(Until it does. 😉 )
We had this really great guy come to us for help last season (meaning, 2014-‘2015, Class of 2017 season).
Well, we had lots of great guys (and gals!) last season, but today we’re going to talk about just this one.
We got to know him pretty well. That’s because he went for our whole-enchilada 4-School Set package. That means lots and lots of opportunities for interaction and feedback, learning about the background, telling his stories. Yeah, the essays needed some help initially, but that’s the whole point of asking for our support. He improved a lot. We were feeling confident for him when those apps finally got submitted in Round 2 last year.
The problem is, he didn’t get in.
Or to be more accurate: He was waitlisted. Over and over again.
But he did everything right! His profile was appropriate, good career path, reasonable pitch, some positive differentiation. Strong college record. OK fine, the GMAT was only average, but it was certainly in range.
What could be the problem?
Well, we hate to say it but, this nice Brave Supplicant had an Indian name. And his undergrad studies were some type of engineering thing.
He was actually an American citizen, and was not an IT guy, so he didn’t fit in that stereotypical “Indian engineer” class at all – but we are betting that that’s what the problem was.
We’d actually been pretty bummed to see his lack of success once Round 2 decisions came out. His app was strong! This was the kind of guy who absolutely should make it in!
At least, that was EssaySnark’s opinion.
Clearly the schools were not cooperating.
We went back and forth with him over some Plan Bs and alternative paths and even some different programs that he could be a fit for – and he decided to explore one of those. This was a separate MBA track at one of the schools he was already waitlisted for.
Well guess what? HE GOT IN! With like the fastest time ever from app submit to admission – only a matter of weeks.
Here’s what he shared with us about his process when he told us the news:
The admissions director told me that I don’t need to submit any additional essays or interview again. All she needed was an additional recommendation from my current manager. My current manager submitted his rec last Friday and today I got the call!
You might find this part interesting. I asked the admissions director that since my current manager needs to submit a new recommendation, are there any areas of weakness in my application that he should address. So she had already reviewed my file with the committee before our call and she was very candid and went down an actual checklist:
“Your essays were strong, your recommendations were strong, your work experience is very impressive, your GMAT is definitely in range, and your interview was very strong. I really have to say that based on this application, I am surprised you were waitlist in the F/T program. It must have come down to that there just weren’t enough spots.”
So it seems like your guidance helped me put together a very strong package but it just didn’t work out for F/T because of a very strong applicant pool.
Yes – which is exactly what we were saying all last year at this time.
The moral of this story?
There are two:
- Sometimes it just does not work out – even when you do everything right.
- It always works out – when you don’t give up.
To anyone who’s on the waitlist: DON’T GIVE UP!
To anyone who’s done everything right: IT WILL WORK OUT!
To anyone who wants our help in figuring out the right next steps: WE’RE AROUND!
- Late-Season Targets Review – our take on whether your current plan will play out at this stage of the season
- Waitlist Assist – a multi-stage process to help you convert your limbo status into an admit
- MBA Post-Mortem – a very detailed assessment of one rejected application, to help you set strategy as a reapplicant or move forward with a different approach at other schools
- Comprehensive Profile Review – just what it says; lets you see where the gaps in your profile may be holding you back
- Private Consult – ask a question, get an answer! Confidential and fast.