Could you please critique my profile at http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=36107
# Do I stand a chance at HBS or Wharton?
# What areas do I need to add more beef to, in order to have a well-rounded competitive profile? (Need not be specific to HBS+Wharton)
A bit of info I left out in the profile I linked to - I am 25 years old, will be 26 when I apply, with 4 years work exp. I'm planning for the 2008 spring session.
I would say you have no chance at HBS because you don't have a sufficiently distinctive profile, the community is weak, and the formal leadership is a bit weak. An only slightly better chance at Wharton but it would definitely be a longshot. To compensate for your lack of formal managerial experience at work you could try to get a high-impact leadership role in a community organization, hopefully not one of the typical "pre-MBA" charities. By leadership I mean officer or board position or direct leadership of teams. Rack up some high impact accomplishments there. Doing this would kill two birds with one stone: give you leadership, give you community.
Other things: you could take a month off and travel someplace unusual for some specific reason, perhaps goals-related or social impact related (not a tourist place). You could start a company related to your goals. You could a promotion into a formal leadership role at work. In other words, your profile may need you to do big things like this in order for you to have a chance.
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