision. However, if the Admission committee is debating whether to call you for an interview or not, you want to encourage them to see the stronger side of your application.
  3. Additional recommendation – this is a difficult one. Every school has a limited number of recommendations, and I find that many people struggle with this process – some don’t have enough recommenders, some don’t have current supervisors’ recommendation and some have way too many, starting from college and multiple supervisors, mentors and more. Business schools look for you to make the right decision and pick the best recommender who can reflect your professional and person abilities and growth. One option is to add a shorter recommendation that would be submitted in a less formal way, just as a letter or email to the Admission office. Think thoroughly before doing so, as you don’t want to upset the Admission Committee by not following the rules of the game.