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anandrajakrishnan wrote:
Hi,

I appeared for GMAT in MAr, 2013 and got 710 (I had appeared for GMAT in Jun, 2009 and got 570, after which I shelved my MBA plan).

I am an IT professional, working as a program manager for a telecom solution provider. I have 12+ years of exp.
My CV is available in linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anand-rajak ... /a/1a4/88a
I have applied for many colleges which I updated in my profile as well. But I could not even manage an interview. I am not certain as for what went wrong.

Can you please suggest on how I can improve my chances of getting a call from a college? Also, please help me with the list of colleges I should apply to.

Thanks.



Hi Anandra,
Congratulations on the big leap in your GMAT! Perhaps share your goals, the ones you applied with. Also, which programs did you apply to, that did not invite you for an interview? There is also always the chance that your essays/recommendations were not at the level they needed to be - not just in terms of writing, but in terms of chosen content. Also, how are your extracurricular activities? And did you apply Round 1? How old are you? What was your GPA in university? Let me know some further details, and perhaps I can offer some advice.

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New post 20 Mar 2014, 23:20
medhaaparna wrote:
Hi Gill,

I needed a small help from you regarding MBA admissions. As I have read lot of your posts on many sites I thought I would ask for your suggestion.

I have applied for MBA program in following universities in USA,

Kelley Business school,
Rochester - Simon business school,
Goizueta,
USC Marshall,
NYU stern,
UCI Irvine,
Thunderbird.

My Profile:

GMAT Score: 650
Toefl: 103
GPA: 68.8% (VTU - India)
Indian applicant
Work experience: exactly 2years in Infosys (by the time the term starts)

I have recieved rejection from Kelley, UCI Irvine, Goizueta

but,

I got an admit from Thunderbird School of Global Management

** I am not expecting an admit from the rest.

Can you please help me decide if I have to go with thunderbird or would you suggest me to wait for another year retake my GMAT and apply for FALL 2015.

Your input will be very helpful for me.

Regards,
Medha




Hi Medha,
Congratulations on the acceptance to Thunderbird! Based on your profile above, our suggestion would be to go to Thunderbird. If you decide to take the chance and wait a year, you might increase your GMAT, but that won't necessarily get you into much higher-tier schools. I think you need first to decide whether you want an MBA no matter what, and if Thunderbird will help you achieve your goals. If not, then perhaps you should wait a year and reapply with a higher score. You will also have more work experience, and you have time to do more extracurricular activities. With only 2 years of work experience, you sound perhaps on the young side, so maybe you have a few years to try your luck. But nothing is sure, so if you want that MBA now, and want it no matter what, go with the bird in hand.

Good luck!!

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Can you please provide evaluation of my profile.

Career Profile

GPA : 78 %
Year of passing : 2004
Work Exp : 10 years
Industry : Semiconductors(Particularly mobile semiconductors)
Current Employer : Broadcom Communication Bangalore
Past Employers : LSI and Freescale (Motorola)
GMAT : 720 (Q49/V40/IR8)
Extra Curricular: Working on Startup ideas. Cycling enthusiast (Participated in Vodafone cycling marathon),Participated in DISC training in my company for managerial aspirants, Recipient of various awards during my professional career. Participated in company technical seminar and won best project award.

After 10 years of working in semiconductor industry I though of adding managerial skill to my existing set of technical skills. I plan to use my managerial skills in the field of technology consulting, product management,large scale project management,venture capital industry, and entrepreneurship.

I was wondering whether you can share your insights of some of the MBA schools that would be suitable for my profile and where I stand a fair chance of getting in.
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New post 11 Apr 2014, 01:22
Hi,
First thing first, Thanks for this wonderful thread!

As far as thread heading goes it seems that I am on edge!

I need help in understanding my chances at Top 10 B-Schools (Sept 2015 entry). Below are details of my profile:

Academics
B.Tech 2005 (Electrical Eng) : 71 % (Gold Medalist)
M.tech 2008 (IIT Delhi, India) : 8.44 (GATE exam All India Rank 46 out of ~30,000 candidates)
GMAT : Planned, July 2014; based on GMAT PREP +ve about 720

Work Ex
• Years: 7 years (As on Sept 2014), Research and Development, Tata Motors Ltd., India
• Designation: Manager (Development)
• Profile: Working on product development area, mainly on the new generation of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle development
• Achievement: Few publications in the conference/magazine which are very well acknowledged in the respective field (E.g. SAE, IEEE, ATZ etc). I am a Talent Pool employee in the present company (~15 out of 40,000 employee every year get into talent pool) and got to attend Executive Management Training program at one of the premium Indian B School (That’s where started realizing importance of doing MBA to complete my skill + knowledge set for future endeavor and in the career progress)

Extra Curricular
• I worked as a full time "SBI Youth For India” fellow (2011-2012) in the rural development space. It’s a 1 year fellowship, with a focus on rural development. I took a sabbatical from my present employer and worked on livelihood project. 28 fellows were selected from all across India. I could publish one paper on the work done under this fellowship in STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FORUM of IIM Kozhikode (Under Top 8 B school from India); titled “Rural Local Retail: An innovative, self sustainable Social Business Model in Vegetable Business”
• Completed Paragliding pre-pilot level
• Completed French Level 1 certification

Certification
No international level certification; however Level 2 patent specialist Under TATA GROUP IP Management Program.

Target Program
Harvard……………………………… Stanford, MIT, LBS, INSEAD; As my school research is not extensive I would also like to know which are other schools where my profile and career goal would match

When you plan to apply
R1 Oct 2014

Your post-MBA goal
My long term goal is to start up a company in the area of Product Development ( To give a perspective, product development company like 3M)
With my work experience and Technical Education background I have developed the knowledge set required for such a venture however I am looking at following aspect to be covered by attending B-School:
1. Present and past student Network and prospective business partner
2. School name and the creditability with that to start new venture
3. Skill set to manage the business and required exposure
4. Peer Learning and divers thinking

If this doesn’t happen in immediate future (Post MBA) then I would like to join a Management Consultancy firm or a corporate position in Strategy and Planning vertical; which in long term would help me in setting up my firm.

I would like to understand how fair are my chances in Ivy-8 or above mentioned schools?
And which other schools you find would suitable for my profile?

I guess that’s all !!!

I sincerely thanks for all your time and efforts and waiting for your reply. (Moderator + Consultant)

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Background
• Rich experience in Design, Innovation and Competitive Product Development.
• Due to keen interest in Design in general and Transportation Design in particular, pursued Engineering education to earn Masters in Design (Product Design &Engg.) from I.I.Sc. Bangalore (Indian Institute of Science) and also pursued professional career in Vehicle Design with two Top Automotive Companies in the World and India respectively.
• Experience evolved working through corporate design gates/processes & interaction with various stakeholders and vendors; close participation through cross functional teams in business processes like product definition, product planning, market positioning & innovation activities.
• In-depth understanding of design tools & methodologies; System/Process Design & IPR landscaping.
• Undertook initiatives in multidisciplinary/multicultural environments & in navigating uncertainty/handling ambiguity, championing customer focus & multidimensional problem solving with full confidence.
• Worked as a design lead and design jury member on various professional assignments.
• Wish to integrate formal knowledge in design with a penchant for enterprise creation to start an organization devoted to creating next generation mobility solutions. An MBA education in this regard would go a long way in helping me realize this objective.

Academics
• BE (Mechanical Engineering) 2003: 70%
• Masters in Design (IISc, Bangalore) 2008: 6.9/8.0 (10 students accepted into the prestigious design program every year from a pool of 10,000+ applicants)
• GMAT: 730

Professional Experience
• Years: 6 years (as on August 2014) in the Design Studio and R&D Centre and prior 2 years (2004-2006) at General Motors.
• Designation: Manager (ADVANCED DESIGN)
• Profile: Responsible for Exterior Design of Next-Generation Passenger Vehicles. Several projects are in production and have been displayed in International Auto Shows.

Achievements
• Responsible for exterior design of next gen vehicles (3); responsible for design of concept vehicles (2) showcasing the future vision of the company.
• Lead the future vision activities of the department through the design function.
• Exposed to vision/pre-concept research/positioning/branding/conceptual development/production design/systems development/integration and marketing aspects of full scale product (vehicle) development.
• I have completed one full ‘level 6’ (new platform) production vehicle program with exterior and interior design.
• Lead team in simulated enterprise creation & management workshops with spectacular results.
• I also mentor junior members of the team.

Extra-Curricular
• One of the top 50 innovators selected in India Innovation Growth Program in 2014 (Partners: Department of Science and Technology Govt of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation USA; Stanford Business School; University of Austin Texas)
• I am also an active member of the design team working on CSR activities of my organization in rural school development and modernization.
• Design Jury for one of the most prestigious design competitions in India for the year 2013.

Certification:
Several relevant to Product Development and Business Development through Design, several in core competencies and allied fields.
For example:
Interpretation by Design (BMW Germany); Customer Centric Workshop by RoadsAhead Consulting India; Trend & Design by Style-Vision Asia (France); Design Thinking Action Lab (Stanfordx); Innovation & Commercialization (MITx); several core design domain courses from MITx including the X-Series Certification in Air Vehicle Design; Courses from Harvardx; etc..

Target Program:
Harvard or any one of the top 5 B Schools in the world

Planned Entry
R1 October 2014

Post MBA Goal
Vision is to start a mobility solutions company.


I wish to understand my chances to be accepted in an HBS type of program (Ivy League) and look forward to your most realistic assessment of my profile.
Sincere thanks in advance for your time and effort! And many thanks for offering such a platform for aspirants like us!
Warm Regards
JSW
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JSW2014 wrote:
Background
• Rich experience in Design, Innovation and Competitive Product Development.
• Due to keen interest in Design in general and Transportation Design in particular, pursued Engineering education to earn Masters in Design (Product Design &Engg.) from I.I.Sc. Bangalore (Indian Institute of Science) and also pursued professional career in Vehicle Design with two Top Automotive Companies in the World and India respectively.
• Experience evolved working through corporate design gates/processes & interaction with various stakeholders and vendors; close participation through cross functional teams in business processes like product definition, product planning, market positioning & innovation activities.
• In-depth understanding of design tools & methodologies; System/Process Design & IPR landscaping.
• Undertook initiatives in multidisciplinary/multicultural environments & in navigating uncertainty/handling ambiguity, championing customer focus & multidimensional problem solving with full confidence.
• Worked as a design lead and design jury member on various professional assignments.
• Wish to integrate formal knowledge in design with a penchant for enterprise creation to start an organization devoted to creating next generation mobility solutions. An MBA education in this regard would go a long way in helping me realize this objective.

Academics
• BE (Mechanical Engineering) 2003: 70%
• Masters in Design (IISc, Bangalore) 2008: 6.9/8.0 (10 students accepted into the prestigious design program every year from a pool of 10,000+ applicants)
• GMAT: 730

Professional Experience
• Years: 6 years (as on August 2014) in the Design Studio and R&D Centre and prior 2 years (2004-2006) at General Motors.
• Designation: Manager (ADVANCED DESIGN)
• Profile: Responsible for Exterior Design of Next-Generation Passenger Vehicles. Several projects are in production and have been displayed in International Auto Shows.

Achievements
• Responsible for exterior design of next gen vehicles (3); responsible for design of concept vehicles (2) showcasing the future vision of the company.
• Lead the future vision activities of the department through the design function.
• Exposed to vision/pre-concept research/positioning/branding/conceptual development/production design/systems development/integration and marketing aspects of full scale product (vehicle) development.
• I have completed one full ‘level 6’ (new platform) production vehicle program with exterior and interior design.
• Lead team in simulated enterprise creation & management workshops with spectacular results.
• I also mentor junior members of the team.

Extra-Curricular
• One of the top 50 innovators selected in India Innovation Growth Program in 2014 (Partners: Department of Science and Technology Govt of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation USA; Stanford Business School; University of Austin Texas)
• I am also an active member of the design team working on CSR activities of my organization in rural school development and modernization.
• Design Jury for one of the most prestigious design competitions in India for the year 2013.

Certification:
Several relevant to Product Development and Business Development through Design, several in core competencies and allied fields.
For example:
Interpretation by Design (BMW Germany); Customer Centric Workshop by RoadsAhead Consulting India; Trend & Design by Style-Vision Asia (France); Design Thinking Action Lab (Stanfordx); Innovation & Commercialization (MITx); several core design domain courses from MITx including the X-Series Certification in Air Vehicle Design; Courses from Harvardx; etc..

Target Program:
Harvard or any one of the top 5 B Schools in the world

Planned Entry
R1 October 2014

Post MBA Goal
Vision is to start a mobility solutions company.


I wish to understand my chances to be accepted in an HBS type of program (Ivy League) and look forward to your most realistic assessment of my profile.
Sincere thanks in advance for your time and effort! And many thanks for offering such a platform for aspirants like us!
Warm Regards
JSW




Hi! firstly, please forgive the lengthy time it took to respond - I've been on holiday. About your profile, it looks very good in terms of achievements, expertise, industry experience. It's not clear to me if you've ever had any leadership experience or entrepreneurial experience - I couldn't spot any. So if your goal is to start your own company after 8 years of working for corporations, we need to understand that leap. I also need to understand more about the target industry, and how it relates to all of your previous experience. There needs to be a connection between past experience and future goals.

Beyond that, you seem to have found numerous ways to stand out in the crowd, and I think you'll manage to do that as well with your application. One other thing - you wrote 'October 2014 entry' but I think you meant 2015, yes?

Good luck, and let me know if you have further questions - I'll be happy to continue the dialogue.

All the best,

Joy
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shalin1483 wrote:
Can you please provide evaluation of my profile.

Career Profile

GPA : 78 %
Year of passing : 2004
Work Exp : 10 years
Industry : Semiconductors(Particularly mobile semiconductors)
Current Employer : Broadcom Communication Bangalore
Past Employers : LSI and Freescale (Motorola)
GMAT : 720 (Q49/V40/IR8)
Extra Curricular: Working on Startup ideas. Cycling enthusiast (Participated in Vodafone cycling marathon),Participated in DISC training in my company for managerial aspirants, Recipient of various awards during my professional career. Participated in company technical seminar and won best project award.

After 10 years of working in semiconductor industry I though of adding managerial skill to my existing set of technical skills. I plan to use my managerial skills in the field of technology consulting, product management,large scale project management,venture capital industry, and entrepreneurship.

I was wondering whether you can share your insights of some of the MBA schools that would be suitable for my profile and where I stand a fair chance of getting in.



Hi, just a quick note to let you know that I'm doing a bit of research and will hopefully be back to you soon with some suggestions for you.

All the best,

Joy

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New post 24 Apr 2014, 23:54
harryIITD wrote:
Hi,
First thing first, Thanks for this wonderful thread!

As far as thread heading goes it seems that I am on edge!

I need help in understanding my chances at Top 10 B-Schools (Sept 2015 entry). Below are details of my profile:

Academics
B.Tech 2005 (Electrical Eng) : 71 % (Gold Medalist)
M.tech 2008 (IIT Delhi, India) : 8.44 (GATE exam All India Rank 46 out of ~30,000 candidates)
GMAT : Planned, July 2014; based on GMAT PREP +ve about 720

Work Ex
• Years: 7 years (As on Sept 2014), Research and Development, Tata Motors Ltd., India
• Designation: Manager (Development)
• Profile: Working on product development area, mainly on the new generation of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle development
• Achievement: Few publications in the conference/magazine which are very well acknowledged in the respective field (E.g. SAE, IEEE, ATZ etc). I am a Talent Pool employee in the present company (~15 out of 40,000 employee every year get into talent pool) and got to attend Executive Management Training program at one of the premium Indian B School (That’s where started realizing importance of doing MBA to complete my skill + knowledge set for future endeavor and in the career progress)

Extra Curricular
• I worked as a full time "SBI Youth For India” fellow (2011-2012) in the rural development space. It’s a 1 year fellowship, with a focus on rural development. I took a sabbatical from my present employer and worked on livelihood project. 28 fellows were selected from all across India. I could publish one paper on the work done under this fellowship in STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FORUM of IIM Kozhikode (Under Top 8 B school from India); titled “Rural Local Retail: An innovative, self sustainable Social Business Model in Vegetable Business”
• Completed Paragliding pre-pilot level
• Completed French Level 1 certification

Certification
No international level certification; however Level 2 patent specialist Under TATA GROUP IP Management Program.

Target Program
Harvard……………………………… Stanford, MIT, LBS, INSEAD; As my school research is not extensive I would also like to know which are other schools where my profile and career goal would match

When you plan to apply
R1 Oct 2014

Your post-MBA goal
My long term goal is to start up a company in the area of Product Development ( To give a perspective, product development company like 3M)
With my work experience and Technical Education background I have developed the knowledge set required for such a venture however I am looking at following aspect to be covered by attending B-School:
1. Present and past student Network and prospective business partner
2. School name and the creditability with that to start new venture
3. Skill set to manage the business and required exposure
4. Peer Learning and divers thinking

If this doesn’t happen in immediate future (Post MBA) then I would like to join a Management Consultancy firm or a corporate position in Strategy and Planning vertical; which in long term would help me in setting up my firm.

I would like to understand how fair are my chances in Ivy-8 or above mentioned schools?
And which other schools you find would suitable for my profile?

I guess that’s all !!!

I sincerely thanks for all your time and efforts and waiting for your reply. (Moderator + Consultant)

HarryIITD




Hi Harry,
I've been on holiday, so forgive the time it's taken to respond. I'm doing a bit of research so I can be more intelligent in answering your question - hope to get back to you soon!

All the best,

Joy

Senior Application Consultant
Aringo.com

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Admission tips and scholarship info per school
Plan your application content (free online tool)
Get an initial assessment

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New post 28 Apr 2014, 08:55
harryIITD wrote:
Hi,
First thing first, Thanks for this wonderful thread!

As far as thread heading goes it seems that I am on edge!

I need help in understanding my chances at Top 10 B-Schools (Sept 2015 entry). Below are details of my profile:

Academics
B.Tech 2005 (Electrical Eng) : 71 % (Gold Medalist)
M.tech 2008 (IIT Delhi, India) : 8.44 (GATE exam All India Rank 46 out of ~30,000 candidates)
GMAT : Planned, July 2014; based on GMAT PREP +ve about 720

Work Ex
• Years: 7 years (As on Sept 2014), Research and Development, Tata Motors Ltd., India
• Designation: Manager (Development)
• Profile: Working on product development area, mainly on the new generation of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle development
• Achievement: Few publications in the conference/magazine which are very well acknowledged in the respective field (E.g. SAE, IEEE, ATZ etc). I am a Talent Pool employee in the present company (~15 out of 40,000 employee every year get into talent pool) and got to attend Executive Management Training program at one of the premium Indian B School (That’s where started realizing importance of doing MBA to complete my skill + knowledge set for future endeavor and in the career progress)

Extra Curricular
• I worked as a full time "SBI Youth For India” fellow (2011-2012) in the rural development space. It’s a 1 year fellowship, with a focus on rural development. I took a sabbatical from my present employer and worked on livelihood project. 28 fellows were selected from all across India. I could publish one paper on the work done under this fellowship in STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FORUM of IIM Kozhikode (Under Top 8 B school from India); titled “Rural Local Retail: An innovative, self sustainable Social Business Model in Vegetable Business”
• Completed Paragliding pre-pilot level
• Completed French Level 1 certification

Certification
No international level certification; however Level 2 patent specialist Under TATA GROUP IP Management Program.

Target Program
Harvard……………………………… Stanford, MIT, LBS, INSEAD; As my school research is not extensive I would also like to know which are other schools where my profile and career goal would match

When you plan to apply
R1 Oct 2014

Your post-MBA goal
My long term goal is to start up a company in the area of Product Development ( To give a perspective, product development company like 3M)
With my work experience and Technical Education background I have developed the knowledge set required for such a venture however I am looking at following aspect to be covered by attending B-School:
1. Present and past student Network and prospective business partner
2. School name and the creditability with that to start new venture
3. Skill set to manage the business and required exposure
4. Peer Learning and divers thinking

If this doesn’t happen in immediate future (Post MBA) then I would like to join a Management Consultancy firm or a corporate position in Strategy and Planning vertical; which in long term would help me in setting up my firm.

I would like to understand how fair are my chances in Ivy-8 or above mentioned schools?
And which other schools you find would suitable for my profile?

I guess that’s all !!!

I sincerely thanks for all your time and efforts and waiting for your reply. (Moderator + Consultant)

HarryIITD




Hi Harry,

Thanks for your patience! Regarding the schools you've mentioned - firstly, Stanford and Harvard are a stretch for anyone, even the most outstanding candidates. They are usually applied to as 'dream schools' and should get all of your energy and focus in working on the application, but not to bank on them.

MIT, LBS and INSEAD might be a bit of a stretch for you, based on your profile as written above - although there might be other things that I don't know about, that would strengthen your candidacy.

Regarding other schools that might be a match, you might want to check out this page here http://www.aringo.com/MBA_specializations.htm, which breaks down different schools according to their specialization.

If you are truly going with the entrepreneurship angle, you should look at schools that specialize in entrepreneurship; also make sure to capitalize on any initiatives you've taken in your career, any 'intrapreneurship' activities you've done, and definitely highlight any time you might have tried to start your own business - even if it failed. That can make for great essay fodder.

By the way, you didn’t mention your academic institute - if it was IIT, that would enhance your candidacy to some degree.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

All the best,

Joy
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shalin1483 wrote:
Can you please provide evaluation of my profile.

Career Profile

GPA : 78 %
Year of passing : 2004
Work Exp : 10 years
Industry : Semiconductors(Particularly mobile semiconductors)
Current Employer : Broadcom Communication Bangalore
Past Employers : LSI and Freescale (Motorola)
GMAT : 720 (Q49/V40/IR8)
Extra Curricular: Working on Startup ideas. Cycling enthusiast (Participated in Vodafone cycling marathon),Participated in DISC training in my company for managerial aspirants, Recipient of various awards during my professional career. Participated in company technical seminar and won best project award.

After 10 years of working in semiconductor industry I though of adding managerial skill to my existing set of technical skills. I plan to use my managerial skills in the field of technology consulting, product management,large scale project management,venture capital industry, and entrepreneurship.

I was wondering whether you can share your insights of some of the MBA schools that would be suitable for my profile and where I stand a fair chance of getting in.




Hi, I've done some research and have some answers for you - thanks for your patience!

Two of the harder schools for you to get into (your stretch schools) would be Tepper and McCombs.
Schools that would be easier would be: IE, Boston U, Carlson, Smith (Maryland), Eller and Robinson.

Good luck and let us know if you have additional questions.

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Hi ARINGO,

Can you kindly provide a evaluation of my profile ?

I have 10+ years of experience (33 years old) in a self enterprise (small factory - clean energy source), which has their bankruptcy declared recently. Following are some milestones and achievements in my personal and professional life that should help you to answer my question:

Male, latin american citzen, caucasian,

• Did my degree (law) in Year 2004 (average grades between 3.5/3.7 after convertion)
• National and world Jiu Jitsu Champion - I got certifications
• National Wrestling Champion - I got certification
• Did a PG (law area) TOP 1 in the class
• Work in a non profit organization teaching jiu jitsu for young infractors.

Now at this juncture of my career, I am interested in pursuing a full-time, on-campus MBA from a top 10 tier B-School in US. My main motive for an MBA is that I want to get back into an clean energy entrepreneurship (after some work experience in USA or abroad) or switch to health care carreer.

Doing an MBA from a B-School I guees would help me to building sustainable business, leadership and acquire tools for just don’t repeat my past mistakes.

I am hopeful of securing 700+ in GMAT.

Tnks in advanced.
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Hey Joy,

Thanks a lot.

Would use that advice about the 'intrapreneurship' activities.

P.S: Yes, the institute is IIT !


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harryIITD wrote:
Hi,
First thing first, Thanks for this wonderful thread!

As far as thread heading goes it seems that I am on edge!

I need help in understanding my chances at Top 10 B-Schools (Sept 2015 entry). Below are details of my profile:

Academics
B.Tech 2005 (Electrical Eng) : 71 % (Gold Medalist)
M.tech 2008 (IIT Delhi, India) : 8.44 (GATE exam All India Rank 46 out of ~30,000 candidates)
GMAT : Planned, July 2014; based on GMAT PREP +ve about 720

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• Years: 7 years (As on Sept 2014), Research and Development, Tata Motors Ltd., India
• Designation: Manager (Development)
• Profile: Working on product development area, mainly on the new generation of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle development
• Achievement: Few publications in the conference/magazine which are very well acknowledged in the respective field (E.g. SAE, IEEE, ATZ etc). I am a Talent Pool employee in the present company (~15 out of 40,000 employee every year get into talent pool) and got to attend Executive Management Training program at one of the premium Indian B School (That’s where started realizing importance of doing MBA to complete my skill + knowledge set for future endeavor and in the career progress)

Extra Curricular
• I worked as a full time "SBI Youth For India” fellow (2011-2012) in the rural development space. It’s a 1 year fellowship, with a focus on rural development. I took a sabbatical from my present employer and worked on livelihood project. 28 fellows were selected from all across India. I could publish one paper on the work done under this fellowship in STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FORUM of IIM Kozhikode (Under Top 8 B school from India); titled “Rural Local Retail: An innovative, self sustainable Social Business Model in Vegetable Business”
• Completed Paragliding pre-pilot level
• Completed French Level 1 certification

Certification
No international level certification; however Level 2 patent specialist Under TATA GROUP IP Management Program.

Target Program
Harvard……………………………… Stanford, MIT, LBS, INSEAD; As my school research is not extensive I would also like to know which are other schools where my profile and career goal would match

When you plan to apply
R1 Oct 2014

Your post-MBA goal
My long term goal is to start up a company in the area of Product Development ( To give a perspective, product development company like 3M)
With my work experience and Technical Education background I have developed the knowledge set required for such a venture however I am looking at following aspect to be covered by attending B-School:
1. Present and past student Network and prospective business partner
2. School name and the creditability with that to start new venture
3. Skill set to manage the business and required exposure
4. Peer Learning and divers thinking

If this doesn’t happen in immediate future (Post MBA) then I would like to join a Management Consultancy firm or a corporate position in Strategy and Planning vertical; which in long term would help me in setting up my firm.

I would like to understand how fair are my chances in Ivy-8 or above mentioned schools?
And which other schools you find would suitable for my profile?

I guess that’s all !!!

I sincerely thanks for all your time and efforts and waiting for your reply. (Moderator + Consultant)

HarryIITD




Hi Harry,

Thanks for your patience! Regarding the schools you've mentioned - firstly, Stanford and Harvard are a stretch for anyone, even the most outstanding candidates. They are usually applied to as 'dream schools' and should get all of your energy and focus in working on the application, but not to bank on them.

MIT, LBS and INSEAD might be a bit of a stretch for you, based on your profile as written above - although there might be other things that I don't know about, that would strengthen your candidacy.

Regarding other schools that might be a match, you might want to check out this page here http://www.aringo.com/MBA_specializations.htm, which breaks down different schools according to their specialization.

If you are truly going with the entrepreneurship angle, you should look at schools that specialize in entrepreneurship; also make sure to capitalize on any initiatives you've taken in your career, any 'intrapreneurship' activities you've done, and definitely highlight any time you might have tried to start your own business - even if it failed. That can make for great essay fodder.

By the way, you didn’t mention your academic institute - if it was IIT, that would enhance your candidacy to some degree.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

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Hi,

I applied to a couple part time programs in the LA area but I recently retook the GMAT and would like to get an idea on my application if I decide to not go part time and reapply full time next year to matriculate Fall 2015.

Asian American Male, 26 y/o
Graduated from a top 10 liberal arts college with a 2.9 GPA in Economics
GMAT 700 (48Q, 37V, 8IR)

Work Experience:
Over one year as a Project Manager at a small ($200m in rev) liquidation and valuation firm. Managed project teams that consisted from 2-10 people. Laid off due to bad economy.
Worked 1 year at a mid-market investment bank (Jefferies) as an accounting clerk.
Worked 2 years at a Fortune 500 real estate company as an accountant. Promoted last year. Could get another promotion before I apply in fall 2014.

Extracurricular:
Pretty much no existent. I volunteered as a big brother about 3 years ago and did that for a year where I mentored a child. I sign up to read to elementary school aged kids once every few months.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile! I am targeting schools ranked in the 20s and late teens (USC, Georgetown, Texas, Rice, etc.) and was wondering how realistic that is.
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Hi ARINGO,

Can you kindly provide a evaluation of my profile ?

I have 10+ years of experience (33 years old) in a self enterprise (small factory - clean energy source), which has their bankruptcy declared recently. Following are some milestones and achievements in my personal and professional life that should help you to answer my question:

Male, latin american citzen, caucasian,

• Did my degree (law) in Year 2004 (average grades between 3.5/3.7 after convertion)
• National and world Jiu Jitsu Champion - I got certifications
• National Wrestling Champion - I got certification
• Did a PG (law area) TOP 1 in the class
• Work in a non profit organization teaching jiu jitsu for young infractors.

Now at this juncture of my career, I am interested in pursuing a full-time, on-campus MBA from a top 10 tier B-School in US. My main motive for an MBA is that I want to get back into an clean energy entrepreneurship (after some work experience in USA or abroad) or switch to health care carreer.

Doing an MBA from a B-School I guees would help me to building sustainable business, leadership and acquire tools for just don’t repeat my past mistakes.

I am hopeful of securing 700+ in GMAT.

Tnks in advanced.




Hi, I recommend staying in clean energy after all this time, unless you have some connection in your history to health care. You'll want to stress whatever managerial experience you had. The extracurriculars are fantastic - highlight those in the resume and in your essays. Your age is a bit problematic - you might consider European schools, which view older candidates more favorably. An EMBA might also be an option, depending how much managerial experience you had in your previous job.

Good luck on the GMAT, and let me know if you have any other questions.

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Hi,

I applied to a couple part time programs in the LA area but I recently retook the GMAT and would like to get an idea on my application if I decide to not go part time and reapply full time next year to matriculate Fall 2015.

Asian American Male, 26 y/o
Graduated from a top 10 liberal arts college with a 2.9 GPA in Economics
GMAT 700 (48Q, 37V, 8IR)

Work Experience:
Over one year as a Project Manager at a small ($200m in rev) liquidation and valuation firm. Managed project teams that consisted from 2-10 people. Laid off due to bad economy.
Worked 1 year at a mid-market investment bank (Jefferies) as an accounting clerk.
Worked 2 years at a Fortune 500 real estate company as an accountant. Promoted last year. Could get another promotion before I apply in fall 2014.

Extracurricular:
Pretty much no existent. I volunteered as a big brother about 3 years ago and did that for a year where I mentored a child. I sign up to read to elementary school aged kids once every few months.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile! I am targeting schools ranked in the 20s and late teens (USC, Georgetown, Texas, Rice, etc.) and was wondering how realistic that is.




Hi, from what we can see of your profile, your chances aren't too high in acceptance at top 20 schools. You don't give us your class rank, but 2.9 would probably put you in the lower end (if I'm wrong, that would make a difference). Work experience is not too extensive; you don't mention any achievements, and being laid off counts against you - also, are you not currently employed? That's also a strike against. Much better to apply when you have a full time job. The lack of extracurriculars is also an issue. GMAT is decent, but not eye-catching, and probably won't be enough to counterract the other points. If you get into a part time program, you should probably go for it. If not, and you choose to reapply next year, first doing something to improve your profile (good job, community service, etc.) then you might choose to apply to a mixture of part time and full time.

Hope that helps, good luck with whatever way you choose to go,

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Hi Joy, I appreciate your candor and any feedback you think would be constructive - here's the core details of my profile:

-Went to a Top 5 public university - Majored in Business Administration with a Major GPA off 3.6
-Minored in Mandarin Chinese, which was tough, which pulled my overall GPA down to 3.3.
(Note, transferred to above university after leaving a small D3 school where I played lacrosse. GPA prior was 3.6.)
-Did a summer abroad at Beijing's Guanghua School of Management
-Did I-Banking as an analyst in NYC at one off the usual suspects
-Recruited from the bank to a small tech company and grew the business from pre-revenue to $10mm+ (SAAS business)
-680 GMAT (took it twice)
-Leadership in the community as a Big Brother as a part of BBBS
-Will have a total of 5.5YR WE, looking to apply this Fall ('14)
-White male

Objective would be a top 10 program. I've been told that I wouldn't need to take the GMAT again by one of your respected peers, which I was thankfully surprised however a few friends and forum members make the point that to be a strong candidate to a top 10 I will have to, is that so? As you see it, would you say I'd be admitted to one top 10 program?

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Hi Joy, I appreciate your candor and any feedback you think would be constructive - here's the core details of my profile:

-Went to a Top 5 public university - Majored in Business Administration with a Major GPA off 3.6
-Minored in Mandarin Chinese, which was tough, which pulled my overall GPA down to 3.3.
(Note, transferred to above university after leaving a small D3 school where I played lacrosse. GPA prior was 3.6.)
-Did a summer abroad at Beijing's Guanghua School of Management
-Did I-Banking as an analyst in NYC at one off the usual suspects
-Recruited from the bank to a small tech company and grew the business from pre-revenue to $10mm+ (SAAS business)
-680 GMAT (took it twice)
-Leadership in the community as a Big Brother as a part of BBBS
-Will have a total of 5.5YR WE, looking to apply this Fall ('14)
-White male

Objective would be a top 10 program. I've been told that I wouldn't need to take the GMAT again by one of your respected peers, which I was thankfully surprised however a few friends and forum members make the point that to be a strong candidate to a top 10 I will have to, is that so? As you see it, would you say I'd be admitted to one top 10 program?

thanks,




Hi, it sounds like your professional experience and achievements are impressive. Do you have leadership/management experience? That is an important profile feature, that enhances your candidacy. If not, the fact that you have leadership in your extracurricular activities will also count. You need to highlight any initiatives you have taken, in work or elsewhere, that have provided added value and show your entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial abilities. Grades are good, learning Chinese is good. You haven't stated what your goals are; this is an important part of the application; needs to be something that jibes with your previous experience, but can also be an area in which you can stand out. From what I see so far, you have a chance with a 680 but remember you will be going up against people with VERY strong profiles AND high GMATs. So to be considered strong, you need to really polish your CV, provide outstanding recommendations and show them why you are bound for an extremely successful career in your chosen field.

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Hi Joy, regarding your questions, here's some additional feedback.

Leadership / Management: Professionally I believe have a lot of leadership experience as I essentially built the company from the ground up, including hiring various team leads which now report to me. We're a very small company but I have about 9 direct reports.

Outside of the office I did start a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has done significant work overseas and is growing each year. Does that change any of your general feedback? How about my need to retake the gmat? Would those 100+ hours spent studying be better spent on the essays and extracurricular activities or studying to go from, say, a 680 to 710? Lastly, instead of retaking the GMAT does taking Math for Management through Berkeley's distance education program 'check the box' for quantitative competence? My quant was lower on the GMAT but I was hoping finance background and that course could suffice. However, I realize for any top 10 program all boxes need to be checked without any doubts.
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Hi Joy, regarding your questions, here's some additional feedback.

Leadership / Management: Professionally I believe have a lot of leadership experience as I essentially built the company from the ground up, including hiring various team leads which now report to me. We're a very small company but I have about 9 direct reports.

Outside of the office I did start a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has done significant work overseas and is growing each year. Does that change any of your general feedback? How about my need to retake the gmat? Would those 100+ hours spent studying be better spent on the essays and extracurricular activities or studying to go from, say, a 680 to 710? Lastly, instead of retaking the GMAT does taking Math for Management through Berkeley's distance education program 'check the box' for quantitative competence? My quant was lower on the GMAT but I was hoping finance background and that course could suffice. However, I realize for any top 10 program all boxes need to be checked without any doubts.



It sounds to me like you really do have everything squared away, except for the GMAT. I don't know anything about the Math for Management, so it's hard to say - but I do know that if you are going to apply with a 680, then something like that can definitely help offset the score. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone asked me if they should put their extra time into writing essays or raising their GMAT scores... There's no one answer, it's different for every person. Do you really need over 100 hours to write your essays? Doubtful... Here's an idea for you - how about you apply to 2 or 3 of your choice schools in Round 1, along with 1 safety school, and meanwhile start studying for the GMAT again. Then you keep studying, and do another 2 or 3 applications - for another choice school and 1 or 2 fallbacks, while you retake the exam. If you score better, you can immediately inform the schools you already applied to that you have improved. They should take it into account. Then you apply to the second round schools with the higher score.

Does that sound feasible, and perhaps takes some of the stress out of it?

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Thank you for taking the time to review my profile; I really appreciate it. Let me know what you think!

My profile:
  • Work Experience: 5.5 years at a Fortune 50 at Matriculation (Corporate finance in the Manufacturing industry)
  • Age: 28 at Matriculation
  • GMAT: 710 (Q49 Q38) AWA 6.0, IR 7 (Will be retaking in a couple of months-hopefully will get a 740-750)
  • School: West Coast state school with regional recognition
  • Major: Accounting BS, Cum Laude
  • GPA: 3.7
  • Background: I received a full-ride scholarship to a regionally prominent state school, and now work for a major F50 manufacturing company. I am a graduate of their finance leadership rotation program, and have worked in multiple divisions and financial functions with international experience.
  • Extracurricular: I have been a national leader for 3 years with a non-profit dedicated to developing leadership skills in minorities and various other leadership roles in organizations inside and outside of work. I also regularly conduct leadership/teamwork workshops for non-profits and corporations, and I have been a very passionate mentor for over 20 young professionals and college students.
  • Leadership: I have had multiple leadership roles in my work environment and in my extracurricular activities. The largest team I have led was around 25 people. Unfortunately, I have never been a manager with my company (co-workers are very "experienced").
  • For Fun: Conceived and executed a leadership convention (raised $35,000 with 250 attendees), once shaved my head for charity (raised $2,500), and I have started a MBA applicant blog that is picking up a lot of attention (1,000 views in 10 days) (http://grantmeadmission.com)
  • Bonus: Applied to Tuck this year, was waitlisted and then transferred to the reduced waitlist. I am 99% sure that I will not get off the waitlist (rumor is they are over-enrolled)

My Career Goals:
  • Short Term: MBB Consulting focused on the manufacturing industry and/or tech
  • Long Term: To be the first Chinese American CEO of a Fortune 500

My School List:
  • Harvard
  • Wharton
  • MIT
  • Tuck
  • Duke
  • Yale
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