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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.
I just want to understand the reasons why I was dinged by so many schools and that too without even an interview opportunity so that I can apply with a re-calibrated approach this year.
Specifically, I want to ask:
Should I take the GMAT again? Should I re-assess my goals? Should I improve the essays (presentation, content etc.) without changing the goals? Should I target some other set of schools? Please suggest a few. I am currently thinking of Kellogg, UCLA Anderson, Yale, Tuck, INSEAD at the moment but if I think the schools was not a problem, the problem was somewhere else.
I can share the essays I submitted for further analysis.
Just by glancing over your post I think your weakness lies on your GPA nothing wrong with your GMAT or your goals... Are you currently in the United States? If yes I would suggest taking some classes at your local community college and getting all As. Take the usual suspects you know.. Statistics, calculus, accounting and a finance class so you can show the admission committee that you can handle the course work. And be sure to apply early in the process, round 1. Lastly you might wanna check on the letter of recommendation perhaps someone is saying bad things about you?