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assessment of finance guy [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2009, 13:11
I wanted to get a brutal assessment of my profile for business school and what my perceived strengths and weaknesses are:

720 GMAT (84% Q, 92% V)
GPA 3.8 (4.0 in major) from large state school, strong EC’s in school won a leadership scholarship and award
3 years WE at large commercial bank (top 3 by assets), been promoted once, no mgmt experience but good team experience
EC: big brothers big sister 2 years, toastmasters president, on the board for new org focused on service, networking and learning to young professionals in the finance industry
Want to stay in finance, management in large corporate/commercial banking
How I differentiate myself from other finance people – work with middle market companies (< $500 million in revenues), more interaction with top level management at smaller co’s (vs. IB) but also obviously smaller deal size

I‘m applying to H/S/K/Chi/Texas-Austin. I will probably spend my career in TX so if I leave for school I want it to be top 5. Any help you could provide on differentiating myself with so many finance applicants and weaknesses I should be aware of. Thanks
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Re: assessment of finance guy [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2009, 09:29
kdm06,

I'm not sure you gave me enough background to help you differentiate yourself. Your profile as you gave it seems strong though not truly outstanding or especially unusual/distinctive. For that reason, I think Harvard and Stanford are not realistic for you (again, based only on the little I know about you). My sense is that Chicago and Kellogg will be "reach" schools for you, but that you should give them a shot. I think you are competitive for Texas. My concerns are primarily your leadership (though the board of the new org should help you) and the uniqueness question: I didn't see anything in what you gave me that really sets you apart. This may only because you gave me your profile in a general, condensed way.

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