Let backtrack a bit: How was I able to get admitted to the Asian Institute of Management (AIM)?
The admission process is a relatively brief process, but rigorous nonetheless. The AIM Website outlines the procedure on how to apply and the requirements as well. However, I found some old content at the AIM site that might get some users confused. But in spite of that, my experience in applying was a very smooth and hassle-free one.
I made sure that I had the following accomplished:
- Application Form - This can be downloaded online. The application form is very long and has 14 essay questions! It is better to answer the essay questions briefly and direct to the point.
- Official Transcripts - This is my undergraduate transcript from the University of the Philippines - Diliman.
- Academic Recommendation Letter - I had a former professor of mine from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business accomplish this one.
- Professional Recommendation Letter - I asked a former superior make a recommendation. She was an AIM alumna, so I hoping that would count for something. :P
A couple of weeks after the exam, I received an email from Ms. Lot Aramil from the Admissions Office telling me I was scheduled for an interview. (That implies I passed the AIMAT. :P) I thought this would be the most challenging phase of the admission process. When the day of the interview came, I was feeling a bit giddy.
The interview process consisted of two parts: A group discussion (GD) and a one on one interview. The group discussion had us applicants in a room with a moderator, and we discussed a difficult case study. Our moderator also asked some grilling types of questions and really made us justify our positions. (Tip: make sure you establish rapport with your co-applicants to make the discussion flow better.)
After the GD, an interview with Prof. Ricardo Lim followed. I felt the interview was anti-climactic, considering what transpired at the GD. But it's great that the GD went that way because it made me felt I was ready for anything that would be thrown at me at the interview.
Two days after the interview, I received an email from Ms. Twiggy Reyes of the Student Services, Admissions & Registrar (SSAR) telling me I got accepted at the MBA program.
Whew! It wasn't a long road to get admitted, but it was an interesting ride. If the admission process to the MBA program is a preview of what's to come, boy am I looking forward to it.