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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, 16:30
I need some help in evaluating my profile. Thanks a lot, in advance, for taking time to respond. Your input would be extremely valuable to me.

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 16 Aug 2013, 07:11
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Hi Kailash,

Please DO NOT retake the GMAT. You have hovered around the same scores atleast 3 times and I think this is your best score, so let the GMAT story rest!
Your work credentials are impressive - rebuilding a business is akin to starting a new one. It seems like you are working in an entrepreneurial like setup - doing and manging things on your own. This experience will make you valuable to b-schools, as long as communicate it well through the application. Other than that you are leading a substanital team size, and I am sure you will have some impressive leadership strories to tell there. As you are working in Japan, my guess is you are leading a team with a wide ethnic base - you should definitely highlight this aspect in the essays.

I see a common thread in your extra curricular activities- Cricket. I am not very sure how much you can leverage this in your application though- one area to highlight can be your mentoring teenagers for the sport. Did you also start this club?

I would say that you should cast a wider net with regards to your b-school list - add a couple of b-schools like Ross/ Tepper/ McCombs/ UCLA that are known for their stronghold in the tech sector.

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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 16 Aug 2013, 17:14
Thanks Namita for your candid analysis.

The only reason I wanted to reconsider re-taking the GMAT is that I feel the score does not represent what I have been getting in the practice tests. I still think I can do a 740-750 - but if I get a 740 after the 5th attempt will it lose its value? I am not sure of this aspect.

As for considering some of the other top schools you have recommended, I am already starting to spend some serious time investigating those avenues.
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Re: Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2013, 23:06
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kailashbhat wrote:
Thanks Namita for your candid analysis.

I still think I can do a 740-750 - but if I get a 740 after the 5th attempt will it lose its value?


On the contrary, its going to add value :).
B-school Admissions consider the highest scores.

My concern is that if you get the same or less score, then the retake may look like a bad judgment on your part - you may as well have spent that time polishing up your applications.
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Re: Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT   [#permalink] 16 Aug 2013, 23:06
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