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Profile Evaluation. Indian IT Male, GMAT 700

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Profile Evaluation. Indian IT Male, GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 08:57
About me:
I am currently a Project Leader with an Indian IT company. I have 5.5 years of Work Experience(1 year in Europe spread across different years, 4.5 years in India) currently based in an European country. Before that, I had a brief stint(3 months) as a lecturer at my university.

GMAT Score: Latest (July 2011) - 700 (Q48 - 80 %, V37 - 81 %) .
Nationality : Indian,
Age: 27 years
Years of Work Ex: 5.5

International Experience : Have worked in Europe for an year.

ACHIEVEMENTS

-Entrepreneurships/ Business Development: Started a small family business venture that sells ice
creams and candies
Social leadership: Secretary of the Youth wing of local community organization. Have organized
different community development programs and camps
- As part of assisting a doctoral thesis , I had travelled to different rural places of India, conducted surveys and collected data( About 400 people and 200 doctors were surveyed from different places).The collected data was
pivotal to the successful completion of the doctoral thesis.
Volunteer work: Was a volunteer to a Sports Meet for the Differently Abled held by
Rotary Club
Life Member: Active life member of the Indian Red Cross Society since 2008.
Innovation: Received special commendation from the Client Program Director for the improvements
done and innovations suggested on the product
Member : Was an elected representative of the undergraduate class to the College Senate

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
-Conversant in English, Hindi
-Avid traveller

I am mainly targeting European B Schools and one school from US. Planning to enroll in classes starting after/around June 2012.

My target B schools in order of preference are

1. INSEAD
2. IMD
3. HEC
4. Duke ( US)
5. IE

I want to evaluate my chances and understand whether I need to improve my GMAT score to increase my chances for the primary schools I am targeting (INSEAD, IMD)
Will my GMAT score be a problem. Do I need to improve my score?

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Re: Profile Evaluation. Indian IT Male, GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2011, 15:22
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Hello andspeed2, thanks for your question.

As you suspect, your 700 would not move the needle as much as it would otherwise, given that you come from an overrepresented demographic in the MBA applicant pool. That said, I believe your overall score and your verbal and quantitative marks would open the door for you as every program you list. Whether you retake the GMAT depends on your confidence that you could raise your score by a significant margin (say, 30 points). If that is not a given, perhaps focus your energy on differentiating yourself through your essays.

I believe your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience, both in and out of the office. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative? It sounds like you have some interesting experiences outside of your IT work (e.g., entrepreneurial ventures, Red Cross). I would try to write about those to set yourself apart.

Again, to summarize my view: Your GMAT score is not a problem, per se. Your score will open the door, but it is your leadership experience – as conveyed through your essays – that will get you in!

Best of luck!
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Re: Profile Evaluation. Indian IT Male, GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2011, 16:00
mbaMissionBrianE wrote:
Hello andspeed2, thanks for your question.

As you suspect, your 700 would not move the needle as much as it would otherwise, given that you come from an overrepresented demographic in the MBA applicant pool. That said, I believe your overall score and your verbal and quantitative marks would open the door for you as every program you list. Whether you retake the GMAT depends on your confidence that you could raise your score by a significant margin (say, 30 points). If that is not a given, perhaps focus your energy on differentiating yourself through your essays.

I believe your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience, both in and out of the office. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative? It sounds like you have some interesting experiences outside of your IT work (e.g., entrepreneurial ventures, Red Cross). I would try to write about those to set yourself apart.

Again, to summarize my view: Your GMAT score is not a problem, per se. Your score will open the door, but it is your leadership experience – as conveyed through your essays – that will get you in!

Best of luck!
Brian


Thanks for responding, Brian. It helped. I understand that my GMAT score will not be an asset but it will not pull me back either. One more question, if you could be kind enough to answer - Will it hurt if I hit a low score in my retake? :O ( Not that I expect it to, but I would like to have a back up plan! )

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Re: Profile Evaluation. Indian IT Male, GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 20:20
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I don't think it would be a dealbreaker if you brought in a lower score, unless it was significantly lower. That said, it would be nice to show an upward trajectory. You have a perfectly acceptable score now (over 700, over 80% on quantitative and verbal) - are you sure you want to take the risk?

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Re: Profile Evaluation. Indian IT Male, GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 12:20
mbaMissionBrianE wrote:
I don't think it would be a dealbreaker if you brought in a lower score, unless it was significantly lower. That said, it would be nice to show an upward trajectory. You have a perfectly acceptable score now (over 700, over 80% on quantitative and verbal) - are you sure you want to take the risk?

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Thanks a lot Brian.

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No problem, good luck!

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