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Will private equity experience differentiate my profile?

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Will private equity experience differentiate my profile? [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2008, 08:53
I am looking to apply Round 1 2009: 25 Caucasion Male

[u]Academic[/u]
Boston College 05' GPA: 3.5 GMAT: 670 (taking it one or two more times until I crack 700)
Division I Athlete (athletic director's award)
Local baseball/soccer coach in Newton, MA during my 4 years of college

[u]Work experience[/u]
3.5 Years by matriculation (2.5 at present)
-Private Equity analyst involved in major headline deals such as $1.2B acquisition of Lord & Taylor, Linens N Things, HBC, etc.
- The small group environment (9 people in my office) provided me with significant opportunities to intimately involve myself in all facets of the LBO due diligence process
- My boss has offered to promote me to associate at the end of this year (as he would prefer that I forego b-school and stay with the fund long-term)
-Substantial pay increases and bonuses over the course of the past 2.5 years

[u]E/Cs[/u]

- Local soccer coach in the Fairfield county community
- Started a non-profit org based on the concept of sharing and donating sporting goods, clothing, and food (community support from 8 local business)
- Web designer for small businesses
- Involved in family business (own and operate hockey rink facilities)

My top choices are obviously: Wharton, Harvard, Stanford
Middle choices: Tuck, Ross, Duke, Yale
If I do not get into a top program I will more than likely forego b-school and stay with my fund

My post-graduation career goals:
I would prefer to stay in finance on the buyside in investment management (HF) or PE at a larger fund
I would also consider getting more involved in the development and expansion of my exisiting family business

My perceived weaknesses inherent in my application:
1) Low GMAT (stronger verbal than quant)
2) Compounded by my liberal arts background

Perceived strengths:
1) Significantly more hands-on deal experience than my peers (unique environment straight out of undergrad)
2) Strong track record of community involvement and as a team player
3) Outstanding recs from 2 managing partners at my shop
4) Essay writing and interview ability

I appreciate your feedback...
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Re: Will private equity experience differentiate my profile? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 21:06
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junkbondswap,

If you can get to the 80th percentile in both your quant and verbal scores you will have passed the threshold of concern in terms of ability to handle these schools' programs. Of course, if you have any shaky or mediocre grades in quant subjects and if you want to try to stand out more from other applicants then you could aim for an even higher GMAT score. But with a 700 I think, given your excellent profile, that you are competitive at all these schools. Not sure your profile is distinctive (unusual) enough for Stanford or HBS but by all means apply as a longshot. Your best chances are probably at Duke and Yale.

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