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Profile evaluation and advice - 740 GMAT, extracurriculars?

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Profile evaluation and advice - 740 GMAT, extracurriculars? [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2013, 08:05
University: Just outside top-50 business school
Academics: Quantitative Economics, 3.7 GPA, 3.9 in-major, 4.0 in math
GMAT: 740(97%), 48Q(78%) 44V(97%)
Work: Corporate finance, fortune 100 bulge bracket; plan on working for 3 years before applying
Ethnicity: White hispanic
Extracurriculars: Avid guitarist, but this is about it. Charity is important to me, and I need to find a good community service program.

What are my odds at the top 7, and how can I improve my profile, particularly through extracurriculars? I hope that my math background helps to ease concerns about my GMAT split. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Profile evaluation and advice - 740 GMAT, extracurriculars? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 02:57
Hi
Congratulations on your high GMAT score.
Normally ad coms of top b schools look mainly for these points in your application
1. Strong Academics (GMAT, University brand, GPA, etc)
2. Leadership (roles and achievements in professional or non-professional setting)
3. Extracurricular/social activities
As your GMAT and qualifications (GPA) tick the first point, you need to work hard to attain the next two qualities before applying.
Project some goals in your work for the next 3 years and make sure achieve most of them. Assume leadership positions as much as you can in your work and try to lead from front. It is about the results you achieve in those roles. Just a fancy role name will not help.
Then, we have extracurricular activities which most of us forget when we move on to work life. As most of the applicants will have similar academics and work experience, extracurricular activities differentiates extraordinary candidates from normal candidates. So choose any activity that you are very passionate about. It could be mentoring inner city kids, building homes for the underprivileged, raising money for cancer etc. or what you have and work hard to achieve success in that field as well. Please don’t just be a volunteer. It is a good place to start but lead from the front on at least one cause. Remember, anyone can be a volunteer.

Good luck with your application.

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Re: Profile evaluation and advice - 740 GMAT, extracurriculars? [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2013, 07:39
I will surmise that you have recently graduated and will work for three years before applying.

Within your work setting seek leadership roles in whatever capacity you can. This could include joining multi-functional taskforces and recruiting on behalf of HR. One way to show leadership in both a professional capacity and within the community is to join whatever corporate social responsibility initiatives your company has. Speaking of community service I agree with Interviewbay that you should use this time to discover what you are passionate about and invest your energy in these activities. There are website that you can put your zip code and interests in to discover local organizations. Check out http://www.volunteermatch.org.

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