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Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 12:42
Hello,

Can you please evaluate my profile?

Age: 27
Gender: Male
Caucasian, Eastern European
GMAT: 710 q50, v36, 5.5awa (in 2007)

Undergrad: Bachelor of Science from small Liberal Arts school in the Northeast (USA)
Full scholarship
GPA: 3.95, highest in business school
Dual major: Economics & Accounting

Postgrad: Master of Science in Finance from the London School of Economics (UK)
GPA: Postgraduate Merit (Average was 63/100). For reference, anything above 70 is “highest honors” or “distinction”.

Work experience:
Pre-master:
- 1 year in Big4 M&A tax practice (New York City) as Associate. 3-month rotation in Toronto
After master:
- 7 months at a top-tier global investment bank as M&A Analyst (London, UK)
- (will have) 2 years at a fairly young management consulting firm (New York City) as Junior Consultant. Focus is on strategic and operational work. We compete with top firms in both but we’re not established yet. Will relocate in London or Sydney in Dec’11 and work there before potential MBA start date. Also, should be able to get recos from Top15 B-school graduates


Extra-curriculars are OK. Member of MENSA, alumni rep for LSE, captains rugby team on weekends, running a small import-export business on the side, set up a small community in NY to keep in touch former classmates which eventually grew to include more people; some volunteer work.


Post-MBA: Management consulting / strategic management in industry / corp development


Where does the above place me, assuming I do well in essays and interviews? Are HBS and Wharton even options? Hoping for Top10 but not too well-informed.


I’d appreciate your thoughts.
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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2011, 16:13
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Hello raptr, thanks for your question.

Let’s start with academics. Your GPA is strong. Your overall GMAT and quant percentage are strong. Your verbal percentage is low (top programs typically look for at least 80%), but since you have a degree from a U.S. school with a high GPA, I don’t really see that as a problem.

Your extracurriculars seem solid. The more you can demonstrate leadership in these activities – and not just participation – the stronger your candidacy will be.

I think you need to clarify your post-MBA goals and demonstrate a need for an MBA (and why now, since you appear to already be on an upward path in consulting). Moreover, it is important to have a logical arc from your past to present to future path. You will need to demonstrate how your one year in M&A tax practice, Masters in Finance, and 7 months at an investment bank fit into your overall career path and help build to your future goals.

In summary, I think you could be generally competitive in the top 10, depending on your ability to tie together your past, present, and future, and demonstrate leadership attributes and results in your work and extracurricular experiences. Harvard typically looks for a “wow” factor – that might be a reach, but I don’t know all of your details!

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