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Joined: 27 Aug 2011
Posts: 46
Location: United States (MI)
Concentration: Technology, Strategy
Schools: Ross '14 (M)
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V36
GPA: 3.75
WE: Engineering (Energy and Utilities)
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Please evaluate my profile - Thank you! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 20:02
Demographic
Indian - Born in India, raised in India, Africa, Canada and the US. Currently a Canadian / US dual-citizen.
Male
Age:27
GMAT: 710 (Q48,V40, AWA:TBD)

Education
Undergrad at Wayne State University (Detroit) - Graduated with Honors (first engineer in the history of the University)
Graduation 2005
Major: Electrical Engineering
GPA: 3.74
Masters at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Applying for Fall 2012

Work Experience
Currently working as a design and consulting engineer in the Power Generation field (3.5 years).
Worked for a little over a year at a start-up company after completing MSEE (left due to funding issues).
Will have 5.5 years at beginning of Fall 2012 programs.

Extra-curricular
Active member of a local non-profit organization. Have served on the Board of Directors, served as a CFO for the same non-profit and volunteer there as well. Worked closely with the staff accountant and even participated in hiring process for the organization. Won a lifetime achievement award for contribution to the organization's finance committee (6th person in the history of the 70+ year old organization).
Licensed as a Professional Engineer (fairly lengthy and rigorous process).
Licensed as a LEED AP by Green Building Certification Institute.
Have presented at conferences related to my field.

Post MBA Goals
Would like to work in project development for large scale infrastructure projects. Would like to attend an MBA program with a strong emphasis on Management and Finance as it will complement my engineering background well to reach my career goals.

Questions:
1) I took the GMAT exam today and my score is a bit lower that I had hoped for and expected (GMAT Prep exam #1 - 740, Exam #2 - 750). Is it worth retaking the exam?
2) If I don't retake the exam, is it still possible for me to get accepted to my top choices? (Wharton, Tuck, Kellog, Booth, Ross and Sloan)
3) Any advice on applications?
4) Should I stress my start-up experience even though it about 1.3 years?

Thank you! I was a fool to not look at the GMATclub forums more closely before I took the exam. If I retake the exam, I won't make the same mistake again.
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Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School
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Re: Please evaluate my profile - Thank you! [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 22:32
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Let's cut straight to the chase and get your questions answered
1. A 710 is a very very good score. Mock tests are almost always off, and almost always off on the high side (maybe its the no stress thing). So think twice before you decide to retake
2. They are all within shooting range, even if some of them a bit distant. Tuck and Ross should be the easier of the list, but if you go with this list alone it means you are applying with no safety school ( a valid strategy BTW, as long as you accept its implications)
3.Make yourself super unique. I dont know what else you have in your background you havent written here, but you gotta find those unique touchstones and use them wisely in your app.
4. Sure! If you have good stories. It's always good to have diverse experience, but also dependent on what will get you the most out of your candidacy.
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Re: Please evaluate my profile - Thank you! [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 22:30
Hello

Since you are aiming for top schools then a score above 700 is desirable. However GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; beyond the academics will also help you in determining your candidature and your work experience plays a vital role as well. Generally most of the applicants have a good 4-5 years of full time work experience apart from part time work exp or internships. Although it is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there like-what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc. So if you can show that in 6 years you have demonstrated the skills business schools are looking for you can put in a strong set of essays.

Make sure you follow the ‘show rather than tell’ principle so that the admissions committee could really understand your strengths and differentiating factors.”
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Re: Please evaluate my profile - Thank you! [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2011, 16:57
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Hi jassiinpublic,

Although your GMAT score is strong (and there are certainly many other factors to your application), if you believe you can improve your score by 40+ points you may want to consider taking the test again. The reason is that on your application your GMAT score is self-reported, so admissions teams will only focus on your highest score. There isn't a downside to taking the test again (other than the cost and time needed to study).

Regarding your application, I recommend you read this case study of an engineer who was accepted into Columbia, Tuck, and MIT:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case2/

The programs you are applying to are going to be looking for leadership experience and for candidates who have made an impact, and it will be important to emphasize this in your application.

Hope this was of help.

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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