1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?
I'm an IT consultant (in SAP) with more than 9 yrs of experience (6 yrs in US). I lead IT teams to implement SAP solutions for Fortune 500 companies.
2) Your GMAT.
I gave GMAT just before 2012 R2 of ISB. Got a 650 (Q 47, V 34). Since there is a lot of competition in this segment of ISB applicants, I haven't applied last year.
3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering - 68% ( College - one of the top 5 colleges in Hyderabad, India)
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
IEEE Member. Organised several technical and Cultural meets in College
Member of an NGO that works for under-privileged kids' education.
Toastmaster member for sometime in the past
Interests - Music, Literature , Fitness (half-marathoner).
Activities - I play Guitar. I'm an active Blogger and a published short story writer (in my native language).
5) Important certifications
6) Your target programs.
ISB, IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C,
Northwestern, Haas (I suppose these 2 are a stretch)
7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13.
ISB, IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C R1 2014-2015
Northwestern, Haas - R2 2014-2015
8) Your post-MBA goal.
Immediate : To work in strategy Management position for an Indian IT firm.
Long Term: To be an entrepreneur.
At this point, I see that 80% of my profile cannot be improved. The only big variable I see is the GMAT score.
I would like to know for this kind of profile (most crowded/competitive applicant pool) what kind of GMAT score is good enough to stand a chance for interview.
Are there any areas which score more on the overall profile that can be improved from now and August (R1 deadline).
Appreciate your inputs and suggestions,
For ISB, Haas, and Northwestern, you do need to raise your GMAT to be competitive. Your score should start with a 7, preferably a 720 or more. You may also want to look into the Sloan Fellows programs.
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