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Profile Evaluation Please - Thank You [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2011, 21:38
Hello,

If you could evaluate my profile, I would greatly appreciate it.

1) Work Experience: 2 Years of Audit Experience at Big 4 accounting firm working. 3 Years of Transaction Services Advisory experience in valuations.

2) Undergraduate: University of Illinois - Champaign 3.5GPA Major-Accountancy, Deans List, Member of Finance Club and Accounting Society

3) GMAT: 700 (Q44 V41)

4) Licensed CPA. Extracurricular's include Junior Achievement and a volunteer advisor for Project xACT accounting projects at undergraduate schools.

5) Target Schools: Kellogg, Wharton, Booth, Yale, Harvard

Am I a candidate at these schools, or will my average quant score hold me back? Is it worth retaking the test to try and boost my quant score, or will my professional experience help balance out my quant score? Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Thank You [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2011, 09:17
For top schools, it's not going to be the quant that makes or breaks you.

You're an accountant. Adcoms know you can run numbers, they know you're probably detail oriented, analytical and diligent given your profession.

What isn't as obvious is your team and leadership skills. For example, schools like HBS really want a history of leadership experience (and/or blue chip background: Ivy/equivalent alma mater working in banking/consulting or other similar kinds of jobs that Ivy types get coming out of school), and if you don't have that, your chances are going to be slim. Other schools such as Wharton, Kellogg, Booth, Yale, etc. will also want that as well (but perhaps not to the same degree) - nonetheless, it will still come down to showing that you have a history of leading and working in high performing teams.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Thank You   [#permalink] 26 Jan 2011, 09:17
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