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Joined: 10 Mar 2012
Posts: 28
Location: India
Concentration: International Business, Strategy
Schools: INSEAD Jan '14
GMAT Date: 11-30-2012
WE: Design (Manufacturing)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 9

Profile Evaluation/Scope for improvement [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 04:19
Can you please evaluate my profile?

GMAT: 700+
Age: 24
Demographics: Indian/Male
Education: Bachelor’s in Mechanical, GPA: 3.2 from a good university in India (Top 10 rank in class)/ strong academic focus with 90+ percentiles through school and college.
Current work experience: Full time- 2 years; Part time-6 years

Details of part time work experience:
Started working for the family business when I turned 18. I did not have a fixed task (no task was more important or less trivial than the other; all work had to be done). I also handled sourcing of components, general management of the business and client interaction. The business involves manufacturing and commissioning of a consumer product.
I relocated to another city after graduating to take up a full time job. This city was home to the R&D center of our business. I moved to corporate development. I now started determining the course our business would take and hence appropriately guide the R&D team. I will continue to stay in this role till I apply to college.

Details of full time work experience:
I considered graduation important to get experience in a foreign multinational and in a quest for a logical thinking process that graduates possess. I was also looking for international exposure through this. I have been working with the world’s leading tractor manufacturer for the past 2 years. I work with clients from the US/Europe/China. I have held varying responsibilities from designing to styling to a bit of program management for upcoming tractors. I have spent about 6 months working in China for the local products there.
After asking for a chance to prove myself (on completing a year with the company), I was assigned the china project. It was a runaway success resulting in a triple promotion and a star of the month award. Consequently I will now be given greater responsibilities – mainly working with American and European markets.

Future target work:
I started working in the full time job mainly for international exposure but I still want to continue with corporate development (in line with what I do in my family business) for a large multinational. Preferred post MBA location would be Western Europe.

Extra curricular activities:
Singer in a band, numerous awards in drawing/painting, numerous awards in quiz competitions

Target school: INSEAD

After conducting research, I concluded that INSEAD is the best fit for me. I plan to apply in 6 months time for the Class starting in Jan 2014 (when I have about 3.5 years of full time experience/7.5 years of part time experience). Considering my profile, how would you rate my chances? What can I do in the coming months to improve those chances? What are some of the weaknesses in my profile which I must fix?

Thanks for all the help in advance!
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Joined: 20 May 2012
Posts: 82
Detail: MBA admissions help
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Strategy
Schools: Northwestern (Kellogg) - Class of 2000
GMAT 1: Q V
GPA: 3.9
Followers: 4

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Re: Profile Evaluation/Scope for improvement [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 06:54
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Hi Sparta,
I don't have a lot of experience with INSEAD specifically, but there are some common elements across all the top business schools, and I suspect INSEAD is no exception. With that caveat, my suggestions are:
(1) Make sure it's clear to the adcom about how well you did academically as an undergrad. Often, adcoms do not have a lot of experience "translating" a transcript from one country to another, so things like percentile rankings, rank of school, etc. are important markers that you should mention.
(2) Be very clear about your career goals. You've done quite a lot professionally, so you have a lot of credibility. Do not undermine all of your accomplishments by being unclear or un-crisp about why you're getting your MBA and what you'll do with it.
(3) Be very clear about why INSEAD needs you. Discuss how your background and unique experiences will add to rich classroom discussions, case study analysis, and peer partnership.

You can see here that most of my advice is to focus on your essays. At this stage (close to applying), i don't believe there are any gaps to your background except that your story needs to be told in a way that's clear, direct, and easy to follow. I wasn't getting that sense from reading your post, but my suspicion is that you have the right background and your biggest challenge will be to get out your own way to let your accomplishments speak for themselves.

Hope that's helpful,
-james young
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Intern
Intern
Joined: 10 Mar 2012
Posts: 28
Location: India
Concentration: International Business, Strategy
Schools: INSEAD Jan '14
GMAT Date: 11-30-2012
WE: Design (Manufacturing)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 9

Re: Profile Evaluation/Scope for improvement [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 19:16
Thanks for that James. You were spot on about my background experience. I did not take a lot of care explaining the finer details in the post. But you are absolutely right. I will take the utmost care to ensure that the Adcom gets a clear picture of that.
Thanks again!
Re: Profile Evaluation/Scope for improvement   [#permalink] 11 Jun 2012, 19:16
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