Jon Harari

Master Consultant

MBA Exchange

United States

Consultant Bio

An MBA graduate from The Wharton School, Jonathan served as an Admission Fellow evaluating MBA applications and interviewing candidates on behalf of the admissions staff. Majoring in business and public policy, Mr. Harari was awarded a Joseph Wharton Fellowship and organized the annual Warren Buffett Trek. He has particular expertise in advising MBA applicants with a background or career goal in hedge funds, asset management, investments and/or private equity. His asset management experience includes key roles at PIMCO, Blackstone and JP Morgan. Immediately after college, he co-launched an equity hedge fund in Singapore focused on Southeast Asian equities. Jon has been a guest lecturer and volunteer at non-profit Year Up helping young urban adults attain their highest potential. He has lived on three continents and traveled to more than 20 countries. A CFA and CAIA Charterholder, Jon earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting at the NYU Stern School of Business.

Company Information

When everyone claims to be “the leading MBA admissions company,” do words matter anymore? Who are you supposed to believe?

To be frank, we don’t pay a ton of attention to the field. Our objective can be summed up in one word: “Win.”

We don’t mess around. Our temperament comes from––in all candor––age and experience and enormous success. We keep a lower profile than others, but that’s part of our story. Our word of mouth from former clients is so powerful, we have the luxury to remain focused on the work, rather than on promoting ourselves. (As future business people, just think about how cool that is.) We’re able to dedicate all our time to helping our clients win by getting into elite business schools, and setting them up for success well beyond. If that kind of professional formula sounds like a good match for what you’re all about, come meet us. Let’s find out if we’ll click.

A lot of firms sport elite former Adcoms. And elite MBAs. And eye-popping stats and success and reviews. So…

Yes. If we were in your shoes, our eyes would glaze over, too. But you’ll do your due diligence––and we encourage it. Picking the right coach is important. In the end, you’ll have a strong sense of who’s for real and who’s all flair but no substance. Who offers a sincere, intelligent assessment versus who will prey on your anxiety. Our advice: put together a shortlist of firms, and go meet as many as you need. Get a feel. If you’re truly top MBA material, we’re confident you’ll recognize the unmistakable signature of experience, excellence and sincerity. In your bones.

Cool, but what’s The MBA Exchange’s… thing? What, if anything, makes your firm different?

  • A self-assuredness and focus that comes from experience and a roster of true professionals.
  • No bullsh*t. [Caring? Yes. Determined? Yes. Coddling? Not so much.]
  • Genuinely good, smart, decent, solid people.* 

[*As you get older and wiser, you start to realize how important this is, and more interestingly… how rare. Our M.O. at The MBA Exchange since our inception has been to only invite not just the smartest and most accomplished professionals onto our team, but also only those people who are genuinely “good eggs.” People we genuinely like. People we find to be mature and dependable and committed to others’ success. It may seem like a strange differentiator to call out, but honestly, that’s the one that may matter most at the end of the day.]

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We offer three different packages to accommodate individuals with different needs and budgets. Our Gold and Platinum packages include everything under the sun: deep strategic guidance plus comprehensive essay development, along with all the supporting elements such as interview prep, resume and LOR support, and unlimited access to your MBA consultant. We also offer a more economical Silver package (starting at $3,450) for those who prefer a more targeted experience: deep strategy plus essay development (and the flexibility to add on any individual elements as needed).

Location: United States

Phone: +1 888-305-5553

Email: info@mbaexchange.com

Website: https://www.mbaexchange.com/your-mba-evaluation/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Jon Gets Results
    2 years ago
    Working with Jon throughout my MBA application process was a fantastic experience. While he is excellent in providing guidance and feedback throughout all stages of the journey (essay, rec letters, interview prep), he really shines in (a) helping you discover your unique and powerful story and (b) framing that story powerfully and cohesively across all aspects of your application. His feedback forced me to think about my application differently in ways that I couldn’t have done myself. With Jon’s help, I was able to get into my #1 choice of business school.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Jon Is The Best!
    2 years ago
    Like many people reading this, I found myself in a tough spot on choosing an admissions consultant. Using the MBAExchange and hiring Jon was one of the greatest decisions of my life. I truly believe Jon is a fundamental reason as to why I was accepted at multiple top 20 programs. He's a great guy and someone you feel has your best interest at heart. By no means do I come from a target school, maintain a high GPA, or scored in an elite range on the GMAT. However, none of this mattered to Jon. Jon took the time to learn who I am and understand my story. Everyone is unique and Jon helps to highlight aspects in your application that will set you apart. ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Very Helpful & Diligent
    3 years ago
    Jon was very helpful at every turn in helping me navigate the admissions process, from selecting which schools to target all the way through preparing and practicing for interviews. Through working with him I got into my target school and will be attending in the fall!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Jon is Exceptional
    3 years ago
    Jon is an exceptional advisor and his services are more than worth the investment. Throughout the application process, he offered me candid guidance and deep insights on the strengths and differences among top MBA programs as well as the nuances of their admissions processes which ultimately proved critical to my success. Jon's feedback on the essay writing process, in particular, was singularly helpful. Jon works with his clients to uncover narratives that are equally authentic to the applicant as they are resonant with the underlying essay prompt objectives and admissions audience. For applicants such as myself, who consider themselves capable writers but are well out of the habit of crafting personal statements, Jon's guidance here was enormously beneficial. When I ultimately had acceptances from ...
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    Ryan Phillips
    MBA Class of 2022 Applicant
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  • Jon is FANTASTIC
    5 years ago
    Jon is truly exceptional. Jon took time to understand my background, strengths, and weakness, ensuring my uniqueness and strengths coming through both in my application materials and interview process. I come from a non-traditional background and Jon emphasized the importance of leveraging it. After I got invited to interviews, Jon spent tons of time to do mock interview with me, tirelessly giving me feedback on what I need to work on. I was wait-listed at one of the schools, Jon was patient and helped me set a strategic to-do list to get off the wait-list, and couple weeks later I got accepted by this school. None of this could be possible without Jon’s help. I am also admitted to another S16 school with scholarship. Overall, ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Strategic, Through & Tells It Like It Is
    5 years ago
    I cannot say enough good things about Jonathan. I would even go as far as claiming that Jonathan changed my life. I went from applying to 4 schools in R1 (not working with Jonathan) and getting 2 interviews, which resulted in 1 reject and 1 WL...to applying to 5 schools in R2 (with his help), getting 3 interviews and ultimately getting acceptances from 2 schools. I would not have gotten into one of these schools had he not suggested adding it to my list and he walked through reasons for why I should consider the school. Upon doing my own research, I realized I had totally overlooked it and it ended up being a very good fit, so I showed well through their application process. I ...
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    - mhjwang
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  • Jon is great - would not have gotten in without him!
    5 years ago
    As the headline says, I do not think that I would have gotten into b-school without Jon's help. He is great. For me, it was all about the value that he added in strengthening my resume and essays. He knows what resumes and essays looked like for past admits, and what kind of stories are more likely to resonate with each school. He helped me shape my narrative so that I had a compelling story to tell admissions. We continued to iterate each essay until it was as strong as possible and we were both happy with it. When I reflect on the essays I submitted compared to my starting point, the difference that Jon made is very stark. He is supportive throughout the process, ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Jon was extremely helpful
    5 years ago
    My experience of working with Jon was positive and successful. He provided helpful guidance that allowed me to craft an honest, persuasive and effective story. I was very impressed with the quality of the final product, to a large extent because writing was never my strength. He is also very personable, frank and responsive. I strongly recommend working with him.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Jon is incredible! The best decision I made in my MBA admissions process
    5 years ago
    If you want to give yourself the absolute best chance at getting into a top business school you need to work with Jon. I talked to many different admissions consultants and none of them gave me the confidence that I had while working with Jon. I knew from the first conversation that Jon was different that the rest. He will push you to be your absolute best and produce a full application that you will be incredibly proud of. We were efficient throughout the entire process, getting the best work done in the shortest amount of time. We set aggressive timelines for the entire process and constantly pushed to get the best results. He genuinely cares about who you are, what drives you, and where ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Jon was AMAZING
    6 years ago
    My experience working with Jon was amazing! My profile: International, 2.5 years of work experience, GMAT 750, career switcher. I was accepted to Wharton and CBS with scholarship. Jon was extremely efficient and insightful in understanding my profile and setting the optimal strategy for the application. Amongst several MBA consultants I interviewed with, Jon was definitely the top consultant who had the most in-depth knowledge and expertise in the admission process. From day one, he genuinely tried to get to know me and build trust –which I believe was the most important driver of my successful outcome. I was intending to settle on my average GMAT score and move onto my essay and other applications, however Jon really pushed me to work towards achieving the ...
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    Class of 2018 Anonymous
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  • Jon really made the difference
    7 years ago
    If you want someone that will work with you on every aspect of your application until it is beyond perfect, Jon is your guy. About me: international, unconventional profile, high GPA and average GMAT, wanting to make a career change, and with a small gap in my resume. Now MBA candidate at a top ten school. (and extremely happy about that!!) I would recommend Jon to anyone, and here's why: - He sees your potential and helps you deliver materials that are custom made to show how your strengths match the school's profile. - He works fast: he will set a schedule, answer e-mails and review essays overnight so that you can keep working the following day. (I applied on R2 with not that much ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • My results speak for themselves!
    7 years ago
    I spoke with several admissions consultants prior to hiring Jon, all of whom were knowledgeable and possessed strong pedigrees. I chose Jon because in addition to those qualities, our initial conversation demonstrated that he had a genuine interest in understanding who I was and what I valued. He wanted to know my personal “why” for each of the schools in which I had interest. This line of conversation set the tone for the remainder of our interactions – always personalized, never canned. Throughout our time working together, Jon was consistent in giving me direct, high-quality feedback in a timely manner. Initially, I was concerned that there may be a significant lag time in responses from him, as Jon and I began working together close to ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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