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Background and nationality: USA, White Male,
Undergrad Information: State University Top 100, Finance & Entrepreneurship Double Major. Entrepreneurship program ranked Top 10 and I received distinguished awards and grant money to pursue a venture from the program. GPA is 3.45
GMAT: 730 | Q 48
Work experience and leadership: 5 years of work experience; Had a startup for a year that had a modest exit. Then I worked for two startups in B2B Software Sales. One was headquartered in Tel Aviv so I have that international experience plus I'm fluent in Hebrew. For the last year, I have been working in Channel Sales for a Fortune 500 tech company where I train and present to our channel partners.
Community and others: I lead corporate volunteer efforts for our office in NYC
Post MBA goals: Big 3 Consulting
Anything else? Not sure how much a difference this makes, but Columbia is my top choice and I'll state that in my application.

Thanks so much for the review! Happy to provide more background if it will help.
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Hi there!

Background: Asian American (born in Asia - US citizen)
Undergrad:
  • 3.65 GPA. Finance major at University of South Florida
  • President of a fraternity
  • Director a the finance club
  • Led a college initiative to lend professional clothing to students in need for no charge
  • Coordinated social activities for a multicultural club
  • Co-managed the business school's student managed investment fund (~$500m AUM)
  • 25 under 25 award recognized by the college of business.

Work Experience:
  • Interned at a bulge bracket bank in their Finance & Risk Ops
  • Interned at a private equity firm for a year
  • Joined a finance leadership development program at a middle market investment bank as an analyst. Rotated through a product management department, and then helped report earnings for the firm (1 year)
  • Leveraged a small eCommerce startup i found in college to join a mid-size tech company in the eCommerce space. Experience includes financial planning & analysis, ad hoc strategic projects, M&A, investor relations, and taking the company public. Promoted twice to manager at matriculation. (4 years)
GMAT: 740
Community: Junior board member of a nonprofit and regularly involved in fundraising and event planning; current co-lead of my company's diversity group
Post-MBA: Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, or Strategic Finance at a F100 tech company

I am targeting Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.
Thanks for your feedback!
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Hi,

Would appreciate a profile evaluation. Targeting R2.

Nationality: Indian
Undergrad: B.tech - IT. SRM University, 7.4 CGPA (Out of 10)
Age: 27

Work Experience: 5.5 years

1. Cofounded a startup in the legaltech space, ran it for 2.5 years, managed a team of 2 full time employees and 4 freelancers, got acquired in April '18 by a startup accelerator, had a good exit. Currently working as a consultant to the startups at the same accelerator. I mentor startups on fundraising, marketing, strategy and technology.

2. Prior to the startup, worked for 2.5 years in TCS as a systems engineer. Was chosen the class representative and led a team of 50 during the 3 month training. Also, received the highest award 'Star performer'. Later worked on Business Intelligence and reporting for an aviation client and managed a team of 4.

3. During my college, I started a Non-profit which focussed on rural development, ran it for ~1.5 years, which ran campaigns on literacy and donations of essentials for the slums in my neighbourhood. Managed a team of 15, got covered on a weekly basis by local newspapers.

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Hello raghavshekhar

Though your work ex has some potential (the startup story)- the GMAT might become a deal breaker for the likes of Columbia considering your average past scores, Indian/Tech background and your interest in consulting in the future.
Also, see if you have strong extracurricular activities that you may want to mention in the application- those could add some diversity to the profile.

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Hi,

Would appreciate a profile evaluation. Targeting R2.

Nationality: Indian
Undergrad: B.tech - IT. SRM University, 7.4 CGPA (Out of 10)
Age: 27

Work Experience: 5.5 years

1. Cofounded a startup in the legaltech space, ran it for 2.5 years, managed a team of 2 full time employees and 4 freelancers, got acquired in April '18 by a startup accelerator, had a good exit. Currently working as a consultant to the startups at the same accelerator. I mentor startups on fundraising, marketing, strategy and technology.

2. Prior to the startup, worked for 2.5 years in TCS as a systems engineer. Was chosen the class representative and led a team of 50 during the 3 month training. Also, received the highest award 'Star performer'. Later worked on Business Intelligence and reporting for an aviation client and managed a team of 4.

3. During my college, I started a Non-profit which focussed on rural development, ran it for ~1.5 years, which ran campaigns on literacy and donations of essentials for the slums in my neighbourhood. Managed a team of 15, got covered on a weekly basis by local newspapers.

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GMAT - 700 Q49 V37

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New post 13 Dec 2018, 12:04
Hi there - you have a strong profile, with progressive work experience, strong academics, and consistent and meaningful extracurricular involvement. While the schools you've listed are very competitive, you'll be a viable candidate if you execute a strong application that shows the motivation behind your goals, communicates your professional/personal impact, shows fit with the target program, and includes strong recommendations. Best of luck!

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Hi there!

Background: Asian American (born in Asia - US citizen)
Undergrad:
  • 3.65 GPA. Finance major at University of South Florida
  • President of a fraternity
  • Director a the finance club
  • Led a college initiative to lend professional clothing to students in need for no charge
  • Coordinated social activities for a multicultural club
  • Co-managed the business school's student managed investment fund (~$500m AUM)
  • 25 under 25 award recognized by the college of business.

Work Experience:
  • Interned at a bulge bracket bank in their Finance & Risk Ops
  • Interned at a private equity firm for a year
  • Joined a finance leadership development program at a middle market investment bank as an analyst. Rotated through a product management department, and then helped report earnings for the firm (1 year)
  • Leveraged a small eCommerce startup i found in college to join a mid-size tech company in the eCommerce space. Experience includes financial planning & analysis, ad hoc strategic projects, M&A, investor relations, and taking the company public. Promoted twice to manager at matriculation. (4 years)
GMAT: 740
Community: Junior board member of a nonprofit and regularly involved in fundraising and event planning; current co-lead of my company's diversity group
Post-MBA: Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, or Strategic Finance at a F100 tech company

I am targeting Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.
Thanks for your feedback!

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New post 13 Dec 2018, 12:08
Hi, and thanks for writing! Given CBS' competitiveness, especially for Indian applicants, I recommend retaking the GMAT for 730+. Sounds like you have great work experience - have you been involved in any extracurriculars post-college? This would be a plus as well. Since CBS has a rolling admissions process, it is even more competitive around this time of year, so I'd consider this a stretch program and hopefully there are other programs you've applied to and/or are considering. Best of luck!




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Hi,

Would appreciate a profile evaluation. Targeting R2.

Nationality: Indian
Undergrad: B.tech - IT. SRM University, 7.4 CGPA (Out of 10)
Age: 27

Work Experience: 5.5 years

1. Cofounded a startup in the legaltech space, ran it for 2.5 years, managed a team of 2 full time employees and 4 freelancers, got acquired in April '18 by a startup accelerator, had a good exit. Currently working as a consultant to the startups at the same accelerator. I mentor startups on fundraising, marketing, strategy and technology.

2. Prior to the startup, worked for 2.5 years in TCS as a systems engineer. Was chosen the class representative and led a team of 50 during the 3 month training. Also, received the highest award 'Star performer'. Later worked on Business Intelligence and reporting for an aviation client and managed a team of 4.

3. During my college, I started a Non-profit which focussed on rural development, ran it for ~1.5 years, which ran campaigns on literacy and donations of essentials for the slums in my neighbourhood. Managed a team of 15, got covered on a weekly basis by local newspapers.

Post MBA goals - Consulting
GMAT - 700 Q49 V37

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Hi - I see that you've posted one of the other boards as well. MY same advice applies here, but keep in mind that with CBS' rolling admissions process, it's especially competitive now because some spots have already been taken. Best of luck with your applications!



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Background and nationality: USA, White Male,
Undergrad Information: State University Top 100, Finance & Entrepreneurship Double Major. Entrepreneurship program ranked Top 10 and I received distinguished awards and grant money to pursue a venture from the program. GPA is 3.45
GMAT: 730 | Q 48
Work experience and leadership: 5 years of work experience; Had a startup for a year that had a modest exit. Then I worked for two startups in B2B Software Sales. One was headquartered in Tel Aviv so I have that international experience plus I'm fluent in Hebrew. For the last year, I have been working in Channel Sales for a Fortune 500 tech company where I train and present to our channel partners.
Community and others: I lead corporate volunteer efforts for our office in NYC
Post MBA goals: Big 3 Consulting
Anything else? Not sure how much a difference this makes, but Columbia is my top choice and I'll state that in my application.

Thanks so much for the review! Happy to provide more background if it will help.

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Hi,

Please evaluate my profile below!

Background and nationality: Male, White, US citizen, 27 years old.

Undergrad Information: BBA in finance from Top 30 Public University with a 3.2 GPA (I had one bad semester where I dealt with depression from the death of my best friend, dragging down my GPA. I plan to use the optional essay to explain this). Additionally, I have taken three MBA-level courses from Harvard Business School through their Core Requirements program (aka “Pre-MBA program”), which I completed with High Honors.

GMAT: 730 (Q 47, V 44, IR 6, AWA 6)

Work experience and leadership: At the time of applying, will be 5 years working as a financial analyst for major bank with one promotion to intermediate analyst. I, along with some of my colleagues, lead a team of analysts based in India, led many projects and worked on the largest project my office has ever done, and have mentored some of the associates on my team.
I have also cofounded a small company with a few colleagues that runs an online financial website and a small investment fund.

Community and others: Volunteered through Meals on Wheels for the past year, done many other volunteering activities before that, though not through one specific organization. I have mentored four undergraduate students at the University I graduated from over the past two years. I have been on the board of a local non-profit Irish Heritage organization for the past two years.

Recommenders: Both are supervisors of mine.

Post MBA goals: Wanting to switch to Investment Banking with the main goal of eventually starting my own investment fund that focuses on renewable energy and making an impact on saving the environment.

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I plan to apply for an MBA program starting Fall 2020. Can someone please have a look at my profile and provide your feedback? Thanks!

Nationality: Indian female

Work Experience:
2.5 years Business Consultant in Ohio State Company( Current) + 1 year as software Engineer in India in mid level firm (4 year till I join the school) + finance intern in current office part time helping in making budget , reporting.

Academic Qualifications:
B.E. in Engg. GPA - 4 (top colleges of India not as good as IIT's , topper of the class)
GMAT: not known aiming forr 750 +
List of Schools I plan on applying to: HBS, Wharton, Booth, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, John Hopskin, Booth
Extra Curricular Activities - Was moderately involved in social service activities while pursuing my Bachelors and inter college level activities as well.
Part of women organization dealing in mental health, human trafficking.

Post MBA goals: Consulting, Investment banking, mainly consulting.

I want to know is there any possibility to get into top programs?
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Background and nationality : Indian
Undergrad Information : 8/10 (Topper of the class from a top University in India
GMAT: yet to be given aiming for 750+
Work experience and leadership : 4 years till i Join 2020 MBA batch (Business Consultant for a State Company (2+ current), 1 year India as a software engineer. Just did a big project for 1.5 million dollar for the company + doing a lot of other project . Finance Intern as well helping in budget process. Part of a startup while back in India but it shut down as I moved to USA.The problem it was not very well known and authenticated so cant mention where it is and websites. its was import/ export company
Community and others : American Red Cross, Women organization helping victims of human trafficking , LGBTQ rights, AIDS/HIV victims (since 1 year)
Post MBA goals : consulting, Investment Banking, Personal Business
Anything else?
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I want to know my chances of getting into Columbia. I want to know what improvement do I need to get my profile real strong for these colleges.

I want to get into the best colleges and when I ever i look at profiles wanting to get into these places they are great.


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Hi,
Would appreciate a profile evaluation. Targeting R1 next year.

Background and nationality: Indian Female

Undergrad Information: B.Tech - ECE. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University(MSIT). CGPA: 8.9(one of the toppers of my stream)

GMAT: 760

Work experience and leadership : 4.5 years at present in a techno-functional role. Working as a Senior Software Engineer in Infosys Ltd serving domestic and international banks. Have worked with private, public sector and international banks, all at client site. Currently heading all clients in Africa and Sri Lanka region (about 2 years of international work ex). Regarded as a domain expert and have worked as a team lead in multiple project implementations.

Awards: Top Performer in the Entry Level Training, Most Promising Joinee Award, Listed as Infosys Pride Factor, Awarded by multiple clients for contribution to the project.
Was the head of Self-Governance Team in Infosys for a year.

Community and others : Associated with Leaders for Tomorrow and part of their project – Igniting Young Minds to provide life skills to the disadvantaged; Member of Help Age India in higher secondary for care of disadvantaged elderly.
Recently Joined Toastmasters. Awarded as Best Table Topic Speaker in the guest meeting. Event Head of Technical Fest in college ensuring a footfall of more than 2500 people in the event. Member of the organization committee of Infosys Finacle Fever’15.

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Hi there, and thanks for writing! From the information you've provided, and since you haven't yet taken GMAT, it's a bit tough to gauge your chances for CBS. It's great that you have a strong college GPA. Continue to build progressive work experience, get involved in extracurriculars outside of work, aim for a top GMAT score (730+), and speak to current students/CBS alumni to get insights that will help you eventually put together a strong case for why CBS - this will maximize your chances of success. Best of luck!


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Background and nationality : Indian
Undergrad Information : 8/10 (Topper of the class from a top University in India
GMAT: yet to be given aiming for 750+
Work experience and leadership : 4 years till i Join 2020 MBA batch (Business Consultant for a State Company (2+ current), 1 year India as a software engineer. Just did a big project for 1.5 million dollar for the company + doing a lot of other project . Finance Intern as well helping in budget process. Part of a startup while back in India but it shut down as I moved to USA.The problem it was not very well known and authenticated so cant mention where it is and websites. its was import/ export company
Community and others : American Red Cross, Women organization helping victims of human trafficking , LGBTQ rights, AIDS/HIV victims (since 1 year)
Post MBA goals : consulting, Investment Banking, Personal Business
Anything else?
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I want to know my chances of getting into Columbia. I want to know what improvement do I need to get my profile real strong for these colleges.

I want to get into the best colleges and when I ever i look at profiles wanting to get into these places they are great.


Thank you so much for the help.

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Hi - I see that you posted on the Stern board as well. The same advice applies here (though CBS is more competitive than Stern) so please check out my post there. One additional tip - with CBS given that it has rolling admission and there are more spots early on, do apply as early as possible in the cycle. Best of luck!

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Would appreciate a profile evaluation. Targeting R1 next year.

Background and nationality: Indian Female

Undergrad Information: B.Tech - ECE. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University(MSIT). CGPA: 8.9(one of the toppers of my stream)

GMAT: 760

Work experience and leadership : 4.5 years at present in a techno-functional role. Working as a Senior Software Engineer in Infosys Ltd serving domestic and international banks. Have worked with private, public sector and international banks, all at client site. Currently heading all clients in Africa and Sri Lanka region (about 2 years of international work ex). Regarded as a domain expert and have worked as a team lead in multiple project implementations.

Awards: Top Performer in the Entry Level Training, Most Promising Joinee Award, Listed as Infosys Pride Factor, Awarded by multiple clients for contribution to the project.
Was the head of Self-Governance Team in Infosys for a year.

Community and others : Associated with Leaders for Tomorrow and part of their project – Igniting Young Minds to provide life skills to the disadvantaged; Member of Help Age India in higher secondary for care of disadvantaged elderly.
Recently Joined Toastmasters. Awarded as Best Table Topic Speaker in the guest meeting. Event Head of Technical Fest in college ensuring a footfall of more than 2500 people in the event. Member of the organization committee of Infosys Finacle Fever’15.

Post MBA goals: Investment Banking, Consulting.

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Hello team,

Could you please help in reviewing my profile if I would like to apply to Columbia Business School for a full time MBA program.

24 Year old Indian Male.

My GMAT Score is 740(QA50, VA40,IR 8,AWA pending). I had already given the GMAT twice prior to this score in which I scored 650 which I cancelled. I scored 710 on the second instance with full marks in IR and AWA( QA 50,VA36,IR 8,AWA 6). Please advise.

Educational Qualifications:
Class X: 09.40 CGPA(All subjects)
Class XII: 93%(All Subjects)
B. Com(H) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata with first division marks(72%)
Chartered Accountant(Nov’16 batch)
Passed 2 levels of the International CFA Program(US)

Work experience:
CA Articleship(3 Years):
My key responsibilities included carrying out statutory and internal audit for clients. I’ve also assisted the firms I have worked for in income tax and companies returning filing as well as accounting work.

Goldman Sachs(April 2017-Present)
Division: Product Control
-> First line of control on the Securities Division of the firm.
-> Daily and weekly financial P&L Reporting and analysis for the Japanese equity derivatives desk.
-> Carrying out price verification procedures in order to ensure the firm’s marks are consistent with the consensus marks.
-> Safeguarding the assets of the firm as well as substantiating P&L drivers to help explain VaR breaches.

I would like to start my MBA by latest 2020.

Goals post MBA:

Seeking to pave my way into IB/Trading.

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Hello dhruvdalmia94

While the outline of your profile looks decent- with a good brand on the CV, strong GMAT score, CA, I'd recommend the following pointers for you-

1. Why IB and why Columbia. Yes Columbia is a great school for finance, but how does it fit into the long term vision of your career. (say geography?)
2. Focus on talking about career progress and accomplishments at work and not just responsibilities. With slightly lower experience than the average of the class (this is not a deal breaker) you must showcase better maturity and achievements than the competition.
3. Extracurricular activities are missing in your post. These are a good way to add diversity to your profile as you belong to the large and competitive pool of Indian Male applicants.

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dhruvdalmia94 wrote:
Hello team,

Could you please help in reviewing my profile if I would like to apply to Columbia Business School for a full time MBA program.

24 Year old Indian Male.

My GMAT Score is 740(QA50, VA40,IR 8,AWA pending). I had already given the GMAT twice prior to this score in which I scored 650 which I cancelled. I scored 710 on the second instance with full marks in IR and AWA( QA 50,VA36,IR 8,AWA 6). Please advise.

Educational Qualifications:
Class X: 09.40 CGPA(All subjects)
Class XII: 93%(All Subjects)
B. Com(H) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata with first division marks(72%)
Chartered Accountant(Nov’16 batch)
Passed 2 levels of the International CFA Program(US)

Work experience:
CA Articleship(3 Years):
My key responsibilities included carrying out statutory and internal audit for clients. I’ve also assisted the firms I have worked for in income tax and companies returning filing as well as accounting work.

Goldman Sachs(April 2017-Present)
Division: Product Control
-> First line of control on the Securities Division of the firm.
-> Daily and weekly financial P&L Reporting and analysis for the Japanese equity derivatives desk.
-> Carrying out price verification procedures in order to ensure the firm’s marks are consistent with the consensus marks.
-> Safeguarding the assets of the firm as well as substantiating P&L drivers to help explain VaR breaches.

I would like to start my MBA by latest 2020.

Goals post MBA:

Seeking to pave my way into IB/Trading.

Thanks,
Dhruv

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