This post describes some outdated services that we offer; we still do the rejection analysis but not through the same channels as described here. Click here for our Post-Mortem MBA Application Review.
Let’s face it, rejection hurts — whether it’s from a love interest or from a bschool. We’re with you. We know what it’s like.
If you’re feeling the sting of being shown no love by the adcom and you’re wondering what went wrong, EssaySnark has a special deal available: an analysis of your app with a diagnosis of probable cause.
We’re like a marriage counselor, who can help you decide on a new approach when you screwed up and your lover turns their back and ain’t talking to you now. Yes, you can mend your ways! Yes, you can redeem yourself! Yes, you can transform your downtrodden sorry state into a success story elsewhere!
(That would be a very perverse marriage counselor, who advises the patient to seek out affections from a new lover…OK the metaphor only goes so far.)
We know how frustrating it is. You work really hard on your essays, you line up your recs, you plunk down your $xxx — and it goes into a black box. All you get a few weeks later is a “Bzzzt! Thanks for playing! Next!”
WTF?! What happened???
EssaySnark can tell you! We will open up your package of application uncertainty and tell you if it’s actually doo-doo or if it just has a little bit of oozy stuff and some mold creeping up around the edges.
OK that was gross.
We do not think your application is doo-doo.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Even if your application WAS doo-doo, this does not meant that YOU are doo-doo!! It is so easy to take a rejection straight to the heart and assume that it means you’re a pile of crap. That is not the right takeaway message! All a bschool rejection means is that you didn’t present enough of what that school is looking for. It is not personal!
Not everyone can get into Harvard! (Or Chicago, or Wharton…) It just doesn’t work that way. You realize that about 8,000 people are REJECTED from HBS every year? About 1,000 are accepted. Those just are not very good odds. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONALLY!!
OK, we know that our entreaties aren’t working. You want to know what went wrong. No problem.
Here’s what you can do to get a custom EssaySnark MBA application rejection analysis.
Update: EssaySnark now does these through the Post-Mortem MBA Rejection Analysis
All information below is outdated; these services are still available but please go to the Post-Mortem Rejection Analysis page to see how it works and sign up.
Option A: Quick & Dirty – and CHEAP. You can get a very high-level review for the amazing low price of one Evisors email consult ($53) — this consists of a checklist of the key areas that your target school cares about and a yes/no/maybe verdict on whether you sufficiently met each one. This is focused on just the basics of your profile. You need to provide:
- GMAT score, including quant/verbal and AWA
- undergrad school, major, and GPA (in the US 4.0 scale if you know it, otherwise in the scale reported by your college)
- essays – attach them to the Evisors request
Turnaround: 24 business hours from receipt of payment.
Option B: Detailed and Specific – and still CHEAP. Or, you can get a much more thorough assessment of the entire application — the app dataset, the essays, the resume, GMAT/GPA, and even letters of recommendation if you have them (yes, you’re not really supposed to have them, but yes, recommenders frequently provide advance copies, and everyone knows this, and it’s not illegal, so chill). This assessment is $250.
You need to provide either:
- Your complete application – you should be able to output this from the school’s system as a PDF, and
- recommendation letters if you have them
Turnaround: 2 business days from receipt of payment.
Option C: Detailed and Specific – with Next-Step Suggestions (and yes, still cheap, comparatively speaking). Same as Option B but here, you’ll also get a set of forward-looking recommendations for how to adjust your strategy for your next app. You’ll need to specify what school you’re targeting next, and you’ll get the full rundown of strengths/weaknesses from the original app, PLUS you’ll get recommendations for how to fix them for the next one. $400.
All options give you feedback tailored to exactly the school that you applied to — different schools are looking for different things, remember? So any of these services will give you a sense of what may have gone wrong with THAT application. However with Option C, you will get additional input on what you need to do to switch things up for the next school on your list.
For this one, you need to provide:
- everything listed under Option B DETAILED Rejection Analysis
- a prioritized list of the schools you’re targeting next, with first-choice school identified.
EssaySnark wants to know about all the schools you’re considering (up to five); the recommendations will be focused on your first-choice school.
Turnaround: 3 business days from receipt of payment.
You probably know that other MBA admissions consultants charge $500 or more for a ding analysis. And what you get back from them pales in comparison to what EssaySnark provides (we know this; we have worked for other companies before, we are well versed in what several of them offer). We take this job seriously – we want you to be successful! If you sign up for one of these reviews, you’re going to get something useful in return.
Here’s what a Brave Supplicant said to us a couple weeks after going through a rejection analysis:
So, thank you again for all of the feedback on my R1 applications. It was the glass of cold water to the face that I needed.
Good luck to that BSer and all the others trying again in Rd 2!