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Retake GMAT at 720? [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 11:50
Age: 25.5Y
Sex : M
Work Ex: 25months (36+months at Fall 2013 MBA Start) at Deloitte Consulting
Professional Role: Java Developer for first 18 months(involved in functional areas as well), identified as indispensable team member by Manager, Team Lead, Senior Manager, other seniors in terms of commitment, highly analytical skills and most importantly the innate charm(few of the ladies ineptly call me a rockstar) which makes my previous team miss me - be at work, or at professional outings.

Since past 6months, I have been involved in improvising Enterprise Value Delivery for projects, or in simpler terms - improvising processes in a SDLC lifecycle. This involves discussion with a panel of Managers, Senior Managers, at times Directors ;getting inputs(Read getting work done) from managers; heard & recognized for value adds (Read management tips) to seniors - aren't all these best leadership examples because they come out of substance and not by virtue of one's position in the firm.
Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 720 (Q50,V36, AWA/IR-awaited) in a week's prep
UnderGrad: BTech in ECE (GPA 6.43/10) from Factual Rank 7 college in India; admission criteria is getting in less than 1% of set of students double that of total appearing for GMAT in a year.
Target Schools(not necessarily in order) : ISB, HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT Sloan

If my application deems fit to be read at these schools, then, most definitely, I have a very compelling story(above one is a very brief synopsis) to tell including my past failures, recent successes and a relentless quest to conceive my crystal clear vision for the next 10 years (including the 2 years at B school).
If not, please advise if I need to re-appear for the GMAT and thereby knock off the time for my R1 application process.
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Re: Retake GMAT at 720? [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 13:39
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Hello,

Thanks for the brief summary. Keep in mind that top schools are not just evaluating you based on your GMAT score. They also evaluate your professional experience, extracurricular activities, community involvement, character, and leadership profile. Looking across and within these dimensions, I'd say you may wish to consider other schools for your list. Let's break this down:

Academics: a 720 GMAT is a solid score - well done. The difference between this and a 750 or above is a marginal difference - it shouldn't make or break your application. Your GPA is slightly low. All in all, I'd say your academic profile is competitive for these schools, but that your scores don't separate you from the pile in any way. This means there is more pressure on 'rocking' the other dimensions, too.

Professional: it's very good that you've transitioned from a technical role to a business role at Deloitte. However, I'm not seeing a lot of evidence of professional leadership -- these are the types of stories you are going to want to focus on (times when you've led teams/projects, taken initiative to improve firm performance, etc.) With only 6 months in this role thus far, it will be difficult to show the same degree of leadership as your peers who are applying. Your professional experience is good, but it does not stand out.

Community: I did not see any mention of community leadership activities.

Extracurricular: I did not see any mention of extracurricular activities/leadership.

Schools like HBS and GSB are seeking true self-starter - those that not only create and seize opportunities for themselves, but do the same for others. They are also seeking multi-dimensional candidates - those that excel not just academically and professionally, but who engage actively in their communities and their passions. I'm not seeing must of that in your profile, so I would really recommend that rather than retaking the GMAT, you refocus your energies on improving your leadership and non-work profile. Perhaps you can wait a year, work to improve those dimensions and then apply to some top schools. Alternatively, if you must apply this year, I would target less competitive schools such as University of Michigan, Darden, UCLA, etc.

I hope this is helpful! Best of luck.


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Re: Retake GMAT at 720? [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 12:20
Thanks Mili for breaking it down. This is what I was looking for!
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Re: Retake GMAT at 720? [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 19:52
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Great! No problem. Glad to help.

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