We recently stumbled across some great advice from Soojin Kwon Koh, Director of Admissions at Michigan Ross, in which she discussed her take on admissions consultants (with great, balanced perspective, we might add). In the blogpost, Koh cited some key concerns for any MBA applicant considering hiring an admissions consultant:
1) Beware of consultants who claim “inside” knowledge of the MBA admissions process. All MBA programs’ processes (and even committees) are always in flux, and it’s impossible for any outsider to determine the precise temperature of the AdCom at HBS, Wharton or Stanford GSB.
2) Avoid consultants who want to simply rewrite your essays. “If there’s any hint of an application not being your own work, your chances of admission are doomed,” Koh says. At IvyEyes, we work with MBA applicants through our Advanced Service to generate the content needed for fully realized essays and resumes. In the end, the best content comes from you…and we are the coaches who enable you to tap into that material and even clarify your goals.
3) Avoid consultants who use past templates as a ‘Holy Grail’ for applications that will succeed yet again. As mentioned above, MBA admissions processes not only constantly evolve, they are becoming more competitive and rigorous worldwide! Beware of any consultant who doesn’t know the trends in MBA admissions, and doesn’t leverage a customized, personalized approach to developing your own strongest candidacy.
4) Avoid admissions consultants who inflate their credentials. Typically, the majority of our clients find us not online, but through word-of-mouth and client testimonials. In addition, we provide a free critique for every prospective client to make our process and value more transparent.
We fully support Koh’s perspective on admissions consultants and consider our approach to align with the highest standards which she identifies. So, whether you choose to engage Ivy Eyes Editing, or another admissions consultant, be sure that you are mindful of the caveats above. Not only will your candidacy benefit from it, you’ll view your acceptance letter as a confirmation of your personal intellectual capital, hard work and potential.
What could be better than that?
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