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Applying with strong GMAT/GPA but average work experience? [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2012, 22:27
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Hi there,

I have a question regarding applications - I've seen a number of posts on here from applicants who have concerns with a low undergrad GPA, or a low GMAT score, and how that'll affect their applications. But I haven't seen much of the flip side - that is, someone with a relatively strong GMAT, strong GPA, strong undergrad extracurriculars, but fairly mediocre-to-average work experience.

Let's say, for example, an applicant with 4 years of work experience (split 2 yrs each at 2 different jobs), but no actual progression because the transition from the first job to the second job was a lateral move. Thus, no managerial/leadership responsibilities due to lack of progression into more senior roles. Also, the type of work was fairly junior level duties at both jobs. Obviously this will affect the letters of recommendation as well, since not a whole lot can be said about the applicant's work or leadership role.

How does one mitigate such concerns regarding work experience/lack of progression? And also on concerns with mediocre recommendations?
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Re: Applying with strong GMAT/GPA but average work experience? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 03:24
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Hi there,

I have a question regarding applications - I've seen a number of posts on here from applicants who have concerns with a low undergrad GPA, or a low GMAT score, and how that'll affect their applications. But I haven't seen much of the flip side - that is, someone with a relatively strong GMAT, strong GPA, strong undergrad extracurriculars, but fairly mediocre-to-average work experience.

Let's say, for example, an applicant with 4 years of work experience (split 2 yrs each at 2 different jobs), but no actual progression because the transition from the first job to the second job was a lateral move. Thus, no managerial/leadership responsibilities due to lack of progression into more senior roles. Also, the type of work was fairly junior level duties at both jobs. Obviously this will affect the letters of recommendation as well, since not a whole lot can be said about the applicant's work or leadership role.

How does one mitigate such concerns regarding work experience/lack of progression? And also on concerns with mediocre recommendations?



Hi Zesty,

I must say four years is a decently long time to demonstrate career progression. And career progression does matter, especially in a scenario where you are most likely competing with over-achiever applicants.
One way to mitigate the negative effects of your lack of opportunities at work is by involving yourself in leadership roles outside the company. It could be within the community, a non profit organization, or in a skill development group, like ToastMasters/ something of your own interest, say photography, where you initiate a group and lead its activities.

You may also consider waiting another year while you build up your professional resume, and then apply.

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Re: Applying with strong GMAT/GPA but average work experience? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 10:04
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The strong GMAT/GPA will show that you are capable of handling business school academically, but will say nothing about your managerial promise. That's where schools look to career progression, reco letters etc. If your resume/recos are weak or ordinary, this will hurt you at top schools. One strategy can be to compensate for these through your extracurriculars: great leadership as a volunteer, for example, or some company you started outside of your day job. These outside activities can be sources of reco letters too.
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Hi there,

I have a question regarding applications - I've seen a number of posts on here from applicants who have concerns with a low undergrad GPA, or a low GMAT score, and how that'll affect their applications. But I haven't seen much of the flip side - that is, someone with a relatively strong GMAT, strong GPA, strong undergrad extracurriculars, but fairly mediocre-to-average work experience.

Let's say, for example, an applicant with 4 years of work experience (split 2 yrs each at 2 different jobs), but no actual progression because the transition from the first job to the second job was a lateral move. Thus, no managerial/leadership responsibilities due to lack of progression into more senior roles. Also, the type of work was fairly junior level duties at both jobs. Obviously this will affect the letters of recommendation as well, since not a whole lot can be said about the applicant's work or leadership role.

How does one mitigate such concerns regarding work experience/lack of progression? And also on concerns with mediocre recommendations?

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Re: Applying with strong GMAT/GPA but average work experience? [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2013, 07:24
Here, here to pbodine!

He wrote: "One strategy can be to compensate for these through your extracurriculars: great leadership as a volunteer, for example, or some company you started outside of your day job. These outside activities can be sources of reco letters too."

If a great volunteer experience is something you are seeking, consider becoming a volunteer business consultant for SCORE, Net Impact, USALC, or Taproot. These organizations assist nonprofits and/or small businesses that are experiencing strategic growth challenges.

By partnering with these organizations you will learn tons about social entrepreneurship and develop new skills that will add value to all aspects of your future MBA career.

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Re: Applying with strong GMAT/GPA but average work experience? [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 20:27
zesty wrote:
Hi there,

I have a question regarding applications - I've seen a number of posts on here from applicants who have concerns with a low undergrad GPA, or a low GMAT score, and how that'll affect their applications. But I haven't seen much of the flip side - that is, someone with a relatively strong GMAT, strong GPA, strong undergrad extracurriculars, but fairly mediocre-to-average work experience.

Let's say, for example, an applicant with 4 years of work experience (split 2 yrs each at 2 different jobs), but no actual progression because the transition from the first job to the second job was a lateral move. Thus, no managerial/leadership responsibilities due to lack of progression into more senior roles. Also, the type of work was fairly junior level duties at both jobs. Obviously this will affect the letters of recommendation as well, since not a whole lot can be said about the applicant's work or leadership role.

How does one mitigate such concerns regarding work experience/lack of progression? And also on concerns with mediocre recommendations?


Hi Zesty,

Your point is very much valid. Getting admission in a top business school is really a very hard nut to crack. To get admit in a top business school a candidate definitely require a good GPA, a decent GMAT Score and a managerial level experience. Adcom gives a certain amount of weightage for GMAT, GPA and work experience and other curricular activities. But as we know that each and every application is different in its own way and moreover instead of considering only GMAT Score, GPA Score and work experience adcoms consider the entire application, presentation skill in your essays and personal interview with the admissions committee, your intellectual level during the interviews.

You can know more in detail regarding the MBA Interviews here http://bit.ly/11iT5jc

Hope that helps :-D

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Re: Applying with strong GMAT/GPA but average work experience?   [#permalink] 30 Jan 2013, 20:27
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