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Request for Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2011, 09:06
Hi Paul,

Posting my profile, target schools and post-MBA career goals for your evaluation.

I intend to apply to 5-6 schools in Round 1/ EA in 2011. I have come up with a preliminary list of schools I am targeting: Berkeley Haas, MIT Sloan, Tuck, Ross, Texas-Austin and IESE.

I applied in 2009 to a few schools and was interviewed by Tuck and Ross.So I will be a reapplicant at these schools. Since I applied, I have gained leadership experience at work and outside work. I worked outside my home country for two months on an assignment in which I interacted with CXO's of a consumer bank.

I intend to guage my competitiveness at these top programs. The numbers

GMAT: 760 (Q:49,V:44)

Undergrad Score: 67/100 (no GPA system at my institute)

Work Exp.: 5.5 years in the telecom industry in India in Pre-Sales Tech Consulting and Project Management. Have significant expertise in Client Relationship Management, Vendor Management and Enterprise Network Design.

ECs during college: President of a student body of 60; Co-founded basketball team to represent one branch of engineering students; co-founded English language study center

ECs after college: Squash player and coach, Co-Founded Squash club at my firm, Co-Chair of Organizing Committees of two tournaments held in my city to bring together amateurs and professionals; Finance Secretary of a non-profit centre which takes in HIV+ Children, Raised capital inflow by 18% by tapping new sources of funding (revenue brought in through ticket sales from stage shows and by raising funds from employees in corporate entities)

Post-MBA Career goals: I want to work in Strategy Consulting either as part of an internal consutling unit at a high-tech/telecom firm (Egs. Samsung Global Strategy Group, British Telecom, Siemens Management Consulting, etc..) or at an MC firm. I am interested in Oganizational Change Management, Process and Business Improvement practices and Market Entry/Diversification strategies since I have led and implemented small projects in these areas at work.

Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Request for Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 21:22
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Hi Fedexunledded,

Let me just say that you are smart to reapply to Ross and Tuck is you got interviews the last time around, although I would *highly* recommend using a vetted consultant to help you raise your game on this foray. You also have a very good list of schools that takes advantage of the kind of demographic strategy that we often employ with our clients. I think you can get into several of these schools IF you really articulate the following (this is not unique to you, just the burden all applicants bear):

- Your fit with each program. Really getting deep into it, demonstrating total connection between you/what you care about/what you are good at and what that school values/is good at/cares about.

- Carefully drawn career goals. The equation You + MBA = Short-term career goal has to be there. So does Short-term goals + passions/skills/experiences (past, present, and future) = long-term goals. Well over half of each applicant pool gets wiped out for failing in this regard.

- Articulated b-school themes such as leadership, teamwork, maturity, creativity, intellect, motivation, etc.

If you can perfect your essays, you will be right in the ballgame. I know it's self-serving as a consultant to say so, but there you have it. Good list so far and good luck nailing it!

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti
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