5. Pretending to be someone you're not: Putting your best foot forward is one thing, but being phony or acting fake is quite another. While not psychologists, admissions personnel have a lot of experience in meeting, speaking, and interviewing applicants. In addition, most people have a built-in antenna that tends to detect when someone is being phony.
It has been written and discussed ad nauseum—but it's so true—just be you. And remember, first impressions are lasting, so do all you can to make the most of your MBA admissions interview. It is by far the best way for the admissions committee to know you. And when done well, it can significantly increase your chances of being accepted.
Dr. Don Martin, Ph.D., is a higher education admissions expert, author, and former admissions dean at Columbia University, Northwestern University, Wheaton College, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For additional tips on the graduate school application process, visit gradschoolroadmap.com.