While working in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Admissions Office, Faisal reviewed hundreds of applications and learned what distinguished the successful candidates from those who were merely qualified for admission. With seven years of management consulting experience, Faisal has also persuaded executive decision makers to implement new approaches to more successfully market their services and products.
With his admissions office experience and management consulting know-how, Faisal delivers a unique approach to MBA admissions consulting, combining the art of storytelling with persuasive communication techniques, thereby offering his clients a distinctive advantage over other applicants. Engaging his help means you will enjoy the advantage of nearly a decade of admissions experience during your MBA campaign.
Faisal has lived, traveled, or worked on six continents and has engaged with MBA candidates from all corners of the world. Along the way he’s learned that every person has a fascinating story to tell, even if the language and style they use to tell it differs. Drawing upon his engineering background, MBA from Booth, and extensive international work experience across IT, telecom, publishing, pharma, and medical devices, Faisal has successfully helped US and non-US based MBA applicants translate their rich global experiences into compelling, relevant, and memorable applications. Faisal also specializes in helping MBA candidates who want to transition to a new career path, guiding them on how to convince admissions officers that an MBA will put them on the path to success in a brand new field.
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Reflections from some of Faisal’s recent client success stories:
Accepted to Harvard Business School
There is so much information related to MBA applications available online that it is sometimes difficult to pick what exactly goes into a successful application. If you are lucky, then you get to work with consultants like Faisal.
I took the GMAT in the last week of June and this left with me with only about 2 months to prepare an application for HBS, my dream school. As is the norm, I started going through consultant profiles online and set up an introductory interview with Faisal from MBA Prep School.
It is difficult to differentiate between different consultants but after talking to Faisal, I felt that he would help me in molding my application to be a successful one.
As an engineer from an over-represented nationality, I needed to come up with something special to differentiate myself from other applicants. After the first couple of efforts at the essay, Faisal told me that I had had an interesting life and I was not doing justice to it in my essays. With every iteration of the essays, Faisal made me think more and helped me highlight aspects of my life which I had initially thought to be less impactful. Faisal was always available when I needed a sounding board and he was extremely prompt in turning around whatever material I sent him. Even when he had a personal situation, Faisal still went the extra mile and found time to help me finish the application.
I am glad to say that all these efforts paid off and I was accepted at HBS (Class of 2018).
At some point during the application, Faisal ceased to be a consultant and became more like my mentor. I have already recommended his services to colleagues and in the future too.
Thank you again for helping me achieve my dream of going to HBS 🙂
Accepted to Yale, Dartmouth, and Kellogg with $80,000 in scholarships!
Having graduated from a state university and working at a tech startup in a more rural region of the Midwest, I only knew a handful of people who had pursued an MBA at a top program. In order to get into a top school, I knew I would greatly benefit from an admissions consultant who could position my unique background as an asset and not a liability.
After speaking with various admissions consultants, I chose Faisal for his candor, past experience as a member of Booth’s admission committee, and impressive story-telling ability. I also appreciated that Faisal was NOT a full-time admissions consultant and consequently worked with only a handful of people (i.e., 4-5) at a given time. I knew that being 1 of 5 clients would result in me receiving more personalized attention than had I been just 1 of 20 clients to a career admissions consultant.
Once we got to work, Faisal delivered. Rather than diving immediately into essay writing, he made sure that I was clear on my “brand” and what value I could add to a school. When work was busy and I got behind, Faisal would hold me accountable and gently push me to meet our deadlines. As a proof-reader, Faisal had a great way of improving my essay without changing my voice. And as a mock interviewer, Faisal gave me some great, easy-to-implement tips that helped me to confidently tackle my interviews.
Long story short, I got into all three schools that I worked on with Faisal: Yale, Dartmouth, and Kellogg with a scholarship! There are significant time and money considerations when deciding to use an admissions consultant, but if you have the resources and the need to work with someone who has knows the process inside and out, I would highly encourage working with Faisal.
Accepted to Chicago Booth
Deciding that I wanted to pursue an MBA was easy; navigating the process was a completely different story. Without Faisal and MBA Prep School, I don’t think I would have been accepted into my dream school — Booth.
Yes, MBA Prep School has more resources than you can imagine about the MBA process, is timely in their responses, and is efficient with all administrative items. But what sets MBA Prep School apart is that they care. They care enough to match you with a Consultant that meets your unique needs. When I was matched with Faisal, I felt heard by the organization in a way I never did with the other consultants/firms I spoke to.
I knew Faisal was the Consultant for me during our introductory call because he actually wanted to get to know me. He wanted to understand my past, my present, and why my future included an MBA. When I told him which schools I was targeting, he never discouraged me. He was honest about how difficult it might be but he told me he’d ensure I put together my best application. At the end of the day, that’s all I wanted and needed to hear.
Faisal is kind and he listens. He is an expert at guiding you to mine your past for content and once you have that content, he’ll work with you to refine it. He not only helped me tell my story in my essays, but in my resume and interviews as well. Faisal is a storyteller and he believes we all have our own unique stories to tell. I can guarantee he’ll help you tell yours.
I was a candidate without a perfect GPA and no quant background. Faisal helped me preemptively address any concerns admissions officers might have reading my application. He even helped me utilize these potential concerns as ways to show how I’m unique, why I’m passionate about pursuing an MBA, and why I wanted to attend the programs I was applying to.
I could go on and on but really, if you’re looking for a Consultant who knows the MBA process inside and out, will be both critical and kind, and will listen to you and help you craft an amazing story, Faisal is your guy.
Accepted to INSEAD and London Business School (LBS)
A friend who was accepted at HBS himself referred me to Faisal and I am so glad for that! At first I did wonder if a US-based consultant would indeed be able to help with my very Asia-focused application to international schools. By the end of my first 30 minute conversation with Faisal, I was left in no doubt that I wanted to work with him. I felt Faisal already understood my drivers and concerns around the application process. I can safely say I wasn’t wrong.
This is what I loved about working with Faisal:
1) The MBA consultation at no point felt like a business transaction. Faisal completely respected it as a personal journey helping me figure out what would work best for me and put together my application story. This worked great not just for essays and then interviews but also in me getting clarity on what I really wanted from the MBA myself.
2) I always got honest, firm yet polite feedback from Faisal – no mincing words.
3) Even during the busy application round deadlines time, I had seamless and meaningful communication with Faisal. My application always felt like priority. As I completed my MBA interviews I also got a call for a job interview for a position I had applied to months ago and I was then quite keen on. I realised that working with Faisal over these months on my apps had given me such clarity for answering personal story and competency questions and structuring those answers that I was completely comfortable even at the job interview (I cleared that interview, and will be going for MBA anyway). It is a skill I shall carry well beyond the MBA application process.
I would without a shadow of doubt recommend working with Faisal for MBA apps!
Accepted to Kellogg, Chicago Booth and Georgetown
Working with Faisal on my application is the best decision I have ever made.
Working with Faisal has been such a transformative experience! Faisal has the best story-telling and English writing skills, and is patient, trustful and insightful. Faisal inspired me to summarize my past experience and tell more powerful stories than I could ever imagine. Most importantly I think Faisal taught me how to approach thinking and writing – something that has not only has benefited my application but will also will benefit my future life. Faisal has helped me reach outside my limits and realize my dream.
It has been such a wonderful time working with Faisal, and I would highly recommend Faisal to anyone who wants to take on a life-changing journey!
Accepted to Chicago Booth
Faisal is a great consultant to work with. He definitely understands what the admission office people are looking for in your application. When I started the application process, I had my MBA friends look at my essays. Although my friends pointed out my weaknesses, I was at a loss on revising them. I realized I need a consultant to help. I did hourly coaching with Faisal focusing on essays. He helped me transform my story in a powerful way and inspired me to clearly articulate my goal.
I have a good background but nothing extremely special. I believe it is my essay that differentiates me from the crowd and I would not achieve that without Faisal’s help. Every time I talked to Faisal, he challenged me to think through essential questions such as my career passion, my choice of MBA, my network and how to address my weaknesses in the application. Being able to answer those question eventually set up a great foundation for my application, not only on my essays but also on my interview. Faisal is very responsive. He even followed up with me when I got behind on revising my essays. I strongly recommend Faisal. He cares about whether you can be successful on your application and you want to find someone like that to help you along the journey.
Accepted to Cornell’s 1 Year MBA
As most people here, I realized I wanted something different in life but it was after working for 10 years. In order to achieve my goal, I knew I had to get a good business education but I realized my ambition little late in the game (i.e., at the age of 33). It was stressful. I never knew if it is possible to get into business school to achieve my dreams at this point in my life.
My motto is always to try and fail but not to quit even before trying. So I took GMAT and scored a mediocre 700. I say mediocre because I see that many GMAT clubbers scoring 720+. Anyways, as I plan to not shift my job industry, I wanted to apply to good ONE-YEAR MBA schools.
Based on my goals, I figured out Cornell and Emory will give me a good chance for my future. As this was my last chance to get into a good school, I didn’t want to take chances. So I wanted to pick the right Admission Consultant who can guide me throughout the process.
So I started my research of good admission consultants. I spoke with a few admission consultants in India. I couldn’t establish any connection with them as I understood that most of them try to squeeze as many people as possible. So I decided to speak to admission consultants in US and I spoke to Faisal. I realized that, if at all I have a chance, it’s through Faisal because he was honest and didn’t promise me any guaranteed admission. All he promised me was that he will push me to work hard to get my admissions stuff right and that he helped someone in same boat as mine. So based on other reviews and my gut feeling, I decided to hire Faisal.
What can I say? He was there at each step of the admission process. He really understood my story. He helped at each step of the application process and he was available whenever I needed him. On top of everything as he promised, he pushed me so hard to work to get everything right in this exhausting process. Not to mention, the number of times he edited my resume and essays. Everything is my story and I wrote everything. He was very patient to point out my lengthy sentences, and suggestions to how to present my content much better. I felt that he genuinely wanted to help me. Along the process, as I was working with him, I realized that the money I paid was extremely well spent even if I do not get an admission because I learnt valuable lessons on writing and presenting essays and facing interviews. I would have written this endorsement even if I didn’t get an admission.
Finally, at the end of this daunting process, my story was presented in a much more powerful way than I ever imagined. I am really happy that I chose him. With Faisal’s guidance, my hard work, and a little luck, I got admitted to Cornell and was waitlisted at Emory.
Overall, I highly recommend him and if I have to describe his work ethic in 1 word, it’s “AWESOME”.
Accepted to Chicago Booth
Faisal is a magical person in terms of structuring the essay in the very first draft. In addition, he tries to understand the profile of the applicant and advises on the strong points to be put in the essay.
I started with Faisal 10 days before the application deadline and received an admissions offer. I think without Faisal, whose key inputs from the start steered me into the right direction, I would not have been able to submit my application. Within the 5th review, my essay was done. For those who have less time and dream to apply to many number of schools, I do not see any person other than Faisal for this task. I am thankful to him for his incredible contribution to my application process.
Accepted to NYU Stern
Having reached the ninth inning of the MBA application process (the interview), I knew I had to give it my all. The mock interview with Faisal and his feedback gave me the tools and confidence I needed for game day. I identified and improved my interviewing flaws and learned how to better frame my answers in a clear, concise, and logical manner. Thanks again, MBA Prep School!
Accepted to Northwestern Kellogg (Part-Time) and Chicago Booth (Part-Time)
When I was first considering an MBA, I decided to see what MBA admissions consultants had to offer and I set up a host of free introductory calls with various consultants. During our first call itself, Faisal’s approach struck me as one that was unique and personalized, and three factors really stood out to me. Firstly, Faisal is a great listener and he actually listened to what I had to say. I felt like most other consultants were trying to interrogate me during the first call and perhaps trying to assess me based on some existing structure or metric or questionnaire. I would rather have a personalized yet flowing and informative conversation since I firmly believe each individual is unique and has their own story to tell. Secondly, Faisal did not once mention that I need to retake the GMAT (I took it once and scored a 740) based on the demographic that I hail from (more on this later). This was music to my ears as I don’t believe in wasting time and effort giving an exam more than once mainly because that time could be well spent bolstering other parts of your profile or just living and enjoying life. Last but not the least, he actually suggested that I wait an year to apply for a number of reasons. While this also aligned with my own thought process, I had setup all those calls to essentially gain a second opinion and some consultants that I spoke to really wanted me to start the process asap; to me they just came across as really pushy salespeople.
Fast forward one year and I decided to work with Faisal for my Full Time MBA applications. In all my interactions with him, he was approachable, punctual and prompt yet detailed in his email responses. When it came to the essays, he was instrumental in identifying high impact stories and then urging me to write more on those. That’s really important because many a times, it’s difficult to assess the impact of one’s own stories and an unbiased fresh viewpoint really helps you put things in perspective and piece your own story together. It’s worth mentioning that Faisal helps you in the creative process and helps you write your own story There’s much more to it than just editing and proofreading; he wants to get to know you and not just assist you with the application. He was present , as a sounding board and advisor throughout the process: when I was offered an amazing growth opportunity and when I moved to a different city. In essence, you can’t go wrong with Faisal. I would say the terms “career coach” and “mentor” suit him to a tee (Consultant just sounds very business oriented). My journey had quite a few twists and turns and I actually ended up with admits to the top two Part-Time programs in the US (I decided not to pursue Full Time for personal and professional reasons).
Accepted to UC Berkeley Haas (Part-Time)
I wanted to let you know that I got admitted to Haas’s weekend MBA program at Berkeley. Thank you so much for all the help during the admissions process. From picking the most relevant stories to helping me structure my thoughts in a clear and succinct manner your guidance was instrumental in getting the ‘yes’ from Berkeley. I’ll be happy to recommend your services to my friends.
Accepted to MIT Sloan
Enlisting the help of Faisal Khan and Esther Choy for my business school admissions process was simply one of the best professional decisions of my life. I firmly believe that without their help, I would not have gotten into a top-5 MBA program. While there are many MBA admissions consultants out there, I believe that Esther and Faisal differentiate themselves in the following ways:
1. Robust client work plan: If I had to mention one item that sets Esther and Faisal apart from other admissions consultants, I would have to say it is their comprehensive client work plan. They rely on a framework that breaks the MBA application process into its discrete components and that is truly the best way to brainstorm and figure out how to portray yourself to the admissions committee.
2. Powerful storytelling process: Not only will Esther and Faisal provide you with timely and detailed feedback to help you polish your essays, but they will also help you craft a compelling story that will touch the admissions officers on an emotional level. They pushed me to edit and re-edit my essays until all of them tied together in a way that my overall application actually had a unified theme and a powerful underlying career purpose.
3. First-hand experience as both students and admissions officers: Esther and Faisal can offer incredible insights into the MBA applications process as they have both attended a top-tier MBA program AND they have both served on a top-tier MBA school’s admissions committee. Their unique background offers them a holistic and comprehensive view that was immensely helpful for me. For instance, when I was waitlisted at one of my schools, Esther was able to provide me with some insider knowledge about how the process works behind the scenes and then gave me advice on the best way to proceed.
4. Kindness and generosity: During my MBA application process I was waitlisted at a school that was not part of the our consulting arrangement. Despite this, Esther was kind enough to offer her services in helping me get off the waitlist, free-of-charge, because she cared about me and my future beyond that of a typical admissions consultant.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the whole admissions process and attribute a lot of my eventual success to the help that Esther and Faisal provided to me. I definitely recommend them if you are looking to take your MBA applications to the next level!
Accepted to Cornell, Cambridge and Oxford
Navigating the MBA application process can be quite overwhelming, especially if you have a busy work schedule and are targeting only the top programs. I had an initial consultation with Chris and he paired me up with Faisal, who had been a huge help in my application. During our one-on-one consultation, Faisal took time to analyze my educational and professional background, understood my stories and emphasized those aspects of my candidacy that clearly illustrated my strengths. It is amazing how small but insightful comments can make a world of difference in the overall application. I felt a lot more confident going into my interviews. The result was getting admission offers from 3 of the 4 schools I applied to. I would highly recommend Faisal to all prospective candidates. MBA Prep School was a great investment I made towards my MBA.
Accepted to NYU w/Scholarship
I considered a number of consultants prior to partnering with Esther and Faisal. From our first conversation it was clear that Esther is someone who genuinely cares about her clients’ success and has the skill set to push them to deliver the best and most genuine stories about themselves. I knew that I would need to deliver a refined narrative on my application to find success given that I came from a non-traditional background without a well-known employer on my resume.
What I especially appreciate is that Esther and Faisal do not impose their idea of what the perfect story is for you, but challenge you to figure it out yourself. This is valuable not only for the application and admissions interviews but also for future career discussions. I was able to authentically and articulately convey my story to other students and admissions staff.
Esther and Faisal were also accommodating to my tight timeline. We completed the entire process in just a few short weeks. They were both very responsive to my questions and ready to talk at any time. I strongly recommend Esther and Faisal to anyone who is looking for an MBA consulting team.
Accepted to UCLA Anderson w/Fellowship
I will always be grateful to Esther and Faisal for the guidance and insights that not only made my applications the best they could be, but helped me learn a lot more about myself.
My favorite part of Esther’s program is the initial brainstorming and self-discovery session through a probing questionnaire. This allowed me to find my own voice and explore my deepest passions in life, helping me discover schools that I didn’t previously consider or possible subject matters for my essays that were not obvious to me. After the questionnaire and a few calls with Esther, I felt like she had a great understanding of who I am/what motivates me, and she was able to tailor my school selection, along with applications and essays accordingly. She pushed me to discover my own inspirations and I learned more about myself than I ever did. I felt that Esther truly got to know me as a person and was fully invested in my well being and learning, not just on my application. The storytelling methods I learned from her were invaluable — I was able to transform my leadership experiences into compelling stories. Esther even recommended TED talks or books that were relevant to me and I did benefit from. Beyond my applications, Esther did way more for my personal growth than I could’ve imagined.
I can’t thank Faisal enough as well. While Esther established the brainstorming, storytelling technique, and basic focus of my essays, Faisal focused on fine-tuning my essays and making them flow as well as possible. Faisal’s writing skills are top-notch and his turn-around time is always fast. He is a great communicator as well. When I was stressed about the deadline of a particular essay/app, he helped me establish a timeline and reassured me that it can be done.
Overall, I’m grateful to have had Esther and Faisal’s help throughout the process and it was a tremendous learning experience. I wouldn’t have gotten to one of my top choice schools with fellowship otherwise. Most importantly, I do not see them as admission consultants but as valuable friends and mentors going forward. Thank you!