Words of the Week – spin

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There are two ways to tell a story, the positive way or the negative way. The path you choose is the “spin.” I’m not talking about manipulating facts; you should always be authentic. Spin is about presentation.

Many people are afraid they may be laid off in the current economy, and are seeking admission to an MBA program to protect themselves and to guarantee a more secure future. Here are two ways to spin this scenario in MBA interviews.

The negative: “My company has been through two rounds of lay-offs. I’ve survived them both, but am very concerned about what is going to happen in the next six months. I want to get an MBA to help secure my future.”

The positive: “I’ve learned so much with my current company about project management and building global teams. I see a very clear path for my future – leading global marketing efforts for a top CPG company. An MBA will give me foundation to make that dream a reality.”

The bottom line is the same – wanting a secure future; it’s all about the spin. The positive version sounds significantly more promising, right? Make sure you’re practicing to always answer MBA interview questions with a positive spin.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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