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Dinged and perplexed [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 03:04
Hi guys,

Below is my brief profile:

Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Age: 27 years

Undergrad: IIT (2008 batch), CGPA: 6.5 / 10 (relative grading)
FRM (both levels)
Passed CFA Level - 2

GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) and AWA: 4.5 (took in Oct 2012)
Work ex 1: Marketing analytics KPO (2 years)
Work ex 2 (Since June 2010): Financial Management (Process consulting) and Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory with Management Consulting team of a Big 4
International work ex: None, however have worked extensively with US and European clients / colleagues

Total work ex by Aug'14: 6 years and 1 months (expected)
Extra curricular: Have been involved with an Indian NGO and worked in North India. Did a lot of stuff during the college, for example, was the General Secretary of the elected students body. Involved in managing technical festivals etc.

I applied to 7 schools last year (2013 admits). Below were the results:

1. Stern (Round 1) - Reject without interview
2. Booth (Round 2) - Reject without interview
3. HKUST (Round 2) - Reject without interview
4. Fuqua (Round 2) - Reject without interview
5. Ross (Round 2) - Was wait-listed initially (without interview), then rejected
6. Cornell (Round 3) - Reject without interview
7. NUS (Round 1, last day) - Reject with interview

As you might have guessed, I am perplexed with above results.

The short term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Associate in the M&A group of a global investment bank.
The long term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Start/join a venture capital firm focusing on emerging economies

I guess the short-term goal was the reason why the adcoms got worried and did not call me.
Guys, please shore your opinions/thoughts..........I just want to know the real reason why I was dinged by so many schools and that too without even an interview opportunity.

I would obviously like to correct a few things this year and re-apply with a re-calibrated approach.

Many thanks in advance!!!!
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Re: Dinged and perplexed [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 03:12
i am sure experts would be able to guide you in some time, i just wanted to put in my 2 cents

1) i think the GMAT score of 710 is competitive and not STRONG considering all the schools you applied to are in the top slot. Also,Maybe a more balanced score on Q and V would have been stronger
2) Demographic :( Being an Indian is both a Boon and a Bane. Too many strong candidates of Indian Origin are bombarding the Adcoms. I am sure that 710 would have been good enough had you been from some other country and not a High GMAT median score country like India or China.
3) Most importantly, i think you did something wrong with your essays and how you presented yourself in them, i think there must be some RED Flag. I think hiring an Admission Consultant might do the trick

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Re: Dinged and perplexed [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 04:59
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I've seen these profiles time and time again. You have the stats to get into schools you want to get into, but you have to show how you're unique in your application. Show the adcom how you're different from all the other Indian/710 applicants and cater each application to each school. You can't write a "one size fits all" application and hope to get in.
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Re: Dinged and perplexed [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 10:40
aerien wrote:
I've seen these profiles time and time again. You have the stats to get into schools you want to get into, but you have to show how you're unique in your application. Show the adcom how you're different from all the other Indian/710 applicants and cater each application to each school. You can't write a "one size fits all" application and hope to get in.



Hello,

I completely agree with Aerien here, every candidate must be able to demonstrate his/her uniqueness through essays and reference. The moment one's profile looks "run of the mill" profile with stereotype sentences, you start loosing the battle.

Now, this does not require that you must have won battles like Spartans, but just exhibit what you have done and i am sure everyone has a nice story to talk about

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