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Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2010, 03:42
Hi Alex,

I wanted to get some advice on my profile for applying to B Schools early next year (Round 1) for entry in 2012. I know I am asking early, but also believe in planning well in advance to set expectations accordingly. Please find below some details around my experience and qualifications.

I am currently working in a strategic research firm in the Human Resources team. I work in a specialist function called allocations. My firm was founded by one of the largest consulting firms in the world, and allocations is a legacy function they founded and implement with much rigor in their own offices. A brief snapshot of what my responsibilities are:

- Plan staffing for 200+ associates across company offices in 3 countries. I manage staffing for all levels (Analysts through Directors) and hence get the opportunity to interact closely with the senior folks in office
- I lead a team of 3 in an overall function size of 5
- I also plan capacity utilization and have designed various models for forecasting billability, revenue targets expectations vs. ability to meet them etc.
- I report to the Head and Manager of HR, but closely work with other senior stakeholders such as the Country Head and MD
- I am in charge of the firm's revenue management and oversee billing at a multi million dollar scale
- I have consistently been recognized as an Outstanding Peformer through my evaluation cycles and have consistently received the highest levels of performance ratings in my reviews
- I have also been very involved in extra currics at office and am a lead member of 2 of our coveted teams on employee engagement activities

I graduated from a well renowned engineering college in India with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering (First Class). I was a consistent school topper and have good leadership experience during my secondary education. I also volunteered with NGOs in school to teach underprivileged children and ran blood donation camps as a member of my school alumni board. I am an avid traveler and have traveled to the Far East, Middle East, Western Europe and the US. I am currently learning French and have just begun basic Japanese.

I took my GMAT in 2008 and had a score of 690. I got admissions at LSE and Cornell in masters courses but chose not to pursue these with an aim to enroll in an MBA later. I intend to re take my GMAT this year/early next year and am aiming at a score of 720+. My target schools are HBS, Stanford, Tuck, NYU and Columbia but my absolute dream school is MIT Sloan. I would have 3 years of full time work experience once I enter college, with atleast 1 fast track promotion and (hopefully) another on the way whilst I write my applications (would ask my recommenders to include this in their recommendation if it's not been formalized by then). I would be able to get good recommendations from senior people at my firm, whom I have worked with and not because of their designations as such.

I would like to get a third person view on my plans and aspirations from a consultant's perspective. I believe I have differentiated myself from other Indian applicants in the following light:
1. I am a computer engineer, working for a research firm, in their HR function despite being hired as a research analyst
2. I have been a consistent outperformer, receiving higher ratings than my peers
3. I have distinguished achievements (I was India's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional when I was 13) to my credit, which are atypical

Apart from a general overview, I have the following questions to ask:

1. Am I being overambitious?
2. I didn't want to sound brash above - had to give the overall download regarding what all I have to put on my resume - however, are there any other points I am lacking from a 'fit' perspective? I have time on hand so can definitely work on these
3. I have the option to shift to operations - move to research from HR. I am confident that this will not hinder my growth, but would a.) shift my job function completely and b.) on a positive note, provide me the option to take a transfer to our international offices in China/South Africa for 6 months. I would still be working there by the time I apply for my MBA

Thank you very much for reviewing this and taking out time to reply to my post. I look forward to your thoughts on my post.

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Re: Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2010, 09:33
Hi Alex,

Could you please revert when you have a minute? Thanks!

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Re: Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2010, 09:52
You're overestimating your candidacy to be honest.

Here's the thing. A lot of Indians like yourself will compete based on math/analytical/quant scores, and b-school isn't about that.

More leadership, less math. If your biggest selling point is your analytical skills, schools like HBS, Stanford, and Sloan will be big stretches, because they're really after people with a history of exceptional leadership/group/interpersonal/communication skills (and who may have passable quant skills at best). The school that may value your quant skills more is Booth. Wharton also values quant/analytical skills, but they get enough applicants with strong leadership/group/interpersonal/communication skills that these folks will tend to make it harder for folks whose biggest selling points are analytics to get in.

In any case, focus on the GMAT first.
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Re: Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2010, 21:22
Hi Alex,

Thanks for your reply - although I would like to point out that I don't completely understand your suggestions. I don't really have 'quant' work experience as such. All of it is in HR and involves leadership (lead a team of 3) maturity (report to and assist the Country Head, MD and Head HR). I have also not really mentioned much regarding my math/quant skills as such and personally know that it's not my biggest selling point, and even if it was, wouldn't really differentiate me from the others. hence, the other points.

Could you share your thoughts on this?

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