do paid online courses with verified certificates give any edge over others in an interview process for a B school ?
Well, in a way.
From what I know, the certifications look good on LinkedIn, but what is more important is what you learnt from it and what made you apply for a certificate in the first place.
Within certifications, there are preferences.
For instance, a CFA/FRM/Six Sigma or other specifications are bound to be given more importance than a course on Statistics by IIM Bangalore on edX. However, if you are able to explain what you learnt from Statistics and in what manner it helped you, then I am sure that it will work in your favour.
I would say the key is to do it from a reputed MOOC portal such as edX, Hootsuite, HubSpot, Coursera or Konversations.
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