Some firms teach students how to apply to MBA schools: Graham Richmond, founder of Clear Admit, helped one client get into Wharton by persuading her to scrap her essay about an energy deal she worked on and focus on something else: shooting guns. The Texas-based private-equity firm she worked at was a male-dominated environment where the senior executives liked to talk business at the shooting range. So the Asian American learned to fit in by joining them for target shooting.
Good one Aron... So Robin, what exactly are you signaling? =)
I hope that you realize Robin that, give or take, you are most interested in appearing like you are someone worth listening to.
Not sure, but if I had to guess: Seven, plus or minus two.
long time ago there were schools for spouses, where you learnt how to behave and send "good signals", adultery after marriage (optional)
If you assume that signaling is an important part of human interaction, it should follow that there are an enormous number of "levels" of signaling, which is to say, signaling is observable in most types of human interaction.
I'm confused - it seems like you're expressing incredulity ("?!") at the logical conclusion of a theory you cite quite often.
>How many levels of signaling are there anyway?!
It's turtles all the way down.
Schools...and jobs presumably also teach us how to more finely discriminate signals from noise.
One funny thing is when you have junior business people well-educated to receive signals, but without life experience, so you can game them by signalling good qualities and deliver ambiguity instead of good service.
Wouldn't more layers make the signalling less effective, and the but the theory of signalling says people only rely on them because they are effective?
I'm not sure what the breakdown between the two disciplines (signaling and producing) should be, but you have to have some competence in both skill sets to truly advance in any career.
Intuitively, I tend to think that signaling is more important. Especially since you can outsource the other skill set; but you always have to be your own strongest advocate.
There's precisely no evidence in that first article that this change in her essay had anything to do wither her getting in. Presumably Clear Admit and similar services tout higher admit rates than the general populous, but perhaps people who are go-getter enough to sign up for services like Clear Admit are the kind of people that are more likely get admitted to MBA in the first place.