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Master: 10 tips to optimize admission

The 10 golden rules for a successful admission to a post-training Bac + 4 / + 5 in France and abroad, with Guillaume Verney-Carron, founder and director of Personalis, human resources consulting firm.

1.Start his thinking possibly 12 months before the start of training

To be effective in its preparation, we must anticipate. Specifically, when one applies for several formations, a retro-planning is required. It will avoid serious setbacks These courses are particularly selective!

The choice of the project, selection of training, preparing files all this requires reflection and thus time.

Remember that your efforts will come on top of your classes, workshops and present activities, so pay attention to the bottleneck in your schedules!

2. Be motivated and think about your career plan

Beforehand, it is therefore necessary to build the project and opt for courses that give it meaning. Do not be guided by "the call of the ranking," which often leads to frustration: 12 to 24 months of intensive work, financial and personal sacrifices to eventually occupy an unsatisfactory job, is not a good calculation .

Prepare files, do the paperwork, convincing juries requires strong motivation to achieve your training project. Know that juries, both written and oral, will validate your motivation and maturity with regard to the relevance and consistency of your career plan. Why our school, our training, what do you expect? Show that you think about the future and do not believe that we will only choose you over your past!

Training is not an end in itself but a means to achieve a business goal.

3. Know how a professional

If you doubt your ability to choose, anticipate or read between the lines, accompaniment by a professional training could be particularly wise. Some of them are true professionals of human resources: analysis of your skills and knowledge of the labor market and training will help you build a winning training project. But their main value is their knowledge of subjective selection criteria.

With them, a record can be presented at the best angle with a truly personalized marketing. And it works ! Some show record success rate. Last year, the company Admission Best has materialized successfully over 92% of the candidate projects.

4. Be clear about why you want to choose this (these) training (s)

These elements will be essential to build a good application file. Indeed, they will let you clarify why this (these) training (s) are right for you, and what are the key elements that you pick from these courses.

Ultimately, you’ll be able to create an effective folder because you will create clear links between your project and the added value you bring or training (s).

5. Take time to meet the record

And put yourself in the place of admission juries to understand their expectations (identify and value the strengths of your profile).

Why you and not another candidate? Because you read between the lines. Because you understand that beyond the objective selection criteria, there are subjective criteria, and you have the perfect apprehended.

For example, as master positions on trade relations with Asia, enjoy a Chinese crash course and display it on the resume. This will demonstrate your strong motivation. Remember, competition is severe, differentiation is a real strategy. If you do not, others will

Get to know value you want to effectively answering questions folders. Use each question to sell yourself and demonstrate your motivation, your strength, while remaining humble!

6. Treat your CV

CV A document seen, reviewed and re-reviewed but rarely at. While you are speaking to a training, the success criteria are the same as for a business.

On the form, creativity is not a priority. Make effective, that is to say clear and structured. CV does not have to please you but meet the criteria of your future readers.

On the substance, your CV is indeed based on your history, but its goal is still to develop your potential. Also, know select and develop information that will "touch" your player.

7. Work your cover letter

difficult exercise, but that can bring real added value to your file. Too often, this letter comes down to a very low content, which is more with a very disappointing form.

Like the HP, it is to respect the criteria of presentation and quality content.

On the form, your letter must remain on a page. Observe the rules of presentation and highlight various paragraphs of your letter. On the bottom, again, it comes to synthetic. Looking to provide clear information about your motivation in writing around three ideas: your project, the course already achieved and why APPLY to such training.

8. Solicit good letters of recommendation

specific exercise of admission records: letters of recommendation. You need to focus on two priorities:

1. WHO: To identify interesting people, it is important to choose people who, if possible, do not know you in the same context. therefore prefer a former manager during an internship or experience and a former teacher (if possible in your future training related material).

2. WHAT: It is clear that juries expect your recommendation letters are rather in your favor If you want the letters to validate your file, make sure that they are customized for each training and this your "referent" enhances your strengths, but also a development axis on which you must progress further (so justly your letter is credible and not just rave)! Small alert to the fact that these letters of recommendation are not easy to recover, so pay attention to take you there well in advance to make sure you have these items in a timely manner.

9. Prepare your interviews

Selection interview: the rule of the "3P"

To access either of these courses, you can expect a severe selection. Also, after carefully written your CV and cover letter (do not forget to fill your educational file), get ready for the big test required. Or, and this is classic, once the barrier of the written past, you forgot to prepare for the oral (very busy already celebrate your admission ). Remember these few lines: not to improvise, follow the rule of "3P".

"Brochure by heart"

Learn by heart the school board! And especially the academic program specifics for which you are applying. If you fall on the trick question: "If you have the choice between our training and another, which will you choose? "You can get away with reciting the famous specificities.


Heal the sounds! How? Have good looks, a dressy dress and smile. Throughout the interview, look at all the members of the jury, do not admire the tips of your shoes! At the end, thank the jury.


Be efficient! How? Get to the point. "To the point," say the Anglo-Saxons. If you are short, you have to make heavy, in other words, hard-hitting. Know argue "facts & figures", with facts and figures. For example, the question "Why are applying yourself to master in sports marketing? "Instead of saying," I am applying because I love the sport, "say instead," I did three internships with a supplier, I am holder of the BAFA and I lead groups in a neighborhood association. Sport I want to do my job. I read that your program is in the top 10 courses in France in sports marketing. That is why I am applying. "

10. During the interview, be "in the moment"

Any good coach will tell you, one of your interviews of success criteria is to live the moment!

Not easy, with stress, the jury asks you However, the more you open to the jury, the more likely you are to link and thus actually communicate with it, and thus to be stored by the jury . You’re not here to suffer, but to sell you. Highlight your strengths, your project, why you want to apply for this training. Respect the jury observe the proposed rules, but whatever happens, never forget that your goal is to inform you (not just to answer questions). Do not try to justify yourself to your past, but rather to guide the gaze of the jury about your future.

Last advice, when you are in training

Be a real player in your training. All will offer you a lot of content, speakers, case studies Enjoy, but also push the boundaries by developing your network, and identifying all that can offer your school. And remember, as Marcel Proust said, "There is no easy success nor definitive failures. "

Guillaume Verney-Carron, founder and director of Personalis, a consulting firm in human resources, created in 2002, a leader in service orientation in France.

This specialist and his team of coaches, has over fifteen years of experience in human resources with large companies but also in advising major French schools: HEC, ISC, Edhec, ISG, pole Leonardo da Vinci, University Paris 2, and many more Each year, Best Admission directs and accompanies students and executives in their academic and career choices.

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