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Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2013, 14:31
Hi,

Could you please evaluate my profile for the top MBA programs? Thank you in advance. I am targeting for the year 2014.

Academics:

• IIT BHU (Formerly IT-BHU), India, B.Tech Chemical Engineering, Year 2009
• Grades - 8.12/10
• Secured 1st Rank in B.Tech Part-2 exams.
• Among top 10% of the batch. (Does one need to justify this, because then I need to ask my college for a certificate?)
• GMAT 700, 90% (Q50, 90% and V34, 69%): I am concerned about the low verbal score. My AWA score is 5.5. Any views here?

Work Exp:

Total: 4 years

Description
~ 1 year at an Engineering Firm (Process Automation), India
~ 2.4 years at a Business research firm (It is basically a KPO company), India
~ 6 months at a Business research firm (Same company), Chile, South America. (Will continue to work from Chile, till I am done with all the applications.)

• Currently working as a Senior Business Analyst in company’s office in Chile.
• Promoted to Senior Analyst from analyst within one year of joining the company.
• Have won an award for adding two full time employees for the company within our account.
• Selected for Chile office to grow the oil and gas team over there by imparting trainings and other stuff.

Responsibilities

• Since joining the Business research firm, I have been working with the strategy team of a Global oil and gas major company (Revenue>$100 billion).
• We help the oil company in different kinds of market and business studies such as country/company analysis.


International exposure:

• Would have completed almost 8 -10 months in Chile when I apply to Business schools in R1 and R2.
• Work with a European oil and gas client with a multi-cultural team
• Also, within my company, we have people from almost 25 countries, so good multi-cultural exposure.
• Also learning Spanish (I guess it’s a must to survive here as English is not widely spoken on this part of the continent )

Extra-curricular/Interests
• Learning Spanish in Chile. (Fluent with very basic conversation)
• Part of company’s Toastmaster group
• During the 3rd and 4th year of the college, I was the Training and Placement representative of my Branch. I helped college streamline its placement process and bring in more companies. (I can ensure good certificates from here)
• Good ping-pong player. (But never got an opportunity to play at college level)
• Made a prototype for a mobile charger that does not require house electricity. It received coverage in print media.

Short-term goal:

• Working with top consulting firms especially in Oil and gas sector. Ex: McKinsey oil and gas practice, Deloitte Energy practice etc, Accenture etc.
• OR Joining strategy/business development division of an oil and gas major such as ExxonMobil, BP etc.


Tentative college list:

Kellogg, Tuck, Duke, Booth, Ross, Darden, UCLA, ISB. (Still trying to figure out)

Could you please help me shortlist the school. Schools that are within my radar are top 15 US B-schools, ISB, LBS and INSEAD. I am also planning to retake GMAT next month, because I believe that my current score is not even up to average score of top US schools. Should I retake the exam? I am under the impression that retake should not jeopardise my application since the schools usually take the highest GMAT score. Am I right?
Also do you think that EA round will increase my chances at Tuck or Duke?

So, I need your guidance in targeting schools based on my credentials.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2013, 06:27
Hi asgup -

It's good that you're retaking the GMAT however your quant is obviously great and that's the most important part. Since you want to go into consulting, then verbal does matter and bringing that side up will help, and it will give you a chance to earn a much higher total too. If you only get a 710 or even 720 it won't change things too much; if you get higher than that it will add some distinction to your profile. Because you're coming from the oversubscribed pool of Indian engineer (as your educational background) then you're up against some real competition, and you want to try for the best bschools in the world, so everything you can do to boost the odds is time well spent.

However, you should also do your best to get in on the early rounds - yes, EA at Tuck and Duke can matter quite a bit. And, if you're applying to Tuck, then you really need to find a way to travel to Hanover to do the interview. It's pretty darn important. It would be very impressive if you did that with Duke too but not nearly as critical. Tuck requests that ALL candidates do this, international or not, and at least you're in the same general part of the world - sort of! - as the U.S. right now. See if you can manage these campus visits and you will definitely be increasing your chances.

There's a lot of strengths in the rest of your profile too and the other consultants you've asked have already given you different responses. If you have specific questions for us individually (rather than copying in the same thing you've posted to everyone) then we're happy to give you some detailed input.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2013, 06:47
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Hi asgup -

It's good that you're retaking the GMAT however your quant is obviously great and that's the most important part. Since you want to go into consulting, then verbal does matter and bringing that side up will help, and it will give you a chance to earn a much higher total too. If you only get a 710 or even 720 it won't change things too much; if you get higher than that it will add some distinction to your profile. Because you're coming from the oversubscribed pool of Indian engineer (as your educational background) then you're up against some real competition, and you want to try for the best bschools in the world, so everything you can do to boost the odds is time well spent.

However, you should also do your best to get in on the early rounds - yes, EA at Tuck and Duke can matter quite a bit. And, if you're applying to Tuck, then you really need to find a way to travel to Hanover to do the interview. It's pretty darn important. It would be very impressive if you did that with Duke too but not nearly as critical. Tuck requests that ALL candidates do this, international or not, and at least you're in the same general part of the world - sort of! - as the U.S. right now. See if you can manage these campus visits and you will definitely be increasing your chances.

There's a lot of strengths in the rest of your profile too and the other consultants you've asked have already given you different responses. If you have specific questions for us individually (rather than copying in the same thing you've posted to everyone) then we're happy to give you some detailed input.

Hope this helps!
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Thank you EssaySnark for my detailed profile evaluation. But, I would like to know what are the main weakness that you see in my profile. I personally feel a lack of extra curricular/community experience. I would somehow try to justify them or do something about them.

I believe that schools selection is a pretty personal choice, but I believe my credentials may not be suitable for H,S, and W and may be others too. So I just want to do a reality check. So, it would really be of great help if you could let me know what schools out of the top 15 US b-schools I should target based on my credentials.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2013, 17:35
asgup wrote:
Thank you EssaySnark for my detailed profile evaluation. But, I would like to know what are the main weakness that you see in my profile. I personally feel a lack of extra curricular/community experience. I would somehow try to justify them or do something about them.
Hi asgup -
Community service is overblown; nobody gets into bschool based on community service, and nobody is denied due to lack of it. And it's not something you can "justify" (not quite sure what you meant by that; it's also not something you can "do something about" if you don't currently have it. Any attempts to start a new community service project now will be met with skepticism, it would be pretty obvious that you're doing it in an attempt to pump up your bschool profile. It's pretty transparent.

Beyond that, the GMAT verbal could come up, but there aren't many other comments we can make about "weaknesses." Whether you're going to get in or not is going to come down to your pitch, and there's little that we can offer in that regard without knowing a lot more (seeing the resume, understanding the stories that will go into the essays, etc.).

asgup wrote:
I believe that schools selection is a pretty personal choice, but I believe my credentials may not be suitable for H,S, and W and may be others too. So I just want to do a reality check. So, it would really be of great help if you could let me know what schools out of the top 15 US b-schools I should target based on my credentials.
The Top 15 schools are a HUGE range. You totally could make it into at least one of those based on your credentials - but the thing is, they don't admit people based on credentials, they admit on the whole package. And there's a massive difference between whichever school you'd put in the #15 position, and whichever one you'd put in the #1 spot. If you're happy with #15 - or #11, or 12, or 13 - then go for those. You're going to have a much easier time getting in - your chances are quite high, if you don't flub the essays - and the whole thing will be much less stressful. If you are determined to try for #1, 2, and 3, then we - NOBODY - can say how easy that will be based on info collected in a forum like this. It's the whole enchilada. That's why the schools won't answer these questions at info sessions either, they need to see an entire application in order to say one way or another about a person.

Sorry to punt on the question but we're not so keen to be doing these profile reviews in the first place since we just don't think they're fair to you guys - we did a whole rant on this awhile back on the EssaySnark blahg (yet here we are doing these profile reviews... sigh).

The schools are going to be evaluating the entirety of your application and so us saying you're in good shape or not based on this limited view of who you are... we just don't know how much it serves you. But we know that you guys are all hungry for information and that's why we're here.

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