When we first started this blahg, we didn’t actually offer any admissions consulting services here. We were doing all of our consulting offline, IRL, and this was just a way for us to
vent attempt to lay out some sage advice to Brave Supplicants everywhere.
That slowly changed, based on how many BSers were asking for help from the ‘Snark.
Before it did though, we wrote this post: “Should you use an admissions consultant?”
We offer it here not only because our answer to that question is still relevant, but also to point out the great advice posted in the comments from a BSer of last year (who now is actively pursuing an MBA at a Very. Good. School.) – which went like this:
May 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm
I’m just going to comment on the consulting part. Why is my comment relevant? Because I personally spent thousands on consultants and talked to more than 10 different companies. I’m telling from my experience:
– You talk to a lot of them, and only select a small group of consultants who talked a lot of specific about you in your free-consultation call, it’s very easy to learn who’s selling and who actually spend time to learn about you.
– Then you DO NOT sign up a FULL package worth anywhere between $2k-$4k. You DO NOT DO THAT!!!! What you do is to find one or two consultants you really like, and sign up for the cheapest hourly service. By doing this, you hold them accountable and you know exactly what you can get for one hour. The best thing in this first hour is to go over your goal, and listen to what questions they ask you. If they say yes a lot, do NOT use them. You only use them when they ask you questions that you find really helpful. What you are really looking for is this consultant’s analytical skills. Can they get a good understanding of your situation with limited information?
– Then you DO NOT sing up for a FULL package. You sign up for Essay Snark’s evaluation service (fantastic value) and you compare. I have found that Snark’s advice is extremely deep, focused to me.
– Then, you make a decision. A simple FACT is, when you buy a package, you cannot hold consultants responsibile. It’s like a business always try to sell you bundle service, it’s hard to properly assign value to each service when it’s all lumped in together. You’ll know what I mean if you sign up for a package. You should try to be as specific as possible!
Ummm…. Why don’t you just start with EssaySnark?!????? Not following this.
We also sell “packages” but ours work differently – they’re just discounted collections of our other a la carte services. You can buy everything that we sell individually. But we get the point this BSer was making, and we appreciate the advice, and thought maybe someone out there might benefit from it today, too.