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Posted by Chioma Isiadinso
Occasionally, applicants take a less honest approach to business school applications. They write their own letters of recommendation or pay other people to write their application essays for them. What could possibly go wrong?
According to Financial Times, B-schools are increasingly fed up with having to deal with ghostwritten essays and recommendations, and they’re taking steps to crack down. These steps range from speaking to recommenders directly to reaching out to candidates via email for quick writing samples.
The most basic technique, though, is looking for discrepancies in the essays and recommendations themselves.
Pristinely written essays from an applicant who otherwise has gaps in their English skills or has low verbal scores can be a red flag. Recommendations with stylistic similarities are another telltale sign.
As the Financial Times article points out, candidates submitting ghostwritten applications often end up sabotaging their chances of admission – there are few things that will endear you to adcoms less than submitting a fake application!
For those preparing to apply to business school, the article is a good reminder to be selective about who you reach out to for help with your application.
Recommenders who ask you to write your own recommendation can end up doing you more harm than good. And when it comes to choosing an admissions consultant, working with one who will support you in creating an honest and authentic application is of the utmost importance.
That’s why it’s a good idea to screen potential admissions consultants. Ask them questions about their process and about what working with them entails – here’s a list of six questions that can be insightful. Be wary of folks who tell you what you want to hear and paint a rosy picture to get your business!
What you’re looking for is someone who will provide strategic advice, planning, and guidance that helps you execute effectively, leading to success.
That’s what established firms like EXPARTUS do. If you encounter a firm whose “process” is to write your letters and recommendations for you, run in the other direction!
If you’re currently working to pick the right admissions consultant for your situation, you may be interested in our complete guide to hiring an MBA admissions consultant.
And of course, if you want to try out how things work at EXPARTUS, there’s an easy (and free) way to do that. Just sign up for a free assessment!