As a first-generation college graduate with a technical background, I didn’t know where to turn for advice when I decided to apply to business school. Thankfully, ApplicantLab offered the resources I needed to best convey my experiences, values, and future goals in order to earn admission to my top choice program – Harvard Business School.
The methodical and easy-to-navigate series of modules helped me showcase my most important stories while avoiding common pitfalls. For example, the resume module brought my traditionally technical engineering resume to life by teaching me to clearly and concisely reveal the leadership and impact behind each achievement. The school-specific advice section was also particularly valuable, as it spelled out the attributes that individual programs sought, provided actionable tips for approaching each application, and, thus, freed up many hours of research that I then used on other application components. I felt reassured that I was on the right path at every step of the process – from refining my career vision through succeeding in interviews.
Furthermore, Maria and Carin provided so much more than the actual ApplicantLab modules. I heavily utilized the support inbox, which enabled me to receive feedback on my specific questions and concerns as I progressed through the platform. It’s worth noting that I never waited more than 24 hours for their responses – all at no extra cost! I also took advantage of the sanity check, essay review, and mock interview add-ons. While discussing my resume and essay, Carin challenged me to dig deeper into my narrative and, ultimately, helped me realize and bring out strengths from my background that I hadn’t even considered. During the mock interview, Maria’s questions were highly tailored to my profile and similar to those asked during my actual interview, and we addressed every one of my concerns in an almost 90 minute debrief! Throughout all of these interactions, Maria’s and Carin’s seemingly endless positivity and enthusiasm kept me focused despite an admissions process that can become quite grueling.
I cannot recommend ApplicantLab enough – especially to those without these kinds of resources in their existing networks. Thank you!