Hiring an admissions consultant is a great way to make sure you produce the best possible business school application possible, leveraging the inside knowledge and experience from someone who has been through the process successfully many, many times. Yet, working with an expert does not mean that you can take a back seat and put things on cruise control.
You should still expect to do a lot of work writing, editing and rewriting essays, in addition to making sure you complete each step of the application process on time. (We will certainly provide expert guidance to help you make the right decision at every step of the way).
Below is a list of some of the mistakes I have seen clients make over the years:
- Missing deadlines by getting the time zone wrong. Even if this mistake can be remedied with a very apologetic phone call the next day, it is not a situation you want to put yourself in. Our advice is to always submit a day early to avoid missing any technical glitches from overloaded servers, or a computer that crashes.
- Missing communications from schools: make sure those emails do not end up in your junk folder. Reading and responding to requests from the admissions committees should be a priority. If you don’t respond in a timely fashion, they will wonder about your commitment and professionalism.
- Recommendations being late: not too uncommon, but there is no excuse for this to happen. Most online application systems allow for a reminder to be sent. In addition, you should check in with recommenders to make sure they are on track. Also, be aware of their schedules, whether vacations or major high priority projects that could delay or postpone completing your letters of recommendation.
- Insufficient school research: not everyone has the ability to visit each school they are applying to, but this is not an excuse to not have a firm grasp of what resources are relevant to your career goals. We will certainly point you how and where to look, including relevant professors, courses, clubs and experiential learning programs, but you have to take the time to follow through.
- Underestimating the amount of work needed to complete the applications on time. It requires a significant amount of work to prepare successful applications. This is especially true given the amount of introspection required to answer essay questions about who you are, what motivates you, etc.
Granted, much of the above can be avoided by following a logical and detailed process, so there is no reason the above should happen to you.
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