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Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 19:33
Hi Stacey, I would truly appreciate your input on my business school chances:

• 24 years old, Male, Indian American (born in US)
• Graduate of Lehigh University with a 3.56 GPA
• Majored in Finance within a Combined Business & Engineering Honors Program
o Extracurriculars: Student Senate (4 years), President of Dorm House Council (4 years), Selected Member of leadership development/volunteering 4-year program
• Since graduating in 3.5 years, have worked for almost 3 years as a consultant for a large IT services company;worked with Financial Services clients primarily in NYC; promoted to Senior Consultant in <2 years
• GMAT: 710, then 770 after ~5 months
• Career Paths: Not completely sure, possibly Brand Management/Marketing

Should I consider applying this year to Round 2 for top schools such as HBS, Stanford, Haas, Kellogg, Sloan (and any other schools you would recommend)?
Could you provide any detail on my potential chances of admission?
Also, would working longer at the same company or obtaining a job in a different field and applying later help my chances (I do not want to pursue a career in IT consulting)?

Thank you very much!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 21:15
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Hi Bostonite,

Thanks for posting. Your numbers indicate that you have the intellect and focus to thrive in a top tier MBA program, but admissions teams will also be considering your work experience and extracurricular activities. Nothing about your story makes me think there is any reason why you cannot be admitted, but nothing stands out telling me why you should be admitted.

We have a number of case studies here which show how candidates were able to use parts of their application to stand out among the competitive applicant pool:

Remember that all of the reasons why a top program would admit you are in the details of your work experience, personal experiences, personality, values and overall story.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Next Steps [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2013, 18:54
Stacey, I should have said this earlier, but thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my initial post. I did decide to apply to Round 2 for my top schools and do not regret gaining the experience of going through the entire process. Unfortunately, I did not have any luck in the application process. I applied to HBS, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Wharton, and Kellogg; outside of my required interview with Kellogg, I was denied without interview for all. I understand that I am shooting for extremely selective schools, but I am determined to attend a school at that level if I go to business school.

For each school, I provided a great (and true) story of my strong passion for the automotive industry and desire to pursue a career in marketing within it (story was slightly tailored to each school). Since it is such a significant change from my current job, the transition I explained may have been a potential missed area. In addition, I did not feel like I had that unique experience/characteristic that would provide a “wow” factor to admissions.

- Academics and GMAT: I believe I have solid statistics (not really something I can change)
- Work Experience: I had about 2.7 years of work experience as a consultant, and am 24 years old. Compared to other applicants, this made me feel like an outlier slightly. I have received excellent reviews and was promoted; however, even though I was confident and satisfied with each application I submitted, the quality of the experience seemed inferior to other applicants.
- Essays: I was extremely happy with my essays, especially those for Kellogg, Wharton, and Stanford. I had others review them numerous times. My 2.7 years of work experience at the time may have provided me with less material than other applicants.
- Recommendations: Both my recommenders were previous supervisors that claimed to have written excellent letters. One was from a mid-tier b-school; the other did not have an MBA. I provided them with background information with my resume and gave some advice on b-school letters. I did not guide them further than that. One of my recommenders provided letters a day or two after the deadline for Wharton, Sloan, and HBS. My third recommender for HBS and Stanford was a longtime coworker with excellent writing skills that I have no doubt wrote an amazing letter.
- Interview: My only interview was with Kellogg. The interview went really well, I would give it an 8.5/10. Kellogg seemed like an amazing fit. My short career may have lessened the number of stories I could provide in my answers.
- Extracurriculars: My extracurriculars during college were excellent with multiple leadership roles. After graduating, I have done volunteering and other activities here and there, but nothing with a consistent time commitment.

Now I need to figure out where to go from here. Is there any reason at all to try again in Round 1 of this fall? If not, I would be aggressively seeking a new challenge for myself in a different field, as I do not feel I am growing nor have a strong passion for my current job. Is there a minimum number of years I should stay at that position if I still want to pursue an MBA? If was in a non-automotive or non-marketing field, or if my goals changed, would those negatively impact my reapplication?

Apologies for the long post, I just wanted to be as detailed as possible! Thank you again.
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