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New post 09 Jun 2012, 12:23
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Hi,

I'd really appreciate some feedback on my profile.

Asian Male
Age 31
Undergraduate: Computer Science and Engineering at UC Davis
GPA: overall 3.38, engineering weighted, ~3.6
GMAT: 750, q49, v44. Took this past friday! june 1st.
W.E.:
1 year at a data networking startup doing QA.
7 years (and still) at another data networking company (well known silicon valley company, publicly traded) doing software engineering. I am currently at the senior engineer level without any direct reports. Management experience includes leading many team projects with several people in my team and involvement of many groups. Several marks of innovation throughout my career and several large pay increases due to performance.

Interested in..
Primarily part time programs in silicon valley
- Haas
- Andersen (less preferable because of commute)

Would still like to determine how well I would fare at the top 20 full time schools although I understand they would be a stretch for me. Sloan, Yale School of MGMT, etc.


pinchharmonic,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 750, our experience indicates that you would be between a strech and competitive candidate (closer to competitive) at both Sloan and Yale SOM, competitive at Haas, and strong at UCLA Anderson. Please note that all of these assessments are for the full-time MBA programs. While Aringo provides guidance to candidates on some part-time programs, we have fewer data points with which to give a precise chances evaluation for these programs. At the same time, it is our opinion based on prior engagement with candidates that part-time programs are, all things equal at a given school, slightly less competitive to gain entry into relative to their full-time program counterparts.

You should feel good about your profile, and if you believe that a full-time program would best fit your needs and future career goals, then I would encourage you to consider applying to them. It appears to me that you are perhaps struggling with which MBA (part-time or full-time) is the better fit. Your age is somewhat on the borderline between students who might typically go for a full-time MBA (<30) and those who have a bit more work experience but are not yet at the executive level (30-35) that more often opt for the part-time MBA. Regardless of the MBA program type you apply to, you'll need to give a well-thought out plan for your future career objectives/goals and how the MBA will help you.

In terms of things to consider for your profile, since you are not in a direct supervisory position but because you have 8 years of full-time work experience, the ad coms will need (expect) to see significant and quantified accomplishments of project execution and impact at your organization. You also don't mention much about your extracurricular involvement. Because of your extensive work experience, your involvement at UC-Davis in these activities will be considered, but perhaps more important will be that you can point to leadership either in the community or at your organization in some regard. This is also going to be important because you are not in a manager position at work, so the ad coms will need to see proof of your leadership potential.

Best of luck,

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New post 09 Jun 2012, 12:49
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Hello Brian, Gill;
Could you please check my profile and suggest course of action
27/ M/Nepal
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1. Currently working in a startup asset management firm (only one of its kind in the country) as an analyst. Helped bring about significant change investment style, focus etc, and raise capital
Duration: 1 year
2. Worked as a finance manager in a small privately owned service industry business in the US for about 3 years ( can a good recommendation from the boss)
Education:
1. Undergraduate : 3.7/4, public school in the US ( business)
2. Graduate : 3.75/4, public in the US ( Ms Finance)
Also I worked a lot during my undergraduate and graduate school years( usually more than regular full time), to support myself, i.e. to pay tuition and other expenses ( Will this be a plus point in the application).
I’m a CFA level 3 candidate (took level 3 few days back).
EC:
I would say decent. Been a lot active in sports since school years.
I volunteer here and there, but not much. But I’m actively working on establishing commercial agriculture in the village I was born. Even though it is a for profit venture, it will provide employment and other benefits to the village. (Would it count as EC?).
Post MBA Goals: obtain excellent international exposure in IB/PE/wealth management. Im also inclined towards consulting (finance) in MBB ( well who isn’t?)
Schools aiming (for fall 2013):
1. LBS
2. NUS
3. ISB
4. HKUST
Also I want to apply couple of North American schools, I’m not sure which ones.
GMAT : Not taken yet, planning for late august ( studying for 700+)
And one more thing, will my country (Nepal) be of extra help since I know not many people apply to top B-schools from here.


needamba13,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 700, our experience indicates that you would be a strong candidate at LBS, between stretch and competitive at Booth, competitive at Tuck, and strong at Ross. While Aringo advises candidates to the schools you mention that are in Asia (HKUST, USB, NUS), we have a bit less data points on them in terms of providing a precise chances evaluation. However, given your overall profile (and, again, an assumption of a 700 GMAT score), you would likely have a very reasonable admission chance with a strong application.

You had a number of interesting questions, so let's review these and overall thoughts on your profile:

- Given that you have both an undergraduate degree in business and a master's degree in finance, it will be important to explain to the ad coms why you need an MBA. The "why MBA" question is important for every candidate, but in our experience this is incrementally more relevant for someone like you, because the ad coms may wonder if you truly need the degree given your academic background

- One item that is going to be important in your profile is the reputation of the specific schools you attended - right now you just say that it was a public school. There is a big difference in the minds of the ad coms between a Public Ivy (e.g. Virginia, Michigan, Berkeley) and a 3rd tier public institution. I bring this point up because it relates to your question about whether or not being from a unique feeder country (Nepal) will help you or not. It may help on the margin from a diversity standpoint, but in our experience we see students from smaller countries succeed in applications who are able to prove that they are elite in their application. 'Elite' would come from any of the following - attending (and excelling at) a strong university, working at (and excelling at) a well-known firm, etc.

- Yes, working while in school is a benefit to your profile, and you should both mention it and quantify it (number of hours per week, and what relative proportion of your colleagues were working this much). It is especially relevant for you to mention this because you were able to graduate with a very high GPA despite the work hours on top of this. This helps to show that you have good time management skills and can handle a rigorous academic workload.

- Yes, doing work for a for-profit venture would count as an extracurricular activity. So long as a role is something that you have contributed significantly to and is something that benefits either your community or your organization, you can include it as an EC.

- The one point I would caution you to consider revising or prioritizing more for your applications are your career interests. You mention investment banking, private equity, wealth management, AND management consulting. This, in our opinion, is (way) too many to list in an MBA application. Why?
1) At most, you would be able to seriously go after 2 of these 4 roles in a full-time MBA program, given how busy you will be and given the extremely time-consuming nature of applying to just one of these industries.
2) If you list all of these industries, the ad com may feel as though you have not thought enough about your career goals and narrowed down why your prior experience will help you get there.
3) Since you already have a business and finance background, the ad coms would expect you to have some familiarity already with these industries, compared to an applicant with a background in the humanities, for example
4) Make sure you show some balance in your short-term AND longer-term career interests in your essays - IB, PE, wealth management, and consulting are often viewed as more short-term career goals that may not necessarily be where someone spends an entire career.

Keep in mind that in no way am I saying you should stop considering one of these career paths. It's just that if you list too many of them in an application, it can come across that you may not be able to prioritize your time / interests in an MBA program. It's extremely common for people to write about one career and change their mind at business school - you just need to be able to have a coherent career logic in the essays and interview.

Best of luck,

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New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:19
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Hi,
I gave GMAT on june 2nd and got a 680 with Q50 and V31. Awaiting AWA scores but hopeful of getting at least 5.

I am 34 years old and I am targeting to go for Full Time MBA in Fall 2013. By that Time I will have total of 14 years experience (1 year in manufacturing and rest in IT). I have held managerial positions in US and Mexico for past 6-7 years. I have managed teams as big as 120 people in Mexico (mostly Mexican Nationals) and 60-70 people in US. In Mexico I played Account Manager role for 2 years and in this time period I was able to grow the team size from 40 to 120. I also led the recruitment and training (Technical and Behaviorial) initiatives for the entire Mexico office (close to 400 people).

I have a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Chemical engineering and secured 78% (Passed with Honors). During my engineering I was Atheletics Captain and was part of college Cricket, Table Tennis and Hockey teams. During my school days I was part of my District Hockey team. I was also part of National cadet Core and passed B Certification.

I want to apply to following schools:

Sloan
Haas
Tuck
Duke
UNC
Booth

Please suggest if I have good chance (Considering I could come up with strong essays and recommendations) at these schools with my GMAT score and profile? If you can suggest other schools as well, that will be great. I am looking at US schools only.

Will my age and work ex be a problem for top US schools?

Thanks in Advance
Arvind


Arvind,

Thank you for your profile submission. Based on our experience with applicants, I would highly encourage you to apply to executive MBA programs if you are primarily interested in studying in the United States. In essence, you are likely overqualified for a full-time program. For full-time programs, given your vast leadership experience and extent of full-time work experience, most ad coms would seriously question whether or not you would be a fit for a full-time MBA program. As such, yor GMAT score and GPA become somewhat less of a factor, because your work history is a bit of a non-starter. For context, you would have been (by 2 years) the oldest person in my 80 person section at Kellogg, and you would have likely been the oldest person in my 600+ person graduating class. Additionally, outside of the Kellogg classmates I had who were in the military, you would have had the most amount of leadership responsibility (in terms of the number of people) that I can recall.

In our experience, top MBA programs in Europe index slightly higher in age, and you may have a better chance with those programs. But, it will also be important for you to document and elaborate in your applications on your future career goals. If you're looking to remain in your same industry, this would be another reason to consider an executive MBA. If you are looking to change careers, the ad coms for full-time programs would likely question your ability to be successful in the career search. Again, because of your qualifications, most post-MBA jobs / hiring managers would not be sure how to evaluate you because of your qualifications already.

Best of luck,

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New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:32
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Hello,

Please evaluate my profile for NUS.

Gender : Female
Nationality : Indian
GMAT : 650 (Q48V31)
Experience : 3 years in IT industry
Graduation : Engineering
Percentage : 80% (not sure how to convert in to GPA)
Class X : 93%
Class XII : 96% (School topper)
Extra curricular : Was an active member in clubs in college..participated & organized events

Thanks.


vijisathasivam,

Thank you for your profile submission.

Please note that the more information you provide in a profile, the more specific I can be with respect to advising you as a candidate about your application strategy. If you are looking for a quick insight or general comments only, then you don't have to submit a full profile. But, I can give much more specific information and a much better estimate of your application chances with the following information:

Age, gender, undergraduate university (and/or reputation) and GPA (or percentile rank if outside the US), graduate degree (if applicable) and GPA, extracurricular activities in school and during full-time work, GMAT (including splits), length of work experience and extent of leadership roles, industry, reputation/size/prestige of your company, why MBA, post-MBA aspirations short and long-term, target schools or target school rank, interesting or impressive accomplishments/achievements, etc.

Since I don't see any information as to the relative repuation of your university, the company (and prestige) of the company you work for, the number of promotions and level of evaluation you've received, why you are interested in an MBA and what are your career goals, and the level of leadership you might have had in extracurriculars (being a 'member' is different from initiating or leading an event), our evaluation is subject to more uncertainty. And, since you're in a very competitive demographic (Indian engineer), it's important in general for you to try to differentiate yourself in your application. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 650, our experience indicates that you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate at NUS - and the relative merit of the items I mentioned that you did not elaborate on would perhaps take you up or down in the relative chances. Although we have advised candidates for NUS, we have a bit less data on this program than those in Europe or the United States and Canada.

Best of luck,

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New post 10 Jun 2012, 08:11
Hello,

Please evaluate my profile and highlight some schools where I have a realistic chance of admission.

Indian Male, 25 Years

GMAT Score: 700 (Q50 V34)

Undergrad Degree: B. Tech. Computer Science (IP University, Delhi)

Undergrad performance : 71.64%

Work Experience : Entrepreneurship, 3 Years.

Details about Work Experience
1) Started a venture that combined online marketing, search engine optimization and online promotion of businesses. The venture specializes in improving the online presence of offline businesses and products and consulting them. Encountered lots of challenges of a startup and managed the risks well.
2) The business grew well and flourished as we enhanced our services, domains and options.
3) The business is still going strong and we have around 80% international clients and 20% local clients.

Extracurricular
1) Have played hockey for 5 years in school, from 2000 to 2005. Have played at North India level (in 2002 and 2004) and placed third in 2004. Other than that, loads of achievements in city tournaments and inter-school tournaments.
2) Most of my extracurricular activities in college revolved around competitive e-sports. Apart from winning lots of tournaments at city level and across different colleges, have lots of experience in organizing competitive e-sports tournaments. Have organized e-sports tournament in different colleges around the city.
3) Due to my passion for competitive e-sports, an upcoming field in India, I still mentor teams and guide them during tournaments. I also sponsor teams and help them achieve their potential in this field.

Post-MBA Plans: I would either want to work as a consultant for upcoming businesses and entrepreneurs (due to my experience) or engage in online marketing after MBA. I also wish to continue creating new businesses.

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New post 12 Jun 2012, 10:03
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Hello,

Please evaluate my profile for NUS.

Gender : Female
Nationality : Indian
GMAT : 650 (Q48V31)
Experience : 3 years in IT industry
Graduation : Engineering
Percentage : 80% (not sure how to convert in to GPA)
Class X : 93%
Class XII : 96% (School topper)
Extra curricular : Was an active member in clubs in college..participated & organized events

Thanks.


vijisathasivam,

Thank you for your profile submission.

Please note that the more information you provide in a profile, the more specific I can be with respect to advising you as a candidate about your application strategy. If you are looking for a quick insight or general comments only, then you don't have to submit a full profile. But, I can give much more specific information and a much better estimate of your application chances with the following information:

Age, gender, undergraduate university (and/or reputation) and GPA (or percentile rank if outside the US), graduate degree (if applicable) and GPA, extracurricular activities in school and during full-time work, GMAT (including splits), length of work experience and extent of leadership roles, industry, reputation/size/prestige of your company, why MBA, post-MBA aspirations short and long-term, target schools or target school rank, interesting or impressive accomplishments/achievements, etc.

Since I don't see any information as to the relative repuation of your university, the company (and prestige) of the company you work for, the number of promotions and level of evaluation you've received, why you are interested in an MBA and what are your career goals, and the level of leadership you might have had in extracurriculars (being a 'member' is different from initiating or leading an event), our evaluation is subject to more uncertainty. And, since you're in a very competitive demographic (Indian engineer), it's important in general for you to try to differentiate yourself in your application. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 650, our experience indicates that you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate at NUS - and the relative merit of the items I mentioned that you did not elaborate on would perhaps take you up or down in the relative chances. Although we have advised candidates for NUS, we have a bit less data on this program than those in Europe or the United States and Canada.

Best of luck,



Thanks for your inputs.
I work for Infosys Technologies..one of the largest IT companies..listed in Fortune 500..Age - 24 yrs
Have been promoted once ..awaiting the second...hopefully will get it by October
GPA in Infosys training - 4.96/5
I have often volunteered to take up additional responsibilities in the team.However,I have no experience in managing people.
I do have an excellent academic record..
Have contributed funds regularly to Non governmental organizations (Women's Welfare Syndicate) that helps to raise funds for surgeries and other medical expenses for people who could not afford the treatment.
In college..i have been class representative for 4 years..volunteered to help organize international & national level conferences.
I am not sure if high school record is worth mentioning..i scored 200/200 in maths,physics & chemistry in state level board examinations..
Please suggest if I should retake GMAT..
Also,please do suggest what schools i should target for this score.

Thanks,
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New post 17 Jun 2012, 18:54
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Hello,

Please evaluate my profile and highlight some schools where I have a realistic chance of admission.

Indian Male, 25 Years

GMAT Score: 700 (Q50 V34)

Undergrad Degree: B. Tech. Computer Science (IP University, Delhi)

Undergrad performance : 71.64%

Work Experience : Entrepreneurship, 3 Years.

Details about Work Experience
1) Started a venture that combined online marketing, search engine optimization and online promotion of businesses. The venture specializes in improving the online presence of offline businesses and products and consulting them. Encountered lots of challenges of a startup and managed the risks well.
2) The business grew well and flourished as we enhanced our services, domains and options.
3) The business is still going strong and we have around 80% international clients and 20% local clients.

Extracurricular
1) Have played hockey for 5 years in school, from 2000 to 2005. Have played at North India level (in 2002 and 2004) and placed third in 2004. Other than that, loads of achievements in city tournaments and inter-school tournaments.
2) Most of my extracurricular activities in college revolved around competitive e-sports. Apart from winning lots of tournaments at city level and across different colleges, have lots of experience in organizing competitive e-sports tournaments. Have organized e-sports tournament in different colleges around the city.
3) Due to my passion for competitive e-sports, an upcoming field in India, I still mentor teams and guide them during tournaments. I also sponsor teams and help them achieve their potential in this field.

Post-MBA Plans: I would either want to work as a consultant for upcoming businesses and entrepreneurs (due to my experience) or engage in online marketing after MBA. I also wish to continue creating new businesses.

Thanks!


tech3,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 700, our experience indicates you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate at Ross, between stretch and competitive (closer to competitive) at Fuqua, competitive at Darden, UCLA Anderson, and Cornell Johnson.

The fact that you are an entrepreneur will significantly help to differentiate from many of the other applicants in the male Indian electrical engineering / computer science background demographic. And, the sports that you have been involved with are actually fairly unique for someone from India - also important to paint yourself as different.

The number one consideration in your application approach, and based on your entrepreneurship background, is going to be about framing your business in the right context to prove that the venture has been successful. Right now, you mention a few items such as the fact that you managed risks well, and that the business "grew well." You'll want to think about providing specifics (in your resume and weaved into essays where appropriate) for things like:

- Number of and names of major clients (if there are any 'name-brand' ones that people would recognize)
- Revenue and profit growth
- (Important) Number of employees and how many you're directly managing
- (Important) Whether you've received any outside funding and how much you've received
- ..etc.

I would also encourage you to think about context in other areas of your profile. For example, 3rd place in a hockey tournament - out of 4 teams or 1,000? Additionally, the ad coms are very likely not going to know what "North India Level" means (e.g. how competitive it is) - and they're not likely to Google it to find out. Finally, you may want to consider re-framing "e-sports" as video games, as this is the more common term used in the US as far as I know - although I'm not a gaming expert in the spirit of full disclosure. I would encourage you to frame your involvement in this space much more on the organizing event side, opposed to playing and participation. For one, playing in video game tournaments is less likely (in our experience) to win you as much credit as, say, experience working with non-profits or leading the recruiting effort for your undergrad university for your firm. We have seen applicants who have been heavily involved with competitive online poker, however, so it's not as if video gaming has never been mentioned in an application. Second, it's so important to show leadership and initiative in your extracurriculars, rather than just participation. The fact that you were successful in video game tournaments is impressive, but be aware that you run the risk of having an ad com read your application and question the business/character-building application of it.

Your career goals make sense relative to your background. In terms of consulting for other startups, you may want to try to find some statistics about the growth of small businesses/startups in India and say that you could take advantage of the growing opportunity there. This shows that you've researched the field and have a vision for the role.

Best of luck,

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New post 17 Jun 2012, 19:42
Viji,

Thank you for the follow-up insight regarding your profile.

A few general comments on the additional detail -
- Contributing to an NGO is commendable, although it's generally not (in our experience) going to count nearly as much as working with/for an NGO or other community-based organization or initiative
- It is great that you were a class representative - in our engagement with applicants we see this as a positive that ad coms like to see. If you were elected to this position (usually this is the case), definitely highlight this on your application
- If the GPA in your corporate training was especially strong relative what a normal grade is, you might mention this. Otherwise, though, I typically have not seen applicants mention GPA from a corporate training course. If you are interested in including it, it would make more sense to do so if this was an especially significant or lengthy training (say, two weeks in length or more). If the course is in a non-technical topic, though (e.g. public speaking, negotiations) it would make more sense to include. With an engineering background and a good undergraduate GPA you should be ok here. High school metrics are generally only relevant if the applicant has a lower GPA and/or GMAT score to try to overcome, so it does make sense to include these types of quantifiable metrics that help to paint you in a positive light.

As far as retaking the GMAT, it depends mostly on what your target school(s) would look like, the extent to which you believe you can improve your score, and the amount of time you have to dedicate to potentially studying to take it again. On the basis of the additional information you provided and with the same assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 650, our experience would indicate that you would be a stretch at top 10 programs in the US, between stretch and competitive (closer to stretch) at Fuqua, between stretch and competitive (closer to competitive) at Tepper, and competitive at programs ranked 20-25 in the US.

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New post 18 Jun 2012, 19:26
Hi ,
My name is Adhithya Krishnamachari.Request a profule evaluation for admission to my target schools in 2014
By that time I would have 3.5 yrs of work-ex
Background: 24 year’s old IT male from India.
Career goal post MBA: To work in management consulting
Target programs: General management (strategy)
Target schools:
1)columbia
2)fuqua
3)tepper
4)Schulich
5)Mc combs
6)UCLA
7)ISB
8)NUS,NTU in singapore
Academics:
Have been a topper throughout my academic career
• Stood third in my school in SSC (out of 230 students) (89.60%)
• Secured 14th rank in general merit list (out of more than 100000 students)
Stood first in my college (93.33%)
• Topped my stream (Information Technology) in engineering (80 students)
Stood first in my engineering stream with distinction (74.33%)
• Have always been good with Quant. Scored highest in maths in SSC(147/150),HSC(97/100).
Secured highest marks in maths in Mumbai university in semester 4 in engineering (98/100)
Also scored 93/100 in semester 2

GMAT :680(q=47),v(35)
WORK EXPERIENCE:

• Working in Tata Consultancy Services since December 13, 2010 as an Assistant Systems Engineer
• I was among the 12 students who was successfully selected from my college out of the 148 students who had applied from my college to TCS
• Iam currently working for Bank of America account in Banking and financial services domain.
• I perform quality assurance(QA) on the offshore side for the Japan and India market
• I was the only one to be selected from my project to work at client side (DSP Merrill lynch client office). Iam also the youngest member to represent TCS at the client side.
• Have received several appreciation mails from client for my work and considering my performance,I have been given opportunity to work from client side for next 1 year(the only ASE in my project to have got this opportunity)
• I have good leadership experience as I handled the Japan QA offshore process independently for the first 1.5 months(starting from scratch).Overcame all the language,geographical barriers(almost single handedly) to ensure timely delivery of the project
Also carried out self initiatives such as reference document preparation,teaching new members etc.

Extracurricular activities
• Received scholarship from an esteemed institution like Bharat Petroleum
• Have won several awards and accolades from institutions such as rotary club for academic performance.
• Was a interschool quiz champion and have also won the bournvita quiz champion (written exam)
• Have organized debates in college festivals
• Avid trekker and started my own trekking group with college friends.
Currently,working with CSR initiative of TCS-Maitree.I teach underprivileged kids who were victims of substance abuse in the past.I have also taken the initiative of setting up computer labs for them and teach them basic computer skills.
Also,plan to do fundraising for them

sorry for the very long post.
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Hello! Please give me your opinion and any advice please! I just took my GMAT on 6/2 and after a 2 week break, I'm back to studying to take it again on 8/18. Reason being- My score was completely opposite of what I expected. On practice exams I scored at least a 50 in Qant, but very low in Verbal. I plan on applying for Spring 2013!

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GMAT: 660 (Q41V40), AWA: 6
Age: 23 (Will be 24 at time of application)
Working experience: 2 years in Finance- hedge fund analyst (During my last semester of my undergraduate degree, I was a full time student and full time employee)
Undergrad major: Economics
GPA: 2.8

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Columnbia
Stern (Manhattan- Part-time)
Rutgers (New Brunswick- Part-time)
Fordham (Part-time)

Please can you share with me your recommendations? Do you think I should apply for any other schools? and what you think my chances are?
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I need your help in choosing which B schools i should apply to. I want to persuit a Master's in business in General management or Operations management. My profile in brief is mentioned below.
Male 24 from India with Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from reputed National Institute of Technology.
Gmat Score - 690 (Q - 50 V - 31)
GPA - 77.4% in B.Tech 90% in High School
I have an experiece of 32 months now and by next year around 42 months (3.5 yrs) in core design.
I am working for a reputed Commercial vehicle company in Product development for the past 2.5 yrs. I am moving to a reputed American MNC in some time in a similar job profile.
I have been consitently good in academics in school and above average in college.
I was awarded a research fellowship by the department of Science & technology, Govt of India during my college for an innovative project.
I have a research paper published at an International Mech conference.
I have received an A+ in all my subjects in my school final exam of class 12 (Higher secondary)
Apart from acads, i have participated/captained and won at National level football tournaments at School n college level.
Also, i was the best cadet from my batallion of the National Cadet corps. ( An organisation similar to scouts at school level in the US).

My Target B schools-
1. Darden
2. Tepper
3. Krannert
4. ISB - India
Pl advice if any other college i can try in.
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Hi Brian,
Can you please evaluate my profile and assess my chances at the schools selected?

GMAT: 720 (q49 v39)
Age: 30
Demographic profile: Indian/Male - Currently living in US. In US for the past 9 years.
Education: Masters in computer science, GPA: 4.0. in US state university.
Work experience: 7 yrs
About work experience: I am working in a big pharmaceutical company - Merck. All of my experience is in this company. I started as a temp in this company and then got the full time position as a programmer analyst. In a year, I again got promoted to Sr. Programmer Analyst. My current role is Project Manager. I am leading multiple projects in which I constantly engage with clients (Merck research scientists), manage and mentor junior programmers, coordinate development efforts and present sale pitch and business cases to marketing teams. One of the highlights of my work experience is leading an effort to overhaul a complete manual process of distributing the company's medical education grants by creating an automated system of workflow and business process management.

Extra curriculars and others: 1)Project steward at a non-profit organization here in US that works to provide basic education to underprivileged children in India.
2) Participated in marathons for raising funds for cancer. -- Susan g Komen marathon, Rock and Roll marathon, philadelphia marathon

Target schools: Booth, Tuck, Haas, Duke, Sloan, Kellogg, NYU, UCLA,

Do I have a shot at these schools. Can you suggest the schools that view my experience at Merck as a plus?
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New post 24 Jun 2012, 09:10
Age – 26 years
Indian Male
B.Com, Mumbai University – 82%
Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (All exams in the first attempt)

36 Months Internship as a part of the CA course in India (24 Months post B.Com degree) with Deloitte (Audit). Lead an engagement in the final 12 months.

39 Months (till the time I join Business School) – Deloitte, Strategy and Operations in India. Promoted to Senior Consultant. I received the highest annual rating at work. Will be able to get recommendations from a Partner and Senior Manager with whom I have worked directly on various engagements.

GMAT: 680 (Q49, V32) AWA – 5.5 – Retaking the GMAT and aiming for 720+

Schools that I plan to apply to –
• Wharton
• Columbia
• Darden
• Stern
• Ross
• Fuqua
• Anderson
• Johnson (Cornell)

Extracurriculars
• Member of the “Fun at Work” Team in office
• Volunteering (One day volunteering but as I was a lead, this involved months of work)
• Lead a team of 70 coworkers to volunteer at an orphanage. I was responsible for planning the overall program that involved painting walls, storytelling,etc
• Lead a team of 40 coworkers to collect close to 3000 books from others in the firm and then organize different activities (book reading sessions, importance of books for children, encourage students to organize book drives, etc. I was responsible for the overall program right from planning to execution. This was the first time something like this was done in the firm

I have been able to considerably overcome (90-95%) my stuttering after years of speech therapy and struggle. This is the most important achievement for me. I would mention this in my application. I do have a story around this.

Do you think I have a profile that is competent for the schools that I have mentioned above? Please provide feedback and suggestions. Thanks.
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My name is Adhithya Krishnamachari.Request a profule evaluation for admission to my target schools in 2014
By that time I would have 3.5 yrs of work-ex
Background: 24 year’s old IT male from India.
Career goal post MBA: To work in management consulting
Target programs: General management (strategy)
Target schools:
1)columbia
2)fuqua
3)tepper
4)Schulich
5)Mc combs
6)UCLA
7)ISB
8)NUS,NTU in singapore
Academics:
Have been a topper throughout my academic career
• Stood third in my school in SSC (out of 230 students) (89.60%)
• Secured 14th rank in general merit list (out of more than 100000 students)
Stood first in my college (93.33%)
• Topped my stream (Information Technology) in engineering (80 students)
Stood first in my engineering stream with distinction (74.33%)
• Have always been good with Quant. Scored highest in maths in SSC(147/150),HSC(97/100).
Secured highest marks in maths in Mumbai university in semester 4 in engineering (98/100)
Also scored 93/100 in semester 2

GMAT :680(q=47),v(35)
WORK EXPERIENCE:

• Working in Tata Consultancy Services since December 13, 2010 as an Assistant Systems Engineer
• I was among the 12 students who was successfully selected from my college out of the 148 students who had applied from my college to TCS
• Iam currently working for Bank of America account in Banking and financial services domain.
• I perform quality assurance(QA) on the offshore side for the Japan and India market
• I was the only one to be selected from my project to work at client side (DSP Merrill lynch client office). Iam also the youngest member to represent TCS at the client side.
• Have received several appreciation mails from client for my work and considering my performance,I have been given opportunity to work from client side for next 1 year(the only ASE in my project to have got this opportunity)
• I have good leadership experience as I handled the Japan QA offshore process independently for the first 1.5 months(starting from scratch).Overcame all the language,geographical barriers(almost single handedly) to ensure timely delivery of the project
Also carried out self initiatives such as reference document preparation,teaching new members etc.

Extracurricular activities
• Received scholarship from an esteemed institution like Bharat Petroleum
• Have won several awards and accolades from institutions such as rotary club for academic performance.
• Was a interschool quiz champion and have also won the bournvita quiz champion (written exam)
• Have organized debates in college festivals
• Avid trekker and started my own trekking group with college friends.
Currently,working with CSR initiative of TCS-Maitree.I teach underprivileged kids who were victims of substance abuse in the past.I have also taken the initiative of setting up computer labs for them and teach them basic computer skills.
Also,plan to do fundraising for them

sorry for the very long post.


Adhithya,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 680, our experience indicates you would be a stretch candidate at Columbia, between stretch and competitive (closer to stretch) at Fuqua, between competitive and stretch at UCLA Anderson, competitive at Tepper, and competitive to strong at McCombs and Schulich. We have directionally less quantitative data on ISB, NUS and NTU, as they are not yet generally regarded as top 30 global programs, but you would have relatively decent chances at those programs.

Your GMAT score is not bad, but based on the various merit accomplishments you described it feels as though you might be able to score higher on the quantitative side of the test. For many Indian, male, IT engineers with a similar academic performance, it is fairly common to see quant splits of 50+. I like how you have provided a lot of context for your academic achievements.

One item that appears as a trend in your profile is to prioritize the main points you want to highlight, both from an extracurricular perspective and based on your academic record. At the moment you are listing a number of facts and data points, and these facts appear to go back and forth a bit (high school to college to high school to college). I would strongly encourage you to present all information in chronological order and grouped so that it is easiest for the reader to absorb. Regarding your extracurricular activities, I would recommend based on our experience with candidates to select the 2-3 top areas where you have had significant leadership and impact and describe those in a bit more detail. Finally, try to minimize the extent of acronyms that you use - even if you have introduced them before. This makes your essays and application that much easier to read.

Since you will be applying in several years' time, and because you are in a very competitive demographic, you'll want to focus on your leadership accomplishments and prove your ability to communicate well - you also will want to aim to achieve at least one promotion during the next few years.

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Hello! Please give me your opinion and any advice please! I just took my GMAT on 6/2 and after a 2 week break, I'm back to studying to take it again on 8/18. Reason being- My score was completely opposite of what I expected. On practice exams I scored at least a 50 in Qant, but very low in Verbal. I plan on applying for Spring 2013!

Female
GMAT: 660 (Q41V40), AWA: 6
Age: 23 (Will be 24 at time of application)
Working experience: 2 years in Finance- hedge fund analyst (During my last semester of my undergraduate degree, I was a full time student and full time employee)
Undergrad major: Economics
GPA: 2.8

I'm thinking about these schools for MBA:

Columnbia
Stern (Manhattan- Part-time)
Rutgers (New Brunswick- Part-time)
Fordham (Part-time)

Please can you share with me your recommendations? Do you think I should apply for any other schools? and what you think my chances are?


Chris558,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 660, our experience indicates you would be a stretch candidate for the full-time programs at Columbia and Stern. Aringo typically advises clients on admission into the top 30 global programs for the full-time MBA, and while we also advise applicants to some part-time programs, we have less quantitative information about chances. As such, I would not be able to provide explicit chances for the part-time program at Stern or for Fordham and Rutgers.

In terms of overall feedback on your profile:

- For all MBA programs, and especially for more competitive programs, you will need to elaborate on the reason for your 2.8 undergraduate GPA. You mention that you were working full-time in your last semester, but this would not be enough to explain the overall GPA - it might be a reason for the last term to be lower than the others. This point is even more important if you did not attend a well-known and/or elite undergraduate institution.
- Since you have less work experience than most candidates, and because in our experience part-time programs often index a bit higher on the amount of work experience than full-time programs, it will be critical to explain the reasons for why you want an MBA and why now is the right time in your career. I also say this because you spelled Columbia and 'quant' incorrectly - try to avoid these kinds of mistakes on your application, as (combined with a 2.8 GPA) an ad com may incorrectly take away that your attention to detail is lacking.
- You also do not list what your career goals are. My recommendation would be to consider these highly if you have not already, and then start to look at programs that may benefit your future aspirations.

On balance, it seems as if you might need to gain a bit more work experience and/or develop your rationale to embark upon the MBA.

Best of luck,

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I need your help in choosing which B schools i should apply to. I want to persuit a Master's in business in General management or Operations management. My profile in brief is mentioned below.
Male 24 from India with Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from reputed National Institute of Technology.
Gmat Score - 690 (Q - 50 V - 31)
GPA - 77.4% in B.Tech 90% in High School
I have an experiece of 32 months now and by next year around 42 months (3.5 yrs) in core design.
I am working for a reputed Commercial vehicle company in Product development for the past 2.5 yrs. I am moving to a reputed American MNC in some time in a similar job profile.
I have been consitently good in academics in school and above average in college.
I was awarded a research fellowship by the department of Science & technology, Govt of India during my college for an innovative project.
I have a research paper published at an International Mech conference.
I have received an A+ in all my subjects in my school final exam of class 12 (Higher secondary)
Apart from acads, i have participated/captained and won at National level football tournaments at School n college level.
Also, i was the best cadet from my batallion of the National Cadet corps. ( An organisation similar to scouts at school level in the US).

My Target B schools-
1. Darden
2. Tepper
3. Krannert
4. ISB - India
Pl advice if any other college i can try in.


sandeep31388,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 690, our experience indicates you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate at Darden, and between stretch and competitive at Tepper. We don't have as much data on Purdue Krannert and ISB, although you would likely be competitive or better at Krannert and reasonably competitive at ISB. Other programs to consider include Toronto Rotman (between stretch and competitive), and other top 20 US programs like Kenan-Flagler, McCombs, and Marshall (closer to competitive at these).

Your application, in large part, will come down to your ability to differentiate yourself from your peer group and your ability to generate and explain key accomplishments in your work experience. If your 77% while in college earned you distinction and/or a relatively high percentile placement within your peer group, definitely mention this in your resume.

Finally, and this statement goes for many engineers, just state your work experience as a rounded number of years - not the number of months or years down to the tenth of a year. An extra month or two will not matter for an MBA application.

Best of luck,

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Hi Brian,
Can you please evaluate my profile and assess my chances at the schools selected?

GMAT: 720 (q49 v39)
Age: 30
Demographic profile: Indian/Male - Currently living in US. In US for the past 9 years.
Education: Masters in computer science, GPA: 4.0. in US state university.
Work experience: 7 yrs
About work experience: I am working in a big pharmaceutical company - Merck. All of my experience is in this company. I started as a temp in this company and then got the full time position as a programmer analyst. In a year, I again got promoted to Sr. Programmer Analyst. My current role is Project Manager. I am leading multiple projects in which I constantly engage with clients (Merck research scientists), manage and mentor junior programmers, coordinate development efforts and present sale pitch and business cases to marketing teams. One of the highlights of my work experience is leading an effort to overhaul a complete manual process of distributing the company's medical education grants by creating an automated system of workflow and business process management.

Extra curriculars and others: 1)Project steward at a non-profit organization here in US that works to provide basic education to underprivileged children in India.
2) Participated in marathons for raising funds for cancer. -- Susan g Komen marathon, Rock and Roll marathon, philadelphia marathon

Target schools: Booth, Tuck, Haas, Duke, Sloan, Kellogg, NYU, UCLA,

Do I have a shot at these schools. Can you suggest the schools that view my experience at Merck as a plus?


icaniwill,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, a GMAT score of 720, and a strong undergraduate performance (top 20-25% in your class), our experience indicates that you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate (closer to stretch) at Kellogg and Booth, between stretch and competitive at Sloan, between stretch and competitive (closer to competitive) at Haas, competitive at Tuck and Stern, and competitive to strong at Anderson and Fuqua.

You don't list an undergraduate GPA or institution, but based on your GPA in your masters program and your GMAT quant split, I assumed that you had fairly strong performance at your undergraduate institution. Although your undergrad performance is slightly less important when someone has 7 years of work experience and a masters degree (as you do), it still counts.

I like the fact that one of your activities is running marathons. For one, this is something that is mentioned less often amongst Indian MBA applicants, so it helps to differentiate you. Second, this kind of "Type A" personality activity is something that we see MBA programs like to see amongst the applicant pool. It will also help you (on the margin) that you have worked exensively in the US. And, your leadership experience is a plus.

With your question about Merck, I don't think there would be any top MBA program that would not recognize or respect your work experience at Merck. In this regard, I don't necessarily think any program would recognize it more than any other might. Depending on your future career goals and whether they are in the life sciences sector, you could use your experience at Merck and knowledge of the new product development process as a way to highlight why you would be qualified to work in another function in the life sciences arena. What will be important with your work experience is to indicate the amount of interaction and exposure you had with business-facing functions in the company like marketing (which you have pointed out in your profile).

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Hi Brian,
Can you please evaluate my profile and assess my chances at the schools selected?

GMAT: 720 (q49 v39)
Age: 30
Demographic profile: Indian/Male - Currently living in US. In US for the past 9 years.
Education: Masters in computer science, GPA: 4.0. in US state university.
Work experience: 7 yrs
About work experience: I am working in a big pharmaceutical company - Merck. All of my experience is in this company. I started as a temp in this company and then got the full time position as a programmer analyst. In a year, I again got promoted to Sr. Programmer Analyst. My current role is Project Manager. I am leading multiple projects in which I constantly engage with clients (Merck research scientists), manage and mentor junior programmers, coordinate development efforts and present sale pitch and business cases to marketing teams. One of the highlights of my work experience is leading an effort to overhaul a complete manual process of distributing the company's medical education grants by creating an automated system of workflow and business process management.

Extra curriculars and others: 1)Project steward at a non-profit organization here in US that works to provide basic education to underprivileged children in India.
2) Participated in marathons for raising funds for cancer. -- Susan g Komen marathon, Rock and Roll marathon, philadelphia marathon

Target schools: Booth, Tuck, Haas, Duke, Sloan, Kellogg, NYU, UCLA,

Do I have a shot at these schools. Can you suggest the schools that view my experience at Merck as a plus?


icaniwill,

Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, a GMAT score of 720, and a strong undergraduate performance (top 20-25% in your class), our experience indicates that you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate (closer to stretch) at Kellogg and Booth, between stretch and competitive at Sloan, between stretch and competitive (closer to competitive) at Haas, competitive at Tuck and Stern, and competitive to strong at Anderson and Fuqua.

You don't list an undergraduate GPA or institution, but based on your GPA in your masters program and your GMAT quant split, I assumed that you had fairly strong performance at your undergraduate institution. Although your undergrad performance is slightly less important when someone has 7 years of work experience and a masters degree (as you do), it still counts.

I like the fact that one of your activities is running marathons. For one, this is something that is mentioned less often amongst Indian MBA applicants, so it helps to differentiate you. Second, this kind of "Type A" personality activity is something that we see MBA programs like to see amongst the applicant pool. It will also help you (on the margin) that you have worked exensively in the US. And, your leadership experience is a plus.

With your question about Merck, I don't think there would be any top MBA program that would not recognize or respect your work experience at Merck. In this regard, I don't necessarily think any program would recognize it more than any other might. Depending on your future career goals and whether they are in the life sciences sector, you could use your experience at Merck and knowledge of the new product development process as a way to highlight why you would be qualified to work in another function in the life sciences arena. What will be important with your work experience is to indicate the amount of interaction and exposure you had with business-facing functions in the company like marketing (which you have pointed out in your profile).

Best of luck,


Thank you Brian. Your feedback is very much appreciated.

Couple of last questions
1) Can you please evaluate me the same for Columbia, Yale, Tepper?
2) Of these schools, which ones see a fit in the applicant who is thinking about Product development targeting life sciences sector or health care.
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Thank you Brian. Your feedback is very much appreciated.

Couple of last questions
1) Can you please evaluate me the same for Columbia, Yale, Tepper?
2) Of these schools, which ones see a fit in the applicant who is thinking about Product development targeting life sciences sector or health care.


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Thanks for the follow-up questions. Based on our experience, we would project that you are between a stretch and competitive candidate (closer to stretch) at Columbia, between stretch and competitive at Yale SOM, and competitive or better at Tepper.

On your second question, in our experience we do not see (any) top MBA programs label candidates as a 'fit' based on their background alone (or primarily based on background). Just because a candidate has a specific academic or professional (industry or function) background does not mean it's automatically a fit. The fit for MBA programs comes down to the candidate's total story - why MBA, why now, why this school, and what do you want to do in the future (and how will the MBA assist you in this respect). The fit also comes down to you explaining why your background brings you transferrable skills to the MBA and to your future career interest, and for programs like Kellogg, Tuck, Ross, and Fuqua (amongst others), how much does your personality align with the culture of the program.

Beyond this, please keep in mind that the vast majority of life sciences roles for top-tier MBA students exist in the finance, marketing, and strategy functions, often under the umbrella of a multi-year rotational general management program (including Merck) - not (primarily) product development. If you are looking to remain in product development (and especially if you're ok to remain with your current employer), you might consider a part-time MBA instead of full-time.

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Hello Aringo Consultants,
I would appreciate your input on my profile , my profile is as follows:

GMAT: 680 (Q50 V32), AWA (6.0)
Undergraduate Education : Mechanical Engineering, Top University in Asia
GPA: 2.5
Postgraduate Education : Mechanical Engineering, Top University in Asia, Gold Medalist
GPA: 3.95

Nationality: Indian
Age: 28

Work Experience: 7 years at matriculation (hopefully applying for Fall 2013) in new product introduction roles.
Current Work: GE Water Thailand. Involved in developing new products in the Water industry and government related projects in different sectors.

Job: I am a technical Lead at GE Water heading global team of experts.
Extra Curriculars: I was the captain of my university cricket team. I head several green initiatives in GE. I am business development officer in another NGO. I was on management committee of the school council. I play professional cricket as vice-captain in the Malaysian League.

Int'l Experience: Worked in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and United States.

Planning to work after MBA in product management preferrably in the Energy Sector and want to get an MBA from Top US business school.

Do you think I have a better shot at the LGO/MEM programs compared to the normal MBA?

Preferred list:
1. MIT
2. Wharton
2. Duke
3. Columbia
4. Darden
5. Tepper


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Thank you for your profile submission. On the basis of the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 660, our experience indicates that you would be a stretch candidate at Wharton, between stretch and competitive (closer to stretch) at Sloan and Columbia, competitive at Fuqua, and strong at Darden and Tepper.

The item that strikes me the most is the stark difference in your GPA between your undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am not sure if you tried to convert these GPAs into a 4.0 scale or if they were received on a 4.0 scale - our assumption is the latter. However, please note that you generally do not need to (or want to) convert into a 4.0 scale, but rather should just try to put your placement in relative context with a percentile or distinction (if relevant) highlighted. Either way, you will want to spend part of your essays or the optional essay talking about the reasons for the difference in your academic performance. Schools in the top 10 often resist accepting students with both a below average (for their applicant pool) undergraduate GPA and GMAT score, so you'll need to highlight other areas of your background and accentuate your communication capabilities at work to help overcome the lower verbal GMAT split.

Working at General Electric will help you with your applications because the company sends many engineers to top business schools and is known for having a very well-organized performance management system. If you are responsible for managing colleagues (it's not entirely clear from your writeup), make sure that you highlight this in your application. It's great that you do have some international work experience in a variety of countries in southeast Asia - this will help some on the margin to differentiate yourself from other applicants from India. If you can tie this work experience into your career goals in some way, this also may be of benefit.

As far as the MIT LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) program, we are generally unable to provide differences in chances between this and the traditional MBA program because the sample size is quite small to make this comparison. And, in general if you read interviews from ad coms about these types of comparisons, they will generally not commit to making a clear statement about the relative competitiveness between programs. I would perhaps turn the question around somewhat, and propose to you and other candidates that you consider the program that is most interesting and applicable to YOU. If you're more interested in what the LGO program offers and think that it is most relevant for your future career goals, then apply to that.

Best of luck,


Hi Brian, thanks for the feedback. I hope the advice was based on 680 and not 660 as mentioned in your feedback.
You are right about my GPA. The university gives out grades (A, B and so on) and then the respective credits. I used the formula CGPA = sum of (grade x credit) / sum of credits.
My PG GPA is converted from 5 scale to 4 scale.
There is a stark difference in the two GPAs and perhaps because I was more serious during my masters.
I am a technical lead in a matrix organization, so I lead projects more than I lead people but definitely involving people and many of them with phD's.
I have lead events outside of work in GE involving several poeple.
Other than Darden and Tepper, which other schools do you think I have strong profile for? I am looking at Top 20 US Schools and maybe INSEAD and LBS.
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Re: Ask ARINGO - if your GMAT is (or might be) below 720   [#permalink] 27 Jun 2012, 00:27

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