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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 07:15
Vanderbilt MBA in HR – Human Resource Management

Sonal Yadav thinks of the Vanderbilt MBA program as the ‘Harvard in HR’. She had a bit of a rough ride with her GMAT score and she was pretty clear about the schools that she wanted to apply to.

And many of her advisors and well-wishers painted a bleak scenario for an international candidate trying to get into a Human Resources role in an American company.

But she went ahead and applied to the Vandy MBA. Minutes after she had wrapped up a fantastic interview with the Vanderbilt admissions officer, she got a shock. And then soon after, a pleasant surprise. Sonal has written interesting articles for a US-based newspaper. See if her flair for journalism comes across in her writing....Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 07:18
Management Consulting Jobs: 1. Why consulting?

Our last post on strategy consulting jobs got a lot of interest (check out the comments to that post vis-a-vis the others). But due to our focus on MBA essays, we couldn’t write more about the topic. Then we got to know about Jaineel Aga, a management consultant turned private equity professional who’s been active in the field for many years. In fact, he has also written a book that explains how Indian professionals can get consulting jobs...Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 07:20
Story of an MBA dropout – An IITian goes Beyond The MBA Hype

This wasn’t meant to be a promotional post for the MBA book. In fact, many of the events in this story happened many years back, before the book was published. I had almost forgotten about the interactions with our friend, Amit (name changed).

But he got in touch again after reading the book and mentioned that the content and advice in the book resonated with the discussions we had many moons back. I asked if he’d be willing to share his story with others who might be thinking a lot of what’s mentioned in the book is pure fiction.
Several names (including the narrator, bschools and his employers) have not been revealed, for reasons that will become apparent once you read his story. And trust us, this post isn’t made up...Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 07:28
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I wanted to take this opportunity and discuss my profile with you to get a fair idea of what colleges I would get thru for MBA in USA.
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Hi Vin,

Not sure if I've answered your query on another forum. Let me know if you are still waiting for a response.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 07:33
jaisraju wrote:
I am planning to apply for INSEAD R1 for Jan 2013 intake. I request you to go through my profile given below and give me your feedback.

Indian M 27
GMAT 650 (Dec 31 2011 AWA 5), 730(Feb 6 2012 AWA 4)
WE: 4yrs 7 Months
International Work Experience: Nil
Employer: L&T ECC Division
Good academics with above 90% in 10th and 12th. 8.1 CGPA in B.Tech
Adjudged Best Outgoing Student in UG course
Decent extracurricular (Organisation of events, Magazine Editor for company magazine)

Raju,

Normally folks assume INSEAD rejects candidates outright if they don't have international experience. From our experience that's untrue. We have worked with someone who joined INSEAD with zero overseas exposure.

But he did bring a lot of unique qualities to the table, starting with an unconventional background. And a compelling storyline. You have the unconventional background (that's a good start). Beyond that there's very little you've shared about your post MBA careers plans, so can't provide any specific suggestions on what you could do.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 07:34
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 02:33
Hi,

Please help me

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GMAT - 620 ( V 30, Q 45 )
M,31, Indian, Graduation in Business Admin
Experience - 10 years in Financial Services

I did one year program from IIM - Calcutta. The program named Executive program in business management is one year program, in which the candidate does not require to quit the job, the program is delivered on every saturday and sunday through satellite mode of lecture deliver ( full time on weekends ), and then the candidate has to attend the campus for 15 days.

Eligibility for the program is a normal test, interview ( i was not interviewed though :) ) , and min 5 years of leadership experience.

I started working at the age of 21, and did this program in 2007, when i was 26/27, the program did not make any value addition except the certificate from IIM.

The evaluation criteria were grades not marks in %, i am good at academics ( my undergrads are very strong ) , but since the program itself was not too serious, i also took it quiet leniently and my grades for this program are not as attractive as my grades for under graduation degree are.

Now, i am applying for international MBA program, i am not sure whether i should mention about this program done or not.

Benefits for mentioning the same

1) IIM's name carries a premium tag with it
2) This one year helps me to increase the number of years of education from 15 ( 10+2+3) to 16 years, since i did not do any masters.
3) My under grads are from very average university, so this stamp of IIM helps to highlight me as a candidate.

Points against mentioning the same in application

1) i have to prove why i need to do a management program third time e.g. first bachelors, then one year and then masters. ( defence could be that my one year program was not full time, and one both previous programs were not international in nature ) ( i am not applying to isb or local iim one year programs, my target programs are canandian and asian schools )

2) lower grades might make the adcom feel that i may not catch up with the rigor of the program ( i may defend this saying that since my compelling work schedules did not allow me to focus on study, i had lower grades, else my full time under grads are strong )

I am really confused, please help me to resolve this confusion

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2012, 21:28
Vanderbilt MBA in HR – Human Resource Management

Sonal Yadav thinks of the Vanderbilt MBA program as the ‘Harvard in HR’. She had a bit of a rough ride with her GMAT score and she was pretty clear about the schools that she wanted to apply to. And many of her advisors and well-wishers painted a bleak scenario for an international candidate trying to get into a Human Resources role in an American company.

But she went ahead and applied to the Vandy MBA. Minutes after she had wrapped up a fantastic interview with the Vanderbilt admissions officer, she got a shock. And then soon after, a pleasant surprise. Sonal has written interesting articles for a US-based newspaper. See if her flair for journalism comes across in her writing....Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2012, 21:32
MBA essay writing tips for Indian MBA Applicants: Part 1

Writing MBA essays can be tough. Writing it for an Admissions officer who may not have an indepth idea about Indian business is tougher. There are pre-conceived notions that can work against you if you don’t address them clearly in your MBA essays.

In a guest series, our good friend Jon Frank, founder of Precision Essay, offers MBA essay tips on what Indian MBA applicants can do to create the best MBA essays within the given constraints (the tough indian IT male applicant pool) and increase their odds of making a positive impact on the MBA application reviewer...Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2012, 21:50
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I did one year program from IIM - Calcutta...delivered on every saturday and sunday through satellite mode of lecture deliver...Eligibility for the program is a normal test, interview ( i was not interviewed though :) )...the program did not make any value addition except the certificate from IIM.

Yes, I do know someone else who's doing the same course, for the same reasons (can't leave job, part-time option works best etc). But it has it's limitations.

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Now, i am applying for international MBA program, i am not sure whether i should mention about this program done or not. Benefits for mentioning the same

1) IIM's name carries a premium tag with it
2) This one year helps me to increase the number of years of education from 15 ( 10+2+3) to 16 years, since i did not do any masters.
3) My under grads are from very average university, so this stamp of IIM helps to highlight me as a candidate.

I would disagree with all three, for the following reasons.

Premium tag: IIM offers too many courses. Not all of them have the same brand value. The specific program you've attended will overshadow the brand of institution. The certificate course makes it too easy for people to join (like you've shared, you didn't even have an interview).

Number of years: It won't add 1 year as it was a part-time course. But this is not so much of an issue, because many schools accept applicants with 15 years of education.

Average undergrad univ: Linked to point 1.

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Points against mentioning the same in application...

Considering you've taken pains to go through the process and the fact that it has added to your management knowledge, you should mention about the course. But don't expect it to turn the tide.

If you want to tackle the perception that you aren't strong academically, your best bet would be crack the GMAT. Then shortlist schools that are a good fit for your profile and put in the best possible apps that you can.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2012, 06:15
Hi Sameer,

Thanks for your time and inputs.

My undergrads are good qualitatively, but my graduation is not from a big time university, and that is the reason i am worried about premium tag, and thought to mention the program.

Given your inputs, I think if i do mention the course of IIM , i will have not much to gain, but i loose on the front defending my age factor e.g. on being asked why mba now @ 31, i might give a reason that since i did not have any full time masters post graduation, i am looking for a full time program.

I am very positive about re-taking my gmat and i am quiet confident about 700 , but my concern is that i will be turning 32 in nov 2012, so it will be very difficult for me to get an admit with any of the US/Canadian b-schools ( this is my perception only ), so please guide me.

I got in touch with two other canadian schools ( both are among top 100 FT ) and they are very positive about my profile, but i am not sure what to do now ?

I know i have to take decision on this aspect :) , but do you think if i wait and apply next year i will have least chances with respect to acceptance at US/Canadian top schools ?

I have also PMed you for something

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 22:02
Family owned business management vs professional companies

In India, family owned businesses have done very well. They generate a lot of jobs and keep the economy growing. Millions of employees work with a single entrepreneur managed or family businesses. Quite a few of such family businesses grow into empures, big enough to take on the might of the best multinational companies. But the original small company culture tends to get retained. Some like it, some don’t.

Shantanu Bhattacharya has worked with both types of companies and has strong opinions about why the family owned business model doesn’t work for him. Shantanu is also a King Kong when it comes to Ping Pong. A very talented Table-Tennis player who could have done very well in sports (national and international level) if the corporate work hadn’t lured him in....Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 22:04
Management Consulting Jobs: 3. How important is the MBA brand?

Management consultant Jaineel Aga started the blog series on Management Consulting Jobs with a post on Why management consulting and followed it up with why consulting jobs roles are popular. This week he talks about the relevance of business schools in the recruitment process...Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 22:06
MBA essay writing tips for Indian MBA Applicants: Part 2

MBA essay writing can be a challenge. But once you know what you specifically need to focus on, it gets easier. This is more important for Indian MBA applicants (many from engineering and information technology IT backgrounds).

Jon Frank, founder of Precision Essay, started a guest series to share MBA essay tips for Indian MBA applicants. This is part two in the series...Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 22:10
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Given your inputs, I think if i do mention the course of IIM , i will have not much to gain, but i loose on the front defending my age factor e.g. on being asked why mba now @ 31, i might give a reason that since i did not have any full time masters post graduation, i am looking for a full time program.

I competed an exec MBA type of a program from another IIM and I mentioned it in my application. Will share more about it when we talk.

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I know i have to take decision on this aspect :) , but do you think if i wait and apply next year i will have least chances with respect to acceptance at US/Canadian top schools ?

You are already a little late for the top 2-year programs. Some lower ranked univs may accept you and may even give you a scholarship. But the bigger question is what do you want from the MBA.

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I have also PMed you for something

Responded to your PM.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 02:50
Business networking tips: Take the relationship to the next level

Business networking in the corporate world is an important skill to pick up, if you want to go beyond your technical roots.

Ipseeta Aruni, an Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee graduate, started a series on soft skills in business. In the first post she wrote about how to network and build relationships for corporate success. Read that first to know who Mr. EasyConnect and Mr. PureBiz are. The second one in the series takes it to the next level...Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 02:52
MBA essay writing tips for Indian MBA Applicants: Part 3

The best MBA essays aren’t about showing off your technical skills. Most Indian MBA applicants (who are engineers or work in the software industry) aren’t sure about what Admission Officers expect and they approach it like a job application.

Jon Frank, founder of Precision Essay, continues his guest series and shares some more MBA essay tips for Indian MBA applicants. This is the third in a 5-part series.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 02:56
Notre Dame MBA (Mendoza) and Olin MBA offer full scholarships to 750 GMAT scorer

Notre Dame University (Mendoza), Olin (St Louis) and Simon (Rochester) were three MBA programs (apart from the regular suspects Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth) where Sourya Biswas applied with a GMAT score of 750.

A high GMAT score doesn’t guarantee anything. Neither do strong MBA essays or a good MBA resume, if you consider them in isolation. Sourya Biswas got the ingredients right and two bschools offered him a full-ride (100% scholarship).

But along the way, he had his share of highs and lows. Sourya persisted and did not give up on his ambition. He shares his MBA application strategy and success story...Read More

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 03:17
Indian film industry (Bollywood) – Perspectives and outlook

The Indian film industry or Bollywood as the Hindi movie making machinery is popularly know, has been an interesting case study – not just for movie fans but also for the business-world. It has managed to transition across cultures and countries and reach almost every part of the world with very little formal (if any) marketing. Tejaswini Ganti, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University, is an expert on the topic.

In this interview, Tejaswini shares insights about the Hindi film industry in India and why it is unique. She also has a few suggestions on how Bollywood can tackle some of the challenges it faces today. If you are interested in the business, commercial and operational aspects of the Indian film industry, this is a must read....More here

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2012, 04:50
MBA essay writing tips for Indian MBA Applicants: Part 4

Indian MBA applicants competing in the toughest applicant pool need to take extra effort to ensure that they stand out among the crowd. Jon Frank, founder of Precision Essay, has been sharing MBA essay tips for Indian applicants. Here’s the fourth helping in a 5-part series.

Here’s the full series:...Read More

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