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Please evaluate [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2006, 03:23
Please evaluate my profile and my chances to get into one of the schools of the ultra-elite cluster.

Israeli male, 29 years, was born in Russia and immigrated to Israel alone at age 14.
B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from distinguished local university.
My GPA is quite low though: 73%, which is about 2.9 as I had to work
full time to pay for my studying and to help my parents and little sister that just came to Israel at that time.
My GMAT is 750 ( Q50, V40)
Work experience: more than 6 years in software industry. Currently
I hold the position of Chief Software Architect and Team Leader in relatively small local software/hardware company.

I am looking toward the MBA as a means to achieve my entrepreneurial goals.

Thanks in advance
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2006, 13:32
My two cents: I think the moment your GMAT score is seen, you are in put in a top category. Your work experience looks good too. I think the main crux will be your essays.
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Re: Please evaluate [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2006, 19:39
deowl wrote:
Please evaluate my profile and my chances to get into one of the schools of the ultra-elite cluster.

Israeli male, 29 years, was born in Russia and immigrated to Israel alone at age 14.
B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from distinguished local university.
My GPA is quite low though: 73%, which is about 2.9 as I had to work
full time to pay for my studying and to help my parents and little sister that just came to Israel at that time.
My GMAT is 750 ( Q50, V40)
Work experience: more than 6 years in software industry. Currently
I hold the position of Chief Software Architect and Team Leader in relatively small local software/hardware company.

I am looking toward the MBA as a means to achieve my entrepreneurial goals.

Thanks in advance


deowl,

My answer depend on which schools you consider to reside in the ultra elite cluster (besides Harvard and Stanford), but in general I would say that your GMAT and need to work on college will mollify the adcoms regarding your GPA, but your current work position (*comparative* lack of high-impact, formal leadership roles vis-a-vis applicants who get accepted by these schools) will probably eliminate you from most or all of the top 5 schools. If you could aim a little lower, I think you could get an acceptance or two from among the top 10 schools.

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2006, 00:12
Thanks for your reply, Paul

My primary target is Stanford, Harvard and MIT.
Could you please elaborate why you consider my work experince weak. As I noted previously, as a team leader, I manage a team of 6 employees as well as several more external part time workers and out sourcers. Additionaly, as a Chief Software Architect, I am in charge of development of the company future production line. So if you could
explain me why this experience is not strong enough and how I can strengthen it, I would really appreciate this.

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deowl wrote:
Thanks for your reply, Paul

My primary target is Stanford, Harvard and MIT.
Could you please elaborate why you consider my work experince weak. As I noted previously, as a team leader, I manage a team of 6 employees as well as several more external part time workers and out sourcers. Additionaly, as a Chief Software Architect, I am in charge of development of the company future production line. So if you could
explain me why this experience is not strong enough and how I can strengthen it, I would really appreciate this.

Thanks in advance


deowl,

I don't consider your work experience weak. It just may not be strong enough and *distinctive* enough to get you into Stanford and HBS. (MIT is another matter.) I assumed that your leadership responsibilities were more informal than they apparently are, so you are stronger than I initially thought. The fact that you work for a small firm as opposed to the same position at Oracle weakens your impressive profile *somewhat* but there's nothing you should do to try to strengthen it. My only point is that people with backgrounds as impressive as yours routinely get dinged by Stanford and HBS. In my experience, the ones who don't get dinged have some extra quality of unusualness or 'superhuman-ness' that I did not detect in the info you gave me. If we were to work together on a client-consultant basis I might in fact discover several aspects of your background that lift you closer to the HBS/Stanford realm. I am not discouraging you from applying, and you may well get in to HBS and Stanford. I'm just giving you my gut reaction based on experience.

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