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Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT

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Joined: 14 Aug 2013
Posts: 13
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
GMAT 2: 700 Q50 V34
GMAT 3: 660 Q49 V32
GMAT 4: 710 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.64
WE: Engineering (Retail)
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Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2013, 16:26
I need some help in identifying top MBA programs that would suit my profile.

Here's my brief profile:

Indian - Male, 30Yrs - Employed in the US for the past 5 years after completing my MS.
Bachelor's: Electrical Engineering from NIT - India. 8.49/10 - Graduated 2005
Masters: Electrical engineering from University of Cincinnati, Ohio - 3.93/4.0
GMAT : 4 attempts {700(49q/35v), 700(50q,34v), 660(49q/32v), 710(48q,38v)}

Experience & Achievements:
Employed @ Sandisk Corporation in California, USA as a Engineering Manager.
Some significant achievements include:
- Led a 52 member team to recover operations in Japan post the 2011 earthquake & Tsunami
- Spearheaded the bring-up and ramp of the latest 8 billion USD production plant in Japan
- Significant international cross-functional experience - Work with international teams based in China, Japan and Israel for 80% of my time. Travel internationally as frequently as once every month.

Extra-curricula activities:
- Bachelor's: Held the secretary position of the college engg. adventure club (managed finances and helped acquire sponsorship for club activities), captain of college cricket team
- Master's: President of Cricket club, Elected member of Student leadership and development community
- Post education: Vice-captain (VIce-president) of a 25 member cricket club that is ranked 2 out of 83 other clubs in the San Francisco Bay area, Coach teenagers interested in the game of cricket
Other volunteer work: Komen foundation - Race for cure, Be the match foundation - participated in drives

Post MBA goals:
- Short-term: Want to get into strategy consulting immediately after MBA
- Long-term: Wish to leverage from the experience gained from the consulting career to get back to the technology industry as a Strategy head.

Based on my above profile- what do you think are my chances of getting into a top MBA program. The schools that I am particularly interested in are:
MIT SLoan, Wharton, Kellogg, INSEAD, and LBS.
Would i have better chances if I re-take my GMAT? Please mind, I have already taken the test 4 times.
Also, please recommend some safe schools for me.
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Re: Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2013, 23:09
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So first things first:
Do not even THINK about retaking the GMAT. You have a 710. You took it four times already. You seem to have reached your plateau, and since your plateau is high, why would you even think about retaking the GMAT? Especially since at 30 years old you no longer have the time for it. A 710 is good enough to get you into ANY program (yes even Harvard), the question is: what else you got?

You have pretty excellent grades, and are an NIT graduate so that's great. Your WE in the US is a BIG plus to differentiate you from your many many compatriots, and I'd suggest you emphasize that in the essays. You work for a decent company and seem to have a leadership role (though exactly how much was unclear to me.. it especially was unclear whether this leadership was only in projects or if you manage employees).

Your school list is a bit on the ambitious side. Not because there is anything "wrong" with your application... but because of 1. age 2. applicant pool... and those things together can make things a bit tougher.

So your final question about asking for safe schools is a welcome (and intelligent) one.

There are a LOT of schools that can fit consulting as a profile. I would start with Ross and Darden, (which are more competitive than safe) ass Smith and Mays. My suggestion would be to go through the list of schools ranked 20-50 and see which appeal to you and which send lots of folks to Consulting (look at their top recruiters), because these four schools are good ones, but there are more. Keep in mind one thing too (for your life more than MBA).. that once you get to these safe schools the jobs tend to be more regional, so try and choose a school in a region you'd like to work in.

Make sense? I hope so!
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Joined: 14 Aug 2013
Posts: 13
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
GMAT 2: 700 Q50 V34
GMAT 3: 660 Q49 V32
GMAT 4: 710 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.64
WE: Engineering (Retail)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Re: Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2013, 23:23
Thanks Jon, for your honest assessment.

Let me dig-up more information about the safe schools you recommended.
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Re: Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2013, 23:35
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Go digging my friend!

Post me your thoughts, questions, disagreements... and we can take it from there.
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