Questions to Ask A Consultant

Here is a list of questions you might consider asking of your potential consultant:

  • When did you start getting paid to help applicants and how many have you helped?

  • How have you continued to develop professionally?

  • How many clients do you expect to take this year?

  • How many have you already taken?

  • Who would be working with me? Can I talk to that person before I pay you?

  • Have you helped someone like me get where I am trying to go?

  • Based on my profile, what is your assessment of my school selection?

  • Do you think there are other schools that I should be considering?

  • How can you add value to my applications?

  • What are your results and experience with my target schools?

  • What is your experience working in an admissions office?

  • What are your consulting methods? Can you give me an idea of how the whole process would work and how we would interact?

  • What is your availability?

  • What is your turnaround time for reviewing documents?

  • How have you managed the tight deadlines in the past?

  • Do you work independently, with a team of people, or junior editing staff?

  • How long would it take to prepare X (number) applications comprehensively?

  • For how many years have you been consulting to applicants?

  • What differentiates you from other consultants?

  • For what types of graduate programs do you typically consult?  What is your area of expertise?

  • What are your criteria for selecting which clients to work with?

  • How long have you been an AIGAC member and in what ways have you grown as a consultant through AIGAC?

  • For applicants with extenuating circumstances, such as a prolonged period of unemployment or low GPA, to explain: Have you helped people in my situation?

  • For applicants with an international background applying to a school outside of their home region: How much experience do you have working with international applicants? Have you worked with people from my country or part of the world before?

  • If you are reapplying: How much experience do you have working with re-applicants?

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