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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 10:23
sumedhamahajan wrote:
Hello Think ISB

I am taking my GMAT test on the 15th of august. However, I am doubtful that i ll receive my AWA score by the time i apply for round 1. Can i submit my AWA score later as i want to apply in the first round itself.

Also, do evaluate my profile:
GMAT score - expecting 700+ with the present preparation

Work ex - will be 2 years by 1st April'2011

Work - Working as a Scientist in Defence Research and Development Laboratory(DRDL). Work area includes Aerodynamic Test Facilities and I am the instrumentation in-charge of Hypersonic Shock Tunnel. I have established 2 new measurement techniques in my facility and have thus contributed in the establishment of the Shock Tunnel facility.

Academics - B.Tech in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from NIT Jalandhar with a GPA of 8.12
12th - 80%(CBSE)
10th - 86%(ICSE)


Extra Curricular - Have represented my college Table Tennis team in many inter-college tournaments all over the country. Have won many TT matches and have also participated and scored a position in the DRDO intra zonal Table Tennis matches recently.
I am an athlete and played and won many track events during college and also in DRDL.
I was the head of photography club in my college for 2 years and have organised many photography events.
Won many choreography events in school and college
I have learned Salsa and Jive(Basic level) professionally.

Passions - Travelling, Photography and Dancing

Do I stand a fair chance of getting through ISB this year?

Sumedha



Hi Sumedha,

Yes! you can apply - GMAT official score needs to reach ISB within 3 weeks of the application deadline

ISB Website FAQ section says:

"8) Will I be considered for the deadline if I send my GMAT scores later?
You will not be allowed to submit your application without a valid GMAT score. However, you can submit the application with your test centre scores, but the official score should also reach us within 3 weeks of submission of your online application. "

Academics: Engg. profile - biggest applicant pool; but a positive spike due to uncommon career stream -make sure you get a good GMAT (>690-700), undergrad marks are fine.
WorkEx: is much lower than the average experience of an ISB incoming class (~4.5yrs)
Diversiy: Good, due to diverse workex and good ECA - Enhance involvement in a few ECA activities rather than mentioning many small involvements.

To summarize, you need to first focus on a good gmat and then think on building your profile deeper - be it your work experience and or areas like diversity before you start filling the online ISB Application!
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 10:32
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Hi ThinkISB,
I am from India. Request to please evaluate my profile .

Work Experience : 6.5 years in IT industry in india with one of the Top MNCs here (This is my second company, the earlier being another top MNC in India). Have around 1.5+ years of Overseas exposure (in USA and Canada) as Technical Analyst. Was involved in different projects and served high profile Global clients which included Fortune 500 companies also. For past 6-7 months my role is that of "Module Lead" for my project and 7-8 members are working directly under my supervision.
Cleared and achieved different technical/ Non Technical certifications which includes Microsoft, ITIL (for Service Management).

Degree : B.Tech in Information Technology from one of the Private Engineering Colleges in eastern India. My B.Tech GPA is 8.3.

GMAT Score : 680-700 (will be appearing for it in a month )
Academics : (however does it matter anyways??)
10 : 75% (State Board)
12 : 68% (State Board)


Extra Curricular : Nothing special! Did participate in some quizzes during schooling. Love to play Table Tennis during leisure in office (no accolades however).

Social Activities (Please let me know if this can be improved now!!):
Nothing significant! But am involved with Companies Corporate Social Responsibility Team (sometimes need to go to primary schools and teach poor children/ donation collection etc.) and Environment Focus Team (was involved in a team for public awareness on different environmental issues etc.).
Note: Thinking of joining an NGO soon.

Want to Join ISB for career progression and for opportunity to explore other areas like Entrepreneurship in Education industry [I have actually thoroughly planned for it couple of years back but just that execution didn't happen (:()].

Thanks.


Hi MBAInsurance

Quick take on your profile
-WorkEx: is average to fair - IT profile but incl. international exposure, team leading role
-Analytical: GMAT score - is imp. for you - as your undergrad score is old (6 yr old) and may not serve as a recent signal
-Diversity: Weak area - imp. for you to build upon and invest time in a limited set of activities that you are passionate about.

Focus on last two areas!
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 07:23
Hi ThinkISB,

Sorry to bug you again. But I am not able to decide whether I should take GMAT again or try ISB with the current score and profile. Please guide me.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 08:44
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Hi ThinkISB,

Sorry to bug you again. But I am not able to decide whether I should take GMAT again or try ISB with the current score and profile. Please guide me.

Thanks,
Prax


Dear Prax,

I am sorry to have missed your question. To answer it very accurately I need to do a detailed evaluation of your profile. If there are thing which can offset this GMAT score of yours, you do not need to retake it.

But with the basic information I have now, I am going to have to ask you to retake it, get a better score and apply in the second round.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 10:38
Thanks ThinkISB. In my profile everything else is average, just the NGO stuff is fine.
Just one more question. How much score should I target?

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 11:00
Prax wrote:
Thanks ThinkISB. In my profile everything else is average, just the NGO stuff is fine.
Just one more question. How much score should I target?

Thanks,
Prax


Hi Prax,

We believe there is nothing average about anyone and everyone has an interesting story to tell. We do not have much information about your profile. For a better and complete evaluation we'll need a lot more details. Our previous judgement was only based on the very limited information we had. There have been many people with 650 or less with similar experience who have made it to ISB in the past. Anything above 720 is a decent score for candidates with experience in the software industry.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 07:13
Thanks a ton ThinkISB. Just thought of providing you more details of my profile. Please have a look at it.

Work experience: 4 years in IT in India with one of the top Indian MNCs. Recently switched to a product based software firm which caters to telecom industry. In the first firm I worked as software developer in social networking domain. Have developed one of the most visited social networking sites in world. Have lead a small team. In the present firm, my designation is Analyst programmer. I am supposed to developed CRM softwares and also to know in and out of the functional area.

Onsite experience: None yet. Would be going this month.

Academics: B.E. in computer science from one the best colleges in M.P. Scored 67%.

GMAT score: 650

Extra curricular: Won badminton championships in college and corporate. Won paper presentation in college.

Social activities: Had joined an NGO a year and half back. Taught slum kids and organized events in the same.
Got in touch with another social group active in Mumbai. Then opened its division afresh in Pune. Leading it and motivating people to contribute to the cause. Have been quoted for this endeavor in the national and city news papers.

Kindly have a look and let me know your further views.

Thanks again.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2010, 01:21
Hi,

Request your help with my profile evaluation.

Age : 26
Nationality : Indian
Experience : 4
GMAT : 1st Attempt - 700 (51Q, 32 V, 5.0 AWA). Feb’09
2nd Attempt - 710 (50Q, 35V, 4.5 AWA). Apr’10
Undergrad : B.Tech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.
Currently pursuing CFA. Written L1 in June 2010, results awaited.

Areas of Interest: Finance –Investment Services/Portfolio Management

Experience details (Total Exp – 4yrs. Employer – Citi India)
1. 2010 Mar – Now: Implementation Manager – Consumer & Commercial Banking – Customer Servicing

Channels.
2. 2009-10 – Implementation Manager – Consumer Banking – Credit Initiation (Card, Unsecured Loans &

Secured Loans/Lines)
3. 2006-2008 – Business Analyst & Project Manager – Sales & Credit
International Exposure:
1. Business/Cross Team Interaction – Worked for CitiFinancial India, Thailand & Indonesia. And Citibank

Singapore, Philippines, Guam, Malaysia, Indonesia and North America.
2. International Travel – Travelled for implementation work to Singapore, Philippines & Malaysia.
Extracurricular:
@college:
• Member of the Executive Council (7 members) of SAC (Students Association Council).
o Received the highest votes for the post of General Secretary in Student Body election, although lost

in a lucky draw to resolve the tie.
• Won the 2nd prize in the National Level Business Plan Competition – Corpostrat
• Treasurer of Hobbies Club Festival – Srishti’06. Event initially funded by institute, we made it

self-funded with sponsorship around INR 500000, in spite of the fact that festival was held in April just

after our Cultural and Technical fest and Financial year end. Conducted workshops by International Speakers

and other events to take the festival to new heights.
@work:• Rated ‘1/Outstanding’ in 2 out of 4 appraisals during my tenure in Citi and ‘2/Excellent’

for the rest 2.
• Identified as a HIPO (High Potential Employee).
• Youngest employee to be designated Solution Architect and made an Approver for all high impact

requirements of CitiFinancial India, Indo & Thai business.
• Ran collection programs in collaboration with NGO – Goonj and Coordinate donations (Clothes, books,

etc) from office colleagues and housing society.

Target Colleges:
- Harvard
- MIT Sloan
- NYU Stern
- Haas
- Ross
- Darden
- Duke Fuqua
- ISB

I need to shortlist this to 5 colleges. Would be great if you can tag my chances in these. Only criterion

for college is great finance faculty & resources, Good Alumni network, Scholarship would be

an icing on the cake :-D

Thank you for your time and effort!
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2010, 20:56
Hi,
I would like to apply for ISB 2012 and I am planning to apply for R1. Can you please suggest if I have any chance in getting the admission? Please find below are my details

GMAT: 640(Q: 48, V:29, AWA:5)
Work Experience: 7yrs in a major IT services company with 2 yrs of project management experience
Academics:
10th Standard: 73%,
12th Standard: 87%,
B.Tech (Civil Engineering): 71%
Work Experience details:
1. Worked for retail, multi-level marketing, pharma and insurance clients
2. 3 yrs of onsite experience
3. Promoted to Manager Role in 5.5yrs and given a responsibility of leading 11 member team. Role progression: Trainee (4 months) --> Engineer (2.7 yrs) --> Analyst (2.2 yrs) --> Manager (currently in this role)
4. Consistently received Rank 1 in yearly appraisals
5. Specialized in Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse testing
Extra Curricular Activities:
At Work:
1. Conceptualized testing solution and filed and IP for the solution (waiting for approval)
2. Presented technical paper at an international conference
3. Cleared CSTE, LOMA certifications
4. Worked on multiple proposals and actively participated in presales activities
At Graduation:
1. Lead the final year project and successfully completed live project in transportation
2. Presented papers on Civil engineering subjects in IIT roorkee and Osmania University
At School:
1. Actively involved in school Basket ball team and played in inter school competitions

Can you please suggest if I should go ahead and apply? My GMAT score is less and I don’t think if I can improve much on this.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 02:50
Prax wrote:
Thanks a ton ThinkISB. Just thought of providing you more details of my profile. Please have a look at it.

Work experience: 4 years in IT in India with one of the top Indian MNCs. Recently switched to a product based software firm which caters to telecom industry. In the first firm I worked as software developer in social networking domain. Have developed one of the most visited social networking sites in world. Have lead a small team. In the present firm, my designation is Analyst programmer. I am supposed to developed CRM softwares and also to know in and out of the functional area.

Onsite experience: None yet. Would be going this month.

Academics: B.E. in computer science from one the best colleges in M.P. Scored 67%.

GMAT score: 650

Extra curricular: Won badminton championships in college and corporate. Won paper presentation in college.

Social activities: Had joined an NGO a year and half back. Taught slum kids and organized events in the same.
Got in touch with another social group active in Mumbai. Then opened its division afresh in Pune. Leading it and motivating people to contribute to the cause. Have been quoted for this endeavor in the national and city news papers.

Kindly have a look and let me know your further views.

Thanks again.
Prax



Dear Prax,

Apologies for the delay. Your profile looks quite decent. Here is a brief eval;

Levels: Very Weak-Weak-Average-Fair-Strong-Very Strong

Analytical Horsepower: Weak-Average
Note: It will go up to average with a GMAT of 720+

Work Ex: Average-Fair
Note: Looks promising. If you can properly project the kind of experience here, it will be really interesting to the adcom.

Extra Curriculars: Average-Fair
The NGO activity seems to be something you are passionate about. It speaks a lot about your leadership potential. If you get short-listed for an interview, you will definitely be asked questions on this.

Hence, overall you make a decent candidate with a good GMAT.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 03:09
abhishekaseth wrote:
Hi,

Request your help with my profile evaluation.

Age : 26
Nationality : Indian
Experience : 4
GMAT : 1st Attempt - 700 (51Q, 32 V, 5.0 AWA). Feb’09
2nd Attempt - 710 (50Q, 35V, 4.5 AWA). Apr’10
Undergrad : B.Tech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.
Currently pursuing CFA. Written L1 in June 2010, results awaited.

Areas of Interest: Finance –Investment Services/Portfolio Management

Experience details (Total Exp – 4yrs. Employer – Citi India)
1. 2010 Mar – Now: Implementation Manager – Consumer & Commercial Banking – Customer Servicing

Channels.
2. 2009-10 – Implementation Manager – Consumer Banking – Credit Initiation (Card, Unsecured Loans &

Secured Loans/Lines)
3. 2006-2008 – Business Analyst & Project Manager – Sales & Credit
International Exposure:
1. Business/Cross Team Interaction – Worked for CitiFinancial India, Thailand & Indonesia. And Citibank

Singapore, Philippines, Guam, Malaysia, Indonesia and North America.
2. International Travel – Travelled for implementation work to Singapore, Philippines & Malaysia.
Extracurricular:
@college:
• Member of the Executive Council (7 members) of SAC (Students Association Council).
o Received the highest votes for the post of General Secretary in Student Body election, although lost

in a lucky draw to resolve the tie.
• Won the 2nd prize in the National Level Business Plan Competition – Corpostrat
• Treasurer of Hobbies Club Festival – Srishti’06. Event initially funded by institute, we made it

self-funded with sponsorship around INR 500000, in spite of the fact that festival was held in April just

after our Cultural and Technical fest and Financial year end. Conducted workshops by International Speakers

and other events to take the festival to new heights.
@work:• Rated ‘1/Outstanding’ in 2 out of 4 appraisals during my tenure in Citi and ‘2/Excellent’

for the rest 2.
• Identified as a HIPO (High Potential Employee).
• Youngest employee to be designated Solution Architect and made an Approver for all high impact

requirements of CitiFinancial India, Indo & Thai business.
• Ran collection programs in collaboration with NGO – Goonj and Coordinate donations (Clothes, books,

etc) from office colleagues and housing society.

Target Colleges:
- Harvard
- MIT Sloan
- NYU Stern
- Haas
- Ross
- Darden
- Duke Fuqua
- ISB

I need to shortlist this to 5 colleges. Would be great if you can tag my chances in these. Only criterion

for college is great finance faculty & resources, Good Alumni network, Scholarship would be

an icing on the cake :-D

Thank you for your time and effort!


Dear abhishekaseth,


Apologies for the delay. Your profile looks good. Here is a brief eval;

Levels: Very Weak-Weak-Average-Fair-Strong-Very Strong

Analytical Horsepower: Strong
Note: Enough pointers for this.

Work Ex: Fair
Note: The fact that you have already attempted the CFA level 1 is a great pointer that you want a post MBA finance role. Your current experience as an analyst will definitely help you. A good progression is seen here. You will be seen as a professional changing your role in the same industry, which is much more easier to do compared to changing both.

Extra Curriculars: Average
You need to work on extra curriculars at work. The ones you mentioned are achievements at work and will be counted in the work ex section.

Hence, overall you make a good candidate for ISB.

As for the other schools, if you are focusing on finance, you must choose NYU and Darden. Having said that the other schools in your list are all top tier ones. If you get into Harvard you should go there; no questions asked. Same is for the other schools.

Suggestion:

Apply to 2 aspirational, 2 realistic and 1 safe school.

Aspirational: Darden and NYU. Little chance of scholarships.
Realistic: ISB and ......( Sloan, Haas are more tech based schools. Some other school. Make a choice here.)
Safe: Rochester (Simon). Good for finance concentration. Good chance of a scholarship

Hope this helps.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 03:20
itsmahi wrote:
Hi,
I would like to apply for ISB 2012 and I am planning to apply for R1. Can you please suggest if I have any chance in getting the admission? Please find below are my details

GMAT: 640(Q: 48, V:29, AWA:5)
Work Experience: 7yrs in a major IT services company with 2 yrs of project management experience
Academics:
10th Standard: 73%,
12th Standard: 87%,
B.Tech (Civil Engineering): 71%
Work Experience details:
1. Worked for retail, multi-level marketing, pharma and insurance clients
2. 3 yrs of onsite experience
3. Promoted to Manager Role in 5.5yrs and given a responsibility of leading 11 member team. Role progression: Trainee (4 months) --> Engineer (2.7 yrs) --> Analyst (2.2 yrs) --> Manager (currently in this role)
4. Consistently received Rank 1 in yearly appraisals
5. Specialized in Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse testing
Extra Curricular Activities:
At Work:
1. Conceptualized testing solution and filed and IP for the solution (waiting for approval)
2. Presented technical paper at an international conference
3. Cleared CSTE, LOMA certifications
4. Worked on multiple proposals and actively participated in presales activities
At Graduation:
1. Lead the final year project and successfully completed live project in transportation
2. Presented papers on Civil engineering subjects in IIT roorkee and Osmania University
At School:
1. Actively involved in school Basket ball team and played in inter school competitions

Can you please suggest if I should go ahead and apply? My GMAT score is less and I don’t think if I can improve much on this.



Dear itsmahi,

Apologies for the delay. Here is a brief eval;

Levels: Very Weak-Weak-Average-Fair-Strong-Very Strong

Analytical Horsepower: Weak-Average
Note: The GMAT is weak. But you have a number of interesting things. The IP filing is a BIG boost. The papers during engineering are also good.

Work Ex: Average
Note: A fairly decent growth progression. But nothing special except for the IP filing, which again is a star.

Extra Curriculars: Weak
The points you mentioned do not qualify for extra curriculars. They are more work related. You have to describe a passion you have been involved in for quite some time.

Suggestions: Focus on the IP filing and fish out an extra curricular activity you are passionate about. You stand a good chance.

Hence, overall you make a decent candidate with a good GMAT.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 12:03
Hi,

Thanks a lot for your inputs. Understand I need to improve the presentation of my extra-curricular activities at work.

How would you rate CMU - Tepper?

Thanks!
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Indian MBA( IIMA PGPX, ISB) or International (INSEAD, IMD)? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 19:05
Please lend me your thought on this...

I am currently working on essay 1 ie: "If we were to admit one more student to the class of 2012, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you? (300 words max)"

My thoughts about handling this essay is to showcase one's diversity to the adcom at personal, academic and work experience level. My hobbies include, engaging myself in lots of water sports/activities eg: snorkeling, kayaking, rafting, planning to learn scuba diving. It may sound lame, but can I risk to project my hobbies in Essay 1. Does it make compelling argument? I am not able to put in such a way that it looks compelling.

I can fill the essay with some significant challenges I have taken at my work, but I don't want to sound monotonous. Even my resume will highlight the same. details. My GMAT score is decent enough and so is my quant score which is 96 pc +. But I am not comfortable in highlighting the details which already appear in my app.

All the guys who are done or in the process of building essays, please drop some hints.

I am totally confused, but I gotta finish this one....

All my friends are out enjoying the summer..and I am breaking my head over these essays .....GMAT prep looks much easier now..

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 22:01
Dear ThinkISB,
I am applying to ISB for the 2011-2012 year. Here is my profile:

GMAT:710(Q47,V40)
Acads: UG and PG in Mechanical Engineering, ranked 5th in a class of 48 in undegrad(GPA 8.9/10), masters from Stanford University (GPA 3.3/4)
Work exp: 3 years in the US (non-IT, product design and development in the semi conductor industry). Came back to India due to recession and haven't had much luck finding suitable profiles in India
Social work: volunteered with Vibha in the US. Revived the volunteering efforts for Vibha in Chennai, and led a team of almost 20 volunteers to teach English in schools around Chennai.
Extra curricular activities: long distance running, and ball room dancing.

What do you think are my chances?
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Re: Indian MBA( IIMA PGPX, ISB) or International (INSEAD, IMD)? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 22:23
Dear Friends,

Please go through our latest blog post about 10 tips for a good B School application.

http://www.thinkisb.com/blog/2010/06/29 ... plication/
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Re: Indian MBA( IIMA PGPX, ISB) or International (INSEAD, IMD)? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 22:29
mbarant wrote:
Please lend me your thought on this...

I am currently working on essay 1 ie: "If we were to admit one more student to the class of 2012, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you? (300 words max)"

My thoughts about handling this essay is to showcase one's diversity to the adcom at personal, academic and work experience level. My hobbies include, engaging myself in lots of water sports/activities eg: snorkeling, kayaking, rafting, planning to learn scuba diving. It may sound lame, but can I risk to project my hobbies in Essay 1. Does it make compelling argument? I am not able to put in such a way that it looks compelling.

I can fill the essay with some significant challenges I have taken at my work, but I don't want to sound monotonous. Even my resume will highlight the same. details. My GMAT score is decent enough and so is my quant score which is 96 pc +. But I am not comfortable in highlighting the details which already appear in my app.

All the guys who are done or in the process of building essays, please drop some hints.

I am totally confused, but I gotta finish this one....

All my friends are out enjoying the summer..and I am breaking my head over these essays .....GMAT prep looks much easier now..

--Sid


Dear Sid,

You are correct in thinking that speaking about challenges in you work experience will sound monotonous. Now, as for your hobbies, they all look interesting. But you have to think how are they differentiating you from the rest. What can the rest of your peers learn from these experiences? You have to find that out.

The golden rule here is: You can mention any USP. But you have to close the loop saying these are some things the rest of the class can gain out of me. Hence I am a valuable addition.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 22:45
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Dear ThinkISB,
I am applying to ISB for the 2011-2012 year. Here is my profile:

GMAT:710(Q47,V40)
Acads: UG and PG in Mechanical Engineering, ranked 5th in a class of 48 in undegrad(GPA 8.9/10), masters from Stanford University (GPA 3.3/4)
Work exp: 3 years in the US (non-IT, product design and development in the semi conductor industry). Came back to India due to recession and haven't had much luck finding suitable profiles in India
Social work: volunteered with Vibha in the US. Revived the volunteering efforts for Vibha in Chennai, and led a team of almost 20 volunteers to teach English in schools around Chennai.
Extra curricular activities: long distance running, and ball room dancing.

What do you think are my chances?
cheers
Vishnu


Dear Vishnu,

Here is a brief eval;

Levels: Very Weak-Weak-Average-Fair-Strong-Very Strong

Analytical Horsepower: Strong
Note: A decent GMAT, a Master's from Stan :)


Work Ex: Weak-Average
Note: Lot of explaining to do. Do you have a job now? Were you sagged?

Extra Curriculars: Average
The NGO activity is decent. You can show a good involvement.

Please describe the work ex part. This needs a re-look.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 23:22
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vishnupr wrote:
Dear ThinkISB,
I am applying to ISB for the 2011-2012 year. Here is my profile:

GMAT:710(Q47,V40)
Acads: UG and PG in Mechanical Engineering, ranked 5th in a class of 48 in undegrad(GPA 8.9/10), masters from Stanford University (GPA 3.3/4)
Work exp: 3 years in the US (non-IT, product design and development in the semi conductor industry). Came back to India due to recession and haven't had much luck finding suitable profiles in India
Social work: volunteered with Vibha in the US. Revived the volunteering efforts for Vibha in Chennai, and led a team of almost 20 volunteers to teach English in schools around Chennai.
Extra curricular activities: long distance running, and ball room dancing.

What do you think are my chances?
cheers
Vishnu


Dear Vishnu,

Here is a brief eval;

Levels: Very Weak-Weak-Average-Fair-Strong-Very Strong

Analytical Horsepower: Strong
Note: A decent GMAT, a Master's from Stan :)


Work Ex: Weak-Average
Note: Lot of explaining to do. Do you have a job now? Were you sagged?

Extra Curriculars: Average
The NGO activity is decent. You can show a good involvement.

Please describe the work ex part. This needs a re-look.

A more detailed explanation of my work exp:
Worked in a small company (40 people) after graduation, providing engineering support, writing technical articles and training customers.

Then switched to a semi conductor firm, and worked on designing new products (increased "availability" of products to a really high degree). Led a team to create a working demo of a new product for the biggest trade show. Was laid off when my employer filed for bankruptcy. Unemployed as of now.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 00:56
Hi thinkisb

Kindly evaluate my profile

GMAT-680 (Q48 V35) (This ws my 3rd attempt and is the highest of the 3 scores.)
Academics:-B Engg (Chemical)
Work-ex:-
1yr in father's bottling manufacturing business.
4 yrs Financial Advisory experience in a Big 4 firm. Worked on various corporate finance engagements.
Achievements at work:
-Promoted from Management Trainee to Assistant Manager within a yr. A double promotion as I ws expecting the level of Consultant which is prior to Asst. Mgr.
-Lead team on few successful corporate finance engagements (Private equity funding)
Extra-curriculars:-
Was an active quizzer and debater at school.
Fitness conscious. Trained for and succesfully completed the 21km half marathon in Mumbai.
Won various tournaments in table tennis at school, college and club level.

I know my GMAT score is on the lower side of the band. However if i do endeavour to give it again I will most certainly miss the first deadline. Further I am concerned about giving it a 4th time. I do not know how the Adcom will view it. Besides I dont think I will be able to exceed by more than 30 points.
I shud be done with my essays by end July.
Kindly advise what my course of action shud be.

Thanks and Cheers-Arjun
Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB   [#permalink] 05 Jul 2010, 00:56
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