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Integrity and the MBA Admissions Process

Posted by Alice van Harten 2 MIN. READ

I want my clients to know exactly what they’re up against when they apply to an MBA program. It is important to have a clear understanding of the admissions process and to know whether your career goals make sense at certain programs. My goal as a coach is to help you determine the best path for your career, and this requires absolute honesty about your prospects.

While I strive for success, I’m not just looking for a high admission rate of clients accepted into their dream schools. What’s more important to me is that I help people find the school that is going to benefit their career.

I consider myself to be very frank and realistic, perhaps even leaning toward pessimism. Sometimes it can be painful to hear me share bad news. Here are some of the things I’m not afraid to say to a client or potential client:

  • I don’t think it’s feasible for you to get into that school.
  • Your chances are low and I’m reluctant to have you pay for my services.
  • An MBA program might not be the best fit for you.
  • I think you should retake the GMAT.

Career coaching is a big investment. I don’t want to waste your time or your money, and I won’t try and hide the truth from you.

I work best with people who are wildly ambitious and willing to use constructive criticism to make these ambitions real. Applying to business school and pursuing an MBA can be thrilling, but it’s not an easy process. It takes a great deal of time and energy to do it right: researching your options, completing your application and writing the admissions essays (see: Taking the Stress out of the MBA Essay Writing Process ). You can trust that I will always be honest with you about where you are and how you can overcome any weaknesses. I want the best for my clients, and I will give them all the support they need; but support without criticism is not helpful. My honest evaluation of every aspect of your application now will ensure that admissions committees have the best possible version of you in front of them when they make their decisions.

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