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Profile Eval request [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2014, 20:21
Profile Eval Request:
- white male
- 710 GMAT
- Bachelors degree at state school, 4.0GPA
- Masters in Accounting, 3.8GPA
-CPA

Work: Big 4 auditor with 4 yrs experience at matriculation; experience in Healthcare, Asset Management & Life Insurance industries (private & public companies, governmental entities & NFPs); promoted to senior associate in 2 yrs v. the standard 3 yrs; lead senior associate on largest client in greater atlanta market (Bham, Nashville, ATL); tons of experience leading teams of 3-7 and working in larger teams of up to 100; substantial work with cross functional teams across the US & the globe (UK, France, Greece, Australia, India, Argentina); worked on $1 billion acquisition of life & annuity entity and currently working on $5.8 billion pending merger; responsible for creating budgets for engagement team, including a 26,000 hour budget on largest audit client in my market; instructor & career mentor for younger staff, teaching classes on ethics and technical accounting issues; campus recruiter for US firm

Outside of work: worked with 2 charities in impoverished areas of Alabama, teaching children about personal finance & raising awareness about literacy; highly involved in church, leading worship teams of 4-5 for services with 100 in attendance; highly involved in another ministry focused on physical & spiritual racial reconciliation in the Deep South; helps organize several 24-48 hr outreaches to a recovery center for at risk and recovering women; lots of international travel (UK, Ireland, Thailand, Jordan, Romania, Israel, Canada and Mexico)

Career goal: work with a small, new PE firm in the south

Schools: Harvard, Darden, Fuqua, London Business School, Mccombs

Concerns: Given my demanding work schedule, I was only able to spend 2 weeks on the GMAt. I'm confident I could've done much better with more study time but I'm applying class of 2017; is this going to hurt me?
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Re: Profile Eval request [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2014, 06:38
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Hello,

Overall you’ve got a very impressive and interesting profile. The 710 GMAT will be seen in context – I’d view it as a neutral factor. It won’t hurt you, but of course higher is always better. It does what it has to do, and so I wouldn’t worry about it.

Your school list appropriately includes reasonable reaches of varying degrees and on-pars.

One thing that’s potentially an issue is your goal – only because of its regional nature: unless small PE firms from the south recruit at the particular school, be sure to explain how through your initiative, your network, and your proactive outreach, etc., you will find a position with such firm. (Adcoms are always concerned about whether you can get employed were you want to.) This way, you can turn this point into an asset and make the adcom confident you’ll achieve your desired post.
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Re: Profile Eval request [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2014, 05:42
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Hello,

Overall a strong profile. It’s not that the GMAT will hurt you – your score plus the overall application will enable you to be seriously considered, even at HBS. That said, higher is always better. For HBS, your GMAT would be a neutral to a slightly weak factor, in an overall credible candidacy. For your other programs of interest, it’s fine. It’s not a big plus, but neither is it a negative – simply a neutral factor (doesn’t help, but doesn’t hurt either...)
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