Pre-MBA industry: Strategy Consulting/Digital Operations
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 6
GMAT/GRE score: 720
Admitted to: HBS, Wharton
I can say without hesitation that Square One Prep was an essential resource to my application process and success. Getting into a top MBA program is a long and tough journey. It requires lots of energy, determination and time. It also requires a guide who has the industry intellect, creativity, objectivity, patience, and persistence to stick with you, no matter how challenging the process may become.
Square One, Kathryn specifically, helped me a lot in this long journey in different ways.
Firstly, she really pushed me to come up with my own story and narrative. She wanted my overall story to be unique, like me. She wanted my goal narrative to be true to my passions and well constructed – she challenged me to make sure my narrative was sound. She helped make my profile more distinctive and unique. She made sure my essays, LORs, and resume had a strong voice and relatable tone. Without her support my application would have been much more generic and would have hardly stood out among the high number of strong candidates.
Secondly, having someone along the way you can always ask questions gave me more confidence and motivation. In every situation both related to the application or to the interview process Kathryn was always available to answer my questions within a couple of hours. I’m in Europe and not once did I sense she wasn’t even though she is in New York, NY!
Finally, Square One’s mock interview part was great. Having the opportunity to simulate an interview with a person who has such a big experience in the application process and seems to know exactly what applicants are going to be asked in interviews (her mocks were surprisingly similar to my real experiences!) helped me a lot to prepare. Her extensive feedback allowed me to improve my weaknesses and shine during the real interview.
I would have no reservation recommending Square One to people who want to get into top business schools. I am very grateful to them and know that just as they helped my best friend get into his dream school, Stanford, they helped get me into mine.
Let me also add that even though hiring a consultant might seem initially expensive, the application cost is just a small percentage of the whole MBA cost and to me it makes sense to pay a bit more if that allows you to get into your dream school.