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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 08:56
Admitted... :) Mohali campus
Really Happy, but confused...
My options are
1. ISB - No Schol
2. Penn state (Smeal) - 100% scholarship + GA(700$ pm)
3. Olin - 40,000 USD Schol
4. Notre Dame(Mendoza) - 50,000 USD Schol
5. Georgetown(Mcdonough) - No schol
6. Univ of Minnesota (Carlson) - No Schol

Can anyone help me choose.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 10:43
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Dinged after interview. Not sure why - maybe I didn't express enough interest in the program? Luckily I wasn't planning on attending but never acted that way. I had prepared a lot for it and was seriously considering it. So it hurt. Anyways best to all. Great program.


Tough Luck mate!.. that happens.. even i was planning to withdraw the application however, i think i gave a descent interview.and hoped for an admit .. As you know, Indian Alums catch pretty quickly. My interview went like i was challenged given my goals and what i want to do .. one of the panel member did not look so convinced ! .. i think he got me there..
It actually felt like an interview to check whether you are bluffing or you really want to belong here!, and surprisingly they focused on what i knew rather than how i expressed !!( much different than US interviews!... As we usually are detail oriented !).. so the panel got me there.. i was dinged as well.

My two cents for future applicants and re applicants . take the interview seriously. and be prepared to answer anything about your resume and work.. and may be even some case studies and puzzles..

However, i was expecting an admit considering my unusual background but still Interview i think played a major role..

ISB gives feedback rite!.. I think i need to ask for it, any of you guys have any idea ?


Thanks! I don't know if they give feedback or not, I'm not planning on asking them. Jones is a great program, best of luck to you.

I didn't get any pre-interview essay (which I wasn't expecting since it wasn't in person), and also didn't get any guesstimate question or analysis questions about my industry. It was mostly focused on why I would move to India to accept a pay cut and reduced job opportunities. I didn't push back and argue. I have long term interests in India and see it as a long term play. It is also not all about money. I also was a little lackadaisical, I guess because I knew since I had applied new opportunities had come up.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 10:46
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Admitted... :) Mohali campus
Really Happy, but confused...
My options are
1. ISB - No Schol
2. Penn state (Smeal) - 100% scholarship + GA(700$ pm)
3. Olin - 40,000 USD Schol
4. Notre Dame(Mendoza) - 50,000 USD Schol
5. Georgetown(Mcdonough) - No schol
6. Univ of Minnesota (Carlson) - No Schol

Can anyone help me choose.

I would say...choose between ISB and Smeal :)
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 10:55
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Admitted... :) Mohali campus
Really Happy, but confused...
My options are
1. ISB - No Schol
2. Penn state (Smeal) - 100% scholarship + GA(700$ pm)
3. Olin - 40,000 USD Schol
4. Notre Dame(Mendoza) - 50,000 USD Schol
5. Georgetown(Mcdonough) - No schol
6. Univ of Minnesota (Carlson) - No Schol

Can anyone help me choose.


Potbot, congrats on creating all these options for yourself. It is a big decision that may end up changing the course of your life. And I would say that is how you should first base your decision. Do you want to live and work in India or the US after b-school? And eventually long term? Family usually plays into that. Also, where are you now? What industries are you interested in? What are your finances likes? If you answered all of these questions, I could give you my complete opinion.

I see ISB as one of the top brands in India, so if you are interested in India only I don't think you can go wrong with that. But if you have any international aspirations, you should look at the other programs. I see on your sidebar you have some other top US programs you are still waiting on. That would be a different equation as well. Right now you are comparing top tier Indian program with mid tier US programs.

Within the US schools you've been accepted you, there are some real geographic differences between the programs. They are all great regionally. Nationally, they have different strengths in different sectors.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2014, 05:15
Got the e-mail a few days back ! Congrats to all fellow admits !
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2014, 12:13
R2 Admit. A little late to post here. But I have a big dilemma. Fellow people at GMAT club please share your inputs.
I have an admit from ISB with no scholarship and have an admit from a 27 number ranked school ( US news) with full scholarship. I am having a really tough time to choose. Ultimately it comes to where I want to work post MBA , but if we take out this factor can you please help me reach a conclusion.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2014, 14:04
isbconfusion - I would suggest taking up ISB. Would you rather go to a school that is among the top 5 in the country, or a school that is 27th in the country ?

Also remember, being an international student, placement opportunities at foreign B-Schools are greatly restricted in terms of the industries you can get into, as most companies don't do H1Bs. And that is true even for the top schools, let alone the 27th ranked school. Additionally there is always the fear of not landing a job there. What will happen then ? Your degree will have little value in India.

I suggest going to ISB, where you will have a better shot at landing an attractive job profile.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 01:54
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ISB gives feedback rite!.. I think i need to ask for it, any of you guys have any idea ?


Hi,

ISB has stopped giving personalized feedback from the last year onwards,
Now they do a general discussion of your overall profile, but nothing about the points where you lacked.

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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 09:20
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ISB gives feedback rite!.. I think i need to ask for it, any of you guys have any idea ?


Hi,

ISB has stopped giving personalized feedback from the last year onwards,
Now they do a general discussion of your overall profile, but nothing about the points where you lacked.

Regards,
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I know one person who was dinged without interview by ISB this year, and he managed to get personalized feedback from ISB. The thing is that you just have to keep pressing them by emails and over phone until you get the personalized feedback...
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 00:01
Admitted with 670 GMAT score. Hyderabad campus...
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 00:34
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Hey Diehard,

All the best to you for your future. If you don't mind, can you share a bit about your backgound and the reason why you don't want to join ISB? Are you waiting for or have gotten in to some other school or planning to apply elsewhere next year or do something else all together. Hope you can share your thoughts as it is always interesting to know of alternate viewpoints.

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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 04:59
I am in a major conundrum.

I was admitted with a 5L scholarship. After I resigned from my position, my firm has promised to promote me in the next cycle wef April 1 (something I was already expecting) and increase my salary to what would be more than average salary at ISB.

Also, I am in a finance/ investment banking role, and my friend at ISB (Co 2014) tells me there are no investment banking profiles at ISB.

I am thinking of taking up my firm's offer, especially as I am still not 100% on the placements. The downside is that I am already 27 and I will find it difficult to take up ISB next year if things don't work out and I want to move (assuming I get selected)
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I am in a major conundrum.

I was admitted with a 5L scholarship. After I resigned from my position, my firm has promised to promote me in the next cycle wef April 1 (something I was already expecting) and increase my salary to what would be more than average salary at ISB.

Also, I am in a finance/ investment banking role, and my friend at ISB (Co 2014) tells me there are no investment banking profiles at ISB.

I am thinking of taking up my firm's offer, especially as I am still not 100% on the placements. The downside is that I am already 27 and I will find it difficult to take up ISB next year if things don't work out and I want to move (assuming I get selected)


Probably you can ask for a deferment citing some reason or the other ...
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I am in a major conundrum.

I was admitted with a 5L scholarship. After I resigned from my position, my firm has promised to promote me in the next cycle wef April 1 (something I was already expecting) and increase my salary to what would be more than average salary at ISB.

Also, I am in a finance/ investment banking role, and my friend at ISB (Co 2014) tells me there are no investment banking profiles at ISB.

I am thinking of taking up my firm's offer, especially as I am still not 100% on the placements. The downside is that I am already 27 and I will find it difficult to take up ISB next year if things don't work out and I want to move (assuming I get selected)


Why dont you ask your firm to grant you sabbatical if at all there is an option?
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 11:05
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I am in a major conundrum.

I was admitted with a 5L scholarship. After I resigned from my position, my firm has promised to promote me in the next cycle wef April 1 (something I was already expecting) and increase my salary to what would be more than average salary at ISB.

Also, I am in a finance/ investment banking role, and my friend at ISB (Co 2014) tells me there are no investment banking profiles at ISB.

I am thinking of taking up my firm's offer, especially as I am still not 100% on the placements. The downside is that I am already 27 and I will find it difficult to take up ISB next year if things don't work out and I want to move (assuming I get selected)


Why dont you ask your firm to grant you sabbatical if at all there is an option?


I have spoken to them. While presently they are open towards a return, they will never give a commitment for this (especially as my team structure and positions may be different after an year).

Honestly, one of the reasons for my MBA is to move on from my employer and while I would like to keep them as a back-up, its not the ideal scenario for me.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 11:07
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I am in a major conundrum.

I was admitted with a 5L scholarship. After I resigned from my position, my firm has promised to promote me in the next cycle wef April 1 (something I was already expecting) and increase my salary to what would be more than average salary at ISB.

Also, I am in a finance/ investment banking role, and my friend at ISB (Co 2014) tells me there are no investment banking profiles at ISB.

I am thinking of taking up my firm's offer, especially as I am still not 100% on the placements. The downside is that I am already 27 and I will find it difficult to take up ISB next year if things don't work out and I want to move (assuming I get selected)


Probably you can ask for a deferment citing some reason or the other ...


A deferment wouldn't really solve my problem, as that would effectively mean that I will be joining ISB next year. That would only increase the difficulty in my decision as I would (most probably) be earning more next year, which would increase the overall RoI for me.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2014, 04:14
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Admitted... :) Mohali campus
Really Happy, but confused...
My options are
1. ISB - No Schol
2. Penn state (Smeal) - 100% scholarship + GA(700$ pm)
3. Olin - 40,000 USD Schol
4. Notre Dame(Mendoza) - 50,000 USD Schol
5. Georgetown(Mcdonough) - No schol
6. Univ of Minnesota (Carlson) - No Schol

Can anyone help me choose.


An enviable position indeed! Congratulations on your offers!
Mendoza/McDonough/Olin are great schools.

If you intend to recruit for consulting, then perhaps you need to be looking at these schools.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2014, 06:41
To those on the Waitlist... I know that this question is a little late in coming... But has anyone got any feedback from ISB? (I know that we can't send emails soliciting feedback but the mail doesn't say that we can't call them ;) ).

Anyone here who has been able to send updates (especially R2 as time frame was very less for updates)?
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 21:17
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To those on the Waitlist... I know that this question is a little late in coming... But has anyone got any feedback from ISB? (I know that we can't send emails soliciting feedback but the mail doesn't say that we can't call them ;) ).

Anyone here who has been able to send updates (especially R2 as time frame was very less for updates)?


Ppl have started getting admit mails since 10th. I am also waiting anxiosuly. Apparently they release admits in batches upto 15th.
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Re: ISB Class of 2015 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 06:16
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gmatbugsme84 wrote:
To those on the Waitlist... I know that this question is a little late in coming... But has anyone got any feedback from ISB? (I know that we can't send emails soliciting feedback but the mail doesn't say that we can't call them ;) ).

Anyone here who has been able to send updates (especially R2 as time frame was very less for updates)?


Ppl have started getting admit mails since 10th. I am also waiting anxiosuly. Apparently they release admits in batches upto 15th.


Admits till the 15th? May I ask where does this information come from?
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