From an applicant's perspective, we know it is a slow process, especially if they submit their application early. For example, the application for Round I will be available in mid-summer, the deadline is at the end of October, we review applications in November/December and then we (finally!) send out interview invitations in mid-December through January. If one submits early, that's a long wait. For Round II, the process moves a little faster. The deadline is usually mid-January and the interview invitations go out starting in February. If someone applies at the beginning of November, then the wait still seems long. There is no advantage to applying early, so remember to apply when your application is ready and complete.
8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates?
The top five hirers for the Class of 2009 were McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte and Amazon. Our full employment report is posted here as well as those from the last several years.
9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
It's important for applicants to take each piece of the application seriously and view the application as we would, as a series of connected pieces that should tell a continuous story. The application is your first impression and determines whether you get interviewed so each piece of the application needs to be as strong as possible and support the whole.
10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
We don't like to talk about our "typical" students, but, of course, we profile each class. MIT Sloan students are known for their attention to the details, their ability to focus on the data and connect it to the larger context. The structure of our program appeals to those who appreciate our flexible curriculum, our Sloan Innovation Period, and our one semester core. We look for students who are committed to the School's mission and MIT's philosophy of "Mens at manus" (Latin for "Mind and hand"). Their drive gives them a passion for solving problems and making an impact on the lives of others. They are genuinely friendly, intellectually curious, driven by their passions and open to new ideas and experiences. They are an atypically collaborative and non-competitive bunch. If after reading all this, you can see yourself at MIT Sloan, then we encourage you to apply!