Candidate Expectations you need to know in 2024: A Sneak Peak

Candidate Expectations you need to know in 2024: A Sneak Peak


Rohit Ram Gopal

September 14, 2023

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As the year 2024 approaches, candidates preparing for the interview process are eager to stay ahead of the curve and understand the candidate expectations for the upcoming year. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with a sneak peek into the interview process, highlighting the latest trends and offering expert insights to help you excel. From application requirements to interview expectations, we will cover everything you need to know to navigate the 2024 candidate landscape successfully.

Application Requirements

To start your journey towards a successful interview, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the application requirements. In 2024, candidates will need to submit the following documents:

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  1. Online Application: Begin by completing the online application form, ensuring that all sections are accurately filled out.
  2. Transcripts: Include both undergraduate and any graduate transcripts to provide a comprehensive overview of your academic background.
  3. Resume: Prepare a business-formatted resume, focusing on quantifying your accomplishments and keeping the formatting clean and easy to read.
  4. Essays: Craft two thought-provoking essays that showcase your goals, experiences, and alignment with the chosen graduate program.
  5. English Language Proficiency Test (International Applicants Only): If you are an international applicant, you may be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores.
  6. References: Reach out to two individuals who can affirm your professional strengths. The admissions committee may contact your references for additional perspective.
  7. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $90 is required to complete the application process.
  8. Optional: Depending on the program you are applying for, you may have the option to submit GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) scores. Additionally, some programs may require a video essay or an InitialView interview.

It is important to note that waivers may be available for certain application requirements. Check with the admissions team to determine if you qualify for any waivers.

Essays: Your Voice, Your Story

Essays play a significant role in the application process, allowing candidates to showcase their personality, aspirations, and alignment with the chosen graduate program. In 2024, candidates will be required to complete two essays, each with its own unique set of prompts.

Essay One: Mapping Your Future

In the first essay, you will have the opportunity to delve into your short-term and long-term post-graduation goals. Consider the following points while crafting your response:

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  1. Describe your short-term and long-term post-graduation goals.
  2. Identify a back-up plan in case your short-term goal is not immediately attainable due to economic or industry hiring trends.
  3. Explain how your past education and experience support your career objectives.
  4. Highlight the aspects of your intended Simon Business School program that make it a perfect fit for your graduate study.

Ensure that your response is well-structured, concise, and within the specified word count of 250-500 words. Before submitting, consider seeking feedback from a friend or family member to ensure you have successfully addressed the prompt.

Essay Two: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

Simon Business School prides itself on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within its community. The second essay invites candidates to reflect on their experiences and aspirations in the realm of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Consider the following prompts while crafting your response:

  1. Describe how you have supported diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in your personal, academic, professional, or volunteer background.
  2. Share your aspirations for growth in the areas of equity, inclusion, and access during your graduate studies at Simon Business School.
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Draw from your experiences, both big and small, to showcase your commitment to diversity and your vision for a more inclusive future. Remember to stay within the specified word count and ensure that your response reflects your genuine beliefs and experiences.

Crafting a Compelling Resume

Your resume is an essential tool that showcases your professional achievements and sets you apart from other candidates. Follow these tips to create a compelling resume with a Job Description:

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  1. Business Formatting: Use a business format for your resume, focusing on clarity and readability. Avoid cluttered layouts and opt for a clean design.
  2. Length: Keep your resume concise and limit it to a maximum of two pages. Highlight your most relevant experiences, skills, and achievements.
  3. Quantify Accomplishments: Whenever possible, quantify your achievements to provide a clear understanding of your impact. Use numbers, percentages, or other measurable metrics to demonstrate your contributions.
  4. Formatting: Pay attention to formatting details such as font size, spacing, and bullet points. Ensure that your resume is easy to scan and visually appealing.

Remember, your resume is a snapshot of your professional journey. Make sure it effectively communicates your skills, experiences, and potential to the admissions committee.

Selecting the Right References

Choosing the right references is another crucial aspect of the application process. Here are some guidelines to help you select suitable references:

  1. Professional Strengths: Reach out to individuals who can affirm your professional strengths. Consider former supervisors, colleagues, or mentors who can provide valuable insights into your abilities and character.
  2. Contacting References: Before listing someone as a reference, seek their permission and confirm their availability. Inform them about your application and request that they highlight specific aspects of your candidacy.
  3. Recommendation Letters: While recommendation letters are not accepted, the admissions committee may contact your references for additional perspective during the application review process.

Professional references are preferred, especially if you have limited work experience. If you have interned at a company, consider including your internship supervisor as one of your references.

Additional Resources

To gain a more in-depth understanding of the Simon Business School and its programs, we encourage you to watch the recording of our recent webinar, "Why Simon?" You can access the recording here. This webinar offers valuable insights into the full-time programs and provides an overview of what makes the Simon community so special.


As you embark on your journey towards business school, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the candidate expectations for 2024. By understanding the application requirements, crafting compelling essays, preparing a strong resume, and carefully selecting your references, you can position yourself as a standout candidate.

Remember, the interview process is an opportunity for you to showcase your unique qualities, experiences, and aspirations. Embrace the diversity and inclusion values of Simon Business School and express your commitment to making a positive impact in the business world.

Stay ahead of the curve by staying informed about the latest trends and insights. By following these guidelines and leveraging your personal strengths, you can confidently navigate the 2024 interview process and unlock your full potential. Good luck on your business school journey!

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