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New post 09 Jun 2019, 08:42
Would love to get your thoughts on my profile.

Background:
29, Male and Indian. Grew up in Thailand (primary to high school), completed my undergraduate degree in UK, and my graduate degree in USA.

I will be 30 years old when I start next year in Fall.

Academics:
730 GMAT

Undergraduate: Imperial College London
GPA Equivalent: 3.8/3.9+?? (First class Honors)
Major: Chemical Engineering

Graduate: Duke University
GPA: 3.9
Major: Masters in Statistical and Economic Modeling

Work Exp:
After Undergraduate Degree:
- ~2 years - Fortune 200 company as a Project Development Engineer. Basically leading engineering proposals and bid presentations for customers to build turn-key plants by working with a team of business development, project management and engineering resources. A good balance of technical and business focus. Quit to go get my graduate degree.

During Graduate Degree (focus was on using data for energy policy work):
- Worked for an international organization (think World Bank, UN etc.) as a research assistant to scope out the benefits to the South Asia region for free trade of electricity. Turned into a whitepaper.
- Work with a large US Goverment organization to build a series of tools to better benchmark energy efficiency of factories (similar to the energy star benchmark). Published a paper.
- Started a social enterprise to build portable solar power for street vendors in urban slums. Lead a team of 4 to raise capital through social enterprise competitions and build a prototype to test the idea.

After Graduate School:
- working as a Data Scientist, leading implementation of AI/Machine Learning solutions for clients
- 1.5 years - Work as a data scientist in a Big 4 consulting firm. Working on actual AI projects for major Fortune 500 clients.
- 1.5 years and continuing - Moved to the center of excellence of another Big 4 consulting firm. Joined as a senior and promoted to manager in 1 year.

Extra curriculars:
More during undergrad (leadership positions for social enterprise club and cultural club). Some since, but not in leadership positions.

Goal:
To build skills in other business areas (finance, and strategy especially). Short-term: Join the digital/analytics arm of MBBs. Long-term: be a principal/director of product management for an AI/analytics focused tech company (e.g. Google Cloud, Tableau, NVIDIA etc.).

Target Schools:
HSW, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Chicago

Thanks! Please do let me know how realistic/unrealistic the goals are. I am also concerned about my age, and I will be retaking the GMAT.
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Hello Everyone,

I want to get my profile evaluated and also wanted to know the GMAT score required to get into Harvard based on my profile.

10th- 83.6% CBSE
12th - 82.4% CBSE
Undergrad - 82.2% Tier 1 College

Work Experience - 3 Years 1Month

2.9 Year in Accenture ( Joined as a fresher in 2016 , received multiple awards, back to back promotion from ASE-SE-SSE)

Worked as a SAP MM&SD Consultant
Which included requirement gathering, business process blueprint preparation, constant interaction with clients and Implementing the supply chain business process in SAP

I was also a part of Automation team leading a group of 10 people and I have automated multiple SAP process which saved around 100000$ for the client

I was also leading a group of 5 people in SAP Team.

Currently working with Deloitte as a senior executive consultant leading a group of 15 people .
Major area of work - SAP MM, SD , Implementation

I have taken part in many Corporate Social Responsibility Activities .

I am also actively involved in my family business from an early age.

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Hi!

I wanted to know what are the chances for me to get to HBS MBA. If there are fellow students, alumni or someone with experience in admission your opinion would highly appreciated. I will list a few details that might help below:
Gmat: 740 (51,39)
Country: Azerbaijan (CIS region)
28 years old white Caucasian man
5 years of experience mainly in Fixed Income investments in Sovereign Wealth Fund of $40bn size.
CFA member.
Bachelor at a local University GPA 3.33.
MSc Finance from Manchester Business School
Planing to apply in the 1st round.

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New post 01 Jul 2019, 11:06
Hi ,
My name is Aishwarya
Nationality - India
Age - 20

Academics

Currently 3rd year in BBA with specialisation of IT.
Top college in the country
CGP - 6.76/10.0. (avg of 4 semsters - 6.34,6.60, 7.09 , 6.93)
top 30 in entire college. still have 1 year for improving my score
10th- 7.6
12std - 72% commerce
Gmat expectation 750

Academic Certification

- Google certification in Digital Marketing 95%
- The Wharton School Introduction to Marketing Graduated February
2019
- Harvardx Entrepreneurship in emerging economics ,Graduating July
2019.
- Google Certification with 92% in Digital Marketing
- National Stock Exchange of India certificate for Wealth Management in finance
-Alison online Institute Marketing Management 2019

Internship experience

- Registration team lead Volunteer for a Non-profit company Villgro Innovations .Instrumented the Registrations of 900+ attendees
- Volunteer for NGO which developed skills in 500+ underprivilged kids
- Internshala ,India's no.1 internship and training platform . Brand ambassador in SICSR.
Strategise in Social Media Campaigns


Accomplishment

1). Founder of *Dance clubs* in my college .
- Impacted in converting 150+ students to join.
- Organised 2 fests which had 1000+ participations .
- Head of management for 6 months.

2). Leading a team to create an App come platform for connecting farmers with whole salers and aiding them financially. This is a need based unique project I have started up to help more than 1000+ farmers across country. This could save many lives and bring in a change .

3) Part of a project that is creating a app for connecting lost children to parents helping the police and parents by reducing child trafficking. A great and dream project.

Extra Curricular

-Elementary Grade Drawing Examination awarded by State Government ( C ) 2012
-Intermediate Grade Drawing Examination awarded by State Government ( C ) 2013.
-Pidlite Industries LTD Drawing Competition participant in 2010.
-Youth Hostels Association of India Certificate for completing National Himalayan Trekking Expedition 2015 youngest to climb 15,000 feet
-Excellence Certificate by Times of India and Byju’s for successfully qualifying for the City Finals Think&Learn Challenge 2015 .
-Inter-School Table Tennis participant(silver medallist) 2014.

Looking forward for your reply
*PLEASE EVALUATE* my profile for HBs 2+2 MBA programme and Stanford MBA programme.
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Hi ,
My name is Aishwarya
Nationality - India
Age - 20

Academics

Currently 3rd year in BBA with specialisation of IT.
Top college in the country
CGP - 6.76/10.0. (avg of 4 semsters - 6.34,6.60, 7.09 , 6.93)
top 30 in entire college. still have 1 year for improving my score
10th- 7.6
12std - 72% commerce
Gmat expectation 750

Academic Certification

- Google certification in Digital Marketing 95%
- The Wharton School Introduction to Marketing Graduated February
2019
- Harvardx Entrepreneurship in emerging economics ,Graduating July
2019.
- Google Certification with 92% in Digital Marketing
- National Stock Exchange of India certificate for Wealth Management in finance
-Alison online Institute Marketing Management 2019

Internship experience

- Registration team lead Volunteer for a Non-profit company Villgro Innovations .Instrumented the Registrations of 900+ attendees
- Volunteer for NGO which developed skills in 500+ underprivilged kids
- Internshala ,India's no.1 internship and training platform . Brand ambassador in SICSR.
Strategise in Social Media Campaigns


Accomplishment

1). Founder of *Dance clubs* in my college .
- Impacted in converting 150+ students to join.
- Organised 2 fests which had 1000+ participations .
- Head of management for 6 months.

2). Leading a team to create an App come platform for connecting farmers with whole salers and aiding them financially. This is a need based unique project I have started up to help more than 1000+ farmers across country. This could save many lives and bring in a change .

3) Part of a project that is creating a app for connecting lost children to parents helping the police and parents by reducing child trafficking. A great and dream project.

Extra Curricular

-Elementary Grade Drawing Examination awarded by State Government ( C ) 2012
-Intermediate Grade Drawing Examination awarded by State Government ( C ) 2013.
-Pidlite Industries LTD Drawing Competition participant in 2010.
-Youth Hostels Association of India Certificate for completing National Himalayan Trekking Expedition 2015 youngest to climb 15,000 feet
-Excellence Certificate by Times of India and Byju’s for successfully qualifying for the City Finals Think&Learn Challenge 2015 .
-Inter-School Table Tennis participant(silver medallist) 2014.

Looking forward for your reply
*PLEASE EVALUATE* my profile for HBs 2+2 MBA programme and Stanford MBA programme.
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Hi!

I wanted to know what are the chances for me to get to HBS MBA. If there are fellow students, alumni or someone with experience in admission your opinion would highly appreciated. I will list a few details that might help below:
Gmat: 740 (51,39)
Country: Azerbaijan (CIS region)
28 years old white Caucasian man
5 years of experience mainly in Fixed Income investments in Sovereign Wealth Fund of $40bn size.
CFA member.
Bachelor at a local University GPA 3.33.
MSc Finance from Manchester Business School
Planing to apply in the 1st round.

Many Thanks!


HI,

You have a great GMAT score.
I have a few questions to understand your profile better: what exactly are your achievements at your job? What are your career goals post MBA?
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New post 02 Jul 2019, 02:40
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Hi ,

Academics

Currently 3rd year in BBA with specialisation of IT.
Top college in the country
CGP - 6.76/10.0. (avg of 4 semsters - 6.34,6.60, 7.09 , 6.93)
top 30 in entire college. still have 1 year for improving my score
10th- 7.6
12std - 72% commerce
Gmat expectation 750

Internship experience
- Registration team lead Volunteer for a Non-profit company Villgro Innovations .Instrumented the Registrations of 900+ attendees
- Volunteer for NGO which developed skills in 500+ underprivilged kids


2). Leading a team to create an App come platform for connecting farmers with whole salers and aiding them financially. This is a need based unique project I have started up to help more than 1000+ farmers across country. This could save many lives and bring in a change .

3) Part of a project that is creating a app for connecting lost children to parents helping the police and parents by reducing child trafficking. A great and dream project.

*PLEASE EVALUATE* my profile for HBs 2+2 MBA programme and Stanford MBA programme.


You should really work upon your GPA while you still have time.
Your app work sounds interesting, but ultimately one would want to know what you achieved out of it. Same comment about your work with Villgro- getting 900 people to register is always good, but how did they benefit and how many eventually benefitted?
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Hi all,

What are my chances to get in?

Background:
Age/S: 27M
Nationality: Central Asia
Education: 3.4 GPA, BA in Econ (top university in the country)
GMAT: 700 (Q49, V34, IR 8) - planning to take the test again to increase my verbal score

Work experience
6+ years all in Singapore
Company: multinational Fortune 100 company, top 2 in the industry
Industry: Energy / Natural resources
First 2 years as sales graduate , got promoted and move to a different department as global procurement analyst, then got promoted to specialist role. Delivered few million dollar savings to the company.

I know my title looks junior on paper, but it actually equals to mid manager level positions in other companies e.g. banks, consultancy firms

Post MBA goals:
Want to start my own business / move to tech
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New post 04 Jul 2019, 15:10
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Hi all,

What are my chances to get in?

Background:
Age/S: 27M
Nationality: Central Asia
Education: 3.4 GPA, BA in Econ (top university in the country)
GMAT: 700 (Q49, V34, IR 8) - planning to take the test again to increase my verbal score

Work experience
6+ years all in Singapore
Company: multinational Fortune 100 company, top 2 in the industry
Industry: Energy / Natural resources
First 2 years as sales graduate , got promoted and move to a different department as global procurement analyst, then got promoted to specialist role. Delivered few million dollar savings to the company.

I know my title looks junior on paper, but it actually equals to mid manager level positions in other companies e.g. banks, consultancy firms

Post MBA goals:
Want to start my own business / move to tech


I'm not optimistic about your chances at HBS for the following reasons:

1. Your GPA and GMAT are below average for HBS. Obviously if you retake and raise your GMAT as you intend, the latter could change.
2. I don't see a lot of community engagement or leadership in your post. You may have it, but I'm not seeing it. If you can show leadership and impact in multiple arenas, you may have a chance.
3. Your goals seem disconnected from what you've done in the past and very general. If they are connected,may that connection clear in your app.

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Hi!

I wanted to know what are the chances for me to get to HBS MBA. If there are fellow students, alumni or someone with experience in admission your opinion would highly appreciated. I will list a few details that might help below:
Gmat: 740 (51,39)
Country: Azerbaijan (CIS region)
28 years old white Caucasian man
5 years of experience mainly in Fixed Income investments in Sovereign Wealth Fund of $40bn size.
CFA member.
Bachelor at a local University GPA 3.33.
MSc Finance from Manchester Business School
Planing to apply in the 1st round.

Many Thanks!


HI,

You have a great GMAT score.
I have a few questions to understand your profile better: what exactly are your achievements at your job? What are your career goals post MBA?



Hi,

Thank you for your comment.

I am currently an associate in fixed income. During my years in the fund I have:
 Developed and executed asset allocation strategies for the fund in a bond portfolio of $30bn ($40B in firm AUM). Reinvested $3bn in corporate, sovereign and agency bonds.
 Solely managed a separate bond portfolio of $200m invested in short term treasuries through enhanced indexing strategy.
 Acted as the macro economist - strategist on the desk to establish a short, medium, and long term view of the world markets which was used in investment decisions.
 Constructed portfolios against firm models and recommended adjustments to Investment Committee. As a result a reshuffle of $6bn of assets has taken place increasing the health and enhancing the return of the portfolio.
 Led on-boarding and training of 5 new analysts on the investment team, directed workflow for junior staff.

After MBA my short term goal is to gain more experience in asset management, especially in tech intensive firms, focusing on different types of asset classes, and use that experience to reach my long term goal of establishing an asset management company, through which to contribute to the development of capital markets in my country.

Thanks in advance!
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New post 08 Jul 2019, 23:45
Hi

It’ll be very helpful if some of the forum experts could share their feedback on my profile below, considering an HBS application.

29 year old Indian Male

GMAT: 720

Undergrad: NIT (National Institute of Technology - one of the top 10 engineering colleges in India), GPA: 3.25

Postgrad: Indian Institute of Management (from L/K/I) GPA: 3.0 (pursued immediately after Engineering)

School: 12th Grade (89%) and 10th Grade (96% - All India rank 6 and state rank 1)

Work experience: 6.5 years of experience mostly across IB (leading domestic IB) with some Strategy Consulting (Big4) and FX Trading (Corp. Treasury at a Bank) experience as well. Within IB, I have worked across sectors (focusing on tech enabled infra currently) and have closed deals with an aggregate value of $600 Million+. I have worked extensively with global partner banks and foreign companies on cross border transactions and have also extensively travelled and interacted with large global asset managers and investors during deal roadshows.

Leadership Exp.: I’ve been promoted to a lead banker role in my current firm within a span of 4.5 years from an Associate level - with revenue and sector coverage responsibilities. I currently lead a team of associates and analysts and also have additional responsibility of managing the associate pool roster. I have been consistently top rated, resulting in accelerated promotions and have led transactions even during my associate years - without a lead banker being on the transaction. I source revenue for the firm directly and have been involved in sourcing deals worth ~$200 million at an individual level. I am also a mentor to the new analysts who join our IB analyst programme.

Extra Curricular:
1. National Level Athletics (track & field) - Jr level, National level Gateball Player (Jr), District Level Cricket (Jr)
2. Received numerous academic awards (national and state level) for 10th grade performance
3. Won a few competitions as a lead vocalist. I am well versed with music production softwares and have published scratch / dummy tracks on Soundcloud (though not commercial)
4. Have won a few debate and quiz competitions conducted by my firm but organised at a national scale.
5. Have been partially involved with a local NGO focused on rehabilitation of naxal violence affected villagers (on a ad-hoc basis for educating young kids) - I was born in a naxal affected town as my father was posted there early in his service.


Others: I have studied across 5 states in India and have lived in 6. I can understand 5 local languages and can speak 4 fluently (other than English and Hindi).

Short Term Goal: to get into a large global tech PE, leveraging my skills in investment banking and learning the nuances of investment in the high growth technology areas.

Long Term Goal: To start a tech enabled B2B focused SAAS platform for professional/amateur musicians and production artists to publish and scale their art, along with tapping large enterprise clients such as Spotify, Saavn, Apple Music, etc.

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As of now my focus was applying to limited European B-schools such as INSEAD, LBS, Judge along with Kellogg outside of Europe primarily for their 1-year course. Now I’m curious and eager to know if I stand a chance to get through any of the 2-year M7s in the US. Also would be keen to understand if there’s any merit in pursuing a 2 yr course in the first place considering my experience and a previous MBA degree.
I know that’s a lot to ask for in one post - any feedback will be of great help. Thanks.

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Originally posted by Resh16 on 09 Jul 2019, 05:21.
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It’ll be very helpful if some of the forum experts could share their feedback on my profile below, considering an HBS application.

29 year old Indian Male

GMAT: 720

Undergrad: NIT (National Institute of Technology - one of the top 10 engineering colleges in India), GPA: 3.25

Postgrad: Indian Institute of Management (from L/K/I) GPA: 3.0 (pursued immediately after Engineering)

School: 12th Grade (89%) and 10th Grade (96% - All India rank 6 and state rank 1)

Work experience: 6.5 years of experience mostly across IB (leading domestic IB) with some Strategy Consulting (Big4) and FX Trading (Corp. Treasury at a Bank) experience as well. Within IB, I have worked across sectors (focusing on tech enabled infra currently) and have closed deals with an aggregate value of $600 Million+. I have worked extensively with global partner banks and foreign companies on cross border transactions and have also extensively travelled and interacted with large global asset managers and investors during deal roadshows.

Leadership Exp.: I’ve been promoted to a lead banker role in my current firm within a span of 4.5 years from an Associate level - with revenue and sector coverage responsibilities. I currently lead a team of associates and analysts and also have additional responsibility of managing the associate pool roster. I have been consistently top rated, resulting in accelerated promotions and have led transactions even during my associate years - without a lead banker being on the transaction. I source revenue for the firm directly and have been involved in sourcing deals worth ~$200 million at an individual level. I am also a mentor to the new analysts who join our IB analyst programme.

Extra Curricular:
1. National Level Athletics (track & field) - Jr level, National level Gateball Player (Jr), District Level Cricket (Jr)
2. Received numerous academic awards (national and state level) for 10th grade performance
3. Won a few competitions as a lead vocalist. I am well versed with music production softwares and have published scratch / dummy tracks on Soundcloud (though not commercial)
4. Have won a few debate and quiz competitions conducted by my firm but organised at a national scale.
5. Have been partially involved with a local NGO focused on rehabilitation of naxal violence affected villagers (on a ad-hoc basis for educating young kids) - I was born in a naxal affected town as my father was posted there early in his service.


Others: I have studied across 5 states in India and have lived in 6. I can understand 5 local languages and can speak 4 fluently (other than English and Hindi).

Short Term Goal: to get into a large global tech PE, leveraging my skills in investment banking and learning the nuances of investment in the high growth technology areas.

Long Term Goal: To start a tech enabled B2B focused SAAS platform for professional/amateur musicians and production artists to publish and scale their art, along with tapping large enterprise clients such as Spotify, Saavn, Apple Music, etc.

—————————
As of now my focus was applying to limited European B-schools such as INSEAD, LBS, Judge along with Kellogg outside of Europe primarily for their 1-year course. Now I’m curious and eager to know if I stand a chance to get through any of the 2-year M7s in the US. Also would be keen to understand if there’s any merit in pursuing a 2 yr course in the first place considering my experience and a previous MBA degree.
I know that’s a lot to ask for in one post - any feedback will be of great help. Thanks.

Regards.

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Hi Kimi848,

A few thoughts:

1. In terms of you application to U.S. MBA programs your high school achievements are irrelevant.
2. You may want to add CBS's J-term to the U.S. shortened programs as well as Cornell's accelerated MBA.
3. Your work and leadership experience is very impressive and highly competitive. Is your GPA a translation of your grades from a percentage? If so what was the percentage. Your GMAT is low for an Indian in the M7, but it's not so low as to knock you out. So to answer your first question, I think it makes sense for you to try for HBS or a couple of other M7 programs that you will are particularly well suited to your educational and professional needs. At the same time, the programs that you are planning to apply to are excellent for you.

The question of whether the 2-year, full-time MBA is worth it for YOU is a complicated question and I don't have enough information here to even express an opinion. The MBA education is an investment. What is the increased marginal investment you will make in the FT 2-year program, over the 1-year programs you are considering? Do you feel the increased benefit is worth that increased investment? the benefit is obviously financial, but it is also personal growth and perhaps a better "brand." So while I haven't answered your question, I hope the questions I'm encouraging you to ask will be helpful.

You might be interested in:
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I'd love to get your thoughts on my chances at HBS.

28 year old male
GMAT: 750
Undergrad: 3.85/4.0 GPA at no-name state school in accounting/finance
Passed all three CFA exams

Professional Experience
- middle market private equity associate (2 yrs)
- equity analyst for mutual fund with full coverage responsibilities (2.5 yrs)

Leadership Experience from College
- Beta Alpha Psi (accounting society) President
- University investing club President
- Student Government Senator
- Fraternity Treasurer

Post-MBA Goals
- Eventually would like to run a business. Currently considering going back to Private Equity and lateraling, doing MBB consulting and lateraling, or entering a corp dev type role for a company in industry that interests me and working my way up/lateraling.
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I'd love to get your thoughts on my chances at HBS.

28 year old male
GMAT: 750
Undergrad: 3.85/4.0 GPA at no-name state school in accounting/finance

Professional Experience
- middle market private equity associate (2 yrs)
- equity analyst for mutual fund with full coverage responsibilities (2.5 yrs)

Leadership Experience from College
- Beta Alpha Psi (accounting society) President
- University investing club President
- Student Government Senator
- Fraternity Treasurer

Post-MBA Goals
- Eventually would like to run a business. Currently considering going back to Private Equity and lateraling, doing MBB consulting and lateraling, or entering a corp dev type role for a company in industry that interests me and working my way up/lateraling.



Good score, actually great score.
Quality of experience (professional) does matter
I think you've got a good shot in round 1.
Given the pool of applicants is American, you get an edge
Also, do not screw up in Essay part. I've seen so many talented people getting a great GMAT score and getting dinged just because of Essay
You can get your essay reviewed here, and before sending the final draft get a free consultation from HBS guru

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I'd love to get your thoughts on my chances at HBS.

28 year old male
GMAT: 750
Undergrad: 3.85/4.0 GPA at no-name state school in accounting/finance
Passed all three CFA exams

Professional Experience
- middle market private equity associate (2 yrs)
- equity analyst for mutual fund with full coverage responsibilities (2.5 yrs)

Leadership Experience from College
- Beta Alpha Psi (accounting society) President
- University investing club President
- Student Government Senator
- Fraternity Treasurer

Post-MBA Goals
- Eventually would like to run a business. Currently considering going back to Private Equity and lateraling, doing MBB consulting and lateraling, or entering a corp dev type role for a company in industry that interests me and working my way up/lateraling.


You have a competitive profile for HBS and it makes sense for you to apply. Also consider programs like Kellogg, Columbia, Booth, MIT Sloan.

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It’ll be very helpful if some of the forum experts could share their feedback on my profile below, considering an HBS application.

29 year old Indian Male

GMAT: 720

Undergrad: NIT (National Institute of Technology - one of the top 10 engineering colleges in India), GPA: 3.25

Postgrad: Indian Institute of Management (from L/K/I) GPA: 3.0 (pursued immediately after Engineering)

School: 12th Grade (89%) and 10th Grade (96% - All India rank 6 and state rank 1)

Work experience: 6.5 years of experience mostly across IB (leading domestic IB) with some Strategy Consulting (Big4) and FX Trading (Corp. Treasury at a Bank) experience as well. Within IB, I have worked across sectors (focusing on tech enabled infra currently) and have closed deals with an aggregate value of $600 Million+. I have worked extensively with global partner banks and foreign companies on cross border transactions and have also extensively travelled and interacted with large global asset managers and investors during deal roadshows.

Leadership Exp.: I’ve been promoted to a lead banker role in my current firm within a span of 4.5 years from an Associate level - with revenue and sector coverage responsibilities. I currently lead a team of associates and analysts and also have additional responsibility of managing the associate pool roster. I have been consistently top rated, resulting in accelerated promotions and have led transactions even during my associate years - without a lead banker being on the transaction. I source revenue for the firm directly and have been involved in sourcing deals worth ~$200 million at an individual level. I am also a mentor to the new analysts who join our IB analyst programme.

Extra Curricular:
1. National Level Athletics (track & field) - Jr level, National level Gateball Player (Jr), District Level Cricket (Jr)
2. Received numerous academic awards (national and state level) for 10th grade performance
3. Won a few competitions as a lead vocalist. I am well versed with music production softwares and have published scratch / dummy tracks on Soundcloud (though not commercial)
4. Have won a few debate and quiz competitions conducted by my firm but organised at a national scale.
5. Have been partially involved with a local NGO focused on rehabilitation of naxal violence affected villagers (on a ad-hoc basis for educating young kids) - I was born in a naxal affected town as my father was posted there early in his service.


Others: I have studied across 5 states in India and have lived in 6. I can understand 5 local languages and can speak 4 fluently (other than English and Hindi).

Short Term Goal: to get into a large global tech PE, leveraging my skills in investment banking and learning the nuances of investment in the high growth technology areas.

Long Term Goal: To start a tech enabled B2B focused SAAS platform for professional/amateur musicians and production artists to publish and scale their art, along with tapping large enterprise clients such as Spotify, Saavn, Apple Music, etc.

—————————
As of now my focus was applying to limited European B-schools such as INSEAD, LBS, Judge along with Kellogg outside of Europe primarily for their 1-year course. Now I’m curious and eager to know if I stand a chance to get through any of the 2-year M7s in the US. Also would be keen to understand if there’s any merit in pursuing a 2 yr course in the first place considering my experience and a previous MBA degree.
I know that’s a lot to ask for in one post - any feedback will be of great help. Thanks.

Regards.


Hi Kimi848,

A few thoughts:

1. In terms of you application to U.S. MBA programs your high school achievements are irrelevant.
2. You may want to add CBS's J-term to the U.S. shortened programs as well as Cornell's accelerated MBA.
3. Your work and leadership experience is very impressive and highly competitive. Is your GPA a translation of your grades from a percentage? If so what was the percentage. Your GMAT is low for an Indian in the M7, but it's not so low as to knock you out. So to answer your first question, I think it makes sense for you to try for HBS or a couple of other M7 programs that you will are particularly well suited to your educational and professional needs. At the same time, the programs that you are planning to apply to are excellent for you.

The question of whether the 2-year, full-time MBA is worth it for YOU is a complicated question and I don't have enough information here to even express an opinion. The MBA education is an investment. What is the increased marginal investment you will make in the FT 2-year program, over the 1-year programs you are considering? Do you feel the increased benefit is worth that increased investment? the benefit is obviously financial, but it is also personal growth and perhaps a better "brand." So while I haven't answered your question, I hope the questions I'm encouraging you to ask will be helpful.

You might be interested in:


Best,
Linda
-------------------------------

Hi Linda,

Thanks a lot for your feedback. I have a few answers as well as some additional questions based on your response.
1. While I do understand that my GMAT score may not be competitive (for HSB atleast), do you think it makes sense for me to wait a couple more weeks - take a retest and then see if I can improve it to 740+ levels. With my level of experience, what range do you think qualifies as safe?
2. Apart from the CBS-J and Cornell programs you mentioned about, are there any other highly rated programs which you think I should aim for? My plan is to limit the number of applications to 6 colleges. I already had six on my list: INSEAD, LBS, Kellogg, Judge, SAID & HEC. I think i will have to remove 2 from here to accommodate 2 new ones out of HSW/CBS-J/Cornell. Let me know your thoughts on this pls.
3. My GPAs are as per the official transcripts issued by my undergrad and post-grad institutes and not my assessments. That being said - what are the chances that my average GPAs are going to hurt bad?
4. My question about a 1yr vs FT 2yr course stems from the fact that I already have an MBA from a top-10 ranked institute in India (IIM) - which I pursued immediately after my undergrad degree (as is the case I guess with a lot of Engineering grads in India) and then worked for 6+ years afterwards. I therefore need to know if it makes sense for me to apply for a 2-yr MBA again? I would also have to somehow address this in my essays I believe. For me, it is question of getting back into a great college and getting a better brand, improve my chances of working for a PE fund and get some international work-experience before I head back home and explore entrepreneurship in the next 5-7 years. In terms of the incremental cost, the delta between a leading European 1 yr course and a FT-2 yr course from M7 I believe is in the range of 70-100% - and though a primary concern, depends if I can secure some financial aid for myself. More than pure financial gain - what I am looking for is enrichment, deep learning from co-participants and a global network aided by a marquee college brand.

Looking forward. Thanks.

regards.
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kimi8448 wrote:
It’ll be very helpful if some of the forum experts could share their feedback on my profile below, considering an HBS application.

29 year old Indian Male

GMAT: 720

Undergrad: NIT (National Institute of Technology - one of the top 10 engineering colleges in India), GPA: 3.25

Postgrad: Indian Institute of Management (from L/K/I) GPA: 3.0 (pursued immediately after Engineering)

School: 12th Grade (89%) and 10th Grade (96% - All India rank 6 and state rank 1)

Work experience: 6.5 years of experience mostly across IB (leading domestic IB) with some Strategy Consulting (Big4) and FX Trading (Corp. Treasury at a Bank) experience as well. Within IB, I have worked across sectors (focusing on tech enabled infra currently) and have closed deals with an aggregate value of $600 Million+. I have worked extensively with global partner banks and foreign companies on cross border transactions and have also extensively travelled and interacted with large global asset managers and investors during deal roadshows.

Leadership Exp.: I’ve been promoted to a lead banker role in my current firm within a span of 4.5 years from an Associate level - with revenue and sector coverage responsibilities. I currently lead a team of associates and analysts and also have additional responsibility of managing the associate pool roster. I have been consistently top rated, resulting in accelerated promotions and have led transactions even during my associate years - without a lead banker being on the transaction. I source revenue for the firm directly and have been involved in sourcing deals worth ~$200 million at an individual level. I am also a mentor to the new analysts who join our IB analyst programme.

Extra Curricular:
1. National Level Athletics (track & field) - Jr level, National level Gateball Player (Jr), District Level Cricket (Jr)
2. Received numerous academic awards (national and state level) for 10th grade performance
3. Won a few competitions as a lead vocalist. I am well versed with music production softwares and have published scratch / dummy tracks on Soundcloud (though not commercial)
4. Have won a few debate and quiz competitions conducted by my firm but organised at a national scale.
5. Have been partially involved with a local NGO focused on rehabilitation of naxal violence affected villagers (on a ad-hoc basis for educating young kids) - I was born in a naxal affected town as my father was posted there early in his service.


Others: I have studied across 5 states in India and have lived in 6. I can understand 5 local languages and can speak 4 fluently (other than English and Hindi).

Short Term Goal: to get into a large global tech PE, leveraging my skills in investment banking and learning the nuances of investment in the high growth technology areas.

Long Term Goal: To start a tech enabled B2B focused SAAS platform for professional/amateur musicians and production artists to publish and scale their art, along with tapping large enterprise clients such as Spotify, Saavn, Apple Music, etc.

—————————
As of now my focus was applying to limited European B-schools such as INSEAD, LBS, Judge along with Kellogg outside of Europe primarily for their 1-year course. Now I’m curious and eager to know if I stand a chance to get through any of the 2-year M7s in the US. Also would be keen to understand if there’s any merit in pursuing a 2 yr course in the first place considering my experience and a previous MBA degree.
I know that’s a lot to ask for in one post - any feedback will be of great help. Thanks.

Regards.


Hi Kimi848,

A few thoughts:

1. In terms of you application to U.S. MBA programs your high school achievements are irrelevant.
2. You may want to add CBS's J-term to the U.S. shortened programs as well as Cornell's accelerated MBA.
3. Your work and leadership experience is very impressive and highly competitive. Is your GPA a translation of your grades from a percentage? If so what was the percentage. Your GMAT is low for an Indian in the M7, but it's not so low as to knock you out. So to answer your first question, I think it makes sense for you to try for HBS or a couple of other M7 programs that you will are particularly well suited to your educational and professional needs. At the same time, the programs that you are planning to apply to are excellent for you.

The question of whether the 2-year, full-time MBA is worth it for YOU is a complicated question and I don't have enough information here to even express an opinion. The MBA education is an investment. What is the increased marginal investment you will make in the FT 2-year program, over the 1-year programs you are considering? Do you feel the increased benefit is worth that increased investment? the benefit is obviously financial, but it is also personal growth and perhaps a better "brand." So while I haven't answered your question, I hope the questions I'm encouraging you to ask will be helpful.

You might be interested in:


Best,
Linda
-------------------------------

Hi Linda,

Thanks a lot for your feedback. I have a few answers as well as some additional questions based on your response.
1. While I do understand that my GMAT score may not be competitive (for HSB atleast), do you think it makes sense for me to wait a couple more weeks - take a retest and then see if I can improve it to 740+ levels. With my level of experience, what range do you think qualifies as safe?
2. Apart from the CBS-J and Cornell programs you mentioned about, are there any other highly rated programs which you think I should aim for? My plan is to limit the number of applications to 6 colleges. I already had six on my list: INSEAD, LBS, Kellogg, Judge, SAID & HEC. I think i will have to remove 2 from here to accommodate 2 new ones out of HSW/CBS-J/Cornell. Let me know your thoughts on this pls.
3. My GPAs are as per the official transcripts issued by my undergrad and post-grad institutes and not my assessments. That being said - what are the chances that my average GPAs are going to hurt bad?
4. My question about a 1yr vs FT 2yr course stems from the fact that I already have an MBA from a top-10 ranked institute in India (IIM) - which I pursued immediately after my undergrad degree (as is the case I guess with a lot of Engineering grads in India) and then worked for 6+ years afterwards. I therefore need to know if it makes sense for me to apply for a 2-yr MBA again? I would also have to somehow address this in my essays I believe. For me, it is question of getting back into a great college and getting a better brand, improve my chances of working for a PE fund and get some international work-experience before I head back home and explore entrepreneurship in the next 5-7 years. In terms of the incremental cost, the delta between a leading European 1 yr course and a FT-2 yr course from M7 I believe is in the range of 70-100% - and though a primary concern, depends if I can secure some financial aid for myself. More than pure financial gain - what I am looking for is enrichment, deep learning from co-participants and a global network aided by a marquee college brand.

Looking forward. Thanks.

regards.


Kim8448

You're most welcome.

1. From my experience, your GMAT is low for accepted Indian students at HBS. (I'm assuming it is balanced) As I said before it's not low enough to knock you out of consideration. However, combined with what is a below average GPA at HBS, I'd say it's smart for you to improve what can be improved. If you can get your GMAT up to a 740, then do so. There is not score that's "safe." There is competitive and not competitive. A 740 would be competitive.
2. You have a good list in your original 6. I'm not sure I would advocate for you to replace one. They all fit your needs and are probably less expensive than even the shorter U.S. programs. Plus CBS would have similar issues to HBS in terms of your GMAT score and GPA so it would be another opportunity for you to get into an M7 school, but since the chances of acceptance are lower than at the programs on your list, I can't recommend that you replace one from your original list with CBS. It is a program that I would recommend you add. Also, you don't have to apply to all your programs Round 1. (FYI the J-Term deadline for CBS is Oct 4 so it basically is R1)
3. I can't give you a percentage answer to that question. MBA admissions is a competitive process. If your GPA and GMAT are below average for your target schools, it hurts and reduces your chances. If one is a little low, and there is lots of evidence of achievement and ability and the qualities that the school is looking for, they probably will overlook it. This is particularly true when you've been out of school for several years, have strong competitive, relevant experience, and a high GMAT to show that you really do have academic ability.
4. Telling me that you want an MBA because you want a better brand is fine. No problem. However that is not a good reason from the schools' perspective. You will need to explain to them (and frankly you should be able to do it for yourself) what their program (not their brand) will enable you to do that you can't do now and want to do after your MBA. Write and talk in terms of opportunities, programs, and courses that the schools offer and that are going to fill gaps in your education and experience that you need filled in order to achieve your goals and dreams.

I meant to close my last post with, you may be interested in:

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Intending to reapply R1
Caucasian American (Rejected R2, no interview, taken GMAT once); current 1L at Harvard Law School
Good undergraduate business school: 3.9 Accounting, finance, economics; 4.0 MSA in tax
GMAT: 720 (47Q; 41 V); planning on retaking over the summer (also working at a Big Law firm this summer)
Work experience and leadership: 3 years (currently own a tutoring company; 2 years as a CPA at a well-known Fortune 500 doing corporate forecasting and analyzing product platform results)
Community and others: Quite of few clubs in the law school; Teaching Fellow in the Econ Dept; Prior to law school, I was on the Board of a 501(c)(3) and taught accounting 101 at the community college during nights
Long term goal: leadership role doing tax strategy work at a large, global company (ideally
Why MBA: Develop leadership/management skills, better business knowledge and how it intersects with law (especially strategic tax issues and M&A strategy), I'm entrepreneurial minded, so start up legal work paired with business interests me as well (which may impact my long term goal).

Since I'm in Cambridge, I would love to grab coffee or lunch with any HBS students and discuss my changes.


Are there any HLS students applying to HBS? Not lawyers, law students. That, to me, is the weird part of this profile. I don’t think the people nitpicking about stats have spotted the real issue. If this isn’t something that’s normal for HLS students, this is going to the weird thing that throws adcoms for a loop.

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