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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2010, 10:04
Thanks Sameer for your encouragement. You are right. These days I am really sweating on how to present to differentiate myself from other IT applicants.

On target schools
Actually I wanted to have first impression about my approach. However, knowing that my age is at upper end, I am thinking of applying to these European schools
1) LBS
2) Oxford
3) May be Insead (I was rejected there in 2008 at that time my application was pure IT stuff)

My queries
1) What are my chances at above European schools. can you guide me how the placement scenario for Indians at Oxford

2) In last post, I mentioned one of target schools as UCLA by mistake. Actually I meant Columbia. Now, if I leave Harvard/Wharton. For other schools, is it right assessment -

Stretch - Kellogg, Michigan, Columbia, Insead
Competitive - Duke, Darden, Tuck, Tepper (if I add that now), LBS, Oxford

3) Please comment on my GMAT of 700

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 03:59
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Thanks Sameer for your encouragement.

Whenever you need more of that (and let me tell you, you WILL need a lot of it as you go through the application process), gimme a shout. I'll dress up as Santa and come over to re-fill your socks with more of it.

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You are right. These days I am really sweating on how to present to differentiate myself from other IT applicants.

Aah, the million dollar question. Everyone's got a unique DNA, saar. You gotta identify it first and highlight it. irrespective of your industry or background, I won't believe you could be exactly the same as anyone else.

If you are keen on getting a tool that can help in the process, let me know. We'll work towards figuring out that DNA mystery. It'll also tell you what you can or cannot do with that GMAT score.

Btw, I've got your PM and responded back. Will take your other queries over email, so I can devote time to our other friends who've got unanswered posts on this thread.


Key advice for you and all the other candidates reading this thread. Get over your dilemmas and concerns quickly so you can focus on the apps. R1 is just around the corner.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 04:18
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Hi,

Request to please evaluate my profile for the TOP 10 Leading B Schools (including India and US).

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 and was involved in Client interaction and technical negotiations. Throughout my professional career I was involved in different projects and served high profile Global clients which included Fortune 500 companies also. Before I moved to US with a new role, I was also the "Module Lead" for my project for almost a year and 7-8 members were working directly under my supervision. I recently got a promotion as well!
Cleared and achieved different technical/ Non Technical certifications which includes Microsoft, ITIL (for Service Management).

1. Will this experience good enough for the schools I am aiming for? Is it suitable for 2 years MBA or a shorter duration Executive MBA?


Degree : B.Tech in Information Technology from one of the Private Engineering Colleges in eastern India. My B.Tech GPA is 8.3 out of 10.

GMAT Score : 680 (AWA: 5)
Academics :
10 : 76% (State Board)
12 : 68% (State Board)

2. Does these numbers look impressive? Should I go for another GMAT test to make it better if possible?

Diversity:
Extra Curricular : Nothing major;

Social Activities:
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.).

3. Can my Social Activities overwrite my Extra Curricular activities (since I am weak in this)? Will this impact my overall chance of getting into the schools? I am bit worried on this part and is there a way I can make this look a bit better!!


4. If I give GMAT another shot in next 6 months time, is there a way in the mean time I can make my Extra Curricular / Social Activities part look better?


Really appreciate your suggestions here. Thanks.


All going ok in your part of the world I hope.

Two companies in 6.5 years would give employers a nice warm feeling. You aren't going to hope around for a few extra bucks. In it for the long haul.

Your experience seems to tie-in with what many IT guys with your work-ex will tend to write about. And I'm not saying that in a bad way. It's taken you to a few international shores, given you an opportunity to lead small to mid-sized teams and get involved in technical and (to a limited extent) non-technical roles.

All good. But with you being on par with many others with the same stores, we'll need to now look at other stories that help you branch out on your own.

The recent promotion is a feather in the cap. What does it mean to you from a responsibility perspective? Is it just a pay hike or does it mean more than that? Will you take on additional responsibility now? Talk to me, my friend. Give me reason to be excited about for the present and for the future about your career prospects.


>> 1. Will this experience good enough for the schools I am aiming for? Is it suitable for 2 years MBA or a shorter duration Executive MBA?

Yes, for the first question. Not sure what you mean by 'shorter' duration Exec MBA programs. Any examples?

>> GMAT Score : 680 (AWA: 5)
>> 10 : 76% (State Board)
>> 12 : 68% (State Board)
>> 2. Does these numbers look impressive? Should I go for another GMAT test to make it better if possible?



I'm ignoring the 10th and 12th grade marks as they don't mean much to me right now, unless of course you have something special to add there. For instance, did you come in the merit list?
If you are aiming for the Top-10 as you've said, then the GMAT will not help elevate your profile on its own. Is there a possibility that you could re-take it?

>> 3. Can my Social Activities overwrite my Extra Curricular activities (since I am weak in this)? Will this impact my overall chance of getting into the schools? I am bit worried on this part and is there a way I can make this look a bit better!!

Social activities in a way will come under extra-curric anyway, if you go by the broader definition - anything you do beyond your basic curriculum. But if you haven't been participating in sports, arts, it'll look at little strange if you suddenly develop an interest in the exotic world of scuba diving, finger painting or sumo wrestling.

>> 4. If I give GMAT another shot in next 6 months time, is there a way in the mean time I can make my Extra Curricular / Social Activities part look better?

Not sure why you've combined your GMAT with your extra-currics. Re-take the GMAT by all means. But 6 months is too far away, my friend. We are talking about next year - 2011! A whole lot of admissions action would be over by then. Can you not take it earlier and make it ready for R1 apps?

When do you plan to shortlist schools and work on your essays?

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 05:14
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hey sameer...could u share ur views on my post above...i can send more details if u like..thx..
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 05:42
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hey sameer...could u share ur views on my post above...i can send more details if u like..thx..


Arora sahab,

I'd be glad to share my thoughts, if you could paste the profile here. It'll help the others reading this thread if we can have all the data in one place.

A single post on an independent thread can be a pretty lonely feeling. So come over and join the party, buddy.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 06:02
thanks sameer..here u go..!!

Overall

31/Male/10 yrs exp across 2 industries, Hospitality+ITES/5yrs avrg tenure in a job/in my second job right now/8.5 yrs of managerial exp out of 10 yrs

(most recent job) Senior Manager – Operations (Nov’05 to present)

1) I am working with a fortune 500 client in an emerging field/practice within Supply Chain.
2) Currently managing team of 120 people across 4 countries. (Czech, Mexico, China, India)
3) 17 million to 100 million 5 yrs account plan. Being part of operations, how I have contributed to sales function. – set up first ever account management team
4) Lowest attrition in year 2008
5) My 2010 ESAT score (filled by my direct repartees) higher than company average
6) Launched innovative practices in people management. – set up Appreciation council, Cabin contest, be a TL contest etc.
7) Experience of hiring people from different nationalities (Chinese, Czech, Russian, French, Japanese, Mexican)
8) Avrg age range of my team members – 23 to 58
9) Key business plans/solutions made which won the company business
10) Employee satisfaction higher than company avrg in Gallup. During recession times also. Managed to keep my team happy.
11) I always wanted to apply earlier for an MBA but I kept on getting leadership roles and that was the experience I did not want to miss

1st Job - Hospitality

1) My varied experience will strongly contribute to the class dynamics.
2) Joined as Mgt Trainee in 2000 and progressed to Head of Dept in 2004 after moving thru various levels.
3) 5 promotions in 5 years.
4) Youngest head of dept. in the history of the Group
5) Worked with people of all ages/seniority levels, worked in a unionized environment
6) Repositioned the hotel from being a luxury hotel to a business hotel in the Delhi mkt
7) Heading a dept at the age of 24 with revenues of 22 crores.
8) Broke the strike in hotel.- Unique experience
9) Dealt with actors, actresses, models, politicians, gangsters – unique experience. - - … face of celebs in public vs. private
10) Handled several situations where guests would not pay/not have any money and hotel had to extract payments.
11) Handled confidential visits of Ricky martin, Pamela Anderson
12) First to sell a room online for $500 in the history of the hotel in 2003
13) Increased the Average room rate from Rs. 2000/- to 7,000/- per night in 2004
14) Always contributed progressively to my organizations and teams I have lead.

Others

15) Avid sportsperson. Above average player in Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash.
16) Being from an Army background, played almost all sports - hot air ballooning, horse riding, golf, tennis, tt, basket ball, squash, snow scooter.
17) Crossed world’s highest road 8 times (khardungla top)
18) A photo clicked by me featured on the FUJI home page
19) brilliant student awardee in 1997 in my school.


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hi folks,

i am planning to apply for the class of 2011. while i am preparing for my gmat i am looking for some help on chosing the schools.

31/Indian male/10 yrs exp (8.5 yrs in team management)/hospitality+ITES/progressive career/lead a team of 120 people across 4 countries/snr mgr-operations. plenty of examples with which i can differentiate my candidature (for eg - handled a strike in my hotel, celeb visits etc)

honestly speaking the only reason i want to do an mba now is to put a structure to my learnings over the last 10 yrs. and also experience a cross cultural environment.

why i didnt do it earlier is because i kept on getting promoted and was given key responsibilities at a fairly young age. didnt want to miss that experience. but now i feel that my learning has slowed down so i feel its the right time to push the peddle.

though my core area is operations, i have done fairly well in a solutions/sales kind of role. also my background in operations gives me that added insight into designing a solution for my client.

currently i am looking at

1) moving to Operations/Strategy consulting
or
2) sticking to operations post my mba

the above is also after doing research that one should have long term/short term goals ready. to be honest, i have a clue or a basic idea of where i want to be. but i have never been a sort of a person who has planned my future. though most schools require this clarity i find it a bit absurd.

if you ask my long term goal, i want to be an amaterur golfer. but i dont think its a good answer from an employability perspective.

so at this moment i dont have any pref between US/Europe, 1yr/2yr. aim is to get into a top 20 school, rest will follow.

so if anyone can suggest the target schools (or a priority list) for my kind of a background it will help. cos honestly to me all top schools seem the same specially when i see their website. i would like to join all of them.

thanks for reading and thanks for your responses.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2010, 00:20
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I recently took my GMAT and scored a 650 (V-34, Q-45). (V-68%, Q074%). I was planning to apply to some B-Schools. I haven't got my Essay scores yet. Though this might be a common question, I thought an opinion from an experienced person like you could help me get over my dilemma whether I should take the test again or continue with my application process.

So here is my profile:

- I have a total of 6 years of experience (Oct 04- Oct 10). I worked in Infosys Technologies as a Software Developer for 3 years. I then moved to Oracle Corporation as a Quality Assurance Engineer and have been working there since 2007.

- My Academic records are - 92.33% at high school. I did my Electrical and Electronics Engineering and scored 75%. I guess CGPA conversion would be 5 for high school and 3 for undergrad.

- My current activities other than work would be free-lance software development for some of the local clients in Bangalore, India. Also I sponsor education for two kids in Bangalore through a charitable institution. I also am involved with Volunteer activities for charitable causes within Oracle through its Ora Volunteers club.

- My past extra curricular activities would be that I trained in Martial Arts and also trained in Music - Guitar and Drums. I've also been a part of various cultural events at high school - theatre.

- I currently hold a Senior Member of Technical staff position with Oracle. I am lead for an automation tool that our organization and various other internal organizations use. Elaborating on this would probably be my pitch in the application when they ask about any leadership role that I have played in my profession.

Can you please let me know if:

1. My score is good enough to apply to universities that are ranked 25 and beyond? I understand that the Indian IT Male is over represented, but I just wanted to know if universities ranked 25 and beyond would be OK with this score.

2. Would you recommend me with my current profile to retake my test or continue with my app process.

I would greatly appreciate any opinions that you might have. Looking forward to your opinions.


Hi Vijay (Dinanath Chauhan...poora naam....haainn?),

Moving straight to your questions:

>> 1. My score is good enough to apply to universities that are ranked 25 and beyond? I understand that the Indian IT Male is over represented, but I just wanted to know if universities ranked 25 and beyond would be OK with this score.

For the top 25, the average GMAT scores would be higher than 650. So if you want to go ahead with this score, I'd make the hurdle a little lower so you can jump over it and not let it become a stumbling block.

The MCB report could give you a much better picture in terms of what schools you can specifically target with this score.

>> 2. Would you recommend me with my current profile to retake my test or continue with my app process.

If you are willing to target lower ranked schools and you have a compelling reason not to re-take the test (a natural allergy to standardised tests is a perfectly reasonable response), you'd be ok with this score.

If you think can come up with a much stronger score in your next attempt and supplement this with massst essays, then your choice of schools can become far more attractive.

My recommendation would be to seriously consider the latter option, but I'd like to hear your views too.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 06:41
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Hi Sameer,

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

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, should be in US, Good Alumni network, Scholarship would be an icing on the cake 

Thank you for your time and effort!



At the TopMBA event in Mumbai on 12th July, we plan to offer an on-the-spot Mini-Evaluation process which gives a sneak-peek into what the full-fledged report has to offer. I used your profile data - with some major assumptions on your acads, work-ex, soft-skills etc - to create a sample.

There were several sections from the MCB questionnaire that I couldn't fill in, so this may not be as accurate as I would want it to be.

For space, time and effort reasons, I'm not getting into the details of what it came up with, but here's a summary.

Overall profile rating: Good
(A whole lot of guys get 'Average' or 'Closer to average', so a 'Good' rating is, well, Good)

Category and Num of schools
Ambitious (12)
Stretch (12)
Practical (45)
Safe (20)
Backup (5)

Check out the second page of the attached file for more details on the Average Tuition, Average Compensation for your categories, so you'd know how much you can expect to shell out and how much you can hope to earn back. All ball-park figures.

The individual schools you've listed are mostly in the Stretch to Ambitious bracket. Just to keep your shortlist balanced, you might want to go a little lower in the ranking and include a few Practical schools as well.

>> Only criterion for college is great finance faculty & resources, should be in US, Good Alumni network, Scholarship would be an icing on the cake

Apart from the schools already on your list, you could look at Chicago, Columbia. The former would be a Stretch and the latter would be Ambitious.

Considering your GMAT score in the second attempt hasn't been incrementally stronger, you could focus on the subjective elements of your applications.

All the best, Abhishek.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 09:28
Hello,



I have a query regarding my profile, in ISB

With 2years experiece & one pharma MBA degree will it bepossible for me to apply to ISB?

Pls let me know

I hope it would not bother you.



A brief about me:

My name is Sagar Mahajan.

Age:24 yrs

Experience: 2yrs by end of next yr

With Sun pharmaceutical industries Ltd

Working inInternational Marketing division.Handle Central American countries business development & assist in main Latin american countries like Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, etc

Qualification:

Pharma MBA from SIES college og management , Mumbai

(MAT:98.18 percentile,ATMA 97.42 percentile)

B.pharma with 66 %

12 th 76%

10th 71%



Extra curricular activities:

Not much , Participated at university level group song competittion, soprts

Played cricket , football for college at university levels.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2010, 20:32
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Hi,

What are the schools schools which have good programs for Social Innovation or Social Entrepreneurship?
What are the main factors to be considered while shortlisting schools for these programs?
Also, what is the potential of MBA in this field in regards to getting a good job and career? Do companies recruit students with this background? What kinds of jobs and who all recruit?
Long term goal after this MBA could be varied (like NGO, socially responsible companies, non profit, etc) but considering MBA will cost a lot and there will be a big loan that needs to be taken care of, are there enough job opportunities out there??
Would appreciate response from experts and current students.

Apart from this, I have a few profile specific questions, please reply:
I took my second shot at GMAT last week and scored 670 (Q47 V35, AWA 5) in the test. I am an Indian female working as Electronics Design Engineer at John Deere India. I will have 3 yrs work ex at time of matriculation. Apart from this I have good social (Fellow at Open Space, NGO working for Social awareness and Teach for India's Young Professional Ambassador) and leadership (General Sec of the undergrad college and founder of drama club) experience. I wish to pursue MBA in social entrepreneurship in a good school in this field.

Is my score good enough to apply for Fall 2011?? I was of the opinion that rather than retake I can work more on essays and my profile. Am I thinking right, or a good GMAT score is more important? If I want to apply with this score, what other factors I should concentrate on?


Hi Anagha,

You've got partial inputs to the first section on another thread. Let me try to address the others.

Social entrepreneurship, management of Non-profit institutions and variations of this have been getting a lot of attention lately. And it's not just for the feel-good nature that most associate with this. These were largely considered to be options for those who aren't fit to be in the corporate rat race, those who are more idealistic and less practical - a change-the-world attitude but minus a concrete plan for doing it.

Now it's serious business. These fields require the same skills that any for-profit organisation would look for. They need managers who understand the business and commercial aspects of running the show. Sustainability is a big challenge for those who look at it as pure charity.

So, Anagha, if you think you have what it takes (and that goes beyond just noble intentions) to do well within this field, then do pursue it.

Like the other poster mentioned, some schools have a loan forgiveness program, but don't depend completely on this. Do have a proper roadmap in place to weigh out the risks and the rewards of working in this field.

Now moving on to your profile. I took the risk of going with a low score and banking completely on my essays/recos. But that's not something I'd recommend as a standard raam-baan upaay to every applicant. If you can improve the GMAT score, go ahead and do it.

Other than that, your marketing pitch becomes very important. Right now, I have many more open questions about your profile than answers. Don't make the adcoms assume things about you and fill in the blanks. Focus on the motivations for moving into the field, linkage to your pre-MBA experience etc. Make it clear and make it impactful.

Where are you currently in the process? Still struggling with the schools or have you started working on your apps (or at least the basic essay topics)?
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2010, 05:13
I recently took my GMAT and scored a 650 (V-34, Q-45). (V-68%, Q074%). I was planning to apply to some B-Schools. I haven't got my Essay scores yet. Though this might be a common question, I thought an opinion from an experienced person like you could help me get over my dilemma whether I should take the test again or continue with my application process.

So here is my profile:

- I have a total of 6 years of experience (Oct 04- Oct 10). I worked in Infosys Technologies as a Software Developer for 3 years. I then moved to Oracle Corporation as a Quality Assurance Engineer and have been working there since 2007.

- My Academic records are - 92.33% at high school. I did my Electrical and Electronics Engineering and scored 75%. I guess CGPA conversion would be 5 for high school and 3 for undergrad.

- My current activities other than work would be free-lance software development for some of the local clients in Bangalore, India. Also I sponsor education for two kids in Bangalore through a charitable institution. I also am involved with Volunteer activities for charitable causes within Oracle through its Ora Volunteers club.

- My past extra curricular activities would be that I trained in Martial Arts and also trained in Music - Guitar and Drums. I've also been a part of various cultural events at high school - theatre.

- I currently hold a Senior Member of Technical staff position with Oracle. I am lead for an automation tool that our organization and various other internal organizations use. Elaborating on this would probably be my pitch in the application when they ask about any leadership role that I have played in my profession.

After a lot of thought, I have decided to go ahead and take a chance this year and apply to some b schools. Based on opinions from admissions consultants etc I have come up with the following:

Reach:

Texas mccombs
unc kenan flagler
emory
Indiana university kelley

Safe:

SMU Cox
Vanderbilt
Maryland Smith
Iowa tippie
washington olin
wisconsin madison

I have categorized schools into Reach and Safe. I would like to get into brand management after I finish MBA, and that is my long term goal. Given my profile and my GMAT score, can you please let me know if the list of schools above that I have come up with are good? If not can you please let me know if the school list is fine. Also please let me know if some would be too difficult and if there are alternatives, and also if I have missed some good schools that might be possible for me. The specialization would be marketing.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2010, 08:21
Hi Sameer,

Request your help with my profile evaluation.

Age : 30
Nationality : Indian
Experience : 7yrs (8 by the time session starts)
GMAT : 1st Attempt - 620 (49Q, 26 V, Awaited AWA). Jul’10
Undergrad : B.Sc(Hons) Physics Delhi University.
PostGrad: MCA from Indraprastha University (80%)
Areas of Interest: Consulting, Finance

Experience details (Total Exp – 7yrs. Employer – Tech Mahindra, TCS, HCL)
1. Domain Experience: Telecom, Networking
2. Role: Designer
Also mentoring junior team members.

International Exposure:
1. Worked as Onsite Cordinator for 10 months. A good recomendation from Client on that role.
2. Worked in US and Germany.

Extracurricular:
@college:• Volleyball team member. College Champion.
@work:• Several awards from Client and my company.

Target Colleges:
- IIMA PGPX
- ISB
- Kellogg
- Columbia

This list of colleges is before I gave my GMAT. Well I am not sure if my GMAT score is worthwhile to apply in these colleges or not.
1. Should I go for another GMAT attempt?
2. Or if there is a chance with this score where I can try. 3. What can be my USP as I belong to the largest community of students applying in MBA.
4. Where I can improve on my profile other than GMAT score.

Thanks in advance for your time and effort.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2010, 09:06
Hi Sameer,

Would be great if you could please evaluate my profile:

Age: 28

GMAT: 730, AWA 5.5

Work Ex: 5 years 1 month at present
Sector: Financial Services. At present a Manager with HSBC. Leading a 7 member team to provide risk analytics solutions to HSBC's retail banking business. Prior to this worked with Citibank's risk team. Significant bottom line impact in these two organisations through devising and implementing strategic solutions.
I also possess about 1.5 years experience in management consulting with the Merger & Acquisitions Integration team at Delotte Consulting India Pvt. Limited..

Education: MS (Quantitative Economics) from Indian Statistical Institute, B. Sc. (Economics) from Presidency College (Kolkata). Among the top 2% in my undergraduate studies. Both ISI and Presidency College are top schools in Economics in India. XII: 81%, X: 83%.

Extra Curriculars: Strong. 1) Susbstantial community service over the last 4 years. Significant contribution in the expansion of an NGO in the last 4 years. 2) In the process of establishing the departmental alumni association in my undergraduate college. 3) Sole representative from the corporate sector in the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association of ISI.

Post MBA I want to switch over to a risk management role covering a wider domain than just retail banking. My present work ex entails risk management for just retail banking.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2010, 19:30
vibarora wrote:
thanks sameer..here u go..!!

Overall

31/Male/10 yrs exp across 2 industries, Hospitality+ITES/5yrs avrg tenure in a job/in my second job right now/8.5 yrs of managerial exp out of 10 yrs

(most recent job) Senior Manager – Operations (Nov’05 to present)

1) I am working with a fortune 500 client in an emerging field/practice within Supply Chain.
2) Currently managing team of 120 people across 4 countries. (Czech, Mexico, China, India)
3) 17 million to 100 million 5 yrs account plan. Being part of operations, how I have contributed to sales function. – set up first ever account management team
4) Lowest attrition in year 2008
5) My 2010 ESAT score (filled by my direct repartees) higher than company average
6) Launched innovative practices in people management. – set up Appreciation council, Cabin contest, be a TL contest etc.
7) Experience of hiring people from different nationalities (Chinese, Czech, Russian, French, Japanese, Mexican)
8) Avrg age range of my team members – 23 to 58
9) Key business plans/solutions made which won the company business
10) Employee satisfaction higher than company avrg in Gallup. During recession times also. Managed to keep my team happy.
11) I always wanted to apply earlier for an MBA but I kept on getting leadership roles and that was the experience I did not want to miss

1st Job - Hospitality

1) My varied experience will strongly contribute to the class dynamics.
2) Joined as Mgt Trainee in 2000 and progressed to Head of Dept in 2004 after moving thru various levels.
3) 5 promotions in 5 years.
4) Youngest head of dept. in the history of the Group
5) Worked with people of all ages/seniority levels, worked in a unionized environment
6) Repositioned the hotel from being a luxury hotel to a business hotel in the Delhi mkt
7) Heading a dept at the age of 24 with revenues of 22 crores.
8) Broke the strike in hotel.- Unique experience
9) Dealt with actors, actresses, models, politicians, gangsters – unique experience. - - … face of celebs in public vs. private
10) Handled several situations where guests would not pay/not have any money and hotel had to extract payments.
11) Handled confidential visits of Ricky martin, Pamela Anderson
12) First to sell a room online for $500 in the history of the hotel in 2003
13) Increased the Average room rate from Rs. 2000/- to 7,000/- per night in 2004
14) Always contributed progressively to my organizations and teams I have lead.

Others

15) Avid sportsperson. Above average player in Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash.
16) Being from an Army background, played almost all sports - hot air ballooning, horse riding, golf, tennis, tt, basket ball, squash, snow scooter.
17) Crossed world’s highest road 8 times (khardungla top)
18) A photo clicked by me featured on the FUJI home page
19) brilliant student awardee in 1997 in my school.


and my previos post pasted below:
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hi folks,

i am planning to apply for the class of 2011. while i am preparing for my gmat i am looking for some help on chosing the schools.

31/Indian male/10 yrs exp (8.5 yrs in team management)/hospitality+ITES/progressive career/lead a team of 120 people across 4 countries/snr mgr-operations. plenty of examples with which i can differentiate my candidature (for eg - handled a strike in my hotel, celeb visits etc)

honestly speaking the only reason i want to do an mba now is to put a structure to my learnings over the last 10 yrs. and also experience a cross cultural environment.

why i didnt do it earlier is because i kept on getting promoted and was given key responsibilities at a fairly young age. didnt want to miss that experience. but now i feel that my learning has slowed down so i feel its the right time to push the peddle.

though my core area is operations, i have done fairly well in a solutions/sales kind of role. also my background in operations gives me that added insight into designing a solution for my client.

currently i am looking at

1) moving to Operations/Strategy consulting
or
2) sticking to operations post my mba

the above is also after doing research that one should have long term/short term goals ready. to be honest, i have a clue or a basic idea of where i want to be. but i have never been a sort of a person who has planned my future. though most schools require this clarity i find it a bit absurd.

if you ask my long term goal, i want to be an amaterur golfer. but i dont think its a good answer from an employability perspective.

so at this moment i dont have any pref between US/Europe, 1yr/2yr. aim is to get into a top 20 school, rest will follow.

so if anyone can suggest the target schools (or a priority list) for my kind of a background it will help. cos honestly to me all top schools seem the same specially when i see their website. i would like to join all of them.

thanks for reading and thanks for your responses.


Hi Vibhore,

We've already started discussing about your profile offline. And from the additional data (including some of the surprising stories) that you've shared over email, you've had a pretty interesting career so far.

After that last phone call, you've got a whole lot of personalised inputs from me (and my international partners) that would've been difficult to provide in a discussion forum.

The best part - you have an action-plan in place now. So I'll take the liberty of skipping this post.

Of course, our offline interactions can go on.

I look forward to start working together on the essays soon.

Good luck on the GMAT.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 00:06
sagarmahajan2886 wrote:
Hello,

I have a query regarding my profile, in ISB

With 2years experiece & one pharma MBA degree will it bepossible for me to apply to ISB?

Pls let me know

I hope it would not bother you.

A brief about me:

My name is Sagar Mahajan.
Age:24 yrs
Experience: 2yrs by end of next yr
With Sun pharmaceutical industries Ltd
Working inInternational Marketing division.Handle Central American countries business development & assist in main Latin american countries like Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, etc

Qualification:

Pharma MBA from SIES college og management , Mumbai
(MAT:98.18 percentile,ATMA 97.42 percentile)
B.pharma with 66 %
12 th 76%
10th 71%

Extra curricular activities:
Not much , Participated at university level group song competittion, soprts
Played cricket , football for college at university levels.


Hi Sagar,

I don't see a GMAT score in your post. So I'm guessing you are pretty much in the very early stages of thinking about applying.

Two primary challenges for you if you decide to apply to ISB or for that matter, any other top school in India or abroad. Low work-ex and second MBA (specially considering that your first MBA happened not many moons ago).

Your marketing background could be a differentiator. You might want to consider waiting for a couple of years to gain a considerable exposure to the business world. You'd be in a better postion to justify the need for going through the process all over again. What is it that your first management degree hasn't given you?
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 07:43
Hi Sameer,

Can you please evaluate my profile?

Profile:
GMAT: 730 (Q: 50, V: 40)
30/M
I have a Masters degree in Computer Science(from a good US university) with a GPA of 3.89/4.0
I did my undergrad(Bachelors in Technology) in India and scored 81% (Top 10% of the class)
I have decent volunteer work(most of it is in the past 6-12 months) and currently I am a project coordinator at a volunteer organization.

I worked for 1 year in India before coming to the US for my Masters. I have been working for the past 4 years in a top tech firm(in the US) as a Software Engineer and was promoted recently to a Tech Lead Position. Currently I am leading a project and managing an international team(3 members). Recently I took on an added responsibility of mentoring a new team member; I am also leading the same project.

Post MBA Goal: I want to start my own company after MBA. I have the necessary technical background for starting my own firm, but I feel I need to learn the business skills before I dive into the entrepreneurial world.

What are my chances at the following schools:
1) Columbia
2) Stern
3) Tuck
4) Wharton
5) Darden
6) MIT
7) Booth
8) Kellogg
9) Fuqua
10) Cornell

Is there anything else I can do in order to strengthen my profile?

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2010, 07:45
Hi Sameer,

Can you please evaluate my profile?

Profile:
GMAT: 730 (Q: 50, V: 40)
30/M
I have a Masters degree in Computer Science(from a good US university) with a GPA of 3.89/4.0
I did my undergrad(Bachelors in Technology) in India and scored 81% (Top 10% of the class)
I have decent volunteer work(most of it is in the past 6-12 months) and currently I am a project coordinator at a volunteer organization.

I worked for 1 year in India before coming to the US for my Masters. I have been working for the past 4 years in a top tech firm(in the US) as a Software Engineer and was promoted recently to a Tech Lead Position. Currently I am leading a project and managing an international team(3 members). Recently I took on an added responsibility of mentoring a new team member; I am also leading the same project.

Post MBA Goal: I want to start my own company after MBA. I have the necessary technical background for starting my own firm, but I feel I need to learn the business skills before I dive into the entrepreneurial world.

What are my chances at the following schools:
1) Columbia
2) Stern
3) Tuck
4) Wharton
5) Darden
6) MIT
7) Booth
8) Kellogg
9) Fuqua
10) Cornell

Is there anything else I can do in order to strengthen my profile?

Thanks!
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2010, 16:52
Sameer, I just chanced upon this thread. This is a good one. Please evaluate my profile which is below. I am targeting 2011 admissions for European B-schools

Age/Background: M/32/Indian
Experience (current): 9.5 Years (5.5 years of experience in US)
Currently Manager in IT Governance Risk and Compliance in Global Fortune 100 in US (for 1 year). 2 Direct reports, ~12 indirect reports (multiple project based at any given time). Manage project/operations worth 1-1.5 Mn USD at any given time.
Previously 8.5 years of work ex in Top Indian IT firm as Lead consultant and Project Manager. Direct report 5 and managed a service line worth 3 Mn USD. Key role were Account management, project management and sales. Worked with multiple Fortune 50 clients in different capacities.

GMAT : 710 (Q50 V35)
GPA - 76% (BTECH in E&C) - 4th ranker in Univ in said course.

Multiple awards in previous company, all certifications in current field including PMP. Scholarship holder throughout most of acads.
Low on extracurriculars though. Has published few papers, written blogs at company websites and participated in few professional bodies as member and currently planning to hold a membership chair in one of them. Foundation member and active participants in some region based social bodies.

I am planning European B-schools as I think I am too old to qualify for US b-schools. I will keep them in my stretch list though.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2010, 05:16
Hi Sameer, I have been following your thread both here and on BW forums for quite some time and have heard some great things about the crystal ball report. I have been in the process of selecting and researching schools for almost 5 months now and have selected a few based on the categories normally used here. Given below is my brief profile and the school listing. I would request you to give your feedback on the school selection

Age 25

Sex Male

Nationality Indian

Work ex 4+ years by the time I join

Educational Background B Tech Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee with a CGPA of 8.1/10

GMAT 720

Career Highlights

1. Worked as a management consultant at one of the Big 4 (accounting ones)

2. Worked on engagements in Government sector, these engagements have been such that they affect the life of millions of people. Think RTI Act, Commonwealth Games, e governance.

3. My work on an IT procurement project resulted in a cost saving of INR 8 million

4. Have taken an initiative of internal learning and development within the firm

5. Managed a team of 2 - 3 analysts in 4 engagements

Extra Curricular

1. Publicity Cell head at NSS IIT Roorkee

2. Organized 4 blood donation camps in the campus with collection of around 300 units per camp

3. Negotiated sponsorship for NSS events at IIT Roorkee

4. Currently active member of IIT Roorkee Alumni association, organized alumni meets and designing Alumni portal

5. Currently active member of Resident Welfare Association of the community and interacting with various civic agencies


*******************School List**********************

Ambitious

1. Tuck

Stretch

1. Columbia

2. Anderson

3. MIT Sloan LGO

Practical

1. Darden

2. Ross

Strong

1. Emory

2. Tepper


I am not considering Duke and Cornell because of their less than stellar employment statistics.

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How would you rate my school selection

Appreciate your valuable insights

Thanks so much

Dev
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2010, 08:21
vijayallenraj wrote:
Based on opinions from admissions consultants etc I have come up with the following:


Vijay-saar, ever heard of the saying - 'Too many cooks...'?
If you talk to 10 consultants, you might end up getting 20.36 opinions (the 0.36 is the inflation adjustment).

So it's good that you are doing your own research to come up with that list. Now that you have your portfolio ready, the last thing you'd want to do is go back to each of those 10 consultants for a 'final' opinion. Something tells me when you are done with that final round, your list would look substantially different from the current one.

vijayallenraj wrote:
Given my profile and my GMAT score, can you please let me know if the list of schools above that I have come up with are good? If not can you please let me know if the school list is fine. Also please let me know if some would be too difficult and if there are alternatives, and also if I have missed some good schools that might be possible for me. The specialization would be marketing.


Sure. We could address all those points with the MCB report. But at this stage when you've almost finalised your list, I wouldn't recommend that coz it would mean we wipe off all the hard work you've done and begin all over again with a clean slate.

With so many consultants doling out free advice on discussion forums, it's become easy for candidates to copy and paste one query on 10 threads. But the strategy can backfire as well. Can you honestly say that you are less confused now than you were before you started out?

Have confidence in your research, (do some more of it on your own if you aren't completely there) and 'own' your decisions. my friend. You'll be making many more of those as a jet-setting businessman after graduation.

For others reading this post, here's a suggestion. Before you start posting, carry out your independent research on each consultant. Check out their threads, their responses. Put your finger on 1 or 2 you trust. Fire your queries. Get their inputs, but don't follow them blindly. Carry out your own research and use your intuition/common sense to validate the advice.
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