While looking for help for your MBA application (for ISB or any other top B school), you would like to work with nothing but the best admission consultants. After all, you are going to entrust your consultant with arguably the most important decision of your career.
While many people claim to be the “best” out there (some even claiming a 95% success rate into ISB or helping 1/3 of the class get in!), we believe you should take an independent call before zeroing in on an application consultant. To help you assess, we give below some of the key factors to be considered while deciding on whom to consult for your ISB / MBA application.
- First hand experience of the application process: Firstly, the “best” ISB consultant can only be one who is an ISB MBA herself. Someone who has been in your shoes before and understands what it takes to get over the line. To take an example, a good cricket coach can only be one who has played cricket at the highest level and knows how it feels to be on the field, especially in tough situations. Similarly, someone who has been closely associated with school and seen the life pre-ISB, life at ISB, and life post-ISB would be able to help you the best. They would be able to help you connect the dots between these three phases in your application essays (e.g. connecting your career pre-ISB, choice of clubs, electives etc. and your contribution to the class at ISB, as well as your life post ISB, i.e. “short-term and long-term goals post MBA). You may like to refer to our blog post on how to write your ISB essays to know more.
- Secondly, knowledge of the B school is important. Best ISB application consultants are those should not only know the ISB application process very well, but also know other aspects of the life at ISB. This helps write beautiful application essays which are the first & the biggest hurdle in the ISB application process. In-depth knowledge of the school and first-hand experience (if they are ISB alumni themselves) comes in handy at this stage. In your ISB application essays, you need to pitch yourself to the admissions committee (adcom), i.e. why should you be admitted to ISB? This requires you to link your experience / skills to the ISB class experience, which means you should understand the life at ISB very well. Knowledge of clubs, events, courses, placement process etc. helps you demonstrate your research and knowledge about the PGP program & the school and hence present a strong application.
- Consulting experience: Not all good players can be good coaches! Hence, it’s important to have years of consulting / mentoring experience so as to transfer knowledge effectively to ISB aspirants. Best consultants for ISB or any other MBA program will help you bring out the best story for your application essays and then ensure that your case is presented in the best manner possible.
- A good team: A good team helps you get a good experience. This is especially true for ISB practice / mock interviews where you need exposure to different interviewing styles (consulting case based, behavioural interview, stress interview, etc.) to be prepared for anything and everything that comes your way during the final ISB interview. Read more about how to crack the ISB MBA admission interview .
Overall, in our view, an experienced team, preferably comprising ISB alumni, is your best bet for ISB admissions consulting – both application essays and interviews.
Meet our team, comprising experts from various top B schools (many of them all ISB alumni) here: https://strategy4gmat.com/team/