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Joined: 02 Oct 2009
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New post 02 Oct 2009, 12:53
Hey Alex,

I would really appreciate an evaluation of my profile:

GPA - 76.15% with distinction in one of the good colleges in India.
GMAT - 640, 640 (both in 2007),730 (47Q,44V) (third attempt) Three attempts make my profile weak.

Professional Back ground
I have six years of work experience in IT company.
I have worked 2.5 in India and the remaining in USA as a consultant in a top finance company.I am a project lead for a team of 15 across three geographical locations. I actually built this team from 1 to 15.Have worked some of the very challenging technology projects. I have also undertaken business analyst role for last 1.5 years
I am now the primary liasion between technology and business. I can show few examples of leadership and initiative.

Extra Curricular/others : Started an in house club in my company and placed at organization level.
Member of toastmasters.
Have done volunteer work in Indian non profit organization with their branch in USA.Undergrad days have done few volunteer work.
Editor of in house Newsletter.
Yoga enthusiast

Reason for MBA: I want to get the broader picture .My focus will be marketing and strategy.
Since I have an IT background would want to get into marketing and sales in technology companies.

Long Term :Get into tourism industry in India. In my opinion marketing knowledge will be beneficial for such a transition.

Schools I am targeting
Primary - Ross, Insead, UCLA,Tepper,Duke,ISB
Secondary choice - Cornell, HKUST,Darden

1. Based on my profile do you think the schools I have selected are good bet ?
2 Can you help me choose some safer schools ?
3. Is it a good idea to use the optional essay to write about the gmat attempts? In my opinion the gmat scores do not display my true potential. Also my quants score is low even though I have engineering background.Will that go against me?

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New post 03 Oct 2009, 12:13
I think you may be underestimating your profile.

It's interesting how the psychology of men and women play itself out in the applications process -- in most things (from sports to business to managing money to driving a car), men tend to overestimate their abilities, whereas women tend to underestimate their abilities. And this happens with b-school applicants as well in terms of where they think they stand.

I think the "safety" schools in Tepper, HKUST and ISB are fine - you shouldn't have any problems getting in there.

Schools like INSEAD, Duke, Darden, Michigan, Cornell and UCLA are in range - maybe a stretch but still worth applying to.

My suggestion though is to cut down on the number of schools. From your "safety" list, choose 1 or 2 at most. For the other list, choose the 3 or 4 you most want to go to.

Beyond that, it's how well you execute the written applications and how well you interview. Also, I wouldn't worry too much about your multiple GMAT attempts. Your strongest score is what counts the most (and it's strong).

Alex Chu

Joined: 02 Oct 2009
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New post 06 Oct 2009, 09:50
Thanks a lot on your feedback.
Re: Profile Evaluation   [#permalink] 06 Oct 2009, 09:50
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