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Profile eval - Female, IT Sales/Marketing, GMAT 750

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Status: INSEAD - Class of July 2013
Joined: 27 Jun 2011
Posts: 71
Location: Moscow, Russia
Schools: Berkeley Haas, Stanford, MIT Sloan, INSEADw/$$
WE 1: Five years in hi-tech in sales/marketing roles
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Profile eval - Female, IT Sales/Marketing, GMAT 750 [#permalink]

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New post 19 Aug 2011, 00:57
Dear mbaMission consultants,

I would be really grateful if you could evaluate my profile, knowing how busy you are helping candidates to get into the top MBA programs.

I'll start by saying that I consider myself to be quite a strong candidate, however I need help identifying potential weaknesses that the adcoms of the universities I'm applying to could point out. Also it would be great if you could generally assess my chances of getting into my chosen schools and briefly summarize what could be the best marketing self-positioning strategy I could apply.

I am a Russian female of 26 (27-28 at matriculation) with 4.5 (5.5-6 at matriculation) years of professional experience at global IT companies in sales/marketing roles.
Career highlights: I was hired from university by Microsoft from a pool of over 500 candidates (as part of the MACH graduate program) for an Account Manager role. At program end I transitioned to another Fortune 100 software company in the role of Channel Account Manager, and I am currenty employed by a Fortune 500 security company as a Channel Manager responsible for the whole Russia & CIS territory. During my employment I have managed people, have done cross continent projects (e.g., launched an Online Software Store in Russia, which implied close collaboration eith the US HQ). With every new employer, I contributed with a solid and demostrated revenue increase, which lead to roles suggesting high-level responsibilities.

My GMAT is 750 98% Q48 (80%) V 44 (98%), AWA 5.5.

I graduated in 2006 from a top 3 Russian university - Lomonosov Moscow State University with a Major in West-European Laguages and Literatures - Magna cum Laude (GPA 3.9/4.0). Two years after graduation I obtained a diploma in HR management (became a manager and needed more knowledge on selecting, training and motivating employees) - Summa cum Laude (GPA 4.0/4.0).

I have Russian & Italian citizenships (lived in Italy in my teens) and speak three languages professionally: Russian, English and Italian. I also have conversational ability in Spanish and French.

As you probably know, community service isn't as popular among the youth in the Eastern Europe (as are similar things in the US), however, I have been an active member of a Russian charity organization helping sick children and homeless animals. I am also a member of Greenpeace and WWF.

My target programs are:
MIT Sloan
Berkeley Haas

My post-MBA goal is to stay in the IT industry, but grow to a technology managing role with a broader scope (managing sales in a region like the Emerging Markets, EMEA). I am also considering IT consulting as another option.

My profile strengths as I see them:
Competitive background (limited applicant pool - IT but not Engineering)
Female with excellent academics (though this isn't probably THAT rare :) )
Higher than average GMAT
Fast career progression that shows leadership potential (transition to managerial position very young)
Solid international experience

My possible profile weaknesses:
Lack of quantitative sublects in my undergrad (though I think I have demonstrated my msthematical ability at the GMAT, I will probably need to write an optional essay explaining that I'm studying calculus, accounting basics and economics with well-known books like Mankiw's, J. Utts' and others)
... anything else? :?

Looikng forward for a reply and thanks a lot for doing this for all the MBA hopefuls!


"A leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situations, and yells, 'Wrong jungle!'" - Stephen Covey

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New post 11 Sep 2011, 10:20
Hello Belyok, thanks for your question.

I think you have a pretty good handle on your profile strengths and weaknesses. Items I’ll comment on:

- You have a high GMAT with an 80% quantitative score. That is the threshold most top programs use, and you have cleared the hurdle. I would not call attention to this in an optional essay. Many applicants would love to have scored an 80% on quantitative. There is no reason at all to apologize for it.

- For your top choices, like Stanford, it’s important to have a more defined idea of what you would like to accomplish after business school. How does your experience build to an MBA, then to a short-term goal, and then to your long-term goal? No one will hold you to this plan, but you should demonstrate that you have put in the thought to come up with it. Connect your past, present, and future in a logical and plausible way.

- Finally, demonstrate the need for an MBA. One question to answer is: What would an MBA give you to achieve your career goals that your diploma in HR management does not?

Best of luck!

Brian Eng
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