I applied to 6 schools this year and received six straight rejections. I will be applying next year.
Profile: 28 male
Undergrad: Top public school with 3.6 GPA
Experience: 2 years of investment banking
3+ years of experience as an associate at a hedge fund.
Purpose: Strengthen general management skills to take greater management responsibilities in the short-term and start my own fund in the long-term. Also want to relocate to Asia-Pacific (Singapore etc.).
Extracurricular: A lot . Most notable is 4+years experience leading team-building exercises at a local non-profit for an issue I care about based on my personal background. I wrote in detail about this issue in my essays.
However, I do not serve on the board of any organization or hold an official position.
Other: Received scholarship to go to college. Passed CFA Level II.
Round 1: Wharton (Rejected after interview); Chicago (Rejected after interview); Tuck (Rejected after self-initiated interview that I messed up)
Round 2: Columbia (Rejected w/o interview); HBS (rejected w/o interview); SOM (rejected w/o interview)
As a plain-vanilla finance guy, I was not surprised to get rejected by the top schools (although, I was surprised about SOM).
Since applying last year, I have been involved in the operations department of my firm and have lead teams of 2-3 people to implement certain projects to improve trade settlements etc.
I would like your opinion on (i) what do you think went wrong this year; (ii) how much growth do I have to show when I reapply next year?
Next year's school: Wharton / Sloan / Kellog / Tuck / INSEAD / 1 from Ross or Darden