Hello Rakshay, thanks for your question.
As I say to many applicants, it’s hard to handicap chances with limited information, but here are my comments:
Your GMAT is solid, though the verbal score is slightly low. And, as you are aware, you come from a highly competitive demographic.
You have solid work experience, and it’s great that it’s concentrated in pharma/healthcare. I assume that’s where you’ll want to spend your future career. To the degree that you can cohesively tie together your past, present, and future (post-MBA goals), you’ll have a nice career story arc. And, you will also have to demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA.
Otherwise, I’d lean on your leadership experience. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative?
Finally, in terms of extracurricular activities, what you’ve done more recently has more weight than what you did in university/school.
I hope this helps!
Best of luck,
Additionally, my target jobs are in the healthcare space, any of the following profiles should be good post MBA:
1. Senior mgmt roles in healthcare
2. Helping a PE firm build a healthcare portfolio et al
Also, I forgot to mention about my leadership experience, so here it goes:-
1. Was mentoring associates for over a year at ZS Associates. Have delivered 4 projects end to end with about 1-2 associates reporting to me on each project. Have almost ~1yr experience training associates on market research methodologies. Have also taken office wide sessions on market research
2. Helped build the marketing services team in the Gurgaon office - was actively involved in taking it from a strength of 5 to 40 in 2 yrs.
3. Leading the talent acquisition initiative at Moolchand Healthcare, with 3 direct reportees.
4. Have an indirect line of reporting at Moolchand since I am involved in multiple strategic intiatives, working closely with the CEO (this point needs to be elaborated)
In light of above, have the following questions:-
1. Would the above "leadership" addition help me crack the top 5? I really want to get in to Harvard/Stanford/Wharton/Kellogg/Sloan.
2. Do you suggest I retake GMAT? I have a really demanding job so that is certainly going to be a challenge
3. Talking bout extra-currics, specifically music, have not really performed post college - is that a concern?
Pl. let me know your thoughts
Thanks in advance!