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Joined: 16 Jun 2009
Posts: 27
Location: New York, NY
Schools: Columbia Business School: Class of 2012
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New post 18 Jun 2009, 20:35
Hi! Maybe you can help me out, I'm trying to determine how strong my candidacy's my profile:

Me: 25 years old (26 at matriculation), caucasian, male
Academics: 3.55 Overall GPA from a top-40 undergraduate public business program; Major: Finance (3.94 GPA within major)
GMAT: 720 - Q49 V38 AWA 6.0
Work Experience: Upon matriculation, I will have 4 years of full time work experience in commercial banking/real estate for a publicly traded super regional bank. I have had the opportunity to function in both an analytical role and a sales role, which has helped me to develop my quantitative analytical abilities, but also work on my soft skills via tons of client interaction essentially since day one (I'm planning for this to be a big selling point). I've originated over $50 million in commercial loans, a portfolio I have subsequently managed, while selling commercial banking products to my clients. Additionally, I have been a project leader on an ongoing basis for our portfolio management team ($7 billion portfolio), delivering analysis and presentations to federal and state regulators as well as ratings agencies, etc...I have also been involved in the preparation of commentary for quarterly earnings conference calls; In 3 years, I've been promoted twice, and seen a 70% increase in pay (for those schools that monitor this sort of thing)
Recommendations: I won't be able to get direct supervisors bc of the sensitive nature of leaving the company, but will be able to get stellar recommendations from those who know me and my work very well (and, obviously, are my superiors)
Extra-curriculars: A few decent ones in college, though I did take a semester off school to work for a Fortune 20 company in order to beef up my resume, thus forcing me to relinquish some of my duties. Post-undergrad, I have been heavily involved with my alma mater's alumni association, and have participated as a mentor at a camp for underprivileged youths since 2007. This is probably my weakest credential
Personal: I'm still involved in recreational sports (flag football, softball, basketball), perform semi-frequently with a band, and also give formal guitar lessons (for a little extra dough)

I have done a lot of research on schools, and the following are the ones where I feel I'd have the best fit:


I'm also planning on applying to Georgetown and Yale.

My question is this: Is my profile competitive at these schools?

Thanks in advance for your help
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Joined: 26 Dec 2008
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New post 22 Jun 2009, 12:27
HBS/Wharton - long shots; choose one of them as your lottery ticket

Columbia, Booth - you might be competitive, you might be a stretch; depends on "the man behind the resume" (i.e. your narrative - the essays, interviews, rec letters)

Fuqua, Tuck, Ross, Yale - you should be competitive; with a solid application, you should be able to get into at least one of them

Georgetown - should be a safety school for you.

In short, you're the kind of candidate that is pretty common at most top schools -- but at the same time there's also plenty like you who apply. A lot of it comes down to the intangibles - how well you convey who you are (again, the "man behind the resume") that may not be immediately obvious from the resume. You seem to be a hard working, solid working professional with decent stats (GPA/GMAT), which shouldn't immediately knock you out of contention at most of the top schools, so it comes down to how well you execute the applications, and a bit of luck.

Good luck

Alex Chu

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