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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2013, 00:07
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Hi Joy,

Thank you for the amazing feedback you have been giving to all the GMATClub Members, Just read a few of them and was inspired to chip in with my details :)

Personal:
Male 28 Years

Academics:
GMAT: 690 (Q 49, V 34)
Masters in Management from a Tier 2 University (Human Resources Majors)
Bachelors in Commerce(Accounting)

Work experience:(Will complete 4 Years by applications)
Currently working with a Retail Distributor as a Brand Manager for a Cosmetics and Skincare brand, Pan India. Lead a team of Beauty Consultants.
International Work Experience with a leading Retail Chain as an Assistant Buyer for 11 Countries in Middle East(Dubai).
Assistant Merchandiser for a leading Indian Retailer in India.
Have an experience of working with people from different backgrounds and diverse cultures.
Shifted industry within six months of post grad degree(was very difficult to convince people to hire me in a Marketing Role)

Extra-curriculars:
Almost NIL
Except for paticipating in College plays and Dance( Undergrad years)

Confused regarding school choices.
Applying to ISB, Oxford(SAID), LBS

Thinking of Johnson, Tepper, Duke, Penn State and INSEAD.

For which schools I will be competitive candidate, competitive-to-strong competitive to stretch and stretch candidate?

POST MBA Goals : Luxury Retail or Consumer Goods Industry(Basically Marketing Profile / Marketing Consultancy)

Looking forward to your reply.

Thanks



Hi, Farhan

And thank you for YOUR feedback! That was great to hear ☺

I'll say a few things, and then I suggest that you go to the link at the bottom, and use our free calculator to get a better sense of your chances at each of your potential schools.

Your GMAT is good, though not great, but is enough for most of the schools you are interested in. It's a bit on the low side for INSEAD, so you'll need to compensate.

Your business experience is strong – when you state your goals, you will want to make a strong connection between what you've done and what you intend to do after your MBA. It's okay to switch careers, but it needs to make sense, and you want to show that your experience will benefit you in your new direction.

I can't see what sort of leadership experience you've had; you'll want to try and stress that in your application.

The international orientation is great – especially for INSEAD.

The extracurrics are weak – see what else you can dig up. Some of your schools – LBS for example – see community participation as very important.

In terms of school choice, other options you might look into, for schools that emphasize marketing majors but are not first tier: McCombs (Austin), Kelley (Indiana), HEC, Kenan-Flagler (UNC).

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2013, 01:50
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I'm planning to apply in a couple of B schools this year. I'm detailing my profile below. I'd like an opinion on the school selection I've made. I'm very keen to start my MBA asap. Major reason for change is change in function while maintaining the Industry.

Gender :Female
Age :27
Gmat :690
GPA :3.2 (Might vary as I was in Pune University for 3 years and in autonomous institute for last year.) Electronics Engineering
Experience :48 months in Consulting
Nationality : Indian
Extra Curricular : Involved in Corporate Social Responsibility group for 3 years, Teaching young kids. I'm a kathak dancer which is a traditional dance form of India. I've tried a very small food outlet as a start up when I was starting my corporate career. I'm a new blogger and an avid reader. I've won a couple of contests at Toast Master's. Throughout my college life I've organized a host of events. I was also General Secretary for Girl's committee in the final year of engineering. I've travelled to a couple of countries and that's why I look forward to a degree away from home.

My bad, I was planning to attach a file here. I'm putting up a list below.

My list of colleges:-
Dream :
Stanford University (California)
London Business School
IMD

Adding to the list :
Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus
St Gallen University Business School
Macquarie Graduate School of Management (New South Wales)
Sauder School of Business
HEC Montréal (Quebec )
Nanyang Business School
National University of Singapore
Indian School of Business
ESADE Business School
Imperial College Business School

Hoping to hear an opinion soon.

Thanks a lot...
Cheers!!!!!!!!!




Hi, I can comment on the first three schools - less on the others, most of which I have not worked with (except for Rotterdam and HEC).
Stanford's a dream for everyone. Your GMAT is a bit low, which means you need to really distinguish yourself in other ways. It's not clear to me from what you wrote what your actual career goals are; if they are exciting and groundbreaking and have the potential to significantly impact the world - and sound feasible at the same time - that may make Stanford notice you. And of course essays and recommendations must be superb. LBS and IMD are more in reach. For LBS, your GMAT is near the average. There you will want to really emphasize what contribution you intend to make on campus. For IMD you want to really stress your international orientation and how your career has progressed. For all of them you want to highlight your leadership experience in whatever you've done, and show self awareness. Again, make sure you can be specific about your career goals - short, mid and long-term, and how they relate to your past experiences, as well as specifically why you are looking for an MBA in order to achieve them.

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Hi

Please provide a critical feedback on my profile.

Work experience: 2.5 years(till date)

1 year work experience as a business analyst/developer with HCL.

drastically changed my area of work to business development and marketing.

1.5 year in an export firm
working in an export firm as an international marketing executive handling most of the customer relationship and market development.


GMAT: 670 (Q:50, V:29) AWA: 4.5, IR: 5, TOEFL: 108

Education: B.E.in electronics from RV college of Engineering, Bangalore CGPA : 3.0


Extra curricular/Achievements: state level basketball player
French language certifications DELF A1 & A2
android developer/tester ... have helped in ROM development for different android phones.
Final year electronics project selected for exhibition at ISRO.


Target schools are: Kelley,UCLA , ISB , NUS, NTU

I am quite concerned about the college selection as my work experience is low when compared to the average work ex. of these schools.
Please suggest some target schools based on my profile.

Thanks
Xeon




Hi Xeon,

Some schools you might consider, where you would be competitive in addition to Kelley and UCLA, are: USC, Emory, Austin, Babson, Maryland (Smith), Rice (Jones), Michigan State (Broad). I don't know much about the Asian schools you mentioned, so I can't comment on them.

Regarding your profile, I suggest you try and emphasize any time in your history where you have shown leadership and/or initiative, and see if you can dig up any other extracurricular activities - even non organized ones. Yours are a bit minimal compared with other Indian candidates.

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I have not taken the GMAT yet, and my GPA is ~2.7. The reason for the low GPA (which I can explain in an essay) is the fact that I was working 40+ hours a week, since my Sophomore year of high school and I helped start a small business, and I currently work in small business consulting as well as working in a management role in a high volume Las Vegas hotel.

I have experience in hotels, being promoted in my company from one hotel to another, as well as internally when I joined another company. I was also given an internship with the company. During my time in management, I was responsible for over 100+ employees, and multiple departments (Front Desk/Hotel Operations, Bell and Valet) as well as managing under a collective bargaining agreement. Between the two hotels that I worked at, I can show that the projects I worked on helped raise guest survey scores and raise overall revenue for the properties.

The schools I am looking at: NYU (part time), ASU, Boston College/University, UCLA, U of Texas, INSEAD. I am also open to other suggestions.

The main jobs I am looking for with an MBA -- 1) VC/Private Equity 2) Consulting 3) Global expansion of hotel/chains
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Hi there,

I want to thank you for reaching out and apologize for the delayed response!
While your GMAT is an acceptable score and falls well within the average margins for all schools you are targeting (exceeding the averages in both Ross and Booth), you may want to consider retaking it - if you feel you can do better - simply because an impressive score may likely compensate for your weak GPA (which, as you know, falls below the average those schools generally accept). An explanation for your GPA may help, but a strong GMAT score will prove to the admissions committee that you do have what it takes to succeed academically.
Your work experience is good! You’ll want to stress the leadership roles you played as well as the initiatives you pioneered.
As you probably already know, the admissions offices are looking for anything that sets you apart from other applicants (unique talents and skills, interesting experiences and backgrounds) so it is important to make your application distinct. The band is good, try to come up with more differentiating qualities.

For a deeper look at your chances for acceptance, please try our free admission chances calculator (http://www.aringo.com/MBA_admission_cha ... ulator.htm) and feel free to browse our website for useful tips regarding your application process.
I also encourage you to contact our North America CEO, Chrissy (chrissym@aringo.com) to set up a free consultation call with no attached commitments, so that you can begin shaping an impressive and individualized application and so that she can offer you a more detailed and personalized assessment of your chances.

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2011, 23:23
WoW.... I could use your help.
I've posted my profile in another thread, here is the link:
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I thank you in advance for your input :)
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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2011, 03:12
On the basis of the information provided in the above link, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at USC and Indiana (both are quite strong in marketing), competitive-to-strong at Babson (entrepreneurship), competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at Texas (McCombs) and stretch and Kellogg and Michigan (the last 3 are fairly strong in marketing).

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2011, 08:18
Hi Gil,
That's impressive! it might give some hope to many candidates...
Speaking of GMAT, what in your opinion is the schools’ attitude to candidates who took the GMAT more than once? Can it hurt them?

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2011, 05:22
Michael,

In most cases (unless specifically stated otherwise by the school), the lower scores have relatively low (or zero) impact, and the higher score counts the most by far.
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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2011, 01:48
Good to know, thanks Gil!
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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 02:10
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Many schools have FAQ page on their website, where you can see how will they consider multiple GMAT scores. most schools will indeed consider your highest score.

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 04:58
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On the basis of the information provided in the above link, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at USC and Indiana (both are quite strong in marketing), competitive-to-strong at Babson (entrepreneurship), competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at Texas (McCombs) and stretch and Kellogg and Michigan (the last 3 are fairly strong in marketing).

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Dear Gil,
I scored a 710 (92) with a verbal raw score of 40 (89) and quantitative raw score of 48 (82) on my re-take (a 60 point improvement over my last score of 650/37/44). Will this improve my competitiveness in the above mentioned business schools? If so, to what degree?
In addition to the above schools, are there other schools which I must consider? I plan to apply for the final round of intake for Fall 2012.

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 05:43
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GMAT: 670 (Q49V33)
Working experience: 6+ years in marketing - 4 years in China and other 2 years HongKong, and some other international experience - all big multinational companies
Undergrad major: marketing
GPA: 3.5

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Oxford
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Emory
Georgetown
Duke
Cornell

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are? Do you think I should take GMAT again?
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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 12:13
Thank you very much for your time.

I am currently working at a large pharmaceutical company in the area of marketing/analytics.

Prior to that, I was a strategy/management consultant to the pharmaceutical sector for 7 years.

I graduated with a 3.1 GPA from MIT majoring in Chemical Engineering in 2002. Took the GMAT and scored a 710--50 Quant and 38 Verbal (breakdown may be off, but total score is correct).

Wondering about my candidacy for Fall of 2012. I know that I am an older candidate and I will apply part time as a safety.

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2011, 11:04
Hello,
My Gmat 600 Q44, V27
MS in Chemical Engineering with GPA 3.75 - University of Maine
3.5 Years of Experience in Specialty Chemicals & Pulp and Paper Industry
I live in Trenton, NJ
Can you please suggest me business schools Part Time MBA.
What are my chances in
NYU, Temple, Drexel, Rutgers (let me know if you have other programs in mind)
If NYU is not the option which is best among others?
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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 23:43
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GMAT: 670 (Q49V33)
Working experience: 6+ years in marketing - 4 years in China and other 2 years HongKong, and some other international experience - all big multinational companies
Undergrad major: marketing
GPA: 3.5

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Oxford
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Emory
Georgetown
Duke
Cornell

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are? Do you think I should take GMAT again?

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 670, our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-strong candidate (closer to competitive) at Emory and Georgetown (check if you meet Georgetown's undergrad degree requirements), competitive at Tuck and Oxford and competitive-to-stretch (closer to competitive) at Duke and Cornell, competitive-to-stretch at NYU and stretch at Columbia.

Yes, if you can get that GMAT score up to the 700, that could make a significant difference. As you can see on our site we had clients get into Duke with 600 and 640 and into Tuck with 650, but a 700 could make it much easier... also, given your interest in marketing, possibly consider Kellogg and Michigan (Ross).

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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 23:51
Thank you very much for your time.

I am currently working at a large pharmaceutical company in the area of marketing/analytics.

Prior to that, I was a strategy/management consultant to the pharmaceutical sector for 7 years.

I graduated with a 3.1 GPA from MIT majoring in Chemical Engineering in 2002. Took the GMAT and scored a 710--50 Quant and 38 Verbal (breakdown may be off, but total score is correct).

Wondering about my candidacy for Fall of 2012. I know that I am an older candidate and I will apply part time as a safety.

For the purpose of this answer I am assuming that you are American, male, and around 31 years old. On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at programs such as Duke and Darden, competitive-to-strong at programs such as USC and UNC, and competitive-to-stretch at programs such as Columbia and Kellogg.

Thank you again.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 23:57
Hello,
My Gmat 600 Q44, V27
MS in Chemical Engineering with GPA 3.75 - University of Maine
3.5 Years of Experience in Specialty Chemicals & Pulp and Paper Industry
I live in Trenton, NJ
Can you please suggest me business schools Part Time MBA.
What are my chances in
NYU, Temple, Drexel, Rutgers (let me know if you have other programs in mind)
If NYU is not the option which is best among others?
On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at Temple and Drexel, competitive-to-stretch (or possibly competitive, I am not sure) at Rutgers, and stretch at NYU. I am not familiar with other part-time programs where you would be a competitive candidate.

Thank you,
Homasote.
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GMAT: 510 ( Giving again in June aiming for 690 +)
Working experience: 4+ years in Banking ( Corporate/ Retail/Risk) - 2 years in Dubai, UAE and other 2 years Pakistan. Recruited in international structured program with workshop experience in Malaysia/Singapore.
Undergrad major: Liberal Arts School in Iowa -Business Administration/ Political Science
GPA: 2.7
Extra curriculars (Undergrad): Resident Assistant, Fraternity, Tutor, Campus jobs, International Club, Political Science club.
Alumni support letters: Columbia/Cornell/Penn ( How much impact do they have)

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Cornell
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Michigan
Northwestern
Chicago
Penn
Emory
Berkely

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are?
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Re: Ask Aringo - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720 [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 02:05
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GMAT: 510 ( Giving again in June aiming for 690 +)
Working experience: 4+ years in Banking ( Corporate/ Retail/Risk) - 2 years in Dubai, UAE and other 2 years Pakistan. Recruited in international structured program with workshop experience in Malaysia/Singapore.
Undergrad major: Liberal Arts School in Iowa -Business Administration/ Political Science
GPA: 2.7
Extra curriculars (Undergrad): Resident Assistant, Fraternity, Tutor, Campus jobs, International Club, Political Science club.
Alumni support letters: Columbia/Cornell/Penn ( How much impact do they have)Columbia: low impact, Wharton: low-to-negligible impact, Cornell: low-to-medium impact

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Cornell
Dartmouth
Columbia
NYU
Michigan
Northwestern
Chicago
Penn
Emory
Berkely

Please can you share with me your recommendations? and what you think my chances are?

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and GMAT score of 690, our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-strong candidate at Emory (closer to competitive), competitive-to-stretch (closer to competitive) at Berkeley, Tuck, Cornell, Michigan and NYU, and stretch at Columbia, Chicago, Kellogg and Wharton.
My biggest recommendation would be to significantly improve the GMAT - good that you're working on it.
Good luck!
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