Mr. Deputy Manager Maruti Suzuki, got into Alliance Manchester Business School with a 650 GMAT!

Considering factors such as my higher work experience (7+ years), personal geographical preferences, low GMAT score (650), and post-MBA career goals, I wanted to apply to one of the top B-schools in the UK, and Alliance Manchester Business School was at the top of my target list.

Even though I was confident in my overall profile, the low GMAT score and the tough competition for the specific geography meant that it was always safer to seek professional help from a reputed MBA consultant for guidance during the application process.

I had profile evaluation sessions with several reputed consultants from India. The outcome was not really encouraging. Some of the top consultants gave highly skeptical remarks by focusing too much on my GMAT score alone and not being interested in looking into some of the unique aspects of my profile. It was a stage where I started doubting my chances of making it to some of the target B-schools.

Then came the profile evaluation session with MBA&B. With how my previous profile evaluations have gone thus far, I wasn’t expecting a different outcome. However, to my surprise, the MBA&B consultant was more interested in my life stories and various life achievements than tangible factors such as my GMAT score and GPA.

Based on several life stories I shared, the consultant gave me a deep insight into some of my strengths and weaknesses. I was told that my profile had several USPs and that, with the right branding, the target school could be cracked. The best part was that the evaluation was very much rooted in reality, and I was not fed with any false sense of hope. The consultant also walked me through MBA&B’s overall methodical application process. I was convinced that MBA&B held the key to my admission success.

MBA&B had a team in place to cater to my various application-related requirements. It started with a content-gathering session.

The content-gathering platform had a set of questions, questions meticulously put together to allow one to self-reflect on various life stories- both personal and professional. Ayushi, who was responsible for the content gathering, was not only supportive but also continuously pushed me to bring all my stories to paper. She also helped shape my perspective by guiding me in identifying the types of stories that could help my branding. At the end of the session, I had a vast ocean of stories and contents I could choose from to help effectively articulate the application essays.

In the next stage, I was assigned my consultant, Shweta.

Shweta laid out the plan for the application process. I was given specific goals for each of our sessions, which helped me become more effective and stay on track to complete the applications on time. Based on the content-gathering data, she helped me identify the right stories that could help create the best application. My discussions with the consultant were around 1 hour and around 2 per week. Shweta was also never ready to settle for a mediocre essay response. Shweta would go to great lengths to analyze the essay word for word, revision after revision, to make sure that the best stories are captured clearly and crisply. MBA&B also arranged two mock interview sessions—one with my consultant and another with a different consultant—to give me comprehensive feedback for the interview session.

Thus, with the help of the MBA&B team, I was able to secure admission to Alliance Manchester Business School. My overall experience with MBA&B was excellent. I don’t think I could have asked for a better team considering how MBA&B helped me with the tiring and challenging application process. I will recommend MBA&B to all MBA candidates who dare to dream and are not afraid to put their ultimate efforts into realizing that dream.

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