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Joined: 15 Mar 2013
Posts: 66
Concentration: Finance
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
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15 Mar 2013, 21:08
1) work experience - 3 Years as a tax accountant at large public accounting firm followed by 1 year as tax analyst at asset management company
2) GMAT: Q49 V41 730
3) College info: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 3.3, Accounting, 2009
4) Currently a tutor, previously a board member of professional business fraternity in undergrad
5) Certifications: CPA
6) Target Programs: "M7" + Kellogg and Haas
7) R1 and R2 2013 for Fall 2014
8) Finance Concentration (Broad I know, but still trying to determine what I foresee myself doing)

I appreciate your help and am curious to know if I would be a competitive candidate for these programs. What areas could I improve in? Thank you.
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 5406
Location: Los Angeles CA
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18 Mar 2013, 21:49
Physics wrote:
1) work experience - 3 Years as a tax accountant at large public accounting firm followed by 1 year as tax analyst at asset management company
2) GMAT: Q49 V41 730
3) College info: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 3.3, Accounting, 2009
4) Currently a tutor, previously a board member of professional business fraternity in undergrad
5) Certifications: CPA
6) Target Programs: "M7" + Kellogg and Haas
7) R1 and R2 2013 for Fall 2014
8) Finance Concentration (Broad I know, but still trying to determine what I foresee myself doing)

I appreciate your help and am curious to know if I would be a competitive candidate for these programs. What areas could I improve in? Thank you.

The information above is competitive, but not necessarily compelling. I don't see much leadership in the information you provided, and these schools will look for leadership or organizational ability. I also don't see any travel or international exposure. Anything you can do between now and when you apply that allows you to show organizational ability or exposes you to different cultures will be good.

You might be interested in MBA Admissions A-Z.

Best,
Linda

Best,
Linda
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Joined: 15 Mar 2013
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Concentration: Finance
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
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19 Mar 2013, 20:05
Hi Linda,

Thank you for reviewing my information. I really appreciate it. I read the Admissions A-Z guide you recommended and found it rather helpful.

You bring up some valid concerns, and I think you are correct in identifying them as weaknesses. I have specific leadership activities through my work experience that I think will slightly enhance my application, but not much distinct leadership outside of the office. I am a member of a few not for profits, but have not been able to take on any leadership roles there.

I have ~6 months till application time - what do you suggest I try to focus on? (I think gaining any international exposure is unlikely due to work/time restraints)

In addition, I am a bit concerned that my GPA is on the low-end for my target schools. Do you think this is a legitimate source of concern? My GMAT score was a little lower than expected as I was in the 750-760 range during practice tests. Do you think retaking the GMAT would be a good use of my time to demonstrate my academic ability?

I forgot to mention this when I originally posted, but I am an Indian male for the US (I am not sure that is much of a factor?)

I appreciate any insight you may be able to provide. Thank you for your help.
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19 Mar 2013, 21:50
Physics wrote:
Hi Linda,

Thank you for reviewing my information. I really appreciate it. I read the Admissions A-Z guide you recommended and found it rather helpful.

You bring up some valid concerns, and I think you are correct in identifying them as weaknesses. I have specific leadership activities through my work experience that I think will slightly enhance my application, but not much distinct leadership outside of the office. I am a member of a few not for profits, but have not been able to take on any leadership roles there.

I have ~6 months till application time - what do you suggest I try to focus on? (I think gaining any international exposure is unlikely due to work/time restraints)

In addition, I am a bit concerned that my GPA is on the low-end for my target schools. Do you think this is a legitimate source of concern? My GMAT score was a little lower than expected as I was in the 750-760 range during practice tests. Do you think retaking the GMAT would be a good use of my time to demonstrate my academic ability?

I forgot to mention this when I originally posted, but I am an Indian male for the US (I am not sure that is much of a factor?)

I appreciate any insight you may be able to provide. Thank you for your help.

Was there an upward trend to your grades? A bad semester or two? Your grades aren't low, they are just lower than average for the schools you are applying to. Your GMAT is slightly above average.

Linda
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