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New post 12 May 2014, 07:06
Hi!

I applied to Wharton in R2 last year and unfortunately got dinged (I did get an interview). I revisited the application and consulted some alumni to get some feedback. I feel multiple factors contributed to the rejection:
1. Mediocre essays
2. Less than average work-ex (3yrs)
3. Competitive applicant pool (Indian Male, although I am a Chartered Accountant and currently work as a Management Consultant)
4. Applied in Round 2

I now plan to reapply this year and had a couple of questions -
1. I am not going to get a promotion this year and might not be able to increase my work responsibilities substantially by the time I reapply (given the hierarchical structure at my office). Any alternatives you can suggest to improve my case? I am looking at ways to take up leadership roles in my extracurricular activities. How helpful is that going to be?
2. Should I apply in R1 or R2? Applying in R1 will show that I am really interested in Wharton. I will certainly be able to show personal growth, refinement of goals and better essays, but there won't be any professional growth to showcase (I suspect it won't change substantially by R2 as well).

Will appreciate your inputs!

Thanks.

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New post 31 Jul 2014, 11:17
amba2013 wrote:
Hi!

I applied to Wharton in R2 last year and unfortunately got dinged (I did get an interview). I revisited the application and consulted some alumni to get some feedback. I feel multiple factors contributed to the rejection:
1. Mediocre essays
2. Less than average work-ex (3yrs)
3. Competitive applicant pool (Indian Male, although I am a Chartered Accountant and currently work as a Management Consultant)
4. Applied in Round 2

I now plan to reapply this year and had a couple of questions -
1. I am not going to get a promotion this year and might not be able to increase my work responsibilities substantially by the time I reapply (given the hierarchical structure at my office). Any alternatives you can suggest to improve my case? I am looking at ways to take up leadership roles in my extracurricular activities. How helpful is that going to be?
2. Should I apply in R1 or R2? Applying in R1 will show that I am really interested in Wharton. I will certainly be able to show personal growth, refinement of goals and better essays, but there won't be any professional growth to showcase (I suspect it won't change substantially by R2 as well).

Will appreciate your inputs!

Thanks.


I'm not an expert but here's my take:

Its not the amount of work experience you have but the quality. If you think you do not have enough responsibilities and do not have any way to change them, my advice would be to wait, try to get another job or actively take on more responsibilities at work even without a pay or level change. Be the guy that volunteers to go beyond the call of duty.

If you can't change anything, I really don't see what good re-application will do you. I'd say give it a year except if you are fighting the age battle (30ish). If you must apply, show significant changes in at least one area of your application, if round two is when that would happen then apply in R2. whats the point in rushing to submit only to get dinged?
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