If you are considering investing in MBA Prep School’s Comprehensive School Package service, it will help to read what follows closely so that you understand and appreciate our project philosophy, work style, and work plan.
Application Strategy and Career Goals
Self-reflection and self-discovery are the foundation for an effective Application Strategy and your most important competitive advantage in the MBA application process. We will work together to develop a clear idea of what you want your application to say about you and a plan for using your resume, essays, reference letters, and interviews to communicate your core strengths, to prove you possess exceptional leadership potential, and to prove you “fit” with the schools you are applying to.
While what you’ve achieved so far is important to MBA admissions committees, an acceptance letter to a top tier MBA program is not a blue ribbon for past achievements. Admissions committees want to know what you’ve accomplished because they are trying to assess your potential to achieve even greater things in the future. As part of our comprehensive package we will help you to shape your career goals and excel in this aspect of the application process. Many candidates undermine their chances for admission by proposing a set of lofty career goals that appear unrealistic when viewed in the context of their past experiences and strengths. Grand ambitions are fine but you may hurt your chances for an acceptance letter if you are unable to convince admissions officers that the dots connect from your past accomplishments to your future aims. On the other hand, your career goals, if properly developed and defined, will set you apart from other candidates competing for a spot at that school. To help you meet this challenge, we will help you craft a coherent, logically structured set of career goals aligned with your abilities, deeper motivations, and sense of purpose. One of the central benefits of the comprehensive coaching process is that you will walk away with a roadmap to guide your career journey from your MBA onwards.
We will talk about your school “wish list” within the context of your developmental goals and post-business school career aspirations. We will help you to develop a set of schools that is a match with your learning style, development objectives, and career goals. We will also consider the admissions criteria of the schools on your list. The level of competition for a spot in a top-tier MBA program will be humbling, and some programs accept only one applicant for every ten who apply. We will want to be realistic given your academic and professional qualifications and identify a balanced portfolio that includes dream schools, reach schools, and schools that we believe you are amply qualified to attend.
Most schools require a traditional, one-page, business resume. We’ll get your resume in top shape prior to starting the essays. There are a number of key differences between an application resume and a job resume. We will help you to reshape your existing resume with your Application Strategy in mind. Your key accomplishments and the impact you have made in college and in your career need to be exceptionally clear to the admissions committee when they read your resume. We will help you craft a resume that features your core strengths and emphasizes the elements of your professional history that admissions committees care about most.
Your reference letters are among the most important tools in the application package for communicating your Application Strategy. As with your essays, your reference letters need to feature your core strengths, prove you have potential, and prove that you fit with the schools you are applying to. We will help you to choose your recommenders wisely, helping you to carefully weigh the pros and cons of your various recommender options.
The second way will increase the chances of excellent reference letters is to supply each of them with a tailored “Reference Guide”. The Reference Guides we will help you to construct will convey the important themes and unique perspective you would like your recommender to communicate in his or her letter. Some references will share a draft of their letter with you. In those cases, we will offer high-level guidance for you to pass along to your references for improving their letter. We will make sure that all the hard work you are doing on the rest of the application is supported by a brilliant set of reference letters.
For our comprehensive clients, we serve as the editor-in-chief of the application essays. We are the editor and you are the author. To be clear, we do not provide a ghostwriting service for MBA applicants. Instead, as your editors, we’ll help you to translate your Application Strategy into essay topics and guide you from first draft to final draft. Together, we’ll identify the themes, topics, and stories that best communicate your core strengths, prove you have exceptional leadership potential, and prove you’re a great fit with each school you apply to. We will be taking you through a systematic approach that will help you to write outstanding essays. As an added bonus, when you’re finished working with us, you’ll be a better writer than you were when we started.
Admissions interview preparation is included in the basket of comprehensive services. We will provide clear instruction on the best way to prepare for your admissions interview, and we will conduct a mock interview to simulate the interview experience. We will teach you about variations in interview practices among schools and how to adapt your interview preparation to the specific school that has invited you for an interview. Each comprehensive package includes one mock interview, and a small number of clients choose to purchase additional mock interview sessions above and beyond the first one. Your admissions interview is the final exam in the application process and we will focus your MBA interview preparation on the areas that matter most and prepare you to ace your final exam.
We believe that the truth is what opens doors to the best business schools. You will receive the truth from us from your first contact with MBA Prep School through to the moment you complete your comprehensive project with us. We are not in the business of telling applicants what they want to hear, nor are we in the business of helping our clients construct beautiful applications to schools they are simply not qualified to attend.
This integrity is at the core of everything we do at MBA Prep School, and that includes helping our clients assemble applications that are an accurate representation of themselves. Preparing an application that tells the admission committee what you think they want to hear but has no relationship to who you really are is a major mistake. Our goal as your admissions consulting team is to help you to create your “personal best” application given your unique talents, knowledge, skills, and life experiences. Our philosophy is that by telling your story authentically you’ll have the best chance of being accepted by an MBA program that is right for you.
We will expect a great deal from you over the coming weeks and months, and you should expect just as much from us. Please know that we are 100% committed to your success. If you become one of our comprehensive clients, it is because we honestly believe that when you give this process your all, your dream school is within reach.