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Hi ,
Appreciate if you can comment on my profile. I plan to apply to HKUST.

Current Age - 29 yrs old Nationality : Indian
Educational Background: Chartered Accountant( ACA/CPA)- First attempt , ICWAI ( CIMA) - First attempt, Chartered Valuation Analyst (NACVA) and Chartered Management Accountant( IMA,USA). GPA of 3.5-3.7. 10th -76%, 12th 73% B.com 78% GMAT dec 2008 -610 and sept 2011 - 600

Work ExperienceI have 8 years of experience( plus 3 years Articleship with big 4 - PWC)) in Investment banking, Valuations and M&A. Have around 3 years of international experience and have worked in 28 countries in last 8 years across 4 continents.

Currently working with a Big 4 firm in India as Assistant Director- M&A and Valuations. Leading a team of 200 . Have led End -to-end valuations/business plans and market study for companies > $ 200 Million USD.

Achievements:
-Was selected amongst 50 Employees out of 100,000 to undergo the prestigious GE Finance Leadership Program.
- Undergone the leadership program of Shell Oil& Gas Company.
- I am also a certified assesor by CII ( confederation of indian industries).- Wall Street training in Financial Modeling & Valuations.

Extra curricular: .
-Part of ‘Citizen Journalist’ program of BBC during the General Elections in '09.
-Founded and operated a small coffee shop/canteen (with around 10 employees) during the college days and subsequently sold it to a larger chain of canteen.Started with an Initial Investment of Rs 8000( USD 200) and sold it at Rs 1,60,000( USD 4000) and used my share of money to fund my further education.
- Founded an Indian Community in Oman - Muscat oasis Indian community . Current membership stands at 350.

Community service

-worked with an NGO in India during the Tsunami in India in 2004. Visited Nagapatanam and was there for a month and helped rebuild the houses and village.
-Stated a group in our locality to help people understand the effective and efficient usage of water and helped in putting thru a rain water harvesting plant in the locality.
- Worked with an NGO- for the education and rehablitation of poor Arab children in Sur, Oman.

Post MBA - Investment banking/PE


sudhir18n,

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 610, our experience indicates you would be a competitive candidate at HKUST for the full-time MBA program. That said, I would encourage you to consider applying to other MBA programs, in particular with the GMAT score that you have, to give yourself an improved chance of admission.

Overall, you have a strong profile and leadership experience to date. I would encourage you to provide some context around the distinctions and charters that you have received (e.g. what proportion of people who take the test pass on the first try, etc.). Additionally, given your GMAT score level, you might frame your stories in the essays around addressing the weaker of the two splits (quant and verbal). My guess is that your quant score is higher than the verbal, in which case you can use your leadership experience to focus on stories about persuasion, presentation, implementation, and communication.

The other item that strikes me in your profile is that, with a team of 200 in a Big 4 organization, you seem to be perhaps better suited to an executive MBA program and not a full-time MBA program. This is based on your extensive work experience and current seniority level, but you would also benefit from an EMBA application since they typically weigh the GMAT (directionally) less than that of full-time programs. In fact, some EMBA programs do not require the GMAT at all.

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Profile evaluation:
Background: 30 year-old male Asian American, married, has a 4 and a 5 year-old (does that matter?). Multicultural - Born in China and immigrated to US at age 18. Proficient in both English and Chinese.

GMAT score: 740 (50Q / 39V)

Undergrad School and GPA: SUNY Binghamton, Computer science major, 2.95 GPA (no special reason for the low gpa, it is just due to immaturity)

Post-MBA goal:
Short term: Career change - like to change from working in small business to working in big corporation. Interested in general management and/or entrepreneurship (can i put both as my areas of interest??), like to get into a good management trainee program after MBA.

Long term: Becoming a operational leader, in Asia-Pacific region, of a US or international company (utilize my multicultural background).

Work experience (6 years total):

I started working in a small computer networking company. The company implements internet networks for hotels. I was a team leader in the tech-support department. My work duties include overseeing tech-support staffs, monitoring the client’s networks, and maintaining a good relationship with the clients.

After the networking company, I worked in a small retail business (a chain of two local cellular phone stores). I started as a IT Consultant. In one year, I was promoted as an assistant GM and became a business partner. In two more years, I became the General Manager (my current title). Under my supervision, the company structure was enhanced, new positions and departments were created, the total revenue was significantly increased, and four more new stores were opened in the upstate New York region.

Extracurricular:
1. one thing i really proud about myself is my photography skills. I consider my skill matches a "seasonal-pro", just that i don't charge people. i do photo shoot occasionally for some friends and families' special events. i do landscaping photography too, maybe i can include some of my works along with one of the essay that talks about myself?
2. I do magic tricks, but mostly for children at some private parties. I am not as good as profession who can make a living with such skills, but i would say i am experience enough to call myself an amateur magician.
3. I am a guitarist. Back in college time, I played in a band(one reason for the low GPA, lol), and actively involved with the music worship for the student christian fellowship group. I am also a worship team member currently in my church (i guess that kind of overlaps with the community work.
4. I like skiing and snowboarding, but i don't think those have anything to do with my MBA application, correct?

Community work: I used to be an interpreter in my church, but I became too busy and didn't continue that role. I am currently a guitarist in the music worship team in my church.

Target Schools: McCombs, Cornell, Darden, Stern, (or something better?)

Questions:
1. Am I getting a good chance get accepted by the above schools? I understand my weaknesses include low under-grad GPA and lack of corporate exposure. Are my working experience and the 740 GMAT going to offset the weakness in my application? I heard about taking courses in community college to offset low undergrad GPA, but I don’t have such time because of work.

2. About recommendations: As a general manager, the only person above me is the business owner. He is going to give me a good recommendation demonstrating my achievement at work. I am planning to have my counselor at Christian fellowship to write me the second recommendation. As my counselor, she knows me pretty well. Also, I worked with her closely as I coordinated a couple music events for the fellowship. She should be able to give me some good words about my leadership skills. Is that a good combination of recommendation letters?

3. About area of interest, i am not so sure about entrepreneurship or general management. can i put both? or if i have to pick entrepreneurship, will it go with my long term goal just fine? I want to put entrepreneurship because i feel like it is closer to what i am doing at my job, therefore increases the change of acceptance.

4. My salary is significantly lower than average. Is that something bad for my application? That is because as business partners, both I and the business owner agreed that it is the best now to reserve the money for the company growth. Should I use the optional essay to make that clear?

5. According to my profile, would it be a waste of money to try one of the top 10? like sloan?


tr1ckythe0ry,

Thank you for your profile submission and your questions. Based on the information as provided and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 740, our experience indicates you would be a stretch candidate at Sloan, between a stretch and competitive candidate (closer to stretch) at Stern, between stretch and competitive (closer to competitive) at Darden and Johnson, and between competitive and strong at McCombs.

On to your profile specifics and your questions:

- Having a child or children while applying to a top MBA program would not necessarily hurt or help you, all things equal. Many Chinese and Indian students who apply and are of your age range have families. You might want to make mention of the extracurricular groups that top MBA programs all have around children and families as something that you would contribute to on campus.
- In terms of the personal interests you list and which might be appropriate to include in the application or on your resume, I might personally avoid the magic trick component. On the other hand, definitely include your abilities and passion for photography - but also describe the types of events that you have photographed in the past. You can mention ski/ snowboarding as a personal interest, and if true you could mention that you might use this interest as a reason to get involved with the ski trips that many top MBA programs organize.
- Since, as you point out, you do not have experience in a larger organization, make sure to explicitly list and quantify the accomplishments you have contributed to - it does appear that you have had a big impact on the growth of the company you work for right now.

On framing your work experience and your future career goals:
- It strikes me that you have essentially been working in an entrepreneurial environment in your past history with the retail work, and that you effectively have been supporting another entrepreneur (the owner) in this respect. As such, you might frame yourself as having build up a lot of entrepreneurial experience in this "#2" role and are looking for the MBA to help you start a venture on your own going forward. If you want to list a general management career as a goal, you can, but we typically advise clients to try to pick a 'primary' objective in the short term. Your long-term career interest in leading a division of a multinational in the Asia-Pacific region makes sense with your background and language skills. I think you would just need to make a bridge / connection between being an entrepreneur and then translating that to working in a large organization.

As to your specific questions -
1) It would help your profile to take a class and excel in it to help offset your undergraduate GPA. You mention that the reason for the GPA is not because of working while in school, taking on a double major, graduating in less time than your peers, etc. but instead because of a lack of attention spent in coursework. If you do want to apply to top 10 programs, then I would strongly encourage you to take a course so that you can provide those results. Keep in mind as well that your age (30) starts to detract from your profile somewhat with each year going forward - I would not recommend that you wait a year to apply to take a course.

2) Having your current partner as a recommender makes sense. The counselor is less clear as a solid recommendation, although in situations where there is only one "boss" we have seeen this kind of approach make sense. You might also consider a recommendation from your first work experience, although the downside here is that that relationship reflects your accomplishments and seniority / abilities from further in the past. If you do go with the counselor, it would make sense to prep this person over the course of 1-2 conversations about what is an MBA, why you want one, and how the MBA recommendation form will ask this person to evaluate you. This is to make sure that the person has the right context to fill out the form - my guess is that he/she would not have done this in the past for an MBA.

3) Discussed above

4) I'm a bit unclear as to why your salary should be low, although for the owner I would understand more. If you have equity in the company, then I would understand why your salary is low. Otherwise, it strikes me that you perhaps have received a bit of an unfair salary and could potentially negotiate for either more salary or equity.

5) Discussed in chances above

Best of luck,

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Profile evaluation:
Background: 30 year-old male Asian American, married, has a 4 and a 5 year-old (does that matter?). Multicultural - Born in China and immigrated to US at age 18. Proficient in both English and Chinese.

GMAT score: 740 (50Q / 39V)

Undergrad School and GPA: SUNY Binghamton, Computer science major, 2.95 GPA (no special reason for the low gpa, it is just due to immaturity)

Post-MBA goal:
Short term: Career change - like to change from working in small business to working in big corporation. Interested in general management and/or entrepreneurship (can i put both as my areas of interest??), like to get into a good management trainee program after MBA.

Long term: Becoming a operational leader, in Asia-Pacific region, of a US or international company (utilize my multicultural background).

Work experience (6 years total):

I started working in a small computer networking company. The company implements internet networks for hotels. I was a team leader in the tech-support department. My work duties include overseeing tech-support staffs, monitoring the client’s networks, and maintaining a good relationship with the clients.

After the networking company, I worked in a small retail business (a chain of two local cellular phone stores). I started as a IT Consultant. In one year, I was promoted as an assistant GM and became a business partner. In two more years, I became the General Manager (my current title). Under my supervision, the company structure was enhanced, new positions and departments were created, the total revenue was significantly increased, and four more new stores were opened in the upstate New York region.

Extracurricular:
1. one thing i really proud about myself is my photography skills. I consider my skill matches a "seasonal-pro", just that i don't charge people. i do photo shoot occasionally for some friends and families' special events. i do landscaping photography too, maybe i can include some of my works along with one of the essay that talks about myself?
2. I do magic tricks, but mostly for children at some private parties. I am not as good as profession who can make a living with such skills, but i would say i am experience enough to call myself an amateur magician.
3. I am a guitarist. Back in college time, I played in a band(one reason for the low GPA, lol), and actively involved with the music worship for the student christian fellowship group. I am also a worship team member currently in my church (i guess that kind of overlaps with the community work.
4. I like skiing and snowboarding, but i don't think those have anything to do with my MBA application, correct?

Community work: I used to be an interpreter in my church, but I became too busy and didn't continue that role. I am currently a guitarist in the music worship team in my church.

Target Schools: McCombs, Cornell, Darden, Stern, (or something better?)

Questions:
1. Am I getting a good chance get accepted by the above schools? I understand my weaknesses include low under-grad GPA and lack of corporate exposure. Are my working experience and the 740 GMAT going to offset the weakness in my application? I heard about taking courses in community college to offset low undergrad GPA, but I don’t have such time because of work.

2. About recommendations: As a general manager, the only person above me is the business owner. He is going to give me a good recommendation demonstrating my achievement at work. I am planning to have my counselor at Christian fellowship to write me the second recommendation. As my counselor, she knows me pretty well. Also, I worked with her closely as I coordinated a couple music events for the fellowship. She should be able to give me some good words about my leadership skills. Is that a good combination of recommendation letters?

3. About area of interest, i am not so sure about entrepreneurship or general management. can i put both? or if i have to pick entrepreneurship, will it go with my long term goal just fine? I want to put entrepreneurship because i feel like it is closer to what i am doing at my job, therefore increases the change of acceptance.

4. My salary is significantly lower than average. Is that something bad for my application? That is because as business partners, both I and the business owner agreed that it is the best now to reserve the money for the company growth. Should I use the optional essay to make that clear?

5. According to my profile, would it be a waste of money to try one of the top 10? like sloan?



tr1ckythe0ry,

Thank you for your profile submission and your questions. Based on the information as provided and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 740, our experience indicates you would be a stretch candidate at Sloan, between a stretch and competitive candidate (closer to stretch) at Stern, between stretch and competitive (closer to competitive) at Darden and Johnson, and between competitive and strong at McCombs.

On to your profile specifics and your questions:

- Having a child or children while applying to a top MBA program would not necessarily hurt or help you, all things equal. Many Chinese and Indian students who apply and are of your age range have families. You might want to make mention of the extracurricular groups that top MBA programs all have around children and families as something that you would contribute to on campus.
- In terms of the personal interests you list and which might be appropriate to include in the application or on your resume, I might personally avoid the magic trick component. On the other hand, definitely include your abilities and passion for photography - but also describe the types of events that you have photographed in the past. You can mention ski/ snowboarding as a personal interest, and if true you could mention that you might use this interest as a reason to get involved with the ski trips that many top MBA programs organize.
- Since, as you point out, you do not have experience in a larger organization, make sure to explicitly list and quantify the accomplishments you have contributed to - it does appear that you have had a big impact on the growth of the company you work for right now.

On framing your work experience and your future career goals:
- It strikes me that you have essentially been working in an entrepreneurial environment in your past history with the retail work, and that you effectively have been supporting another entrepreneur (the owner) in this respect. As such, you might frame yourself as having built up a lot of entrepreneurial experience in this "#2" role and are looking for the MBA to help you start a venture on your own going forward. If you want to list a general management career as a goal, you can, but we typically advise clients to try to pick a 'primary' objective in the short term. Your long-term career interest in leading a division of a multinational in the Asia-Pacific region makes sense with your background and language skills. I think you would just need to make a bridge / connection between being an entrepreneur and then translating that to working in a large organization.

As to your specific questions -
1) It would help your profile to take a class and excel in it to help offset your undergraduate GPA. You mention that the reason for the GPA is not because of working while in school, taking on a double major, graduating in less time than your peers, etc. but instead because of a lack of attention spent in coursework. If you do want to apply to top 10 programs, then I would strongly encourage you to take a course so that you can provide those results. Keep in mind as well that your age (30) starts to detract from your profile somewhat with each year going forward - I would not recommend that you wait a year to apply to take a course.

2) Having your current partner as a recommender makes sense. The counselor is less clear as a solid recommendation, although in situations where there is only one "boss" we have seeen this kind of approach make sense. You might also consider a recommendation from your first work experience, although the downside here is that that relationship reflects your accomplishments and seniority / abilities from further in the past. If you do go with the counselor, it would make sense to prep this person over the course of 1-2 conversations about what is an MBA, why you want one, and how the MBA recommendation form will ask this person to evaluate you. This is to make sure that the person has the right context to fill out the form - my guess is that he/she would not have done this in the past for an MBA.

3) Discussed above

4) I'm a bit unclear as to why your salary should be low, although for the owner I would understand more. If you have equity in the company, then I would understand why your salary is low. Otherwise, it strikes me that you perhaps have received a bit of an unfair salary and could potentially negotiate for either more salary or equity.

5) Discussed in chances above

Best of luck,

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New post 03 Sep 2012, 22:51
Hi Brian ,

Please evaluate my profile.

Here is a brief of my profile :

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications - GPA 3.7
GMAT1 630(Q50 ,V25)
GMAT2 680 (Q49,V33)

Professional Background: Experience: 5 years (as of August-2012)
1) Senior Analyst 2010 - present: Credit Risk Analytic at a Boutique Consulting
Currently working with the largest retail bank in UK to develop strategies and insights to advise clients on the following :

Customer acquisition ,Customer retention,Loss Minimization on High Credit Limit accounts,Collection strategies to minimize loss on delinquent accounts etc.
Strategies to minimize Loss Given Default (LGD) and Probability of Default(PD) of high risk segments within a time period. The LGD has a direct impact on the Balance sheet of the Bank and as such the strategies mentioned above have saved the bank in millions


2) 2007-2010: Business Analyst at a Major IT MNC
Started as trainee for the learning Infrastructure development team , was promoted to the level of lead in 4 months , took
the responsibilites of handling the entire offshore delievery management, was awarded for the same by the client.

Continued to work in the same domain for another client and developed my skills further to get into the business side of the domain ,
I was specifically asked to handle the pre-sales activities, I trained around 4-5 associates at my workplace during the
same time as we tried aggressively to get a $1,000,000 project for our team , The project was in a open bid state and 2
other vendors were asked to send proposals etc.


Extra-Curricular Activities:

NGO experience - Worked for an NGO from within the organization to help the underprivileged children, of Denotified tribal area , in accessing a continuous stream of education. Involved in speaking to small fund donors and gathering volunteers.

Rock Band in Undergraduate Institute - Performed Live and backstage at various competitive events across State.

Head of Cultural Committee in Undergraduate Institute - Funds collections , marketing events for the various year round activities

Member of Core marketting committee in Undergraduate Institute - Marketing spotlight events across state, inviting high budget sponsors for event sponsorship

Languages known: English , Hindi , German(Speaking)

Reason for doing an MBA: Career Progress
I would want to leverage my Credit Risk Analytic experience and work post MBA for a Big 4 in their Risk Advisory domain, or leverage the same experience to work for a large lending Institution in their Credit risk vertical.

Area of interest: Consulting

Target Schools:

Ambitious - Ross , Duke, Cornell , Darden
Safe - UTMccombs , Tepper , HKUST , USC, NUS

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Hi Brian ,

Please evaluate my profile.

Here is a brief of my profile :

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications - GPA 3.7
GMAT1 630(Q50 ,V25)
GMAT2 680 (Q49,V33)

Professional Background: Experience: 5 years (as of August-2012)
1) Senior Analyst 2010 - present: Credit Risk Analytic at a Boutique Consulting
Currently working with the largest retail bank in UK to develop strategies and insights to advise clients on the following :

Customer acquisition ,Customer retention,Loss Minimization on High Credit Limit accounts,Collection strategies to minimize loss on delinquent accounts etc.
Strategies to minimize Loss Given Default (LGD) and Probability of Default(PD) of high risk segments within a time period. The LGD has a direct impact on the Balance sheet of the Bank and as such the strategies mentioned above have saved the bank in millions


2) 2007-2010: Business Analyst at a Major IT MNC
Started as trainee for the learning Infrastructure development team , was promoted to the level of lead in 4 months , took
the responsibilites of handling the entire offshore delievery management, was awarded for the same by the client.

Continued to work in the same domain for another client and developed my skills further to get into the business side of the domain ,
I was specifically asked to handle the pre-sales activities, I trained around 4-5 associates at my workplace during the
same time as we tried aggressively to get a $1,000,000 project for our team , The project was in a open bid state and 2
other vendors were asked to send proposals etc.


Extra-Curricular Activities:

NGO experience - Worked for an NGO from within the organization to help the underprivileged children, of Denotified tribal area , in accessing a continuous stream of education. Involved in speaking to small fund donors and gathering volunteers.

Rock Band in Undergraduate Institute - Performed Live and backstage at various competitive events across State.

Head of Cultural Committee in Undergraduate Institute - Funds collections , marketing events for the various year round activities

Member of Core marketting committee in Undergraduate Institute - Marketing spotlight events across state, inviting high budget sponsors for event sponsorship

Languages known: English , Hindi , German(Speaking)

Reason for doing an MBA: Career Progress
I would want to leverage my Credit Risk Analytic experience and work post MBA for a Big 4 in their Risk Advisory domain, or leverage the same experience to work for a large lending Institution in their Credit risk vertical.

Area of interest: Consulting

Target Schools:

Ambitious - Ross , Duke, Cornell , Darden
Safe - UTMccombs , Tepper , HKUST , USC, NUS

Thanks in advance for your help.


crackHSW,

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 between a stretch and competitive candidate (closer to stretch) at Ross and Fuqua, between stretch and competitive at Johnson and Darden, competitive at Tepper, and competitive to strong at McCombs and Marshall. We have a bit less of an ability to provide precise chances for NUS and HKUST, but chances there would most likely be within what we see for those at Tepper.

In terms of your profile -

1) The undergraduate institution you attended and its relative prestige will be a factor, particularly since your GMAT score is lower than average for top MBA programs. I am not sure if you are converting your grades into a 4.0 scale or not, but regardless, be able to articulate how your GPA placed you amongst your class (e.g. percentile). You will want to paint your academic background in as rigorous and positive a light as possible so as to help offset your GMAT.

2) Since you scored higher in the quant on the GMAT, have worked in a quant-heavy job after graduation, and have a technical degree, there is not going to be a significant amount of concern from the ad com about your ability to handle the technical side of the MBA curriculum. However, where you will want to focus your essays are on stories of communication, persuasion, presentation, and leadership, given your lower verbal GMAT split. For example, although your work was tied to analysis, the framing of your stories could be around how you convinced the client to implement your ideas/proposals, etc. Separately, I notice in some instances your overviews of your job responsibilities are somewhat organized in sentences that are run-ons, so just be sure that your resume and application do not contain these.

3) Since you have worked for two organizations, make sure to talk about why you switched roles from 1 firm to the next. It appears as though you left for a more senior position, so this is good.

The most important point, however, is what you write about your future career goals. They are tied to your background and seem achievable, both of which are great. At the same time, you might consider making the point in the essay that you would need the MBA to help you achieve this kind of role. Based on our experience, I am not sure that the ad coms would read your career goals and think that you absolutely would need the MBA to obtain this kind of position - your background might already qualify you, especially for a corporate job. Also think about how the degree would help in the long-term.

Best of luck,

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New post 09 Sep 2012, 16:11
Hi Brian,
Please evaluate my profile,planning to apply for fall 2013

M/25/Indian
Academics:
Class 10 -84
Class 12 - 82
Undergrad : 58%
Gmat 710

Professional: - 2 years experience(as of now) in Indian IT Industry.Will have total exp. of 3 years next fall
-Working in an Indian IT mid-size company(Revenues : 1BN $), Clients over the past 2 years have been telecom majors of UK & US
- A Fast Promotion
-International Experience (6 months in UK) ,leading a team
-Working mainly on the functional side than technical side of technology implementation projects.Functional consultant role.
-2 professional certifications(No one in the company hold this which is knowledge critical to projects)

Extracurricular activities :
-Recipient of many awards in schools
-Member of school cricket team
-Organized tech fests at undergrad level
-Working with an NGO supporting underprivileged kids
-Actively participate in firm's CSR initiative
-Trekking and travelling enthusiast
-Other interests include keen interest in current affairs.

Languages known : English,Spanish and 3 other languages

Why MBA : Career progression,move into general management/strategy

Target Schools : Kellogg,Tuck,Ross,Duke,Darden,UCLA,Stern,Mc Combs.

Any suggestions from your side on which schools fit my profile and also work experience ?...

Thanks in advance.
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Brian,
Would like to add -
-Class representative in School
-Computer Engineer from Pune University(Top Ranked university in India)

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I am a 26 year old female from India and applying to US business schools in 2012. I have a GMAT of 640 (Q:45 / V:34 / AWA:4) and a TOEFL score of 96. I have worked for 4 years as a marketing executive in India in the hospitality industry. I have worked for two different hotel groups 1) 1 yr at a large single hotel located in the commercial center in the capital city of India 2) ~3 yrs at a large multi-national and multi-brand hotel chain, with responsibility for nationwide (India) marketing. I had hit a ceiling at my company and without an MBA they were not willing to promote me further or give me additional responsibilities. So I quit and for last 2 months, I have been working as a full-time volunteer for an NGO for differently-abled and underprivileged children. By the time I join a business school (hopefully), I would have worked at this NGO for almost 1 year. I am passionate about dance and was part of a professional dance group for 5 years (alongside my college and job). Both at college and as part of this dance group, I have performed at multiple shows with audiences of 1,000+ people and won many awards. I have an undergraduate degree in English (Hons.) where I studied English, History and Philosophy. I was very active in my college’s dance and theatre society. Indian colleges do not have a GPA system. I would consider myself a firm mid-tier performer academically.
I am very keen on continuing a career in marketing. Can you kindly advise which schools will best suit my profile? I am keen on Duke, Haas and Cornell.
Thank you very much in advance.
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Please evaluate my profile:
M/23 Indian
GMAT 710 q49 v37
Undergrad: B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi
GPA: 2.44 (The program is one of the hardest in the country and the rating is absolute)
Work Ex:2yrs 4months(till now)
Right after completing B.Tech, I got placed on campus in an IT Consulting firm.It was a start-up with around 50 employees. I've been with the firm till then as a consultant. My work includes handling projects directly with the client,proposing solutions to their IT problems and then deliver those solutions in strict deadlines.
I've done recruitment for the firm and have given the new employees technical training sessions.
Sports: I've played chess in district and state tournaments. I also won silver for my college in national sports fest.
Community service: I'm doing volunteer work in an NGO for the past 5 months. Its been just on weekends.

I've no idea where my profile fits. I'm looking for Top-30 programs in US and top universities in UK. Please suggest me some reach,accessible and easy schools for me!!

Thank you!!!


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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 710, our experience indicates you would be a stretch candidate at top 20 schools in the US, between stretch and competitive (closer to stretch) at schools 20-25, and between stretch and competitive at programs in the 25-30 range.

Overall, your profile and my thoughts are extremely similar to that of MilindJ, whose profile I just provided a response for in one post earlier. Specifically, points 1) and 2) there would also apply to you - I would recommend that you consider applying in the future (not this year), and make sure you provide context about your grades as they are potentially going to be a concern for the ad coms.

It's even more relevant for you to get some additional work experience, and promotions, because you are working at a very small IT consulting firm. When applicants come from smaller companies that are not as well-known, ad coms need to see a clear progression of increasing responsibility and promotions. Otherwise, it is hard for them to calibrate your experience because they do not have a lot of data points from prior applicants in that firm from years past. If you have received promotion(s), definitely include this in your resume and application.

In terms of your GPA, and this goes for many applicants from India that I have seen in profile submissions, you do not need to (and should not) try to convert from a 10 or 100% scale into a 4.0 scale. Ad coms know how to deal with a 100% scale but do need context around what the average and your percentile rank was within your graduating class.

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I am a 26 year old female from India and applying to US business schools in 2012. I have a GMAT of 640 (Q:45 / V:34 / AWA:4) and a TOEFL score of 96. I have worked for 4 years as a marketing executive in India in the hospitality industry. I have worked for two different hotel groups 1) 1 yr at a large single hotel located in the commercial center in the capital city of India 2) ~3 yrs at a large multi-national and multi-brand hotel chain, with responsibility for nationwide (India) marketing. I had hit a ceiling at my company and without an MBA they were not willing to promote me further or give me additional responsibilities. So I quit and for last 2 months, I have been working as a full-time volunteer for an NGO for differently-abled and underprivileged children. By the time I join a business school (hopefully), I would have worked at this NGO for almost 1 year. I am passionate about dance and was part of a professional dance group for 5 years (alongside my college and job). Both at college and as part of this dance group, I have performed at multiple shows with audiences of 1,000+ people and won many awards. I have an undergraduate degree in English (Hons.) where I studied English, History and Philosophy. I was very active in my college’s dance and theatre society. Indian colleges do not have a GPA system. I would consider myself a firm mid-tier performer academically.
I am very keen on continuing a career in marketing. Can you kindly advise which schools will best suit my profile? I am keen on Duke, Haas and Cornell.
Thank you very much in advance.


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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 640, our experience indicates you would be a stretch candidate at Fuqua, Haas, and Johnson.

You have relatively unique profile and work history relative to most of your peers from India, which helps significantly. At the same time, however, with a below average (for top programs) GMAT, likely average grades, and a TOEFL score that is lower than the 100 that many top programs require, we would project that top programs would have concerns about your ability to be successful. It appears you might have selected Fuqua, Haas, and Johnson because they either do not have an absolute minimum TOEFL score or have a minimum that is below 100 - this makes sense. Based on our experience, if you are interested in top 15 programs in the US, I would recommend that you consider retaking both the GMAT and the TOEFL to improve your scores to the extent possible. Regardless of your current and future test scores, I would encourage you to apply to programs outside of the top 15, as well.

Regarding your grades, ad coms expect applicants to provide the percentage / score of their marks from university. Please see my remarks on this topic from any number of other Indian applicants in this thread for further detail.

One other area you'll want to make sure to phrase with care is the nature of the end of your work experience with the hotel chain. It's quite important to make sure to describe that you left the organization on good terms, and you'll also need to have at least one of your recommenders from this company anyways.

Additionally, I would say try to be as structured as possible in your essays and interview responses so that you are able to convey the strength of your communication skills.

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I am extremely worried now that I have seen some people's profiles and see that they aren't considered strong for some schools. Well, in order to narrow down my choices in applications I might as well give it a shot.

Age: 25
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Taiwanese
GPA: 2.9 State University at Stony Brook (really stupid grading system for labs)
Major: Biochemistry
Work EXP: 3 years at a small laboratory. Went from a quality control chemist to a quality control and quality assurance manager.
GMAT: 690 (Q50, V31)
Schools that I am looking to apply to: Tuck, Columbia, Stern (mainly want to go here), Johnson, and Booth
I know I will have strong letters of recommendation, especially since I am coming from a different field. One of the letters is from an accounting professor and another is from my current supervisor who used to be the technical director at a big pharmaceutical company.
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Hi, many thanks for the work that you guys are doing.

Would request you to provide some input and direction based upon the profile posted below-

Gender - Male
Nationality - Indian
Age - 28
GMAT - 700 (q49, v35)

Highest Qualification - B. E (Computer Science & Engineering) from a Tier2 college in India
Percentage in B.E. = 70%
12th - 81%
10th - 81%

Work Exp : 7 years

Currently working as Assistant Vice President for a small-sized service based company in India which caters to only Investment banks. Managing the account for an leading investment bank in USA and leading a team of around 10 people. The work on client side invloves development of a derivative trading platform but I mange the account for all the engagements beween this bank and my employer. Have worked with Swiss bank singapore team for an year.

Before that - I was able to convince one of the US based firms to start its operation in India. Though the operstion could last only for one and half year.

I can arrange one reco from CEO of my current employer and another from the CEO of the oraganization which started it's operation India.

NO extra curr.
NO community work.

One more point, though I am not sure whether it will be positive or negative for my profile, is - I belong to a place in India which is extremely backward (even electricity isn't available yet) and I have completed my schooling (till 10th) from there.

Target schools -
INSEAD
Kellog
IE
IMD
LBS

Would you suggest me to re-take GMAT?
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I am extremely worried now that I have seen some people's profiles and see that they aren't considered strong for some schools. Well, in order to narrow down my choices in applications I might as well give it a shot.

Age: 25
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Taiwanese
GPA: 2.9 State University at Stony Brook (really stupid grading system for labs)
Major: Biochemistry
Work EXP: 3 years at a small laboratory. Went from a quality control chemist to a quality control and quality assurance manager.
GMAT: 690 (Q50, V31)
Schools that I am looking to apply to: Tuck, Columbia, Stern (mainly want to go here), Johnson, and Booth
I know I will have strong letters of recommendation, especially since I am coming from a different field. One of the letters is from an accounting professor and another is from my current supervisor who used to be the technical director at a big pharmaceutical company.


Injuin,

Thank you for your profile submission. Based on the information as presented and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 690, our experience indicates that you would be a stretch candidate at the schools you are interested in. We would project that you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate at programs in the 20-25 range in the US, and between stretch and competitive (closer to competitive) at programs 25-30 in the US.

Thoughts on your profile -

Since you have a below average (for top programs) GMAT and a below average (for top programs) GPA, you will need to be able to hit upon other areas in the application to make up for these areas. Yet, I do not see any comments on your leadership or extracurricular activities outside of a professional realm. Keep in mind that these will be important to help the ad coms consider your potential - this is also critical since you have slightly less work experience than the average applicant. I also do not see any summary of the reasons for why you are interested in the MBA and what you are looking to do from a career standpoint after graduation.

Regarding recommendations, in our experience we strongly recommend candidates to gain two professional (not academic) sources. A professor is much less able to judge your strengths and weaknesses in a professional setting. This is perhaps more important if you come from a smaller company that sends (in all probability) fewer employees per capita to business school than other, larger companies.

In terms of your GPA, keep in mind you will need to have a (much) different approach to explaining your grades, relative to what you have currently in your profile. In our interaction with applicants, we see reasons for a low GPA that resonate with the ad coms as things like: working a significant number of hours (and especially when most other students do not), graduating in 3 or 3.5 years, taking a double major, dealing with a significant personal loss or difficult personal situation, etc.

My thought is that you may consider taking at least 1 (if not 2) classes in a business subject to indicate to the ad com that you will be able to handle the rigor of an MBA program. You may consider delaying applying for a year to take a class or two, gain another promotion, increase your extracurricular involvement and leadership, and potentially re-take the GMAT.

You comment that you are concerned that some other profiles have been given some low chances projections. In general, in our experience, with 2 or 3 areas with lower than average performance vs. top programs, it is that much more difficult (but not impossible) to gain admission, especially if one is in a competitive demographic. Aringo has worked with candidates with low GMAT scores to gain acceptance to top programs, and it can be done. But, our chances projections are based on our experience with candidates and the general odds given certain profile characteristics.

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Hi, many thanks for the work that you guys are doing.

Would request you to provide some input and direction based upon the profile posted below-

Gender - Male
Nationality - Indian
Age - 28
GMAT - 700 (q49, v35)

Highest Qualification - B. E (Computer Science & Engineering) from a Tier2 college in India
Percentage in B.E. = 70%
12th - 81%
10th - 81%

Work Exp : 7 years

Currently working as Assistant Vice President for a small-sized service based company in India which caters to only Investment banks. Managing the account for an leading investment bank in USA and leading a team of around 10 people. The work on client side invloves development of a derivative trading platform but I mange the account for all the engagements beween this bank and my employer. Have worked with Swiss bank singapore team for an year.

Before that - I was able to convince one of the US based firms to start its operation in India. Though the operstion could last only for one and half year.

I can arrange one reco from CEO of my current employer and another from the CEO of the oraganization which started it's operation India.

NO extra curr.
NO community work.

One more point, though I am not sure whether it will be positive or negative for my profile, is - I belong to a place in India which is extremely backward (even electricity isn't available yet) and I have completed my schooling (till 10th) from there.

Target schools -
INSEAD
Kellog
IE
IMD
LBS

Would you suggest me to re-take GMAT?


Ellipse,

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 a stretch candidate at INSEAD, Kellogg, and IMD, between stretch and competitive at LBS, and strong at IE.

Comments on your profile -

You comment that you attended a "Tier 2" university in India. I would definitely include your relative graduation rank / percentile within your class. On your recommendations, I would just caution you to make sure that both of the CEOs know you well and can speak in depth about your strengths and developmental opportunities. If they do, great! It's just that in our experience, we caution clients against trying to go for the "big" name if that recommender does not know the applicant well enough and has not truly supervised the work of the applicant.

Regarding coming from a less affluent part of the country and whether this is a positive or a negative, the answer (like many other parts of the MBA application process) is that it all depends on how you frame it. If you have an attitude that speaks to the challenges you have faced and how you have worked to overcome them, this works to your advantage. If you are able to incorporate how your background influenced your approach in business and helped you to succeed, even better. If, on the other hand, you come off as complaining or lamenting your background as something that has held you back, in our experience this resonates much less with (and can turn off) ad coms.

In terms of your extracurriculars, you comment there was "no" involvement. When we have conversations with clients, we often find that people can underestimate their actual extracurricular involvement because they think some of their prior activities are actually not "valid." So, I would just encourage you to think expansively about your prior history. For example, if you lead recruiting efforts at your firm, this can count. As far as re-taking the GMAT, a higher score could help your profile, but personally I would be more interested on either increasing your extracurricular involvement and/or explaining why your prior involvement was limited. Ad coms will want to know if you will be a committed alumnus of your MBA program and if you will be invested into the outside of academic component of the MBA program. As such, make sure you are extremely specific (vs. general) in your essays about the types of activities and initiatives that you would look to join, contribute to, and lead.

Finally, definitely make sure to check your application for spelling errors and any typos prior to submission.

Best of luck,

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Thanks for taking time out and going through my profile.

Do you think a score of 740 would make my profile competitve at INSEAD? In that case, I can think of retaking GMAT.
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Hi,
please advice.

Age:23

Gmat :710(50 Quant,35 Verbal)

Work ex : - Currently 2.5 years in an IT consulting Firm.
- Working for an insurance client and was involved in several cost cutting,Process improvement projects with a cost saving range of 20K to 100K $ savings.
- Was part of a team which procured a $11 million worth project.Contributed in Providing the Technical feasibility as well as the proof of concept for the project.
- Led a team of technical experts to train New joinees into company in various cutting edge technologies.

Qualification : B.Tech IT with Honors from a Tier one University of India

GPA : 9.21/10 (not sure how would it convert it to 4.0 scale.. A direct conversion gives 3.68/4.0)

Extra Curriculars :
-Awarded Best speaker award by Ministry of Parliamentry affairs of India at regional level(Among nine States).
-Was pioneer in establishing a Telugu(My mother tongue,An Indian Regional language) Literary club in my University and led a team of 8 to win International level cultural festival at VIT University,India.
-Head of Guest lectures Team,DAKSH,an international level techno management fest held at my University and organized guest lectures by famous people such as Harold Kroto(One of the Discoverer of Buckminster Fullerene) and Subramania swamy(Faculty at harvard and Minister of parliament of India) for a group of more than 400 students.
-Executive Member of Association of Information Technology department in my university.Organized several technical sessions such as Quantitaive Aptitude,Computer hardware as well as several communication related sessions.
-Represented school table tennis team for district and state level competitions.
-Won intra mural team table tennis championship both at school level and University level.
-Stood runner up in district level singing competitions.
-Have led Quiz teams at school level,Won several of them at intra school level and inter schools level.

Academic :
- 6th among a class of 144 with a GPA of 9.2/10
- Awarded Deans list (Top 2% of the University) for a Final year GPA of 9.8/10.
- awarded Merit list (Top 10 % of the Unviersity) for a second year GPA of 8.8/10

Community service:

- At University ,Was part of a team which arranged for health as well as entertainment program for old age homes.
- At school was a Part of Bharat Scouts and Guides ,An Organization,Which works for social equality as well as community helping.Awarded third highest honor, Tritiya sopan for my services and for leading a troop of 40 Scouts.

Aiming; MIT,Oxford,ISB,NUS(singapore),Arizona State University. Please Suggest if i can get through top three of my options.
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Hello,

Could you please give me a little feedback on my unique situation? I am applying for MBA programs in pursuit of a JD/MBA dual degree. I am hoping for admission into at least one top 14 law school (such as Cornell, Harvard, Virginia, Penn, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia) and would like to get into the MBA program as well. However, I am a college senior and am concerned about the uphill battle with work experience. While I have not been working after undergraduate I started a real estate investment business and work in real estate. I am a female Native American(citizen of Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), 3.65 gpa in Business from a large public institution, with a GMAT of 710, AWA 5.5, Quant in the 71st percentile(my weakness) and Verbal in the 96th percentile. I am applying through the Consortium to schools like Michigan, Darden, Yale, Cornell, ect. Do I have a chance of getting into the Business School at any of these? If so, how can I craft an application to make up for my weaknesses and highlight my strengths?

Thank you for your insight!
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Thanks for taking time out and going through my profile.

Do you think a score of 740 would make my profile competitve at INSEAD? In that case, I can think of retaking GMAT.


Ellipse,

Thank you for the follow-up question. Based on our experience, a 740 would help you, yes - we would project that you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate at Kellogg, INSEAD, and IMD. However, keep in mind we also projected that a key area to address is going to be how you frame extracurricular activities and your contribution to the MBA experience.

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As far as re-taking the GMAT, a higher score could help your profile, but personally I would be more interested on either increasing your extracurricular involvement and/or explaining why your prior involvement was limited. Ad coms will want to know if you will be a committed alumnus of your MBA program and if you will be invested into the outside of academic component of the MBA program. As such, make sure you are extremely specific (vs. general) in your essays about the types of activities and initiatives that you would look to join, contribute to, and lead.


Best of luck,
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Hi,
please advice.

Age:23

Gmat :710(50 Quant,35 Verbal)

Work ex : - Currently 2.5 years in an IT consulting Firm.
- Working for an insurance client and was involved in several cost cutting,Process improvement projects with a cost saving range of 20K to 100K $ savings.
- Was part of a team which procured a $11 million worth project.Contributed in Providing the Technical feasibility as well as the proof of concept for the project.
- Led a team of technical experts to train New joinees into company in various cutting edge technologies.

Qualification : B.Tech IT with Honors from a Tier one University of India

GPA : 9.21/10 (not sure how would it convert it to 4.0 scale.. A direct conversion gives 3.68/4.0)

Extra Curriculars :
-Awarded Best speaker award by Ministry of Parliamentry affairs of India at regional level(Among nine States).
-Was pioneer in establishing a Telugu(My mother tongue,An Indian Regional language) Literary club in my University and led a team of 8 to win International level cultural festival at VIT University,India.
-Head of Guest lectures Team,DAKSH,an international level techno management fest held at my University and organized guest lectures by famous people such as Harold Kroto(One of the Discoverer of Buckminster Fullerene) and Subramania swamy(Faculty at harvard and Minister of parliament of India) for a group of more than 400 students.
-Executive Member of Association of Information Technology department in my university.Organized several technical sessions such as Quantitaive Aptitude,Computer hardware as well as several communication related sessions.
-Represented school table tennis team for district and state level competitions.
-Won intra mural team table tennis championship both at school level and University level.
-Stood runner up in district level singing competitions.
-Have led Quiz teams at school level,Won several of them at intra school level and inter schools level.

Academic :
- 6th among a class of 144 with a GPA of 9.2/10
- Awarded Deans list (Top 2% of the University) for a Final year GPA of 9.8/10.
- awarded Merit list (Top 10 % of the Unviersity) for a second year GPA of 8.8/10

Community service:

- At University ,Was part of a team which arranged for health as well as entertainment program for old age homes.
- At school was a Part of Bharat Scouts and Guides ,An Organization,Which works for social equality as well as community helping.Awarded third highest honor, Tritiya sopan for my services and for leading a troop of 40 Scouts.

Aiming; MIT,Oxford,ISB,NUS(singapore),Arizona State University. Please Suggest if i can get through top three of my options.


nsvivekanand,

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 710, our experience indicates you would be between a stretch and competitive candidate at Sloan, and strong at Oxord. We have the most data on the top 30 global programs, and have less precise ability to predict chances at ISB and NUS, but you would likely be at least competitive at these programs. With your profile, if you are looking at US schools I would recommend that you look at programs in the top 10 to top 20 range - Arizona State is typically outside of that range.

Overall, you have a strong profile, with a solid GMAT score, very good academic marks, and a good extracurricular profile with some solid accomplishments. With respect to your extracurriculars and awards, try to prioritize which of these that are perhaps the most impressive and try to design your resume (and which of these you talk about in essays) around this approach.

The one challenge is that you are on the younger side, both in terms of age and in the number of years of work experience, for most top programs. I do not see anything in your profile around future career goals or why MBA. For an applicant in an extremely competitive cohort such as the male, Indian, engineering major working in IT or IT consulting, the future career goals and why MBA are quite important differentiating factors for applicants.

Don't worry or try to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale - just show your grades on the 10 point scale and show your class rank (thank you for putting this in your profile - very helpful for ad coms).

Additionally, in your essays, make sure to have someone that you trust take a look at the language, spelling, and punctuation that you use. For example, in your profile, I see a fair amount of capitalization of words that would typically not be punctuated in this way in English.

Best of luck,
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