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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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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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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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Can you give me advice about MSBA (Master of Science in Business Analytics) programs?


Hi Skollya,

While Aringo helps clients with their Master of Science applications (in fact we recently had a client accepted to the exact program you are interested in), our field of expertise and knowledge is in MBA programs.

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I've just given my GMAT and got a score of 670(47Q/35V, IR 7).
A bit more about myself:
I'm an Indian male, age 24 years. I have lived outside India for the major part of my life (in the middle east).
I have a bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics form NIT Warangal ( Rank 8 college in India ) with a CGPA of 6.3/10, graduated in 2013.After which I worked at Bank of America as a Tech associate in India for 18 months. Here I was the offshore point of contact for an agile project. Worked in the role of Business Analyst in gathering business requirements and developing test cases working extensively with the developers and business partners. Got a silver award for my work in this project.

I then started a company with my friend called Urbserv which is a online/mobile app that allows you to book a handyman around the clock at your convenience. We launched in March and have received around 1000 orders till now.While working on the startup our aim was to create an app for cooks and cleaners on the go and improve their living conditions by the profits we generated from this but to change the idea because of security laws that govern this kind of work and the investors werent interested because of this.

I then moved to Riyadh,Saudi Arabia after working for a few months in the startup and started working as an Assistant Manager in a mid sized Printing and Packaging Firm(generates business of around 5 million SAR monthly ) to improve my leadership skills and to learn all aspects of running a company.Here I supervise the overall working of the company focusing mainly on operations and sales and have about 80 people reporting to me. Over the course of 6 months that i have worked here the company has improved its profit margin from 14-18%. We have used the extra money to improve the living conditions of our labour employees and in educating them. In the past 3 months we have focused on using a part of our profits in helping the under privileged by organizing volunteering activities.

During the process I have learnt that an MBA would have been very helpful.I would like to start a Social enterprise after my MBA, which aims on creating revenue generating businesses marketed with a social theme and the profits generated from these business will be used for building homes and providing food for the underprivileged in the country .In 10 years time I would like this Enterprise to improve the living conditions of the people living below the poverty line by building homes, proving food,education and providing proper healthcare.

To further my career at this point in time I would like to apply for an MBA program. Given my profile it would be very helpful if you could advice me to which colleges I can apply to. With colleges considered, ambitious, moderate and safe.

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Hi Arjun,
What an impressive profile for someone your age – that’s amazing, really! You have terrific things in your profile; the managerial experience, the entrepreneurial activity, international experience and the constant social impact. Wonderful. The GMAT is on the low side for top-tier schools; if you think you might be able to study hard and bring it up, that would definitely increase your chances.

As is, roughly from easier to harder, in the US, you might consider Babson, Anderson, Cornell, Darden, Yale, Haas, MIT. In Europe, IESE, INSEAD.

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Please evaluate my profile:
Name: Shashank
Citizenship: Indian
10th: 82%
12th: 76%
Under Grad: Mining Machinery Engineering.
(Mechanical engineering with specialization in Mining and construction equipment)
Under grad college: Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad

Qualified IIT - JEE with all India Rank 5121
GPA : 7.2/10
GMAT Score: 710 - Q49 V37 IR7

Work Experience: 4 years 5 Months( July 2011- Present)
Company: Tata Steel Ltd
Designation: Manager - Maintenance
Working in an open pit captive coal mine,
Looking after Maintenanace of Rear Dumpers,
Job responsibilities: inventory management, human and non human resource management, preparing and complying to AOP. Preparing and complying to maintenance plan.

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Hi Shashank,
Academics are good, and the management experience is great – make sure to emphasize that in the application, with some good leadership stories.
I don’t see mention of your extracurricular activities, those are also important to discuss. The GMAT is a bit low, as you are up against heavy competition from fellow Indians. See what you can do about raising it up. Beyond that, if you have any specific school choices, let us know.

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Mate, I am also an applicant myself and see your post thru email updates on this thread
your profile is extremely competitive...
You should apply any schools that interest you.
I think even HBS or MIT is within reach....
Given that you've been successful in both academics and extra-curriculum (Your NGO work and things )
To quantify the chance in GMAT CR language ...your chance of getting admitted at the best MBA course (HBS,MIT,Standford) is more than some applicant if not most applicant (i.e. >50% for sure..)


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Hi there,

Thanks for evaluating profile and providing guidance, Truly appreciate it.

my profile:
Age: 26, Indian Male
Academics: Comp. Sc. Engineering from DAIICT, Gujrat, India, CPI – 7/ 10; GMAT – 770 – Nov/ 2015 - first attempt
Professional Work Ex: Four and half years of work experience in Pharma Consulting – ZS Associates, IMS Health and Novartis. I developed solid understanding of Healthcare industry and of Market Research; led team of 3-4 people; Worked on variety of marketing projects from Understanding the market and competitor landscape, to develop Go to market strategy and finally to monitor product performance and usage attitudes. Negative – lack of onsite experience and I believe I should have managed one more promotion (didn’t happened because I switched companies at wrong time)
Future Goals: To continue working in Pharma management consulting industry and gain more industry knowledge. Long Term – to help make healthcare affordable and accessible in developing countries such as BRICS nations.
REKO: Should be able to get great recommendations.
Miscellaneous:
- 4 Years of NGO work ex p. Worked with 3 different NGOs –first was for Child Education; in second we went to rural area to understand social and political problems faced by villagers ; in my third NGO I’m working to optimize the retail selling price for Farmers in rural areas of India
- CFA Level 2 cleared
- Learned Spanish, apart from Hindi and English. Is planning to pick French later this year
- Member of Toastmasters club
- Coursera – Wharton’s Introduction to Marketing ; Kellogg’s Leadership Specialization (5 courses)
- Hobbies – Good player of Poker (made money), cricket (college team)
- Random leadership and event organization experience in college and school. Admin of FB page with 5000+ members, to discuss current Pharma news/ trends

Hope I covered most of the relevant things, please let me know if you need any further information from my side, will be very happy to share
My query: I want to understand my chances of getting in schools such as – DUKE, TUCK, ROSS, HAAS and Darden. If these are difficult to get in, should I also try – HEC Paris, ESCADE and NUS? And while we are on this topic, what chances (quantifiable figure will be best) will you assign for me to get in LBS, INSEAD or KELLOGG. In short, can you please help me short list 5-6 schools which I should apply later this year.

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Thanks for evaluating profile and providing guidance, Truly appreciate it.

my profile:
Age: 26, Indian Male
Academics: Comp. Sc. Engineering from DAIICT, Gujrat, India, CPI – 7/ 10; GMAT – 770 – Nov/ 2015 - first attempt
Professional Work Ex: Four and half years of work experience in Pharma Consulting – ZS Associates, IMS Health and Novartis. I developed solid understanding of Healthcare industry and of Market Research; led team of 3-4 people; Worked on variety of marketing projects from Understanding the market and competitor landscape, to develop Go to market strategy and finally to monitor product performance and usage attitudes. Negative – lack of onsite experience and I believe I should have managed one more promotion (didn’t happened because I switched companies at wrong time)
Future Goals: To continue working in Pharma management consulting industry and gain more industry knowledge. Long Term – to help make healthcare affordable and accessible in developing countries such as BRICS nations.
REKO: Should be able to get great recommendations.
Miscellaneous:
- 4 Years of NGO work ex p. Worked with 3 different NGOs –first was for Child Education; in second we went to rural area to understand social and political problems faced by villagers ; in my third NGO I’m working to optimize the retail selling price for Farmers in rural areas of India
- CFA Level 2 cleared
- Learned Spanish, apart from Hindi and English. Is planning to pick French later this year
- Member of Toastmasters club
- Coursera – Wharton’s Introduction to Marketing ; Kellogg’s Leadership Specialization (5 courses)
- Hobbies – Good player of Poker (made money), cricket (college team)
- Random leadership and event organization experience in college and school. Admin of FB page with 5000+ members, to discuss current Pharma news/ trends

Hope I covered most of the relevant things, please let me know if you need any further information from my side, will be very happy to share
My query: I want to understand my chances of getting in schools such as – DUKE, TUCK, ROSS, HAAS and Darden. If these are difficult to get in, should I also try – HEC Paris, ESCADE and NUS? And while we are on this topic, what chances (quantifiable figure will be best) will you assign for me to get in LBS, INSEAD or KELLOGG. In short, can you please help me short list 5-6 schools which I should apply later this year.

Thanks a million


Hi there,

Your profile looks fantastic. The GMAT, awesome. While you are an Indian engineer, usually an overrepresented pool, your professional experience puts you in a totally different category. Very impressive – leadership, healthcare niche, market research gives you business experience. Going forward in the same industry is a great choice – programs like when your previous experience has relevance to your future career. I love the ambitious long term goal that seeks to have impact on society. And the extracurricular activities and hobbies are also great additions – you will be able to put forth some very well rounded applications that the reader will love. Seems that all your are missing is having founded your own startup-company… :)

I think you have a chance at all the schools you are applying to. I think you should even choose one dream school – like Stanford, Columbia, Wharton, HBS. Stanford and Wharton, by the way, both have healthcare specializations that you could look into.

So, 5-6 schools?
One top 5 school, one safety school, like HEC or IESE, etc. and the other 3 chosen from your other list. INSEAD is a great option for you, if you are interested in Europe. For the US, the 5 schools you’ve selected are all good options. I think the question now is more what part of the country do you want to be in, and where do your potential future employers recruit?

Good luck!!

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WoW.... I could use your help.
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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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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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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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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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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).

Hope this helps.
Good luck!
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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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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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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.

Thank you again.
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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?
Thank you,
Homasote.
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