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GMAT experience!!! Where did this go wrong.....inputs please

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GMAT experience!!! Where did this go wrong.....inputs please [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 00:43
Hey guys!!!!

Its nice to be back to gmc atfer a short break.....I guess I'm done for this year. I got dinged by 5 schools :shock: ....almost from all the schools I would want to go.....heres how it went....

Wrote GMAT July 2010 - 690 (Q48 V35 AWA - 5.0) - Bombed....but still decent I guess
Wrote Toefl Oct '10 - 109 - Decent

Target Schools -
1. UT Austin McCombs school - Dinged without interview
2. Teaxas A&M - Dinged (after first round of informal interview)
3. University of Maryland Smith School - Dinged w interview
4. U. of Minnesota Carlson School - Dinged w interview
5. Indian school of business (ISB Hyderabad) - Dinged w/o interview
6. Canada york Schulich - Awaited

Profile - 2.6 years of I.T. experience at the time of applying. Decent extra curriculars. And as far as I know a decent application package as well.

-I belong to the Indian IT pool.
-Undergrad percentage (65%)
-Career switcher from a sftw development profile to a Hi-Tech marketing profile.

So was it...the wrong choice of schools....or a weak profile....or something else....How can I imporve my chances for reapplying later sometimes?

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Re: GMAT experience!!! Where did go wrong.....inputs please [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 15:19
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Sorry about your tough year, papillon86. While you wait for more capable members to offer their advice, allow me to offer my initial thoughts.

Your GMAT is very good! Perhaps the score differential between the verbal and quant is not ideally balanced, but a 690 is nothing to feel bad about at all. But what is your background, exactly? If you're an Indian with an IT background, then you have some tough competition - wherever you apply. There are so, so many MBA students with this background. The selection process will be tougher on that group, as schools want a balanced student body.

Another issue might be your work experience. Less than three years might not be enough. The only way to fix that is to simply wait.
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Re: GMAT experience!!! Where did go wrong.....inputs please [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 09:27
Thanks for the feedback...I guess you are right.

But to support my question, here is a vital piece of Info I missed.

I belong to the Indian IT pool, as you right pointed out. Undergrad percentage (65%), Career switcher from a sftw development profile to a Hi-Tech marketing profile.

Do you think I should try and improve my scores further or just wait and gather more work ex including some international exposure. Is it worth the effort?

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Re: GMAT experience!!! Where did this go wrong.....inputs please [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 13:05
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I am somewhat hesitant to respond here, so please use my advice with caution.

Your quant is fine, so just maintain that level. If possible, go for the GMATClub tests to keep your score in the high 40's. The verbal section, though, is where you will earn the big points. If you want to retake the exam, then you must offer a strong performance in that section. Another viable option is to simply keep your 690. Again, it's a good score.

For work, another year would probably help your chances. Also look into some community service to balance out your resume. At the very least, it wouldn't hurt.

Another issue relates to the interviews. You were in some, so that's a good sign that you almost made it. Improving your interview skills would help you for the rematch. You have some practice now and know how to better prepare.

And yes, I think that it's worth it to work for a little while longer. Maybe diversify your search as well. Europe, for example, might have something to offer.
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Re: GMAT experience!!! Where did this go wrong.....inputs please [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 18:32
You might consider working on your interview skills. It looks you you made it to the interview with about half of your applications. Make sure you have a compelling story that you are telling. Also, with your demographics, (Indian, IT) the competition is fierce. Good luck
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Re: GMAT experience!!! Where did this go wrong.....inputs please [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 10:15
Thanks for the candid feedback. Really appreciate it.

I gather that I neeed to work on interview skills and improve my verbal score if I can.

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Re: GMAT experience!!! Where did this go wrong.....inputs please [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 14:18
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