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Profile Evaluation Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 24 May 2013, 08:02
Hi, I decided 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, and these schools had academic aspects that interested me.

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.

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- Academics and GMAT: I believe I have solid statistics (not really something I can change). I am not assuming my GMAT score alone will get me in anywhere.
- 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.
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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 this 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? I am also considering applying to new programs (perhaps Haas, Booth, Columbia) if it is worth it.

Apologies for the long post, I just wanted to be as detailed as possible! Thank you again.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 27 May 2013, 02:31
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I have your story about your application process but I am missing the detail about you to really be able to advise you on what you should do (for example, whether you should wait one more year, retake your GMAT, moderate you school choice or whatever!).

Basically I need more info - your undergraduate school, major, grades, your GMAT (and TOEFL if relevant), info about where you worked, what you did, what your achievements are, how many promotions you got, what managerial experience you have, what community service, what extra curriculars, etc. etc.

Also, although I believe what you say about your essays, I can;t really tell you how to change them, until I actually see them. :)

So maybe start by posting more detail about YOU, and then we can take it from there.
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