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Profile Evaluation for HEC Paris, ESSEC

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New post 16 Jul 2019, 02:58
Hello,

I would really appreciate if someone on this thread could help me evaluate my chances of getting into HEC Paris or ESSEC France. Note that ESSEC would be my plan B, should HEC not work out.

Male
Non-technical background (BA in Economics with minors in Statistics and Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, a tier 1 institute in India)
GPA 3.45/4
12th Grade: 82%
10th Grade: 86%

GMAT:
Scored a 660 on my first attempt (Q43 V38). I intend on retaking the exam before the application deadline with a realistic target score of 700.

Work experience:
Currently working with Deloitte S&O (Deloitte's management consulting practice) as an Analyst, straight out of undergrad. I will have 6 months of experience by interview time.

Internships:
1) Drip Capital- Sequoia-backed Fintech startup that specializes in trade finance for Indian SME exporters. Worked with them on projects involviing new market entry, competition benchmarking and industry analysis & research report building.

2) Zilingo- Fashion e-commerce unicorn operational primarily in SEA, with B2B operations in India. Worked with the B2B marketplace team on developing a credit programme to boost seller-onboarding on the platform. Also worked on a go-to-market strategy for one of Zilingo's in-house private label brands.

During my final year at Xavier's, I also worked on implementing a startup idea that revolved around digital freelance services. I have done extensive research on the gig economy as a result.

Research Papers:
1) Understanding the Pharma Industry from a shareholder's perspective (Corporate Finance oriented project)
2) The Impact of Sanctions on the Monetary and Fiscal Policy of Iran (Macroeconomics)

Social Service:
1) Helped a Thalasemmia NGO with a CSR pitch for ecommerce players in India, that would help generate employment for their patients as well as boost volunteership at NGOs across the city.

Hobbies:
1) Basketball- I've played the sport at the school, university and club-level for about 10 years now. I currently play recreationally at my local YMCA.
2) Live Music- I have covered music festivals for an Indian music magazine (similar to a Rolling Stone Magazine) and even worked as an artist liaison for international artists like Sean Paul and Dillon Francis when they played at a music festival in India.


I know my GMAT score may not be the best and is probably my biggest liability. But do you think the rest of my profile can make up for it?

Thanks,
Aaron
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Lamda wrote:
Hello,

I would really appreciate if someone on this thread could help me evaluate my chances of getting into HEC Paris or ESSEC France. Note that ESSEC would be my plan B, should HEC not work out.

Male
Non-technical background (BA in Economics with minors in Statistics and Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, a tier 1 institute in India)
GPA 3.45/4
12th Grade: 82%
10th Grade: 86%

GMAT:
Scored a 660 on my first attempt (Q43 V38). I intend on retaking the exam before the application deadline with a realistic target score of 700.

Work experience:
Currently working with Deloitte S&O (Deloitte's management consulting practice) as an Analyst, straight out of undergrad. I will have 6 months of experience by interview time.

Internships:
1) Drip Capital- Sequoia-backed Fintech startup that specializes in trade finance for Indian SME exporters. Worked with them on projects involviing new market entry, competition benchmarking and industry analysis & research report building.

2) Zilingo- Fashion e-commerce unicorn operational primarily in SEA, with B2B operations in India. Worked with the B2B marketplace team on developing a credit programme to boost seller-onboarding on the platform. Also worked on a go-to-market strategy for one of Zilingo's in-house private label brands.

During my final year at Xavier's, I also worked on implementing a startup idea that revolved around digital freelance services. I have done extensive research on the gig economy as a result.

Research Papers:
1) Understanding the Pharma Industry from a shareholder's perspective (Corporate Finance oriented project)
2) The Impact of Sanctions on the Monetary and Fiscal Policy of Iran (Macroeconomics)

Social Service:
1) Helped a Thalasemmia NGO with a CSR pitch for ecommerce players in India, that would help generate employment for their patients as well as boost volunteership at NGOs across the city.

Hobbies:
1) Basketball- I've played the sport at the school, university and club-level for about 10 years now. I currently play recreationally at my local YMCA.
2) Live Music- I have covered music festivals for an Indian music magazine (similar to a Rolling Stone Magazine) and even worked as an artist liaison for international artists like Sean Paul and Dillon Francis when they played at a music festival in India.


I know my GMAT score may not be the best and is probably my biggest liability. But do you think the rest of my profile can make up for it?

Thanks,
Aaron


Hi Aaron (@Lamda)

While you do have a good profile, the GMAT score will not be compensated for by the profile, especially as HEC is very sensitive in terms of GMAT scores for Indian applicants.
Your professional experience and ECA are quite good, but from last year Round 2 onwards, HEC has switched to an application that is more analysis-intensive than experience-intensive (as it used to be earlier). That does not mean that your experiences don't count, but that the GMAT score does acquire increased importance.

Have a look at the HEC MiM class profile and some success stories here

Target 700+ on the minimum on the GMAT, and possibly 720+ to be more competitive.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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New post 04 Aug 2019, 23:50
Hey Aaron,

I must say that you have a pretty good profile. You have mentioned a very specific interest in HEC and ESSEC, so I am going to give my evaluation of keeping this in mind.

HEC comes under your dream school category, while ESSEC can be bucketed under the competitive category. On that note, I always suggest people apply to a minimum of 6 schools and bucket them into a dream, competitive and safe categories - This is a great strategy to get into the best program that fits your profile.

Coming back to the evaluation, Here are a couple of things that work out for you, especially from HEC's perspective:

- HEC is notorious for recruiting only from tier-1 colleges, so your college rank works out here. GPA is good as well.

- Your work experience is interesting - You have a good mix of working with a known brand as well as some interesting experiences. If you are articulate enough on picking the right data points to highlight, they will be an asset to the application.

- Your extra-curricular add the element of diversity to your profile - Sports, Social Volunteering, Research papers, Music can showcase you as a holistic applicant.

Having said this, here are certain things that you must keep in mind to stand a stronger chance of selection:

-When we talk about schools like HEC, ESSEC and ESCP - note that these schools attract stellar profiles from around the world. So even with a good profile yourself, you start off almost at a level.
Your profile will have a bit of a competitive advantage when you are targeting safe schools, but to target HEC and ESSEC, you would need a very STRONG DIFFERENTIATOR - what is it about you that sets you apart from other 8000 odd applicants. The answer can come from either your current profile or through linking your long term goals to key milestones of your profile.
In my experience, the latter works out better :)

- While your extracurriculars are pretty good,
what the adcoms are looking for is either a very good mix of different activities, or just1/2 activities where you have taken things to the next level. You need to brainstorm and see which strategy you would like to use to portray your extra-curricular.

- Lack of international experience can be a bit of a roadblock, this is not a deal-breaker though. You can use other profile strengths to compensate for it.

- GMAT, as you yourself have mentioned is not your best score. If you retake it and achieve a 700+ score, it will boost your chances significantly.

I conduct a weekly webinar where I help potential applicants navigate through such questions totally free of cost :)

If you are interested, drop me an email at info@mim-essay.com, I will send over the link of the latest webinar

Hope this helped !
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New post 08 Aug 2019, 04:27
I am indian undergraduate student.

Bachelor of management studies major in finance from mumbai University ( cgpa. 8).
HSC from State board with 74%.
SSC from State board with 77%.

Frm exam 1
Corporate finance from columbia business school through edx.

Gmat: 720.

TECHNICAL SKILLS; Windows,C,C#.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS;
2nd prize in ad-mad for the topic : mutual fund.
Participated in various sports.
Volunteering in national service scheme.
Volunteer of local ngo.
Various certifications related to maths in school days.

3 months internship in iifl indian financial company.

Language;
Hindi
Marathi
English
French A2 level

What are my chances ?

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