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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2010, 03:45
Hi ThinkISB and the entire forum,
Wishing all of u a very happy New Year. May this year bring all of us a success and prosperity.
I have gone through this thread till the end and I must appreciate the amount of support you guys have been providing on this forum. I have found really interesting and insightful data from them. I have certain specific queries. Please help me out in this aspect.
I currently work as an R&D engineer at one of the Telecom giants and am on the look out for a change in career path. I want to make a career in Equity Research and Financial Analysis.
I will take my GMAT probably in June, 2010. Below specified is what my profile looks like:
10th: 88.5% 12th:77% Engineering:7.8/10(From a government engg college)
Work Experience:
2.5 Years in a major Indian services firm. My client was a Telecom giant from U.S. I was involved in various technical enhancements and developments for the client.
1 Year 8 months in a Telecom product based MNC. I am currently working on one of their R & D lines.
Extra Curricular:
1. Had started the Technical Club at my engineering college. Also took the lead for organising the first Technical Festival for the college. The Club and the technical festivals have now become an annual event and one of the most sought after events.
2. Am an avid traveller and love to trek. I have been on some of the difficult treks across Karnataka

The problem, as you can see, is that my profile seems to lack the punch required to make it through to ISB. Also since I have been more on the technical side (though my progression has been from a Trainee to a Senior R& Engineer), I have had limited exposure to client side interactions.
I have almost 6 to 7 months before I apply. I am working hard for a really good GMAT score, but I need some advise on how to improve my profile.
Some of the steps I am planning to take are:
1. Am targetting to complete basic Indian Securities related certifications of NCFM.
2. Since my basic target is Financial analysis, I am also planning to take up CFA level 1 certification but I would only be able to complete it in December, 2010

I am planning to join an NGO which specialises in Child Education as this is one of the areas which I always wanted to direct my social responsibilities to...

Also please let me know what should be ideal score I should look out for and any other inputs for strengthening my profile.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 02:19
Dear ThinkISB,
I got a call for the Interview at Delhi on the 9th. I need to know that now that I have been shortlisted for the IV(despite a very low GMAT score,640), how much weight will it now carry for the final admission?
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Dear hitman4683v1,

The steps that you have described are excellent ones indeed to beef up your profile. I would also like to point out that you have done a fair enough evaluation of your own profile and know what the gaps are. Right now it lacks some very important aspects (client interaction, system perspective) and that makes the work experience weak. But the fact that you want to go into financial analysis is something you can fall back on. So, in fact too much experience of telecom will not be a direct plus. This is something you can say to justify your lack of adequate experience.

As for the GMAT score, you HAVE to get 700+. I would suggest 720 - 740 to be a safe score because of 2 factors:
1. Lack of experience.
2. Financial engineering type of roles ask for excellent analytical skills.



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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 09:01
Thank you very much for the prompt reply.
I am just starting off and I got a long way to go....

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 11:21
Dear ThinkISB,

Kindly answer my question posted earlier
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 12:53
Dear agourav,

Congratulations on your call. Once your profile is through, it is through. The interview is a means to check whether the candidate is actually the one depicted in the application. So, forget about your low GMAT score and concentrate on the interview.

All the best!!!

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Dear hitman4683v1,

The steps that you have described are excellent ones indeed to beef up your profile. I would also like to point out that you have done a fair enough evaluation of your own profile and know what the gaps are. Right now it lacks some very important aspects (client interaction, system perspective) and that makes the work experience weak. But the fact that you want to go into financial analysis is something you can fall back on. So, in fact too much experience of telecom will not be a direct plus. This is something you can say to justify your lack of adequate experience.

As for the GMAT score, you HAVE to get 700+. I would suggest 720 - 740 to be a safe score because of 2 factors:
1. Lack of experience.
2. Financial engineering type of roles ask for excellent analytical skills.



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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 13:32
Dear ThinkISB

Thanks for the reply. What kind of answers do the IV panel expect. Also, of u cud throw some light on the ratio of number of IV invites to the number of seats available.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 21:23
Dear agourav,

Just be very sure of everything you have written about yourself. The interview panel is very adept at sifting out the fake experiences if any.

The ratio has traditionally been 1:5.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2010, 07:59
Dear ThinkISB,

Thanks very much for such insightful answers.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2010, 12:38
Dear ThinkISB,
Thanks for the kind gesture. I would like to have your opinion on my profile for ISB for fall 2011.

I have already taken GMAT twice(580,650) in 2009 and i am not satisfied with the scores i have got. I messed up with the verbal part of GMAT. I am planning to take it once more in Feb,2010 and targetting around 720 or atleast 700+. My profile goes like this:-

Academics:
B.Sc in Maths from Delhi University- 60%
M.Sc in Maths from Delhi University- 72%
Scored 97th percentile in GATE, conducted for persuing post-graduation.
M.Tech(Comp. App) from I.I.T Delhi -CGPA (7.96/10)

Work Ex:
I have been working with one of the biggest indian IT company for last 5.5 years, of which i have worked for 2 years in UK and around 8 months in Denmark. I would have gained an exp of arnd 7 yrs by the time i apply.
My carrier graph in the company has been like this:

Trainee -> Programmer -> Senior Programmer ->Onsite coordinator -> Lead Functional Expert -> Technical/project lead of the team.

My primary responsibilities involve handling clients, team issues and critical issues in application.I have always been a high performer through out my career. I expect to get a good reco.

Extra Curricular:- Not much to show.

I would also like to know whether taking GMAT more than 2 times have any negative impact on my application.

I am targetting top 10 B-Schools, if not admitted in ISB, Is my profile decent enough for applying in top 10 ?

Pls advice.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2010, 22:02
Dear sam151"

There are a lot more things that I need to know before I can tell you whether your profile is fit for the top 10. Something that is common in the admission criteria in all the top 10 schools is that they look for well-rounded individuals. You have to excel at work and beyond to make an impact.

Right now you have decent work-ex (judging by your career progression), although, the industry, sectoral experience has to come out with this. There has to be evidences of leadership potential at work and beyond. This (from the limited information that I have) is something I could not get in your profile pitch.

Hence, as of now, you need work to make your profile fit for the top 10 and also ISB. Start with strengthening your extra-curriculars (especially for U.S. based B-schools). As for the work-ex, bring out the uniqueness in your profile, maybe sectoral or functional expertise to differentiate you from the rest.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 07:51
Dear ThinkISB,
Thanks for showing me the reality. Can you pls answer my another question also? Any negative impact on taking the GMAT more than twice and do i have to justify my multiple GMAT attempts in the application?

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Dear sam151,

It is different for different schools. ISB adcom doesn't mind. You, however, have no other option. You HAVE to get a good score. It's better to apply with a 740 score with 5 attempts that with a 640 score with 2.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 01:54
Hi ThinkISB,

Thanks for all you information here.

I would like to have your opinion on my profile for ISB for fall 2011.

Nationality : Indian.
Planning for 2011 batch

QUALIFICATION (Dont know how to put % into GPA)
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1. MSc (Masters Degree in Geoinformatics) : 2 year professional course from Symbiosis,pune got 70%

2. BSc-Hons.(Biotechnology): 3 years degree from banasthali vidyapith got 75%

3. Diploma in German Language: Learned German for 3 years always scored more than 75%,done this with my grad

4. XII:CBSE,got 86% with maths and bio together.

5. X: CBSE, got 80%.

WORK EXP
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1.5 years of exp,will be compltng 2 years in industry in Sept 10,
I am working as a Application developer in a top IT industry in India, I am not in typical IT pool as i work for core IS software development. Its a confined field. And the technology I am working on is Smallworld,which has a name in GIS industry and is in great demand presently.

CAREER PROGRESSION
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In span of 1.5 years covered and played the below role.

Trainee -> Team Member -> Solution Architecture-> Project Leader

Due to my quality work I was offered to work on 4 project proposals so far ,to work on compliance matrix ,
s/w and h/w BOM and solution architecture,though this work is usually done by people having 8-10 years of
experience.

In span of 1.5 months i have been promoted as project leader also.

I have also doen shortlisting of CV's for appointing people in my
technology including conducting interviews for the same.


RECOMMENDATION
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Will get solid recommendation letter form my Employer

GMAT SCORE :
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Not yet given but hoping to crack minimum 700 score if not more.

Extra curricular/Charity :
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Captain of Girls Basket ball team in school and college.
President of environment club in School.
Have been volutarily involved in many activities in School,college and office.
Head of Finance and Sports department in Symbiosis.

Is my profile decent enough for applying in ISB ?what score will put me in lead? what chances do i stand?

Please advice.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 04:45
Dear Neha04

Your's is a very decent profile. But you will need 1 more year of experience before applying.

The development that you've shown at work is encouraging and you should strive for more responsibilities at work.

The other aspects (extra-curriculars, diversity) are good. You have to continue your involvement in these activities.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 05:51
Thanks ThinkISB, for such a quick response.

But as i mentioned earlier presnty my work exp is 1.5 years in sept i'll b compltng 2 yrs..n i thnk for applying into ISB m eligible wt 2 years wrk exp,isn't it?

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 14:05
ThinkISB

I have a doubt. Could you please help

Let me ask you this with a realistic scenarios of mine.
I will be applying to business schools in Sep-2010 so i can join the MBA batches of AUG 2011.
In SEP-2010 i will have 5.5 years of experience but when i join college in 2011 it will be 6.5 years.

My doubt is, what should i mention in my application ? 5.5 years or 6.5 years ??

Please advice
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 21:04
Dear chauhan2011

You have to mention 5.5

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 21:07
Dear neha04


You may be eligible but you need some more time to make your application stronger.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2010, 01:21
Hi ThinkISB..

due to some personal reason i only have this year to apply as i need to get into 2011 batch.......so plz tell me wht r my chances of getting into ISB wt ths profile.....and on which area should i work on it to make it more stronger as this experience thing is not in my hand....

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