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Business School Services

Business school applications have similarities with law school apps, as well as differences.

Virtually all business school programs require multiple essays. These include:

  • a basic background essay, similar to a law school diversity essay;
  • one or more essays explaining your interest in this field as well as in this school; and
  • explanations of any weaknesses in your file, especially poor grades.
  • The Purpose Essay

The Purpose Essay is the most important part of most B-school applications. Admissions committees aren't just looking to see why you want to leave your current job, or why you seek professional advancement. They want you to have a dream as precise as Dr. Martin Luther King's — and the passion to match.

We will spend as much as twenty hours exploring and developing your goal, making sure that it is clear, concise, and carefully written. We will then craft longer and shorter versions to match each school's requirements.

Other common essays include your leadership skills and experiences; your ability to work as part of a team as well as individually; and what you do to relieve the stresses of work. We'll discuss each one of these early on, so that we're not surprised when these topics show up.

The Application Timeline

Applications for business schools operate on a very different schedule from those for law schools. Most law schools have only one application deadline each year. Business schools have much earlier application deadlines in order to accommodate the interview schedule.  In addition, many of these schools have more than one deadline, reviewing files in successive waves. Most promise to save a portion of their seats for those who apply in later waves, some only read the last batch of applications on an "as needed" basis.

Resumes and Recommendations

Perhaps more importantly, business schools generally send a very complicated recommendation form, which must be completed online.This recommendation often has several additional questions, and allows a very brief time for answering them; it is common to be given 10 days to two weeks to answer these often profound questions. You must have a resume and biography available for your recommenders before you begin the process, so that you can offer them the maximum time the school allows.

The many additional steps and minutia involved in applying to business schools guarantee that only the most organized and self-disciplined applicants will successfully complete the obstacle course that applications present.  We help keep you organized with spreadsheets and timelines throughout the application process.    

The Interview

Virtually all business schools conduct personal interviews. Not everyone is interviewed; many applicants are weeded out before the interview stage is reached. It is also possible, but rare, that a person is admitted without an interview. It's safe to say that such people have extraordinary grades, test scores, and recommendations.

The interview serves a multitude of purposes. It may be used to explore the applicant's motivation or to address weaknesses in the applicant's file. It may tell the interviewer whether you have the interpersonal skills necessary for the program you wish to enter. Interviews may also be used to verify that you are indeed the person who wrote your essays; writing skills, vocabulary level, and general presentation can all help the interviewer assess the likelihood that your essays are truly yours.

Interviews can also help the school to evaluate your level of maturity and dedication to your stated goal. A tendency to switch the interview topic toward your favorite sports team or hobby might lead the interviewer to believe that school is not foremost in your mind.

Finding the right level of formality, humor, and casual conversation can be challenging. That's why we believe that interview training is an essential part of completing your MBA application. We expect to spend 4 two-hour sessions preparing you for interviews

  • In the first session, we discuss potential topics of inquiry and the suggested directions for your answers.
  • In the second session, we role-play the interview, critiquing each answer as it is made, to suggest ways to improve.
  • The third session is your chance to incorporate those suggestions into your answers in an additional role-play situation.
  • The fourth (and hopefully final) session is a full "dress rehearsal," allowing you to become comfortable in your interview clothes as well as in your interview voice.

Where to Apply

In addition to these differences in the application process, the process of choosing business schools is controlled by factors very different from those in the law school process.

Business schools pay far more less attention to residency than do law schools; they assume that you're willing to travel across the country in order to attend their school, while law schools almost always consider residency as a factor in the admissions process.

However, Business schools pay far more attention to a good programmatic fit, expecting each applicant to know details of the school's interests and specialties as well as teaching style; virtually no law schools expects this level of familiarity with their program.

Test Scores

Grades and GMAT scores are as important to business schools as are the corresponding numbers to law schools. The US News rankings have a significant effect on MBA programs, especially those in the "Top Fifty."

In this regard, business schools are more similar to law schools; GMAT scores play a significant role in a school's s ranking, and help a school to distinguish many applicants quickly.

Fees and Schedule

Applicants to business programs may choose to work with us for any of the three components of a business school application.Fees for each component are:  

Step 1: Application review and personal statement.  Fee: $1000 plus $200 per school with a new essay topic.

Step 2:  Choice of Schools -- includes building a data base, discussing each school, and suggesting further research.  Fee:   $1000

Step 3:  Interviews:  Includes up to 16 hours of interview preparation -- 8 hours of general  prep before the first interview and more as needed for individual schools. Fee:   $1,500

 

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