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Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2009, 13:07
searching for feedback on potential admissions consultants to use for applying this fall to a top 5 school. the two recommendations that i have so far are mbamission and hbsguru.

any information on them or on others would be extremely helpful.

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Re: Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2009, 14:30
HBSguru is sandy...he is expense but knows his stuff. The biggest issue is his personality, to put it bluntly he is a complete jerk to lots of people. Alex who is one of the people who posts on here is a consultant I think really knows his stuff, will be honest with you, but doesnt come across as being rude and condesending like Sandy.
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Re: Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2009, 15:09
I didn't use any consultants (and I guess my application results reflect that, heh), but I know quite a few people who did. It seems like there are basically two types of consultants, 1) the consultant who will do whatever is necessary to try and get you into a good b-school, and 2) the consultant who will really try to help you prepare the best possible application given your background, your career goals, and your personality.

I prefer the latter type, and it seems Alex Chu from MBA Apply seems to fall into that group. If I were recommending a consultant, I would suggest Alex or someone who shares a similar philosophy.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Alex or MBA Apply
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Re: Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012? [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2009, 04:17
Alex did a ding analysis for me, it was very informative and direct. I thought he was very good.
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Re: Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012? [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2009, 05:36
Any thoughts on MBA Exchange?
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Re: Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2009, 20:46
fall09 wrote:
Any thoughts on MBA Exchange?


I think MBA exchange is very expensive...I was shocked to see that they charge around $7000 for the "complete package". I don't know what "complete" means though!
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Re: Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2009, 20:01
I worked with accepted.com and in particular Cindy Tokimutsu, she is good but really she only edited like 15/20 words from my HBS essays..i was pissed so i had sandy HBSguru do a free eval of my HBS essay..and he really didnt have much to say..but he was nice enough to do a mock interview prep with me..and boy he really helped me out a lot..Cindy was great in terms of addressing my concerns i had when i was writing my drafts, i was just paranoid so i guess having her look at my work was very comforting. Cindy came highly referenced, my friends, a Booth graduate and another HBS grad had used her services before.

I had totally messed up my kellogg interview but with HBSguru's feedback I was really able to polish my interview skills..keep in mind, I had not interviewed in over 10 years..especially some BS interview process such as an MBA admissions interview. anyways end results..I had awesome interviews at HBS and Wharton.

As for $$$, HBSguru did the interview mock for free.. and Cindy charged like a total of $1000 for HBS and Wharton essays...

My take on using consultants is, do your own ROI, you still need to do your work and stay on top of the edits with your consultant, if you are like me..there wasnt much of any ROI, but HBSguru was very useful..and he was free!!!

If you are really struggling, go with an admissions consultant..they are the MBA's dirty little secret.
Re: Suggestions for admissions consultants for Class of 2012?   [#permalink] 14 May 2009, 20:01
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