Hope you are doing good.
Below is my brief profile:
Age: 27 years
Undergrad: IIT (2008 batch), CGPA: 6.5 / 10 (relative grading)
FRM (both levels)
Passed CFA Level - 2
GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) and AWA: 4.5 (took in Oct 2012)
Work ex 1: Marketing analytics KPO (2 years)
Work ex 2 (Since June 2010): Financial Management (Process consulting) and Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory with Management Consulting team of a Big 4
International work ex: None, however have worked extensively with US and European clients / colleagues
Total work ex by Aug'14: 6 years and 1 months (expected)
Extra curricular: Have been involved with an Indian NGO and worked in North India. Did a lot of stuff during the college, for example, was the General Secretary of the elected students body. Involved in managing technical festivals etc.
I applied to 7 schools last year (2013 admits). Below were the results:
1. Stern (Round 1) - Reject without interview
2. Booth (Round 2) - Reject without interview
3. HKUST (Round 2) - Reject without interview
4. Fuqua (Round 2) - Reject without interview
5. Ross (Round 2) - Was wait-listed initially (without interview), then rejected
6. Cornell (Round 3) - Reject without interview
7. NUS (Round 1, last day) - Reject with interview
As you might have guessed, I am perplexed with above results.
The short term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Associate in the M&A group of a global investment bank.
The long term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Start/join a venture capital firm focusing on emerging economies
I guess the short-term goal was the reason why the adcoms got worried and did not call me.
I just want to know the real reason why I was dinged by so many schools and that too without even an interview opportunity.
I guess these might be a few answers for this year:
Should I take the GMAT again?
Should I re-assess my goals?
Should I improve the essays (presentation, content etc.) without changing the goals?
Should I target some other set of schools? Please suggest a few. I am currently thinking of Kellogg, UCLA Anderson, Yale, Tuck, INSEAD. But if I think the school selection was not a problem, the problem was somewhere else.
What do you think?
I can provide you the essays I submitted if you need.
Many thanks in advance!!!!
Ouch. I'm not surprised about Booth or Stern; I am surprised that all the others rejected
without interview (except NUS). I can see why you are perplexed. I would guess that your presentation was very weak, but obviously can't be sure without reviewing your application. You certainly don't want to apply again
and make the same mistakes you made this past year, if you really did make mistakes. I encourage you to obtain anMBA application evaluation.
Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools
Follow Accepted on Twitter
Friend Accepted on Facebook
Subscribe to Accepted's Blog