Services & Prices

FROM SCRATCH EDITING — $2800 (yup, per school)

Our plan for ultra-devoted types who want to maximize their chances for their Number 1 choice school. We give you a really no-bull discussion which includes your chances, what you might do to improve your application, and what schools are maybe better choices. That is actually free, and you can get that by sending us a resume and outlining age, stats, etc. Or calling us at 617.354.2242, but beginning w. an e-mail is better.

If you want to go ahead, we will outline what you have to do, essay by essay, and suggest how best to present yourself.

Then we will have you write your essays and go back and continue to bug you for improvements based on more and better details, better lessons, better mastery of the narrative, more shrewd goals and reasons for attending your dream school, etc. etc.

That is a back-and-forth process by email (especially after things have gotten started) and phone (in the beginning), which often takes about 3-6 iterations per essay (sometimes more, but that usually means trouble!!, but we stick with you). We also will review your recommendations, if you have access to them, and suggest tweaks in terms of details, etc. In some cases, applicants send us other parts of short answer questions, and in some cases, applicants ask us what their favorite hobby is, or what what gender they are (some people become very dependent on working with a consultant, not a good thing, and we try to wean you away from that, if in real doubt about your gender, put down FEMALE, if under-going a sex-change operation, apply to Stanford and write about it).

Who should sign up for From Scratch Editing ? Ultra dedicated, plan-ahead types who have absolutely dreamed of going to HBS, Wharton or Stanford their entire lives and just cannot wait to get going. Are you like this client?

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ONE-TIME SANITY CHECK — $900.00 PER SCHOOL

If you email us your entire application including the essays, data sheet, recs (if you have them), and resume:

  • We will go through each question, appraise its strengths and weaknesses, point out key mistakes, make suggestions for improvement [or deletion] and figure out a better spin;
  • We will also give you ‘macro’ advice about positioning, the proper balance of work versus non-work content, the proper ‘voice’ to use given you ‘positioning’ strategies.
  • We will also go through your resume and other materials looking for ‘hidden’ assets–many winner essays, especially for HBS, can be developed from neglected nuggets in your resume, or casual phone remarks (“Oh yeah, well I did supervise a Girl Scout cookie drive with 40 girls and we sold 1,000 boxes of cookies, is that leadership?”)
  • We will put it all together, your positioning, your voice, specifics about each question, suggestions for better answers.
  • First, we will send you an e-mail outlining all the above, macro and micro issues, and then we will follow this up with a brainstorming phone call where we will go over each question in your draft, note the issues above, and figure out how to improve that question in your first draft, or suggest killing that response for something else.

WHY DO WE CALL THIS THE “ONE-TIME” SANITY CHECK OPTION

If you have completed a new application for Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and other schools, we quickly give you an up or down appraisal, plus tips for reworking answers, macro suggestions, and–if it is very close to when the application is due–some REAL HONEST advice about whether you should defer and hit a later round. IT IS CALLED THE ‘ONE-TIME’ SANITY CHECK BECAUSE AFTER WE GO THROUGH APPLICATION ONE -TIME AND TALK TO YOU ON THE PHONE, THE SERVICE IS OVER. Some people call this the one-night stand option, because you don’t get another date.

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THE DING REPORT — $900.00

Help I was dinged at HBS/S/W and it hurts and I want to know why?
If you send us your stats, essays and recs, we will go thru the whole package with you, by e-mail and on the phone, tell you what we think your shortcomings were, make suggestions for improvement, and suggest both action and repositioning strategies for next time, plus give you a realistic and brutally honest rap on what we think your chances are, where you should apply, etc. –Amazing.

WHAT DOES A DING REPORT LOOK LIKE???

Click here – This one is for Wharton, well, just our comments, not the underlying application, but you get the idea

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INTERVIEW PREP — $900.00

HBS MOCK INTERVIEWS

I DO A LOT OF THEM
I CAN HELP YOU (I CAN ALSO HELP WITH STANFORD AND WHARTON)

I did over 60 Mock Interviews for HBS Round 1 this fall and summer, those are interviews based on the very same new HBS one-question application you filled out–so I know the latest in HBS interviewing issues. I did over 100 mock interviews for HBS in Rounds 1 and 2 and 3 last year. Over the past 10 years, I have probably done over 800-1000 HBS mock interviews. My knowledge of how to prepare you for an HBS mock interview is based on those experiences.

  1. I know typical HBS questions, including questions often asked of investment bankers, private equity, venture capital and hedge fund associates, and questions asked to those employed in non-profits, the military, manufacturing, and technology.
  2. I know how to help you formulate your core story in ways which can be applied to many questions.
  3. I can predict trouble areas in your application and help you come up with talking points to deal with them.
  4. I can sense what your particular needs are in terms of presentation, for example, if you don’t get to the point soon enough (a possibly fatal habit) or if you appear too aggressive or too arrogant or confident in the wrong way for often thin-skinned (and just plain thin) HBS interviewers (some of whom are predisposed not to like bankers).
  5. I can help you create a back story for your goals which creates a solid platform for Why MBA, Why HBS?
  6. I can help you prepare a strong answer to the question “Why should we take you?” This questions is often asked in several forms:
    • “What can YOU contribute to case method discussion based on background and experience?” “How will your classmates remember you?”
    • “How have you grown as a leader?”
  7. I can calm you down, although that will not be the first thing that happens.
  8. I can help you formulate answers to ‘ice-breaker’ questions such as:
    • “I already know you from your application, just tell me what you think the three defining moments in your life are?”
    • “Pretend I have not read your application and I just met you. Tell me who you are, what you’ve done, and where you want to be 15 years?”
  9. I can help prepare you to face such recently popular questions as:
    • “What is one thing that is not immediately apparent about you to others?” “How would your friends describe you?”
    • “How has the financial crisis impacted you, your friends, your industry and your goals?”

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HBS 2+2 MOCK INTERVIEWS — $900.00

I DO A LOT OF THEM:

Since the 2+2 program began, HBS has probably interviewed close to 450-500 2+2 candidates in total and I have done mock interviews with close to 20 of them –and that is just the 2+2 program.

Last year, for its regular admission cycle, HBS interviewed 1800 people–I gave mock interviews to over 100 of those 1800 people.

I really know how to do this, read testimonials here.

Over the past 10 years, I have probably done over 600 HBS mock interviews. My knowledge of how to prepare you for an HBS mock interview is based on those experiences.

I KNOW QUESTIONS TYPICALLY ASKED TO 2+2 CANDIDATES, BOTH US AND INTERNATIONAL–THOSE WHO ARE LIBERAL ARTS MAJORS, SOCIAL SCIENCE MAJORS, AND SCIENCE MAJORS.

  1. I know typical HBS questions often asked to 2+2 candidates with summer work experience as investment bankers, venture capital and hedge fund associates, medical and lab researchers, non-profit interns, Washington interns, Obama interns, McCain interns, Palin nannies and sled dog wranglers, interns at Fortune 500 companies, interns at start-ups and kids who started their own companies.
  2. I know how to help you formulate your core story in ways which can be applied to many questions.
  3. I can predict trouble areas in your application and help you come up with talking points to deal with them.
  4. I can sense what your particular needs are in terms of presentation, for example, if you don’t get to the point soon enough (a possibly fatal habit) or if you appear too aggressive or too arrogant or confident in the wrong way for often thin-skinned (and just plain thin) HBS interviewers (some of whom are predisposed not to like bankers).
  5. I can help you create a back story for your goals which creates a solid platform for Why MBA, Why HBS?
  6. can help you prepare a strong answer to the question “Why should we take you?” This questions is often asked in several forms:
    • “What can YOU contribute to case method discussion based on background and experience?”
    • “How will your classmates remember you?”
    • “How have you grown as a leader?”
  7. I can calm you down, although that will not be the first thing that happens.
  8. I can help you formulate answers to ‘ice-breaker’ questions such as:
    • “I already know you from your application, just tell me what you think the three defining moments in your life are?”
    • “Pretend I have not read your application and I just met you. Tell me who you are, what you’ve done, and where you want to be 15 years?”
  9. I can help prepare you to face such recently popular questions as:
    • “What is one thing that is not immediately apparent about you to others?”
    • “How would your friends describe you?”
    • “How has the financial crisis impacted you, your friends, your industry and your goals?”

THE PROCESS: THE MOCK INTERVIEW IS DONE BY PHONE.

If you want a mock HBS interview, send me an email to [email protected]m, telling me when your interview is, what time zone you are in, what days and times are good for you, and attaching a resume. I will reply back w. dates and times, etc. Then you send me a pdf of your application. Mock interviews take about 60-70 minutes. The price is $900.00 dollars USD. You pay me when we speak and do the interview.

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