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Joined: 05 Jun 2013
Posts: 16
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
Schools: ISB '15, NTU '15
GPA: 3.4
WE: Analyst (Commercial Banking)
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Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2013, 02:15
It would be great if you could find some time to evaluate my profile.

Background
Personal: 25 years old, Male, Indian
GMAT 2nd attempt: 720 (Q 51/ V 35/ AWA and IR awaited)
GMAT 1st attempt : 650 (Q50/V29/AWA 4.5 and IR 5)
Undergrad/Post grad : Dual degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (B.Tech Mechanical Eng, M.Tech Energy Technology)
GPA: 8.5/10
Student Semester Exchange program : Did my 7th semester in NTU, Singapore. Scored the highest GPA in NTU of 3.96/4.

Work Ex:2+ years (banking and insurance domain)
1.5 years with Aviva Life Insurance : As a business analyst. Working with the strategic initiative team to make sales strategy.
Worked on various statistical model to segment the customer portfolio and predict future business to bridge the gap between target and predicted business.)
Employee award (one quarterly). Got an award as early as 9 months with Aviva Life insurance.
7 months with Citi bank Global (Current) : Working as a Senior Business analyst with North America Retail Banking Citi Partners.
Work is to analyze past data, build predictive and descriptive statistical models and consult partners with the right business strategy.
Ventures explored :
1.Founder of a Indian food chain restaurant chain called “Teekhi Mirch”.
Successfully ran the restaurant for 9 months. Got a break even on the overall running cost from the 5th month (which is rare across industry). Some of the sales strategy included ,
1. Segmentation of the customer base to value segments and offering different product and service levels to each segment
2. Product bundling to find best combo for each segment.
3. Retention calls and SMS for high attrition propensity customers.
4. Resource effective marketing strategy
5. Raw material inventory management and supply chain optimization for the food delivery
6. Streamlining the overall process.
These strategies were very rare in industry gave the restaurant a competitive edge.
2. Founder of a travel consulting company Naya sheher :
Though the company is yet to enter the market. Following are the key highlights,
1. Helps people relocating to new cities.
2. Helps client cut discounts in unknown cities and help vendor get a competitive edge
3. Helps people connect with people who are supposed to move to same cities.

Extra-curricular:
Lead a team of 100 coordinators and volunteer to conduct a college festival called Mechanica.
Won many Robotics and Industrial design competition in college.
Instrumental in various tech fest and cultural festivals organized in college
Hostel Badminton Captain.
Career goal:
Want to work in the strategy/consulting field and expand my horizon to various industries.
My plan is to apply for following,
1 of the top 10 : Wharton
1 in India : ISB
2 in Singapore : NTU and NUS (Have already been in NTU for a semester)
1 in Hong Kong University
Following are my queries,
1. Will me GMAT 1st attempt have a negative impact on my application. If yes, then to what extent?
2. Do you think I should apply to more of top 10 universities. If yes, do you think I stand a good chance
3. Do you think I should mention my ventures in my application.
4. Thank You!
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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 09:30
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Your first GMAT attempt will not matter. Great second score, but frankly, GMAT is not what helps you stand out in the Indian applicant pool. Great that you have it, since you wouldn't likely get in without it, but so many Indian applicants have good GMAT scores, that it's become an expectation from the adcoms unfortunately. I like your work experience, especially what you do now in building predictive and descriptive statistical models and consulting partners with the right business strategy, which will fit in well with Wharton and also set you up for a consulting gig afterwards (80% of Wharton grads go on to consulting or finance jobs). One thing that concerns me is your number of years out--Wharton sees on average about 5 years of work experience, so even though your work is very relevant and valuable for business school, you will be competing against others who have done what you do, only for longer and perhaps have direct reports or managerial experience by now. They may also question how you were able to startup two ventures in as many years while also carrying a complex finance job. You mention "food chain," but your description sounds like one location? Were your ventures profitable and successful? If so why are they no longer operating. If it was something you did in college, and learned some valuable takeaways, that could be a good angle, but I would be concerned once again about it appearing like you were moonlighting on your career, which you would need to present as robust and intense if you want them to forgive the short run in it. As for how many schools, 10 would be a lot by any measure especially considering your need to get recommenders for each school. I would say 5 or 6 should do the trick. We'd love to help you put this all together, so please don't hesitate to reach out on our toll free number for a free consultation.
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