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Hello Experts ,
What is the role/help of a consultant during the application process apart from the essays?

A) Is it sensible to apply to schools on your own after having a chat with an expert and get your essays reviewed (or) go for a comprehensive package?

B) do most schools have a common application form viz personal details professional details essays or does it vary from school to school?

C) what are the common questions asked in application forms?


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Hello Experts ,
What is the role/help of a consultant during the application process apart from the essays?

A) Is it sensible to apply to schools on your own after having a chat with an expert and get your essays reviewed (or) go for a comprehensive package?

B) do most schools have a common application form viz personal details professional details essays or does it vary from school to school?

C) what are the common questions asked in application forms?


Regards,
HK


Hello again HK,
It usually depends person to person. If you ask the MBA Schools they will encourage you to apply without seeking any professional help. But most students, even the brightest take some or the other form of professional advise just to be 100% sure.

A) Reviewing your essays is only one of many services you can avail in a comprehensive package, such as mock interview, resume review, etc. It completely depends on YOU. If you are confident about your application, then you may not engage a consultant or just engage on a piecemeal basis.

B) It does vary from school to school

C) Why don't you create an account on your dream school's website and fill a mock application?

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Hello again HK,
It usually depends person to person. If you ask the MBA Schools they will encourage you to apply without seeking any professional help. But most students, even the brightest take some or the other form of professional advise just to be 100% sure.

A) Reviewing your essays is only one of many services you can avail in a comprehensive package, such as mock interview, resume review, etc. It completely depends on YOU. If you are confident about your application, then you may not engage a consultant or just engage on a piecemeal basis.

B) It does vary from school to school

C) Why don't you create an account on your dream school's website and fill a mock application?

Best,


Hello Deep ,

thanks for the quick response. I have a better understanding now.

I never knew schools had mock application. Will start doing it right away using another email id

Thanks

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HK

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Hi there,

I agree with the feedback above – applicants hire consultants for a number of reasons and there’s really no one-size-fits-all approach. Can you apply on your own without a consultant? Of course! This isn’t rocket science - any smart person can do the research and submit good applications. However, without having been through the process yourself or very close to others who have gone through it, it’s often hard to see inside the “black box” of the process and know how you can try to get a leg up on the competition. And that’s where a good consultant can really add value – ideally someone who has been through the process themselves and has coached many others through the process with successful outcomes. While the essay brainstorming, structuring, and editing is part of the service most consultants offer, it’s certainly not the whole thing. A good consultant will help you develop your story (or “brand”), identify your application strengths and weaknesses and develop a strategy for both leveraging your strengths to differentiate yourself and mitigating any weaknesses, and can overall help make the process more efficient for you. More tangibly, a consultant can help guide you through the somewhat vague, “black box” process, share examples of what’s worked for other applicants with similar profiles, help flesh out stories and goals, and provide you with a structure and second set of (critical) eyes as you develop all your materials (essays, resume, recommender selection and prep, and ultimately, the interview). All of the above mentoring typically falls under “Comprehensive Services” vs. an a la carte essay review package. But ultimately, it’s up to you, your budget, and your goals in terms of when and how you engage a consultant – if at all.

To answer your other 2 questions, there will be many overlapping data questions in the schools’ application forms (your basic contact info, education, employment history, etc.) but there will also be unique ones to every school. My advice is to register for the online applications for all of your target schools as soon as they go live (typically in May-July) and then take inventory of all the questions that will take a bit more reflection to answer.

I hope that helps! Best of luck!

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Hello Experts ,
What is the role/help of a consultant during the application process apart from the essays?
Hi Hatakekakashi - yes- good questions
A) Is it sensible to apply to schools on your own after having a chat with an expert and get your essays reviewed (or) go for a comprehensive package? My take- is that if you work on the comprehensive you get a better deal because you can get as much help as you need and the meter is not always running. The counselor will know you better from working with you on some of the pre-work and this can benefit you in long run. But also people need to make their own call based on their personality, needs and budget.

B) do most schools have a common application form viz personal details professional details essays or does it vary from school to school?You really have to approach each school as its own thing- too much customization needed to try to cut and paste... that does not work well.

C) what are the common questions asked in application forms?They usually ask about salary, work history, activities, family information etc.

Hope this helps! And I think the best way to find a consultant is to ask for referrals, check the reviews and also speak to people. Here is a link to learn more about Stratus:
http://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/ ... b-visitor/

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Hi there,

I agree with the feedback above – applicants hire consultants for a number of reasons and there’s really no one-size-fits-all approach. Can you apply on your own without a consultant? Of course! This isn’t rocket science - any smart person can do the research and submit good applications. However, without having been through the process yourself or very close to others who have gone through it, it’s often hard to see inside the “black box” of the process and know how you can try to get a leg up on the competition. And that’s where a good consultant can really add value – ideally someone who has been through the process themselves and has coached many others through the process with successful outcomes. While the essay brainstorming, structuring, and editing is part of the service most consultants offer, it’s certainly not the whole thing. A good consultant will help you develop your story (or “brand”), identify your application strengths and weaknesses and develop a strategy for both leveraging your strengths to differentiate yourself and mitigating any weaknesses, and can overall help make the process more efficient for you. More tangibly, a consultant can help guide you through the somewhat vague, “black box” process, share examples of what’s worked for other applicants with similar profiles, help flesh out stories and goals, and provide you with a structure and second set of (critical) eyes as you develop all your materials (essays, resume, recommender selection and prep, and ultimately, the interview). All of the above mentoring typically falls under “Comprehensive Services” vs. an a la carte essay review package. But ultimately, it’s up to you, your budget, and your goals in terms of when and how you engage a consultant – if at all.

To answer your other 2 questions, there will be many overlapping data questions in the schools’ application forms (your basic contact info, education, employment history, etc.) but there will also be unique ones to every school. My advice is to register for the online applications for all of your target schools as soon as they go live (typically in May-July) and then take inventory of all the questions that will take a bit more reflection to answer.

I hope that helps! Best of luck!

Kindly,
Melody


Hello Melody ,
Thanks for the in-depth insight . I will register soon

Regards,
HK

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StratusMBACounselor wrote:
Hatakekakashi wrote:
Hello Experts ,
What is the role/help of a consultant during the application process apart from the essays?
Hi Hatakekakashi - yes- good questions
A) Is it sensible to apply to schools on your own after having a chat with an expert and get your essays reviewed (or) go for a comprehensive package? My take- is that if you work on the comprehensive you get a better deal because you can get as much help as you need and the meter is not always running. The counselor will know you better from working with you on some of the pre-work and this can benefit you in long run. But also people need to make their own call based on their personality, needs and budget.

B) do most schools have a common application form viz personal details professional details essays or does it vary from school to school?You really have to approach each school as its own thing- too much customization needed to try to cut and paste... that does not work well.

C) what are the common questions asked in application forms?They usually ask about salary, work history, activities, family information etc.

Hope this helps! And I think the best way to find a consultant is to ask for referrals, check the reviews and also speak to people. Here is a link to learn more about Stratus:
http://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/ ... b-visitor/


Hello there ,
Budget is the sole reason , i have decided to get my profile evaluated by an expert , ask him/her to select the right schools for me . I'd love to apply to those specific schools and at the end of my application ask the expert to kinda review my app. I am not sure , the number of consultants willing to work this way. Being an applicant from India consultants here charge anywhere between 1000-1500 dollars for 3-6 schools. The amount when compared to the US consultants is quite low , but i do agree that the consultants from the US have a lot more to offer because of their vast experience. I was just thinking whether to join a comprehensive package with a consultant here in India or spend the same amount in the process i have mentioned earlier

Regards,
HK

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