How to choose MBA Admissions Consultants?
Facing trouble with MBA Admissions Consultant?
- Ameer Khatri
There is no denying the fact that acceptance rates at the world’s best business schools remain stubbornly low. They range from just 7% at Stanford and 11% at Harvard Business School to 32% at the University of Michigan’s Ross School. ISB’s acceptance rate is just 10%. No matter how you slice it, when it comes to applying to the prestigious business schools, the odds are set firmly against you.
Every year on our facebook group GMAT Avengers consulting, I hear multiple unfortunate stories of candidates. They paid some well-intentioned MBA admissions consultants a butt load of money during admissions cycle and still got rejected from everywhere.
I had a GMAT score of 650. My MBA admissions consultant insisted that I had a great chance of getting into ISB and other good MBA programs. He boasted about his 92% success rate and convincingly I paid several thousand for his services. Of course, I got dinged without an interview from all of the 5 schools.
My consultant was a complete scam. He’s really money grubbing, obsessed with his positioning. It was a waste of money, and he had the audacity to give me a discount rate to try again next year.
This post on the GMAT Avengers Consulting Group last year made me think hard on the issues MBA candidates face with their MBA consultants and I realized that it is mainly because of 3 reasons-
- Consultants sometime blatantly overstate a semi-hopeless candidate’s chances of admission, just to increase the likelihood that the candidate will purchase MBA consulting services.
- They tend to take on a lot more clients than they can actually handle at a point.
- Candidate’s applications get over-managed by consultants leading to dull lifeless essays which the candidate fails to connect to.
My point here isn’t to criticize any particular MBA admissions consulting firm and I have absolutely zero interest in damaging their business. But I’ve seen a lot of companies commit exactly the same sin for trapping candidates. They blatantly overstating a candidate’s chances of admission to earn that extra penny.
How is it possible that an MBA admissions firm is claiming an astonishing 100% success rate for clients who last year applied to at least four top MBA programs? These companies sometimes blow up their success rates as well. Thus in order to keep up to the stated numbers they enroll more candidates than they can manage. This directly leads to shabby consultation and compromised outputs for the candidates.
Big firms have their set rules to function and it is difficult for them to shift from those set rules and guidelines. Otherwise how will they produce applications in assembly line? The outcome again is the candidate’s misery with no personalized assistance, untailored essays and not enough hours dedicated to each aspect of their application.
Selecting a good MBA Admissions consultant is a difficult task. It’s not an easy task in a market filled 100’s of consultant all promising the moon and above 90% conversion rate.
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