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Attending a top MBA program can be the ticket to achieving your professional dreams, but getting accepted is not easy. Hiring an MBA admissions consultant to assist you in delivering your best possible applications can give you a major assist, but is it worth the investment? How do you choose the right one?
Here are the things you must ask to determine if the consultant you are considering is the right one for you.
There are endless discussions on forums and message boards questioning the value of admissions consulting. One of the more common arguments against using a consultant runs something like this:
“I know so many MBA students at top schools who got in without an admissions consultant. It just is not necessary to use one.”
I’m sure if you took a poll of business school admissions consultants, the majority would have gotten in without the assistance of a consultant. Some, especially the more senior ones, also would not have taken a GMAT prep course before applying to b-school. However, over the last thirty years test preparation has gone from being an act of desperation to a competitive edge, to a mainstay of the application process. Today, to maximize chances of a top score and acceptance at the best possible school, most applicants take a test prep course.
The same phenomenon has occurred with admissions consulting. At this point, using a consultant is not crucial for everyone but it is extremely helpful for all.
The question is not whether one can get accepted to a top MBA program without a consultant. Yes. It is definitely possible. The question is: Are the advantages of using a consultant worth the cost?
Working with an experienced admissions consultant does provide a competitive edge and can:
So can you gain acceptance to a top b-school without using an admissions consultant? Certainly. Should you try? Only if you don’t value the experience, objectivity, and skill that can provide you with returns many times the cost.
The categories below will guide you in asking the relevant questions to consultants you are considering.
Several years ago, BusinessWeek published an exposé on the unethical practices of certain MBA essay writing services. These companies are not reputable admissions consultancies that guide, mentor, help applicants brainstorm, and then work with them to edit and polish their essays. They write essays for applicants.
Business school administrators all agree that submitting ghostwritten essays is unethical.
Application agents are a little different. They counsel applicants and are paid by schools for procuring applications. Sometimes they are paid by both the school and the applicant. In the latter case there is a clear conflict of interest.
Schools tend to want lots of applications; it makes them look good and allows them to be more choosy. Applicants should be counseled to apply to the schools where their goals are supported and they have a decent chance of getting in -- not to schools that make the agent or school’s marketing team look good.
Seek a consultancy that relies upon revenue from applicants. Your success is their success. Your interests align.
There is no value in using sample essays (or your friend’s essays) as templates and even less value in trying to copy them, even in part. The discovery of such abuse of the sample essays will likely cause your rejection.
Many of Accepted’s sample essays have been on the site for decades and also include helpful analyses as to what makes them work well. It is one of the hundreds of free resources we offer to clients and visitors. Admissions committee members are familiar with our sample essays, so trying to copy them would be extremely foolish. At one point, Jonathan Fuller, then Senior Associate Director of Admissions at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, even tweeted: “I swear I read Linda’s exact sample essay a few times in R1.” What do you think about the authors’ chances of acceptance?
Let’s say you have a friend who was accepted last year. Why can’t you use her essay as a guide, template, or source of material? Ignoring for the moment the ethical implications, realize that many schools use a service where they check your work against a computer database of previously submitted essays. Also, the schools want to know who you are as a person and a candidate. Why would you pretend to be someone else?
So, by all means learn from the sample essays provided on our site. That’s what they’re there for. But write your own. FYI: Accepted will cease work with clients who copy and refuse to write their own essays when confronted with the plagiarism.
Now that we know what to look for in choosing an admission consultant and what to avoid, let’s switch gears and talk about what simply isn’t that important:
Having a Degree for the Program in Question
Some applicants think that they’ll have a better shot of getting into a top school if their admissions consultant also went to a top school or who has a degree in the program in question (e.g. an MBA admissions consultant with an MBA, or more specifically with an MBA from your target program).
You might logically think, “If she got in, then I’m sure she can help me get in.” However, you need to think a bit more broadly.
First of all, applications change year to year. The fact that one admissions consultant went to a top b-school X years ago and another didn’t simply isn’t connected at all to their ability to help you create a winning application. A consultant doesn’t need to run a company to know how to ace an MBA application. Skills in financial modeling aren’t important when guiding someone who is applying to b-school.
An admissions consultant needs to know how to help you tell your story in a clear, coherent, and compelling way. A good consultant certainly understands what specific schools value, but they don’t have to attend to get that insight. Moreover, not being affiliated with a school (as an alum) may allow a consultant to encourage clients to look beyond stock choices or the alma mater to explore other schools.
Finally, many admissions committee members don’t have program-specific graduate degrees either. You don’t need an MBA to work in a business school’s admissions office. But the admissions committee members do know how to evaluate an application..
Whether or not consultants have the graduate degree you are trying to obtain is irrelevant to their ability to help applicants. What skills and knowledge should they have that will be important to you as an applicant?
Seek someone with those three qualities and you will have chosen well.
Our MBA application consultants provide targeted, specific and personalized assistance to help you approach your application with confidence. With experience in the Ivy Leagues and other elite, international, academic business schools, our consultants’ backgrounds and expertise speak for themselves. More importantly, that experience will help you passionately and persuasively speak for you.
When you work with an Accepted MBA application consultant, you will work individually with one seasoned admissions expert carefully selected to meet your needs and backed by a team of colleagues who have guided applicants to acceptance at 148 schools and with over 160 years of collective higher education experience.
To get accepted, you need more than just skill and intuition, more than stats and work experience. As we said above, you need a strategic plan and excellent execution. Our consultants support you through every step of the application process. We can provide guidance as you develop that strategy plus feedback and editing of your resume and essays so that they attract your target school’s immediate interest. Later, our MBA interview advice and mock interviews will help you sustain that interest and transform it into an acceptance.
And if you come to us after having already been rejected, no worries, we are on your team too - equipping you with the tools necessary to beat those rejection blues and reapply successfully.
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