Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Finance in Food & Beverage
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 4
GMAT/GRE score: 650
Undergraduate GPA: 3.8/4.0
Admitted to: IE
Despite reading in depth about the schools to which I was applying and having extensive conversations with MBA friends of mine, my application essays and resume truly would not have been half as impressive as they turned out without the specific input and hours of review by Square One. From the beginning, you get to speak with a couple members of their team to ensure you’re paired with a consultant with whom you feel comfortable. Julia was great, very responsive and encouraging while also professional. You have to be prepared to put in many hours of your own time, of course, for the best results. The kick-off 4-hour phone call did so much to help me realize who I am and what I really want, especially through hearing the opinions/feedback of an experienced advisor, and this perspective will help me beyond my school applications. The 7+ iterations of my resume and essays helped improve them every time. The practice interview not only calmed my nerves but actually included some of the exact questions I ended up being asked, which was a huge relief to be so well prepared. And finally, the security of knowing you’re being reviewed by a group that has seen tons of other talented applicants and knows what will make you individually stand out in the eyes of admissions committees is key to morale throughout this overwhelming process. It is a costly service but for those who are determined to have the absolute best version of their application, it is highly valuable.