Peter Johnson

Job title: Senior Manager, Recruitment and Admissions, Masters in Finance
Location: London

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Sitting in on a class is the best way to experience the quality of our faculty and the classroom experience and to meet informally with current Masters in Finance (MiF) students.  During October and November 2016 we offer four Saturday dates when you can join the part-time MiF Financial Accounting and Analysis core course (taught by Chris Higson) either in the morning (09.00-11.45) or in the afternoon (12.45-15.30):

1 October

15 October

29 October*

12 November*

* includes the option to join the class for lunch

Places are limited so if you would like to take part please contact mif@london.edu as soon as possible.  These visits are open to people considering the full-time and part-time MiF.

We will announce similar opportunities for 2017 later.

Join Jane Charlton (Director of the MiF programme), Sean Garman, MIF PT2015 (Leveraged Finance at Lloyds Banking Group), Ivelina Delcheva, MIF PT2016 (Strategy and Risk at BNP Paribas) to learn more about the MiF Part-Time programme at London Business School.  I will be moderating the panel discussion, and there will be plenty of time to ask questions about the curriculum, the classroom experience, work/study balance, student life at LBS etc.

6 July Webinar: Spotlight on the Part-time Masters in Finance (19.00-20.00 London time zone)

To attend this online event, please sign up here

On Wednesday I hosted a webinar on “The MiF Student Experience” with Daniel Needleman (MiF FT2016), Linda Li (MiF PT2017) and Alex Petterson (our Admissions Administrator) speaking.

After a short presentation about the Programme content, we went on to a lively Q+A session where the students answered questions about their studies and life outside the classroom.  They both spoke with great enthusiasm about their experience to date so if you want to know what it’s like to be a MiF student at LBS, this webinar is well worth a visit.





Out in Business represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at the School and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

With nearly 500 student, alumni, faculty and staff members, OiB is one of the strongest and most active clubs on campus and a real tribute to the School’s commitment to diversity and respect.

We organise social events throughout the year, arrange career events connecting LGBTQI students with employers who seek out talent and create inclusive workplaces, and act as the champion for LGBTQI issues at LBS.  LBS is a very open and welcoming community, and we encourage you to reach out to us even if you think you may not be entirely comfortable being out at School.

Recently I introduced an OiB Webinar for potential applicants and new students with Nick Deakin (MBA 2017), Vincent Yin (MBA 2016), Alberto Padilla Rivera (MBA 2017), Camila Rondinini (MiM 2015) and Tom Byam-Cook (EMBA 2016) speaking.  You can view a transcript here: https://london-edu.adobeconnect.com/p4iee1zt6y9/

The Club is also proud to announce that LBS is the first European school to join the Reaching Out Fellowship Scheme, and is awarding a £20k scholarship to support diversity. More details under ‘scholarships open to all’ at https://www.london.edu/education-and-development/masters-courses/mba/fees-financing-and-scholarships

For details of EurOUT – our annual flagship conference – see: http://www.eurout.biz/

For more information on OiB see http://clubs.london.edu/oib/about/

For more information on our activities, do reach out to us!

Peter Johnson, Staff Sponsor, Out in Business

Finance at Work

Last week saw the launch of this year’s Finance@Work series and it was down to corporate finance professor James Dow to kick things off with a bang (it happened to also be Bonfire Night), moderating a discussion on ‘Implications of low (or negative) interest rates for investment’.

“With the lecture theatre packed full of current students, prospective students, staff and alumni, there was a palpable air of anticipation, to hear from industry experts and LBS alumni.

The event was enjoyable and well moderated, and the panel provided some compelling answers to questions that ranged from the implications on investors and issuers of debt through to predictions regarding further devaluing of the Yuan.  The general consensus seemed to be that whilst this low interest rate environment is likely to remain for some time, there are still opportunities for unconstrained investors. This definitely provided us with some food for thought and interesting conversations ensued in the networking session after the event as well as over subsequent days.” Daniel Needleman | MiF 2016

When applying to business school, you have to submit a CV. How much effort will you put into this relative to your application essays? Think about what other applicants might have on their CVs – think about how to stand out from the crowd. Your CV is often your first opportunity to sell yourself to the Admissions Committee!
A good CV:
·         Highlights your achievements
·         Identifies what you excel at
·         Creates excitement and differentiates you from others
Before starting your CV, think about yourself as a person:
·         Who you are
·         What drives you
·         Your personal achievements
And then think about:
·         What you have done
·         Which skills are relevant
·         Your professional achievements
Writing a CV using the LBS format
If you are selected to join the Programme the LBS format CV is the CV you will be using when you arrive on campus. All students use the same format. This helps recruiters identify the students they want to meet from the hundreds of applications they receive. In compiling one now you will be ready to talk to prospective employers as soon as you arrive in London!
An example of an LBS CV is attached: CV sample.
The LBS format CV is designed to highlight your experience, your achievements and your skills in an easy to read layout. Irrespective of how long you have been working, the information you provide should not exceed one page and should be broken down into EDUCATION / WORK EXPERIENCE / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Recruiters have very little time to look at CVs for their first cut, sometimes no more than 6 seconds. Therefore, your CV must have immediate impact, describing your attributes in as succinct a way as possible.
· Make sure you fill the whole page, but avoid using too much information.
· Company descriptions should be short and not exceed one line.
· Aim to have between 12 and 15 bullet points to describe your achievements.
· Ideally, bullet points should be one-and-a-half to two full lines long and one continuous sentence.
· Your bullet points should be achievement based backed by skills or competencies.
· Use impact verbs to start each bullet point – examples include: accomplished, achieved, advised, analysed, assessed, coached, communicated, compiled, completed, convinced, created, defined, demonstrated, developed, enhanced, evaluated, executed, expanded, focused, generated, identified, implemented, improved, increased, initiated, invested, mentored; motivated, negotiated, organised, participated, performed, persuaded, planned, presented, produced, proposed, raised, recommended, recruited, represented, researched, revised, shaped, solved, succeeded, transformed, won!
· Try to demonstrate competencies that recruiters look for throughout your CV - examples include: accountability, analytical thinking, client focus, commercial acumen, commitment, communication, creativity, decisiveness, endurance, enthusiasm, entrepreneurship, independence, influence, initiative, innovation, leadership; modelling, motivation, negotiation, networking, people management, persuasion, project management, problem solving, quantitative ability, risk management, stakeholder management, strategic thinking, team working, transaction experience, valuation.
· Additional information should, where applicable, demonstrate that you are a rounded person with outside interests, mentorship and leadership skills (e.g. captaining a sports team), compassion (e.g. charitable work) as well as work-related information that is related to the role you are applying for (e.g. own portfolio, knowledge of Bloomberg, regular contributor to finance blogs).

The admissions cycle for the Masters in Finance for the August 2016 intake is now well underway with the round 1 deadline fast approaching on 6 October. We are busy reviewing new applications and setting up interviews with our alumni in London and worldwide.

So now is a good time to meet the team!



Left to right:  Greg Moore and Sophie Bognaux (Recruitment and Admissions Managers, MiF), Peter Johnson (Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager, MiF) Cindy Li (Recruitment Coordinator, MiF), Alex Petterson (Recruitment and Admissions Administrator, MiF)

Greg and Sophie are the MiF Recruitment and Admissions managers. They review applications, make shortlisting decisions, select alumni interviewers for each shortlisted candidate and give their input to the Admissions Committee (AdCom) for final decisions. They are also the primary contacts for admitted candidates until they start the programme when the MiF Programme Managers take over. Greg and Sophie coordinate scholarships and the student ambassadors.

Cindy is the Recruitment Coordinator.  She is the first point of contact for enquirers about the programme as well as managing our CV review service.

Alex is  the Recruitment and Admissions Administrator; he is in charge of the administrative processes and is the first point of contact for applicants after they have submitted their application. He makes sure that all the application process works smoothly – he acknowledges new applications, follows up on any missing items, communicates admissions decisions and contacts shortlisted candidates to organise interview logistics in the UK and internationally. He also records all the admissions data and sends the offer packs to admitted candidates worldwide. You will hear a lot from him!

As Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager I manage and coordinate the team.  I have been at the School for over 25 years. I chair AdCom and manage our relations with the MiF’s around 4,000 alumni. As I have been at the School for a long time I think I know what makes us tick –and I am told I am a very efficient networker!


I am pleased to let you know that applications for the 2016 intake are now open. The wide diversity of students on the MiF Programme help us maintain our position as the FT’s number 1 ranked post-experience finance masters.  Our unique international community and our London location are key reasons why students from over 50 countries are attracted to study with us. 

I encourage you to meet us at an event on Campus or in a city near you. If you can’t attend one of our events in person, sign up to one of our online sessions, hosted by the Admissions team:

Wednesday 23 September 2015  | 13.00 – 14.00

Wednesday 28 October 2015 | 13.00 – 14.00

Wednesday 25 November 2015 | 13.00 – 14.00

Thursday 17 December 2015 | 13.00 – 14.00

Our information events you will give you a deeper understanding of the programme and its benefits:  the life-long networks you will build with your peers, and the industry-leading professors you can expect at the front of the classroom as well as giving you some tips on how to submit a strong application.

Here’s a reminder of our application deadlines:

Full-time Masters in Finance

Round   Application complete by   Interview decision by   Admissions decision by  
1 06 October 2015 30 October 2015 18 December 2015
2 10 November 2015 04 December 2015 22 January 2016
3 05 January 2016 05 February 2016 18 March 2016
4 08 March 2016 08 April 2016 20 May 2016
5 04 May 2016 03 June 2016 08 July 2016

Part-time Masters in Finance

Round Application complete by   Interview decision by   Admissions decision by  
1 06 October 2015 30 October 2015 18 December 2015
2 10 November 2015 27 November 2015 15 January 2016
3 05 January 2016 22 January 2016 04 March 2016
4 05 April 2016 29 April 2016 27 May 2016
5 24 May 2016 10 June 2016 01 July 2016
6 14 June 2016 01 July 2016 29 July 2016


I hope to meet you at one of our forthcoming events, and I look forward to reading your application!


Hi everyone!

I am Peter Johnson, the Senior Admissions Manager for the Masters in Finance (MiF). Alongside my colleagues Greg, Alex, Sophie and David in the MiF admissions team I am responsible for the applicant journey from the point you submit your application right up to the start of the MiF programme – both in its full-time and weekend (part-time) formats.

I thought I would share my reply with you in this blog posting.

When the MiF Admissions Committee (AdCom) reviews applications we are asking ourselves four main questions:

Do you have the intellectual ability to be admitted and to succeed in this rigorous programme?

To answer this we look at a number of things including your performance in your previous university studies, any professional qualifications you have achieved, your GMAT/GRE scores and the intellectual challenge of your job.

Will you benefit?

Here, we consider whether the MiF is a good fit for you and is in line with your career and life goals, building on you current profile and experience. This is evidenced by your application – especially your CV and your replies to the essay questions – as well as the feedback from your interviewer if we shortlist you for interview.

Will you contribute?

As well as being academically rigorous, the MiF is practical and applied. The lectures are highly interactive and we put a lot of emphasis on group work (the learning style is highly collaborative). This is why we require prior finance work experience – without this you would not fully benefit from the learning environment and you would not be able to contribute to the learning of your classmates by sharing your experience and insights. London Business School is a lively and vibrant place to study – we also expect our students to be “active citizens”, fully engaged in the School community.

Do you have the required commitment and motivation?

We are looking for students who are passionate about finance, who are intellectually curious, and who are committed to do well during their studies and in their future careers. There are many touch points in the application process where you can demonstrate your enthusiasm and drive. If you have the opportunity to visit the School or attend one of our events do try to come and meet us in person.

Q1. What is your motivation for applying to London Business School’s Masters in Finance programme? (maximum 300 words)

Q2. What are your career objectives and what steps have you taken (or do you plan to take) to achieve them?  What alternatives are you considering?  What geographical region do you hope to work in? (maximum 500 words)

Q3. What specific areas of London Business School life are you most excited about getting involved in and where do you believe you will add value to the School Community?  (maximum 300 words)

As you can see, the essay questions relate very closely to my four points above.

The word limits are deliberately quite low – this is to encourage you to be very focused in your replies. Sometimes it is much harder to write 300 words than 1,000!


Here are my five top tips for a good essay:

  • Allow plenty of time to prepare your essay answers. The essay is one of the most important parts of the application process – it is your chance to sell yourself!
  • Use the whole application process as an opportunity for self-reflection. What are your career goals? What are your life goals? What are you good at and what do you find most challenging? What is your “story” – are you a good fit for the programme and is the programme a good fit for you? Once you have a “story” that convinces you, the essay questions are easy to answer and you are well on the way to convincing AdCom!
  • Reach out to colleagues, friends and family – they will be a great resource when you are reflecting on where you are now and your future plans. Discuss your essays with them.
  • Be yourself. Speak in your own voice. I have read over 10,000 essays in the time I have worked on the MiF; the best ones reflect the personality of the applicant (and the worst ones try to guess what we want to hear, or rely too much on the advice of consultants or books which claim to tell you how to submit the perfect business school application!)
  • Finally, try to value this opportunity for self-reflection. In our busy lives we rarely allow enough time for this. The process of applying to a top programme at a top School is demanding, and at times it may be stressful. But if you approach it correctly, it should also be insightful and rewarding.


I look forward to your comments and questions, and in due course, your applications!


We are delighted to let you know that our full-time Masters in Finance (MiF) has again been ranked the world’s number one post-experience programme.

We have topped this ranking every year since it was introduced five years ago and it’s great to take the top spot again on the 20th anniversary of the MiF.

Of those surveyed, London Business School MiF alumni had the highest salary three years after they graduated. The programme was ranked first for how alumni rated the career support they received and was as international and diverse as ever.

For full details of the rankings, please visit the Financial Times website: http://ow.ly/OCO04