Let’s call him Ted*.
Ted was dejected at having been rejected by his dream school not once but twice. He thought his essays were fine. He was sure his low GMAT score was his Achilles’ heel, which is why he gave the GMAT thrice, before he catapulted into the coveted 700+ club. Yet with a high GMAT score, he still didn’t come close to the next round – the interview round.
How did we help Ted?
Going through his previous essays, we understood why Ted never got his interview call. His essays were generic, incoherent in places, and had grammatical errors. During our detailed brainstorming sessions, Ted shared information on his work, what excited him and the highs and lows he encountered in his career. But when asked why he wanted to do an MBA, he had a vague answer which clearly showed he had not given serious thought to what he wanted to achieve post MBA. Because he didn’t think through questions such as “Why MBA” and “Post MBA Goals”, his essays didn’t seem convincing to the Adcom. We strategized about various career paths he could consider post MBA, extending on the strengths and competencies gained in his work so far. As Ted gained greater clarity, his vision about his future career became clear and logical. We helped him incorporate appropriate business language when writing the essays. His essays turned out well because they were clear, logical and lent a differentiating touch to his application.
Ted not only made it to the interview round but got a final admit from his dream school. Needless to say, Ted wasn’t the only one elated at his success!
* Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.