An applicant who has previously worked with other consultants is a very challenging territory. Not because they know something special that first-time applicants don’t. It is because such applicants can get easily disappointed and need a small pick me up quite often.
We don’t blame them.
Vatsal was one of such applicants. He had already spent two years with other consultants and had walked away practically empty-handed.
With a GMAT score of 770, one would think that getting a top tier business school admit for Vatsal would be a piece of cake. But for some reason, he was knocking on the doors of a consultant for the third time.
But this would be the last time as he finally scored admits to three Top Tier MBA programs, Duke, HEC Paris, and Tepper with significant scholarships.
In the applications that he had been submitting for the past two years, he did not show a great understanding of the need for an MBA. He had been submitting very theoretical applications, and no one had trained him to understand – “HOW WILL AN MBA add value to his career?” The equation of employability
Past + MBA = Short term + Long Term goals are constructed very rigorously. The MBA has to add organic value to your past, and the schools should be able to clearly see that value.
Here is his journey in his own words.
My journey to a Top US MBA Program
I started my third attempt at B-school applications with a 770 GMAT, yet I was not confident that I’d even get an interview call from 25+ ranked schools. Having received rejects continuously over the past 2 years had left me doubting myself and I felt that I was beyond saving. I came across PythaGURUS on GMAT club. Jatin’s replies to various posts made me aware of a very simple and effective process. I decided to schedule a call with Jatin and that was when my bubble of understanding of the MBA program and admissions broke.
How networking helped me before even applying
I wanted a quick fix for my problems and was not looking at very simple and practical ways of learning what I wanted to achieve and how an MBA could genuinely help me. Soon after starting with PythaGURUS, I began having daily calls with current students from all my target schools and gathered a lot of information which wasn’t available on the website or the blogs. I started to picture myself in those schools and genuinely understood the ‘personality’ of each school. This led me to refine my set of target schools and understand what my future job would literally be like. Jatin helped me write all of this, very clearly connecting my current line of work and future aspirations with the MBA.
The final result!
I applied to Duke, CMU and HEC Paris in the first round. I interviewed for all and even though I didn’t do CMU with Jatin, he made sure I was well prepared for my first interview. My Duke interview was unlike any interview I had ever experienced, I conversed in Hindi and was not asked any standard MBA interview questions. Yet, with the training I had received from Jatin, I was able to communicate my reasons for choosing Duke, what I intended to do there, and that I had really done my homework and was making a well-thought decision. I got through every school I applied to. The results were unimaginable 4 months ago.
Jatin is a very patient and straight forward person. I missed several deadlines, repeatedly gave bad essays and overloaded him with content right at the deadline. He worked through it all to create convincing and well-thought applications. I never had an issue in scheduling a call with him or faced any lack of assistance no matter what time of day it was. Interview Ninjas is an incredible resource and more people need to be made aware of it.
I owe my success to PythaGURUS, for had it not been for them, I would have still been wondering ‘what went wrong this time around?’.