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Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT

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Joined: 14 Aug 2013
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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, 16:35
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 18 Aug 2013, 14:40
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Hi there,

Thanks for your post. You are part of a large applicant pool (Indian engineering applicants), which is often a challenge because you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd and get noticed... you'll want to play up everything and anything that makes you unique.

From reading your profile, though, I do feel you have some potential starting points that can help differentiate from other similar applicants.... in particular, your US and international experiences, sounds like solid leadership and management experience in your professional life, and the project on the earthquake/tsunami recovery could be an interesting one to discuss. You also have strong academics for sure, and the GMAT is adequate (no, wouldn't recommend another re-take at this point... you could better spend your time on your applications and essays, for more potential impact).

You'll still have an up-hill battle at the top-ranked schools, just because they are SO competitive, and get so many strong applicants, many with similar profiles. So you'll want to do some brainstorming about what you think are the experiences, skills, traits, etc that make you who you are, and someone with a lot to contribute to the class.

Within your essays, you also want to have clear goals, and a clear rationale for why you need the MBA, and to demonstrate a 'fit' with each program.

As for schools, those 5 programs will be challenging for you, to be honest. I can see more of a 'fit' with MIT perhaps, so that's a plus, and perhaps INSEAD with your international experiences and interests and consulting interests as well. Wharton may be the toughest on your list, though all are very competitive. For lower-ranked programs to consider, in the US, maybe Fuqua, Tepper, Ross? Or Georgia Tech? Really depends on what you are looking for in a school. For international programs, you could look at Said, Judge, HEC. May also depend on where in the world you'd like to study.
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Keep us posted on your questions and progress, good luck to you!
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Intern
Intern
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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 19 Aug 2013, 08:14
Thanks Jen, for boosting my confidence. I will make sure to start researching some of the lower ranked schools you suggested.
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Re: Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2013, 20:11
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You're welcome, keep us posted!
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