You probably don’t need an MBA to realize that business is an increasingly international affair. Now more than ever, it is crucial to gain exposure to commerce outside the comfy confines of the United States. At Mendoza, second year students have the opportunity spend eight weeks studying international business, or more specifically the Latin American variety, directly at the source.
As a new MBA candidate at Mendoza, I spent my first few days on campus undertaking Integral Leadership Development, or ILD. While I had been through some professional self-examination before, ILD, which is rigorous and quantitatively based, was more profound than anything I had ever experienced. The multi-day exercises were challenging, emotional, and surprisingly fun. Looking back, the program helped prepare me for the rigors of business school in more ways than one:
Recruiting season is heating up, which means you will probably soon be attending an abundance of corporate networking events. On paper, these functions can seem flat out terrifying—full of interactions with strangers, and name tags, and whatever they call those leather cases that hold resumes—yet, no one can doubt that the networking event is a powerful tool for building the types of relationships that lead to jobs. In light of this fact, the Irish Echoes has compiled a few tips to help you navigate the meet-and-greet gauntlet.
It’s that time of the year again— the sweet spot in mid-August during which every television commercial features a troupe of fashionable grade schoolers doing choreographed dances to show off their new Old Navy jeans. It’s back to school!
First year Mendoza MBAs are already on campus for orientation and leadership workshops. I trust that they will be the best of friends by the time our grizzled second-years return at the end of the month. Speaking of our second-years, how was your summer?
Can you give an example of an instance in which you demonstrated outstanding leadership? You better, because every behavioral interview is bound to include some form of this question. Employers LOVE leadership experience (even if they are filling jobs that require blind obedience to a tyrannical middle manager).
So how can you improve your answer to this inevitable prompt? Unfortunately, there aren’t any short cuts. Crafting a compelling leadership narrative is both time-consuming and difficult, but the good news is that it’s pretty easy to avoid telling terrible leadership stories. Just avoid doing these things: