The ad read: "Do you want to be paid to take my exam for me? Want to learn something new? The person in the advertisement claims that he could teach him a lot and also give him an "IMMBA Certificate".
I decided to email the person offering to take my exam for me and get his contact information. This turned out to be one of the worse experiences of my life and I feel like I need to call 911 now.
I emailed him first and explained the situation to him, not sure what I thought would happen, but he seemed genuinely interested and wanted to help a potential MBA student. He was nice enough to send me his email address.
After telling him my name, we talked for about 30 minutes. I didn't have any concrete idea of what he was going to teach me, so the next day, when I was going to my next class, I decided to ask him again to see if I could ask some follow up questions.
He told me that he would mail me an email the next day but it never came. I tried calling him, but his voicemail was full and empty.
I sent him a message telling him that it was only me that had questions about taking my exam and if he really cared about me and wanted to help me learn, he would take it. He got annoyed at me for calling and didn't call back for over a week.
He told me that he could email me a lot of things that I would need to know about MBA programs and everything. I told him that I wasn't ready to enroll into an MBA program and was really looking for other options, since I was planning on completing a Masters within the next year.
He never called me back, nor did he come to my apartment the next day. I contacted him by email after I completed my degree and I decided not to pursue this course of action.
Market researchers tell us that advertising on Craigslist is not effective. If you're looking for a legitimate way to test your skills, I would strongly recommend that you try something else.
I won't be sending my resume and not hearing back from IMMBA because I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to get back in touch with him. I decided to write this article because I want others to know that there are other legitimate ways to test yourself.
I don't want anyone to think that the person who posted that Craigslist ad was trying to take advantage of me or a number of other students. I just think that it is very important that anyone who has plans to join an IMMBA program should read this article and follow some other recommendations before they attempt to make a decision regarding IMMBA.