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Profile evaluation - Indian Male 30 Yrs 710 GMAT

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Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
GMAT 2: 700 Q50 V34
GMAT 3: 660 Q49 V32
GMAT 4: 710 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.64
WE: Engineering (Retail)
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New post 14 Aug 2013, 16:28
I need some help in evaluating my profile. Thanks a lot, in advance, for taking time to respond. Your input would be extremely valuable to me.

Here's my brief profile:

Indian - Male, 30Yrs - Employed in the US for the past 5 years after completing my MS.
Bachelor's: Electrical Engineering from NIT - India. 8.49/10 - Graduated 2005
Masters: Electrical engineering from University of Cincinnati, Ohio - 3.93/4.0
GMAT : 4 attempts {700(49q/35v), 700(50q,34v), 660(49q/32v), 710(48q,38v)}

Experience & Achievements:
Employed @ Sandisk Corporation in California, USA as a Engineering Manager.
Some significant achievements include:
- Led a 52 member team to recover operations in Japan post the 2011 earthquake & Tsunami
- Spearheaded the bring-up and ramp of the latest 8 billion USD production plant in Japan
- Significant international cross-functional experience - Work with international teams based in China, Japan and Israel for 80% of my time. Travel internationally as frequently as once every month.

Extra-curricula activities:
- Bachelor's: Held the secretary position of the college engg. adventure club (managed finances and helped acquire sponsorship for club activities), captain of college cricket team
- Master's: President of Cricket club, Elected member of Student leadership and development community
- Post education: Vice-captain (VIce-president) of a 25 member cricket club that is ranked 2 out of 83 other clubs in the San Francisco Bay area, Coach teenagers interested in the game of cricket
Other volunteer work: Komen foundation - Race for cure, Be the match foundation - participated in drives

Post MBA goals:
- Short-term: Want to get into strategy consulting immediately after MBA
- Long-term: Wish to leverage from the experience gained from the consulting career to get back to the technology industry as a Strategy head.

Based on my above profile- what do you think are my chances of getting into a top MBA program. The schools that I am particularly interested in are:
MIT SLoan, Wharton, Kellogg, INSEAD, and LBS.
Would i have better chances if I re-take my GMAT? Please mind, I have already taken the test 4 times.
Also, please recommend some safe schools for me

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New post 14 Aug 2013, 16:59
Thank you for your posting.

As you know, you are in a competitive demographic and despite impressive academics -- most of your competition has also excelled academically. From experience, the place where most Indian technology candidates fall short is in their personal presentation - which in this case means submitting less than impressive applications. Most do not present themselves in compelling manners and pretty much all have similar career goals and motivations.

To become a competitive candidate at the schools you are targeting, the way to make yourself a unique and compelling candidate is to work hard to distinguish yourself through your application. I would make sure your essays, recommendations, interview, resume, electronic footprint, etc. are all beyond standards. I would also make sure that you clear your slate and make your applications your number one life priority.

I would also recommend that you invest in an admissions consultant. Again, as your demographic is so competitive and the process of MBA admissions so complex and competitive, if you are going to invest so much in this experience -- the added cost of securing your best chances is just a bit more.

Good luck.

Kimberly Plaga
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