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New post 07 Jun 2017, 19:38
How hard is it to get into HBS?

Just as in recent prior years, the rejection rate at Harvard Business School (HBS) last year for applicants to the Class of 2018 was 89%. Approximately 9,759 candidates applied to Harvard’s MBA program and HBS admitted a mere 11%. Harvard boasts a 90% yield – that is, 90% of admitted candidates matriculated. The take-away: Harvard is in great demand and those candidates who are admitted are more than happy to attend this prestigious and renowned institution. Competition is keen, and hence it is imperative that you prepare an outstanding application if you hope to gain admission.

You can read our advice about how to approach the 2017-2018 HBS essay in a blog entitled:

"HBS Single Essay 2017-18: How to Approach?!! (Don't Panic!)"

Which can be read in its entirety here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/hbs-single-essay-2017-18-how-to-approach-don-t-panic-240770.html
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Hello,

I hope you are well.

Would you be able to spend some time evaluating my profile and recommending some top schools that I should focus on?

GPA: 3.5 (from a business school in Hong Kong; majored in Finance; graduated in 2012)
Citizenship: India but have been living in Hong Kong for ~9 years now
Work: 6 Years (by the time I enroll) of institutional business development for a top investment bank (MS/GS/JP)
GMAT: 710 (Q48/V38/IR3/AW5); this is my biggest worry.

Other points to note:
- Have shown a 'habit of leadership' throughout life (high school, university, and work); see below.
- School Captain
- Overall Student Life Award at university for leadership and community integration
- Officially recognized as one of the most promising juniors in Asia (elected to sit on multiple leadership committees)
- Became responsible to cover the largest institutional clients in Asia just after 2 years at work (based on performance); our coverage even got recognized with a "best client service" award by the client directly.
- Specially selected by our international CEO of our business to lead a project based out of Asia
- Have gone through exceptional circumstances back home to reach where I am (none of my parents are educated, extremely poor background but went to one of the best high schools in Delhi, Dad passed away at an early age)
- Worked part time during university to support myself
- Don't have exceptional community service but actively mentor students at my secondary school back home and juniors at university)
- Trained for and ran a marathon
- LGBTQ
Would appreciate your thoughts on (apologies, in advance, for the long list of questions):
1) I have taken the GMAT multiple times but I am unable to do better under time constraints (and historically, this has been the case too). Is there a way I could address this? I am confident that I have the intellectual horsepower (at least for business school) when time is not a constraint.
2) What would be the ideal short-term goal for me to highlight? I am afraid that my real goal is too...different from what my current background would permit. Should I stick to a goal in the investment management industry alone? I understand that AdComs think carefully about whether a candidate will be able to achieve their immediate goal.
3) Given the Indian citizenship (Hong Kong resident for 9 years) and a relatively low GMAT, should I even target the top 10 schools? Ideally, I would really like to make it to a top 10 US school - don't want to spend USD 250k(!!) anywhere else, really - but I am conscious of the competition from Indian male candidates.
4) Should I have one recommender from London and one from Hong Kong? Or do you think it would be better to have both from Hong Kong (since AdComs prefer to have people working close to you)?
5) Any 10 US-based school that you would recommend for someone who wants to return to Asia? I don't want to work in the US.

Thank you your thoughts, in advance!
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New post 08 Jun 2017, 13:01
swadpat18 wrote:
Hello,

I hope you are well.

Would you be able to spend some time evaluating my profile and recommending some top schools that I should focus on?

GPA: 3.5 (from a business school in Hong Kong; majored in Finance; graduated in 2012)
Citizenship: India but have been living in Hong Kong for ~9 years now
Work: 6 Years (by the time I enroll) of institutional business development for a top investment bank (MS/GS/JP)
GMAT: 710 (Q48/V38/IR3/AW5); this is my biggest worry.

Other points to note:
- Have shown a 'habit of leadership' throughout life (high school, university, and work); see below.
- School Captain
- Overall Student Life Award at university for leadership and community integration
- Officially recognized as one of the most promising juniors in Asia (elected to sit on multiple leadership committees)
- Became responsible to cover the largest institutional clients in Asia just after 2 years at work (based on performance); our coverage even got recognized with a "best client service" award by the client directly.
- Specially selected by our international CEO of our business to lead a project based out of Asia
- Have gone through exceptional circumstances back home to reach where I am (none of my parents are educated, extremely poor background but went to one of the best high schools in Delhi, Dad passed away at an early age)
- Worked part time during university to support myself
- Don't have exceptional community service but actively mentor students at my secondary school back home and juniors at university)
- Trained for and ran a marathon
- LGBTQ
Would appreciate your thoughts on (apologies, in advance, for the long list of questions):
1) I have taken the GMAT multiple times but I am unable to do better under time constraints (and historically, this has been the case too). Is there a way I could address this? I am confident that I have the intellectual horsepower (at least for business school) when time is not a constraint.
2) What would be the ideal short-term goal for me to highlight? I am afraid that my real goal is too...different from what my current background would permit. Should I stick to a goal in the investment management industry alone? I understand that AdComs think carefully about whether a candidate will be able to achieve their immediate goal.
3) Given the Indian citizenship (Hong Kong resident for 9 years) and a relatively low GMAT, should I even target the top 10 schools? Ideally, I would really like to make it to a top 10 US school - don't want to spend USD 250k(!!) anywhere else, really - but I am conscious of the competition from Indian male candidates.
4) Should I have one recommender from London and one from Hong Kong? Or do you think it would be better to have both from Hong Kong (since AdComs prefer to have people working close to you)?
5) Any 10 US-based school that you would recommend for someone who wants to return to Asia? I don't want to work in the US.

Thank you your thoughts, in advance!




Hi swadpat18,

I don't see that you mentioned what your gender is. That can affect things. One of our female Indian foreign national candidates with a 710 GMAT score gained admission to LBS and Wharton. That is exceptional, but it can happen with a strong enough profile. Also, what is your age?

It sounds like your work experience is outstanding and that will go a long ways for you in the admissions process. Is your 3.5 the true GPA on your transcript based on a 4.0 scale or did you convert it from something else. In general, a 3.5 GPA will appear low for your profile.

Once I get your responses I can give more feedback.

Best wishes,
Dr. Shel
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Direct email address: info@mbaadmit.com

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New post 16 Jun 2017, 11:55
Hello Dr Shel,

Here is a brief overview about my profile-

Bachelor's- Electrical Engineering Vellore Institute of Technology,India, 2011-7.7/10
Master's- Power and Energy Systems-Arizona State University, Tempe, 2013-3.3/4
GMAT-760 Q50, V42
Presently working as an electrical engineer for one of the biggest engineering consulting company in the energy sector in US. Worked with utility clients such as AEP, Duke Energy, PG&E etc.
Post MBA goal- Transition into consulting, work for power or energy groups in consulting firms.
EC- Toastmasters, ran marathons, some local community service.
Schools- Kellogg, Fuqua, Ross.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Thanks for your time.
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New post 26 Jun 2017, 05:05
Hi!
Thanks for looking into my query!
I really need great advice.
I took GMAT last week and got 460 (Q:42 and V: 13 and IR:3).
And i have taken TOEFL today.
i got this score after rigorous 2.5 months hard work and risking my job side wise. :(
It is not possible for me to take Gmat again.
I really need admission in 2018 January intake in US.
However, i have strong profile:
CGPA: 8.25 ECE Engg. from reputed college in India
Work Ex: 4.5 in Capital market IT firm
Designation: Consultant and Team lead
Even worked onshore in one of the top 100 investment bank in Europe for 3 months each in last two successive years.
Hobby of painting, writing poems and beauty & fashion blogs.
I am interested in normal MBA program like general management, HR or luxury management.
Please suggest me possible colleges, any other MBA program and procedure?
I really need assistance
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Originally posted by champachameli on 05 Jul 2017, 13:37.
Last edited by champachameli on 20 Sep 2017, 15:10, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 25 Jul 2017, 17:29
Dr. Watts,

Would really appreciate a profile evaluation if you have a free moment. Thanks in advance!

Demographics: 29 y/o White Male
Education: 3.59 GPA earning a B.S. Economics and Mathematics Cum Laude from the Univ. of Southern Califorinia
Tests: GMAT: 750 (48Q 45V, IR 8, AWA 6), GRE: 338 (168Q, 170V, AWA 5)
Work Experience: Captain in the US Army in a Special Operations Civil Affairs Battalion

Civil Affairs Team Leader April 2016 - Present
- Leads a four person team on 6 month long rotations at US Embassies in the Asia-Pacific region achieving DoD, DoS, and USAID goals through a combination of military partnerships and humanitarian aid & development projects.
- Most recent rotation was to Nepal partnering with the Nepal Army to train in Civilian-Military Operations pertinent to UN Peace Keeping Missions as Nepal is the 3rd largest personnel provider to these missions
- Managed a $12 million portfolio of programs and projects in conjunction with the Department of State and USAID in the fields of Disaster Preparedness, Health, and Counter Human Trafficking with Nepalese NGOs such as Pro Public, Shakti Samuha (lit "Women Power"), and the Feminist Dalit Organization (Dalit = "Untouchable" caste).
- Ranked "in top 10% of 48 Captains in the Battalion" on most recent annual evaluation

Executive Officer March 2013 - September 2014
- Managed the logistics and training programs while serving as second in command for a Headquarters Company of of 220+ Soldiers; responsible for $39 million in equipment to include an arms room and high value vehicles.
- Training program consistently resulted in 85%+ achievement of "Trained" for all mission essential tasks and was one of only two companies (out of a total of 6) to do so; maintenance program never fell below a 93% Operational Readiness Rate
- Responsible for oversight of a force realignment resulting in a support platoon being stood up as full company as well as transitioning a platoon of Military Police to a new Brigade.
- Ranked #2 of 5 Executive Officers by Battalion Commander

Platoon Leader September 2011 - November 2012

- Led a Support Platoon of 86 personnel deployed to various posts across Eastern Afghanistan; directly supported combat operations with transportation, maintenance, and medical assets.
- Appointed as the Battalion Unit Movement Officer; overall responsible for the redeployment of over 119 pieces of cargo primarily composed of 20' containers, Tricons, and a variety of vehicles; the only battalion (of 6) to have all equipment arrive on time with no loss in accountability
- Ranked #1 of 4 Platoon Leaders by Company Commander

Other: Can read/speak/write conversational Mandarin Chinese ("Intermediate" level by ACTFL standards), qualified with a sub 3 hr time for 2016 Boston Marathon, ranked #1 of 30+ cadets in my ROTC program
Goal: Transition from the Army to become a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State. Use a joint MBA-MPP degree to gain skills complementary to the work of an Economics Officer, as well as leveraging the name of a renowned school in international diplomacy. One day I would like to be an advisor that has a similar impact to that of Dutch Economist Albert Winsemius or become a US Ambassador like former Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe Major Charles Ray.
Targets: HBS, GSB, Wharton, Booth

I realize that this has become kind of a gigantic post, but looking at your feedback to other candidates I wanted to make sure I anticipated any possible questions. Thanks so much for your time and consideration!
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New post 09 Dec 2017, 06:16
Hello Dr. Shel,

Kindly review my profile and share your valuable inputs.

Profile: I completed my graduation in Fashion designing from one of the top 3 colleges in Asia in 2014 with a CGPA of 7.43. I have been working with the biggest apparel organization in India for past 4 years. Have a healthy work experience across 2 different roles.

Extra-curricular: I am a national level athlete and I am regularly involved in different sports.
Have also won national level quiz competitions. Have been involved with couple of NGOs during my college days.

GMAT (Oct’2017) : 700 (Q-50, V-34, IR-8, AWA-5).

Areas of interest : 1) General Management, 2) Marketing

I need your help in deciding which colleges I should apply.

Should I target US B schools for either R2 this year or R1 next year ? Employment after completing MBA is an important criterion to decide which schools to apply. From few current students I have heard really negative reviews regarding job scenario for international MBA students in US. The situation is not bright in even top 15 colleges. Under the current geo-political situation, will it be a viable option to try for any US school?

With my profile, should I apply in NUS and INSEAD? What are the job scenarios post MBA in Singapore?

Also, I will be looking for a scholarship. Earlier I was targeting top 15 US B schools. Though my profile is extremely unique, my GMAT score is on a lower side. Being from India would go against me. Are there any colleges in top 15 where I can expect admission with scholarship?

I am okay to give GMAT again and if required then wait for one year before applying.

My first shortlist of colleges is below. Should I apply to any of these colleges in R2?
1. Kellogg,
2. Ross,
3. Fuqua,
4. NUS, and
5. ISB

Kindly review my case. Also please let me know if you need any other input to review my candidature. Thanks!
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