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Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink]
29 Jul 2013, 14:39
Could you please evaluate my profile for the top MBA programs? Thank you in advance. I am targeting for the year 2014.
• 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?
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink]
05 Aug 2013, 22:59
You have a good profile. I agree that your GMAT score is not very high, but it is not advisable to retake GMAT now. Business schools generally look at the most recent score report which contains the GMAT score of your last three attempts. Each school has its own policy to consider multiple scores. You should check out with the admission committee of the school to which you are applying. Most students get too much worried about their scores, and forget that there are other aspects of their application. If I were you, I would concentrate on writing application essays. Essays are very important in deciding whether you would reach the interview stage. One needs a lot of time to draft perfect essays. Focus your energy in this direction.
As you have significant international exposure, and you are learning Spanish, you should definitely apply to LBS and INSEAD. You could also apply to Kellogg, Tuck, Fuqua, Ross, Darden, McCombs and ISB.