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Hi guys,

I am an ISB 2017-18 aspirant . While I would like to go to one of the top 25 MBA programs in the US, I realize that it may be a long shot.
Request you to evaluate my profile. TIA

- 25 yr old Male

10th - 91 %

12th- 93%

BE - Electronics , Manipal Institute of Technology, CGPA - 7.71

Work Ex:

1 yr Software Developer at TCS
2 yrs Software Developer at a services startup ( 1st employee ,Played a leadership role setting the culture of the company and inducting new hires etc)
1 yr - Food delivery startup (sold/closed it a few weeks ago for a nominal sum - not really a profit)

No worthy extracurrics to speak of . Would you suggest I do something in the next 2 months ?

GMAT - 760

Would you suggest I apply to any of the top 25 programs in the US ?


Hi lnreddy

- While your GMAT score is excellent and opens up avenues for the US top 25, you should still focus on answering the question around what your possible career goals are very well. The food delivery startup story could be an asset or a liability depending on how you handle that question.
- 2 months may not really be enough to really build an ECA profile, but do try to get some non-profit experience, and try and organize some social events to the extent possible.
- Also, importantly, if you are currently not unemployed, please try and get back into a job. Applying from a position of non-employment (in your case it really is non-employment rather than unemployment) can be a negative for top school apps.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more questions as needed.
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Hi,
Please evaluate my profile -
GMAT - Q50 V32 (690)
Work ex. - 2 years of work ex. (by nov 2016) in Mu sigma in pharma and banking domain. Was awarded for exemplary work in a project and for helping out a new team
Will be promoted as Decision Scientist this year
Graduation - B.E. computer science from Medi-caps institute of technology and management, RGPV university
CGPA -7.45
12th - 86%
10th- 88.6%

Extracurricular -
Founder and Vice captain of girls Kho-Kho team in college in year 2012
Organized ROBOTICS competition “Nexus World Challenge” by IIT Bombay held in M.I.T.M in 2012
Hosted dace events in college fest

Achievements
Secured 2nd position in Kho-Kho inter college nodal and got selected for state team representing R.G.P.V University in year 2012
National Kho-Kho player- represented Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for consecutive 3 years (2005-08) held by C.B.S.E, New Delhi.
Zone toppers and Inter School winners for consecutive 3 years (2005-08) held by Sahodaya group of C.B.S.E schools

Questions -
I am targeting following schools -ISB, NUS, Nantyang technical university with ISB as my first preference. Should I re-write the GMAT?
How tough it will be to get through ISB at this profile?
If I plan to re-write within a month do I have sufficient time to apply in Round 1 ?


Hi Parnika

- ISB should be a good shot with your profile and even with a 690 GMAT (no need to retake really). Build a strong app. Go for it!
- Nanyang may work, but for NUS, a 690 will not be sufficient. In case you are enthusiastic about NUS, raise this to 720+. In case interested, do also look at the MSc in Analytics in NUS. That is a great program too and aligns with your experience.
- You have enough time to do an ISB Round 1 app.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more questions as needed.
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Request you to review my profile and let me know the colleges i can aim for in India/abroad for 2017 batch and GMAT score needed for same:

Education:
10th: 75.4% (ICSE)
12th: 77.4% (ISCE)
Graduation: 70.35% ,Btech Computer science (Degree from JNTU Hyderbad)

Work Ex:

Will be completing 6 years of IT work-ex on September 4 2016. Working in a Indian Major IT Mnc.
Have 1 year of onsite work experience, and was single point of contact for my technology team.

extra curricular:

State level basketball player( schools state and under 18)
Participated in many athletic events at inter school.
Basketball team captain in school/college and represent my current employers team in Delhi-NCR area.
Member of student committee in college.

Also,can you suggest by when should i be over with my GMAT exam so that i have decent chance of converting a call to colleges.

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Hi Srikanth

- The IT pool is always quite competitive, so would suggest that you look at a 700+ GMAT. That may be a bit more than what could get you through ISB, but it will be very helpful in terms of applying to schools abroad.
- Your ECA and your overall work experience otherwise seem quite good. Focus on the leadership and growth part of your career profile when you build your apps. As of now, focusing on the GMAT is the best thing to do.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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Hi Guys.

Good Day.

I completed my GMAT exam yesterday (11th Aug 2016) and scored a 720 (Q50 V37).
I request you to review my profile and let me know what all colleges should I approach and do I stand a chance at ISB.

Here's my profile :

GMAT 720
10th 84%
12th 77%
B.tech(Computer Science) 7.5

Work exp: Will complete 5 years next month in IT industry as well as in TCS. I have 1.5 years of onsite exp of working as an IT Consultant in Johannesburg.
In these 5 years I started as a team member, then became the module lead at 1.5 years (team of 4) ,
then went to onsite at 2.5 years acting as IT consultant and leading the small team of 3,
and then I came back to India in Feb 2016 and since I am leading a team of nearly 30 associates.

Extra Curri: I have won few Inter College national level cultural events in my college.
Apart from that I love music and movies and I have done a lot adventure activities such as
Scuba diving, Bunjee Jumping, etc (not sure if it helps).

please let me know if I stand a chance and what should I improve in this one or two month period.
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Hi Guys.

Good Day.

I completed my GMAT exam yesterday (11th Aug 2016) and scored a 720 (Q50 V37).
I request you to review my profile and let me know what all colleges should I approach and do I stand a chance at ISB.

Here's my profile :

GMAT 720
10th 84%
12th 77%
B.tech(Computer Science) 7.5

Work exp: Will complete 5 years next month in IT industry as well as in TCS. I have 1.5 years of onsite exp of working as an IT Consultant in Johannesburg.
In these 5 years I started as a team member, then became the module lead at 1.5 years (team of 4) ,
then went to onsite at 2.5 years acting as IT consultant and leading the small team of 3,
and then I came back to India in Feb 2016 and since I am leading a team of nearly 30 associates.

Extra Curri: I have won few Inter College national level cultural events in my college.
Apart from that I love music and movies and I have done a lot adventure activities such as
Scuba diving, Bunjee Jumping, etc (not sure if it helps).

please let me know if I stand a chance and what should I improve in this one or two month period.


Hi Shashank

Nice profile there, with a 720 and some foreign experience as well. Sets you up nicely. Some thoughts to consider on your profile:
- Your work experience puts you in the IT service applicant category, but the Johannesburg stint helps in terms of differentiating you. Be sure to focus on the experience there in your apps. The fact that you went from leading a team of 3 to leading a team of 30 is very significant as well and a noteworthy achievement. Do shed more light on your experience too - what was your core work about within IT?
- ECA is decent. The activities you mention do help if leveraged right in the apps.
- In terms of schools, ISB is a very good bet. Look at IIMB and IIMC as well.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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shashanksagar wrote:
Hi Guys.

Good Day.

I completed my GMAT exam yesterday (11th Aug 2016) and scored a 720 (Q50 V37).
I request you to review my profile and let me know what all colleges should I approach and do I stand a chance at ISB.

Here's my profile :

GMAT 720
10th 84%
12th 77%
B.tech(Computer Science) 7.5

Work exp: Will complete 5 years next month in IT industry as well as in TCS. I have 1.5 years of onsite exp of working as an IT Consultant in Johannesburg.
In these 5 years I started as a team member, then became the module lead at 1.5 years (team of 4) ,
then went to onsite at 2.5 years acting as IT consultant and leading the small team of 3,
and then I came back to India in Feb 2016 and since I am leading a team of nearly 30 associates.

Extra Curri: I have won few Inter College national level cultural events in my college.
Apart from that I love music and movies and I have done a lot adventure activities such as
Scuba diving, Bunjee Jumping, etc (not sure if it helps).

please let me know if I stand a chance and what should I improve in this one or two month period.


Hi Shashank

Nice profile there, with a 720 and some foreign experience as well. Sets you up nicely. Some thoughts to consider on your profile:
- Your work experience puts you in the IT service applicant category, but the Johannesburg stint helps in terms of differentiating you. Be sure to focus on the experience there in your apps. The fact that you went from leading a team of 3 to leading a team of 30 is very significant as well and a noteworthy achievement. Do shed more light on your experience too - what was your core work about within IT?
- ECA is decent. The activities you mention do help if leveraged right in the apps.
- In terms of schools, ISB is a very good bet. Look at IIMB and IIMC as well.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.



Hi GyanOne,

Thanks a ton for the assessment and positive remarks. That helps a lot.
I'll surely apply for IIM B and C as well. Lets hope for the best. I was also looking out for SP Jain.

Also if you can guide me towards professionals in Mumbai who can sincerely help me with my college application, that will be of great help.

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Hi GyanOne,

Thanks a ton for the assessment and positive remarks. That helps a lot.


You are most welcome.

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I'll surely apply for IIM B and C as well. Lets hope for the best. I was also looking out for SP Jain.


IIMB and IIMC sound good, but the last date for the SP Jain PGPM is 2 days away (15 Aug). You may like to look at the XLRI GMP as an alternative.

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Also if you can guide me towards professionals in Mumbai who can sincerely help me with my college application, that will be of great help.

You could get in touch with us directly as needed.

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Hi,

I am 28 years Male with a work experience of 7 years in Power Sector. I am interested in applying to ISB, IIMs.

Here is my profile:

Academics


10th : 72.8%
12th : 78.2%

Graduation : IIT Delhi (2009)
CGPA : 7.48 (Production and Industrial Engineering)

GMAT : 680 (Q50, V31, IR-7, AWA - 4.5)

Work Experience : 7 years as on 31st July'16

Company : Maharatna (PSU) - Power Sector

Marketing : 1.5 years
Project Management : 3.5 years

Project Management for two Thermal power plants (Project Worth 200-500Cr).

Two units successfully synchronised to Grid and added to National Generation Capacity.

Undergone two Training/Certification Programs on Project Management

Production : 2 years

Lead a team of 60 persons with five supervisors directly reporting to me. Played a significant role in achieving Turnover of 100Cr for 2 consecutive years.

Undergone Training/Certification program on ISO and OHSAS systems. Helped me in developing holistic picture of production in terms of Quality management, Occupational Health and Safety, and Environmental Systems.

Hobbies
Badminton, Table Tennis, Jogging

Extra Curricular Activities

Organised Events in College Festivals.
Participated in Badminton, Table Tennis events at College Level and Company level (Though no awards won)

Long Term Goals

With a significant experience in Power Sector and good domain knowledge, I have a vision for the Power Sector.


Kindly help me understand how well I am placed for applying to ISB and IIMs.

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Hi
Can an Indian student get admission in USA for mba with a score under 400 ?
If yes then which all colleges can I apply for?
I have 15 year education
1 year work experience and will continue with another year of work experience
Great background in extra curricular activities
Held the post of President and vice president in college.

Not aiming for a top b-school but a decent b-school preferably in NY
Also, my father is a citizen of USA although I haven't got mine untill now but have already applied for the same, don't think I can get it by fall 2017 so I'll have to apply as an Indian Candidate.
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Hi

I am an ISB aspirant for the class of 2018.

Kindly find my profile below and let me know
1. What are my chances?
2. Anything else which I should focus on and Improve?

Academic Credentials:
X (tenth standard) - 88%
XII - 97%
B.E (manufacturing Engg) - 9.02 (CGPA)
GMAT - 690 (Q48 V36 IR 4 AWA - pending) - Do I need to improve on this?

Work experience:

Worked in a manufactuing MNC- rubber and tyre machinery unit (manufacturing Unit) - 20 months
1. Green field factory
2. Involved in the commissioning and tuning of complex CNC machines
and robots.
3. Moved on to supply chain. Worked as a procurement executive. Dealt
and improved various aspects like cost cutting, negotiation, contract closage
with more than 100 national and international level suppliers
4. Handled fabrication and machine shop (more than 20 members)

Worked in an educational based startup - 5 months
1. Developed online course creation policy
2. Developed and frameworked learners studying pattern
3. Data analytics on learners pattern of study

Got interested in Consulting. Since Data is the key today, joined a full time
6 month program offered by IBM on data analytics.

PGCBA (post graduate certification in Business Analytics) - 9.5 (CGPA)

Got an offer from a Global Manufacturing/Automotive MNC as a "Data scientist"
1. Currently working on supply chain/manufacturing analytics
2. Working on Internet of Things (IOT) and Big data
3. creating regression models and developing BI solutions to various clients.

Extracurricular : Active sports person in my school level, Quiz, Drama , Running
a blog for explaining concepts in an easier way.

Total Work Experience as on March 31,2017 - 42 months

What I want to become:
1. I enjoy solving problems of clients and providing solutions in a understandable way
2. This predominantly drills down to the area of "Consulting"
3. Consulting and Data are complimentary. Considering this has my strength

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Can an Indian student get admission in USA for mba with a score under 400 ?
If yes then which all colleges can I apply for?
I have 15 year education
1 year work experience and will continue with another year of work experience
Great background in extra curricular activities
Held the post of President and vice president in college.

Not aiming for a top b-school but a decent b-school preferably in NY
Also, my father is a citizen of USA although I haven't got mine untill now but have already applied for the same, don't think I can get it by fall 2017 so I'll have to apply as an Indian Candidate.
Thankyou

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Hi Sonali

Though this is not an ISB-related query, responding very briefly here to help:

Below 400 on the GMAT may be a little too low to aspire for any options worth considering. The rest of your profile is quite decent, so try and increase that score to somewhere closer to 600, if not above it. That will help you get a shot at schools of much better stature.
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Hi,

I am 28 years Male with a work experience of 7 years in Power Sector. I am interested in applying to ISB, IIMs.

Here is my profile:

Academics


10th : 72.8%
12th : 78.2%

Graduation : IIT Delhi (2009)
CGPA : 7.48 (Production and Industrial Engineering)

GMAT : 680 (Q50, V31, IR-7, AWA - 4.5)

Work Experience : 7 years as on 31st July'16

Company : Maharatna (PSU) - Power Sector

Marketing : 1.5 years
Project Management : 3.5 years

Project Management for two Thermal power plants (Project Worth 200-500Cr).

Two units successfully synchronised to Grid and added to National Generation Capacity.

Undergone two Training/Certification Programs on Project Management

Production : 2 years

Lead a team of 60 persons with five supervisors directly reporting to me. Played a significant role in achieving Turnover of 100Cr for 2 consecutive years.

Undergone Training/Certification program on ISO and OHSAS systems. Helped me in developing holistic picture of production in terms of Quality management, Occupational Health and Safety, and Environmental Systems.

Hobbies
Badminton, Table Tennis, Jogging

Extra Curricular Activities

Organised Events in College Festivals.
Participated in Badminton, Table Tennis events at College Level and Company level (Though no awards won)

Long Term Goals

With a significant experience in Power Sector and good domain knowledge, I have a vision for the Power Sector.


Kindly help me understand how well I am placed for applying to ISB and IIMs.

Thanks


Hi Sahil

- Decent academics and work profile. The IIT tag really helps.
- Though your GMAT is not outstanding, and raising it a bit could help, would suggest that you focus now on your apps. You have a great chance of getting through even with your current score. The PSU experience can be a great asset as well if leveraged well in your essays.
- ECA are decent and will add to your application. You don't need awards for everything - involvement is ok as well.

Overall, well set. Go ahead with the app.
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Hi

I am an ISB aspirant for the class of 2018.

Kindly find my profile below and let me know
1. What are my chances?
2. Anything else which I should focus on and Improve?

Academic Credentials:
X (tenth standard) - 88%
XII - 97%
B.E (manufacturing Engg) - 9.02 (CGPA)
GMAT - 690 (Q49 V36 IR 4 AWA - pending) - Do I need to improve on this?

Work experience:

Worked in a manufactuing MNC- rubber and tyre machinery unit (manufacturing Unit) - 20 months
1. Green field factory
2. Involved in the commissioning and tuning of complex CNC machines
and robots.
3. Moved on to supply chain. Worked as a procurement executive. Dealt
and improved various aspects like cost cutting, negotiation, contract closage
with more than 100 national and international level suppliers
4. Handled fabrication and machine shop (more than 20 members)

Worked in an educational based startup - 5 months
1. Developed online course creation policy
2. Developed and frameworked learners studying pattern
3. Data analytics on learners pattern of study

Got interested in Consulting. Since Data is the key today, joined a full time
6 month program offered by IBM on data analytics.

PGCBA (post graduate certification in Business Analytics) - 9.5 (CGPA)

Got an offer from a Global Manufacturing/Automotive MNC as a "Data scientist"
1. Currently working on supply chain/manufacturing analytics
2. Working on Internet of Things (IOT) and Big data
3. creating regression models and developing BI solutions to various clients.

Extracurricular : Active sports person in my school level, Quiz, Drama , Running
a blog for explaining concepts in an easier way.

Total Work Experience as on March 31,2017 - 42 months

What I want to become:
1. I enjoy solving problems of clients and providing solutions in a understandable way
2. This predominantly drills down to the area of "Consulting"
3. Consulting and Data are complimentary. Considering this has my strength

Thanks
Karthick
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I am an ISB aspirant for the class of 2018.

Kindly find my profile below and let me know
1. What are my chances?
2. Anything else which I should focus on and Improve?


Thanks
Karthick


Hi Karthick,

I think you have an interesting profile. Although your GMAT is pretty low, the rest of your academics are pretty solid.
Go ahead and apply with this score and submit a great application.

The only thing you can improve at this stage s your GMAT score, if you are up for another test.
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I am an ISB aspirant for the class of 2018.

Kindly find my profile below and let me know
1. What are my chances?
2. Anything else which I should focus on and Improve?


Thanks
Karthick


Hi Karthick,

I think you have an interesting profile. Although your GMAT is pretty low, the rest of your academics are pretty solid.
Go ahead and apply with this score and submit a great application.

The only thing you can improve at this stage s your GMAT score, if you are up for another test.


Hi Thank you..I am planning to give my GMAT in 15 days time. Could you tell me the optimal score I need so that I can focus.

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Hi Thank you..I am planning to give my GMAT in 15 days time. Could you tell me the optimal score I need so that I can focus.

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Hi Balaji Karthick,

Its good to score above the class average. For ISB, that is 706. There is no optimum score really, but as they say, sky is the limit.

Eventually admission chances depend upon the quality of the entire application and your interview, never just on the GMAT score (690 or 760).
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I had a question about recommendation letters.

About me: 5 yrs of work ex. 2.5 years in a start up research firm. 2.5 years in India's leading ad agency.

I have three options to choose from:

1. My current boss - a Vice-president with the company - I have reported in to him since the last 2+ years. He is a very good writer and can speak a lot of good about me.

2. The national head of the company (senior most person in the department)- he is also part of the global board of directors. I have interacted with him on multiple occasions and have received praise from him for my work in the past. Though he will be more than willing to write me a recommendation I am sure won't be able to highlight my positives as much as my boss can.

3. My ex boss - the owner of a successful start up. She's my first boss, we worked very closely on many projects, in a way I was integral to the growth of certain accounts that we handled, and we are still at extremely good terms. As my current boss can, she can also write a lot of good about me.

My dilemma: Given the choice to choose from the 3 options, whose letters should I prioritise?

The national head - a renowned and popular personality in the industry (also an IIM A grad)
My ex boss - a businesswoman and the owner of a startup that has strengthened its position in the research industry in the last few years

Or

My current boss - An excellent writer, can talk a lot of good about me, but is probably not as popular as the other two.

Also, is there any one single letter format that is applicable for all schools?
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I had a question about recommendation letters.

About me: 5 yrs of work ex. 2.5 years in a start up research firm. 2.5 years in India's leading ad agency.

I have three options to choose from:

1. My current boss - a Vice-president with the company - I have reported in to him since the last 2+ years. He is a very good writer and can speak a lot of good about me.

2. The national head of the company (senior most person in the department)- he is also part of the global board of directors. I have interacted with him on multiple occasions and have received praise from him for my work in the past. Though he will be more than willing to write me a recommendation I am sure won't be able to highlight my positives as much as my boss can.

3. My ex boss - the owner of a successful start up. She's my first boss, we worked very closely on many projects, in a way I was integral to the growth of certain accounts that we handled, and we are still at extremely good terms. As my current boss can, she can also write a lot of good about me.

My dilemma: Given the choice to choose from the 3 options, whose letters should I prioritise?

The national head - a renowned and popular personality in the industry (also an IIM A grad)
My ex boss - a businesswoman and the owner of a startup that has strengthened its position in the research industry in the last few years

Or

My current boss - An excellent writer, can talk a lot of good about me, but is probably not as popular as the other two.

Also, is there any one single letter format that is applicable for all schools?


Hi ameyaprabhu,

ISB requires one letter of recommendation. Given the scenario you have described, we feel you should go for your current boss. As your current manager, he would have excellent insight into your work, and is also a strong writer. Please note that the strength of a letter of recommendation depends on the insight that the writer has into your work, and his/her willingness to support and recommend you. For this reason, the first choice is the best.
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Thanks GyanOne, but what about colleges that require (or let you submit) more than 1 recommendation?

Whom should I opt for?

My ex boss or the country head?

GyanOne wrote:
ameyaprabhu wrote:
I had a question about recommendation letters.

About me: 5 yrs of work ex. 2.5 years in a start up research firm. 2.5 years in India's leading ad agency.

I have three options to choose from:

1. My current boss - a Vice-president with the company - I have reported in to him since the last 2+ years. He is a very good writer and can speak a lot of good about me.

2. The national head of the company (senior most person in the department)- he is also part of the global board of directors. I have interacted with him on multiple occasions and have received praise from him for my work in the past. Though he will be more than willing to write me a recommendation I am sure won't be able to highlight my positives as much as my boss can.

3. My ex boss - the owner of a successful start up. She's my first boss, we worked very closely on many projects, in a way I was integral to the growth of certain accounts that we handled, and we are still at extremely good terms. As my current boss can, she can also write a lot of good about me.

My dilemma: Given the choice to choose from the 3 options, whose letters should I prioritise?

The national head - a renowned and popular personality in the industry (also an IIM A grad)
My ex boss - a businesswoman and the owner of a startup that has strengthened its position in the research industry in the last few years

Or

My current boss - An excellent writer, can talk a lot of good about me, but is probably not as popular as the other two.

Also, is there any one single letter format that is applicable for all schools?


Hi ameyaprabhu,

ISB requires one letter of recommendation. Given the scenario you have described, we feel you should go for your current boss. As your current manager, he would have excellent insight into your work, and is also a strong writer. Please note that the strength of a letter of recommendation depends on the insight that the writer has into your work, and his/her willingness to support and recommend you. For this reason, the first choice is the best.
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ameyaprabhu wrote:
Thanks GyanOne, but what about colleges that require (or let you submit) more than 1 recommendation?

Whom should I opt for?

My ex boss or the country head?

GyanOne wrote:
ameyaprabhu wrote:
I had a question about recommendation letters.

About me: 5 yrs of work ex. 2.5 years in a start up research firm. 2.5 years in India's leading ad agency.

I have three options to choose from:

1. My current boss - a Vice-president with the company - I have reported in to him since the last 2+ years. He is a very good writer and can speak a lot of good about me.

2. The national head of the company (senior most person in the department)- he is also part of the global board of directors. I have interacted with him on multiple occasions and have received praise from him for my work in the past. Though he will be more than willing to write me a recommendation I am sure won't be able to highlight my positives as much as my boss can.

3. My ex boss - the owner of a successful start up. She's my first boss, we worked very closely on many projects, in a way I was integral to the growth of certain accounts that we handled, and we are still at extremely good terms. As my current boss can, she can also write a lot of good about me.

My dilemma: Given the choice to choose from the 3 options, whose letters should I prioritise?

The national head - a renowned and popular personality in the industry (also an IIM A grad)
My ex boss - a businesswoman and the owner of a startup that has strengthened its position in the research industry in the last few years

Or

My current boss - An excellent writer, can talk a lot of good about me, but is probably not as popular as the other two.

Also, is there any one single letter format that is applicable for all schools?


Hi ameyaprabhu,

ISB requires one letter of recommendation. Given the scenario you have described, we feel you should go for your current boss. As your current manager, he would have excellent insight into your work, and is also a strong writer. Please note that the strength of a letter of recommendation depends on the insight that the writer has into your work, and his/her willingness to support and recommend you. For this reason, the first choice is the best.


In that case, possibly go for your National Head, as he can provide a different perspective on your contribution to the organization. Your boss's reco would anyway include more day-to-day achievements, and your ex-boss's reco could end up being very similar without necessarily adding new dimensions.
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