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Profile evaluation(720/8yrs)

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Status: Done with formalities.. and back..
Joined: 15 Sep 2012
Posts: 648
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
Schools: Olin - Wash U - Class of 2015
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
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Profile evaluation(720/8yrs) [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2012, 02:04
Hi Mili /MbaMission,

I come from the largest pool of MBA aspirants i.e. Indian/IT/male (age 29) and need your help in evaluating my profile.

1) GMAT score: 720 (q49, v38) - (AWA/IR scores awaited; a little disappointed with this score, can retake if you advise.)
2) Total work ex: 8 yrs in various roles in two renowned IT companies (4 yrs each)
3) Certifications: PMP, CSQA (Now expired) and FLMI level 1
4) Graduation: From one of the top engineering colleges in India. 73% (First class with distinction - due to tougher scoring, criteria for distinction in my college was 70% compared to 75% in other indian colleges)
5) International exposure: 30% of total workex. worked in South Korea and currently working in Singapore.
6) Extra curricular+ community service: Not muh to mention here. Organized a few project parties in my first company. part of cricket team for small duration (before moving to a new location). participated in team-sports events in my second company (won some tournaments). Dint get much opportunity in India to do any community work, however did some volunteer work in Singapore as plenty of opportunities are available here.
7) Areas of Interest : Primary : Management consulting, Secondary : Strategy, General management
8) Won several awards and certificates of achievement during my 8yrs career from my employers and appreciations from clients.
9) Colleges to apply :
a) Duke
b) Darden
c) Haas
d) INSEAD
e) HEC Paris

What I realize here is that my GMAT score and the pool that I come from could be a big disadvantage for me and my little (or close to nil) extra curricular and community service experience add to this.

I would really appreciate your inputs on my profile and on my chances (far, stretch,strong) at the colleges mentioned. Also, I would request you to suggest some additional colleges where you think I could be a good fit, with chances to get a decent scholarship (a huge factor) considering my profile. (I understand application/essays and recommendations are important factors but since I'm just done with my GMAT, would appreciate if you could provide your inputs based on the above mentioned information.

Thanks,
Vips
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Re: Profile evaluation(720/8yrs) [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 21:11
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Hi Vips,

Thanks for sharing your profile. It is unfortunately difficult to stand out from the infamous pool of Indian Male IT applicants. I would say that your profile matches up with about 80% of that applicant pool. I don't think you need to retake the GMAT; although a score of 750+ could give you a slight edge, the real issue lies in the lack of strong professional, community and extracurricular leadership in your profile.

With this in mind, I'd rate the schools as follows:

a) Duke - reach
b) Darden - reach/target
c) Haas - stretch (unlikely)
d) INSEAD - reach
e) HEC Paris - target

I would suggest that you look at programs like Cornell, Tepper, Kelley, Fischer, USC as possibilities. That would be the range of programs you should really be targeting. I would choose maybe Darden and UCLA (or one other from your list) as reaches and then pick a safety program like Georgetown or something like that.

I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear, but hopefully this perspective is helpful!

Good luck,
Mili

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Current Student
User avatar
Status: Done with formalities.. and back..
Joined: 15 Sep 2012
Posts: 648
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
Schools: Olin - Wash U - Class of 2015
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 35

Kudos [?]: 369 [0], given: 23

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Re: Profile evaluation(720/8yrs) [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 22:23
mbaMissionMili wrote:
Hi Vips,

Thanks for sharing your profile. It is unfortunately difficult to stand out from the infamous pool of Indian Male IT applicants. I would say that your profile matches up with about 80% of that applicant pool. I don't think you need to retake the GMAT; although a score of 750+ could give you a slight edge, the real issue lies in the lack of strong professional, community and extracurricular leadership in your profile.

With this in mind, I'd rate the schools as follows:

a) Duke - reach
b) Darden - reach/target
c) Haas - stretch (unlikely)
d) INSEAD - reach
e) HEC Paris - target

I would suggest that you look at programs like Cornell, Tepper, Kelley, Fischer, USC as possibilities. That would be the range of programs you should really be targeting. I would choose maybe Darden and UCLA (or one other from your list) as reaches and then pick a safety program like Georgetown or something like that.

I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear, but hopefully this perspective is helpful!

Good luck,
Mili

Mili Mittal
Senior Consultant
http://www.mbamission.com

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Hi Mili,

Thank you for the quick reality check :-)
However, I had checked class profile for the listed colleges, and tried to see that I fit in the class profile. Some of the things that potentially could differentiate me, in my opinion, are
1. equal split in GMAT score (unlike typical high quant/low verbal indian pool score)
2. around 3 years of international work-exp and total of 8 yrs work exp; including unique all asian international experience
3. Out of turn promotion and multiple individual and team awards
4. Recommendation from international client for my app
5. Continous learning, as evident from certifications
6. Led team earlier in my career as well as performed individual roles in later part of career.
7. working on a rare technology; one that one probably cant find even in 0.01% applicants.
8. Undergrad from one of the top engineering colleges, with engineering maths (proof of quantitative ability) scores ranging from 94-99 (out of 100).

Would love to hear your opinion and understand that despite considering these, my profile is not good enough for top colleges such as Haas;

Regards,
Vips.
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Re: Profile evaluation(720/8yrs) [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2012, 17:30
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Hi Vips,

International exposure helps some, but is more and more common for top Indian Male IT professionals. The other items in your list, while impressive in absolute terms, are not going to give you enough of an edge over other applicants in this demographic to stand out at top programs. So, while I still think you should apply to Darden, for example, I would definitely add some safer programs to your list to round it out.

Hope this helps,
Mili
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