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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2012, 08:05
Would any of the current students help me to evaluate my chances at Duke :

Here is a brief of my profile :

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications - GPA 3.5
GMAT 680 (Q49,V33)

Professional Background: Experience: 5 years (as of August-2012)
1) Senior Analyst 2010 - present: Credit Risk Analytic at a Boutique Consulting
Currently working with the largest retail bank in UK to develop strategies and insights to advise clients on the following :
Customer acquisition ,Customer retention,Loss Minimization on High Credit Limit accounts,Collection strategies to minimize loss on delinquent accounts etc.

2) 2007-2010: Business Analyst at a Major IT MNC

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NGO experience - Worked for an NGO from within the organization to help the underprivileged children, of Denotified tribal area , in accessing a continuous stream of education. Involved in speaking to small fund donors and gathering volunteers.

Rock Band in Undergraduate Institute - Performed Live and backstage at various competitive events across State.
Head of Cultural Committee in Undergraduate Institute - Funds collections , marketing events for the various year round activities

Member of Core marketting committee in Undergraduate Institute - Marketing spotlight events across state, inviting high budget sponsors for event sponsorship

Languages known: English , Hindi , German(Speaking)

Reason for doing an MBA: Career Progress
I would want to leverage my Credit Risk Analytic experience and work post MBA for a Big 4 in their Risk Advisory domain, or leverage the same experience to work for a large lending Institution in their Credit risk vertical.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2012, 11:35
are there any word limit to the questions for the recommenders?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 09:33
mba2014hopeful wrote:
For the short answer questions, are you all explaining how you're prepared to meet your goals too or are you just listing goals a, b, c...

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just listing out the goals
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 09:34
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are there any word limit to the questions for the recommenders?


Generally no, but which recommender has so much time to write pages and pages of recommendation???
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 09:34
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It looks like the list of 25 random things isn't easy afterall......After about 15, I am getting stranded..lol

same here...have not reached the double digit figure yet...
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 16:18
Hello everyone,

How are you guys doing on these short essays?

Does #3 (what is your alternative if your short-term goal does not materialize)have to have some sort of connection with your short and long-term goal? becuase my alternative has nothing to do with either my short or long-term goal.

For 'Reason for leaving' slot in employemnt section,
Is it ok to just write simple and brief? for example: Downsizing, Better career opportunity, etc
Or should I write a short paragraph?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 18:01
How much is everyone "recycling" between school to school? It seems like the goals essay would be very similar across schools, as long as it conforms to the word limit.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 18:34
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Does #3 (what is your alternative if your short-term goal does not materialize)have to have some sort of connection with your short and long-term goal? becuase my alternative has nothing to do with either my short or long-term goal.


My alternative has nothing to do with my short or long-term goals either... I'm guessing it'll be okay as it is an "alternative" path. Perhaps we could explain the connection, or lack thereof, in the optional essay?

stihum wrote:
For 'Reason for leaving' slot in employemnt section,
Is it ok to just write simple and brief? for example: Downsizing, Better career opportunity, etc
Or should I write a short paragraph?


I'm thinking short, sweet, to the point - a few sentences to a paragraph max.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 14:35
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How much is everyone "recycling" between school to school? It seems like the goals essay would be very similar across schools, as long as it conforms to the word limit.


The top part of the career essay will be almost carbon copy. I mean your goals are your goals whether you are applying to fuqua or to harvard. It is the 'why school X' part that I see changing. Thats my opinion though.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 14:48
2 questions:

1.) are 'spaces' also counted as characters in the 250 character essays?
2.) What page margins are to be used for the 2nd and 3rd essays. Depending on the margins and the font the word limit can vary on a large scale. I read font should be no smaller than 10-point. Any insights on the margins?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 17:43
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1.) are 'spaces' also counted as characters in the 250 character essays?


Yes, spaces and punctuation all count towards the 250 character limits.

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2.) What page margins are to be used for the 2nd and 3rd essays. Depending on the margins and the font the word limit can vary on a large scale. I read font should be no smaller than 10-point. Any insights on the margins?

Generally 1 inch margins are standard, or whatever the default on Word is. Font-wise keep it between 10 and 12 points.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 01:47
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jumsumtak wrote:
1.) are 'spaces' also counted as characters in the 250 character essays?


Yes, spaces and punctuation all count towards the 250 character limits.

jumsumtak wrote:
2.) What page margins are to be used for the 2nd and 3rd essays. Depending on the margins and the font the word limit can vary on a large scale. I read font should be no smaller than 10-point. Any insights on the margins?

Generally 1 inch margins are standard, or whatever the default on Word is. Font-wise keep it between 10 and 12 points.



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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 09:20
Just saw this video:
http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/student_resou ... echnology/

Can that thing (or a smaller version) be used for interviews? Either admissions or recruiting? Or is it for the EMBAs to have class?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 22:54
anybody going for campus visit upcoming week? I will arrive in Durham, NC over the weekend and interview/visit on monday. I would love it if any student/applicant would like to hang out on Sunday.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 23:44
HI Guys,

Really excited to apply to Fuqua this year. Fuqua is my number 1 and only choice . I am going to apply there whole heatedly in R1 (finished my GMAT recently). I am hoping to get a lot of tips on applying and also to contribute to the forum.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2012, 21:07
jumsumtak wrote:
are there any word limit to the questions for the recommenders?


Yes there is a 2000 character word limit to the questions, which is still quite generous.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 19:56
Any reapplicants?

I applied in 3rd round earlier this year and got denied. Will reapply in the first round this year.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 14:39
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Any reapplicants?

I applied in 3rd round earlier this year and got denied. Will reapply in the first round this year.


Also reapplying. Rd3 applicant, interviewed and denied
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 07:46
Hi all,
I have more than 5 yrs of WE and it seems somewhat stagnant and not that impressive in terms of $$, promotion, # of ppl mananged, etc.
Should I use Optional essay for this matter?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 11:08
stihum wrote:
Hi all,
I have more than 5 yrs of WE and it seems somewhat stagnant and not that impressive in terms of $$, promotion, # of ppl mananged, etc.
Should I use Optional essay for this matter?
Thanks.



You might explain why you did not get promotion(s) if you have a valid reason .. some of the reasons could be:
in your industry/role typical promotion cycle is longer
your org. went through a lot of structural changes etc. etc.

Just be sure not to bring something to highlight which is NOT a weakness. That will put you in a negative light. Obviously its a very subjective call, what is weakness and what is not and you are its best judge.

for #ppl managed its not only people in your direct supervision for work; it might be for any extra curricular or a non-work related team as well.. just try to highlight n the leadership experiences wherever you can
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