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Profile Evaluation - Ob/HR PhD (2020)

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Hello,

I know I'm a bit early to be posting about the 2020 admissions cycle, but I wanted to go ahead and post anyways to get a pulse on where I stand while I still have significant time to bolster my application.

Undergraduate Degree/GPA: Accounting (WVU Tech/3.35)
Master's Degree/GPA Industrial Relations: concentration in HR and organizations(Cornell/3.6)
GRE: Taking again in March. Most recent practice exam was 163v, 156q
Research: None :(
Work experience: 1 year in accounting for state of WV, will have 2 years experience in HR in a high potential early career development program at a large company. I also worked as a TA for a semester at Cornell and have some internship experience prior to beginning my current role.

My current job will require me to return my sign-on bonus if I leave before a year passes, but I was considering leaving after that period to pursue research assistantships to gain experience for my application since work experience doesn't seem valuable to a lot of (most?) PhD programs.


Dream Programs:

- Cornell
- Rotman (Univ. Toronto)
- Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Emory

These programs because of research in two fields: creativity in the workplace, and how lifelong social mobility affects success and satisfaction in jobs.



Thanks for any help :)

Originally posted by DraxTheHRManager on 09 Jan 2019, 06:29.
Last edited by DraxTheHRManager on 14 Jan 2019, 06:15, edited 1 time in total.
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DraxTheHRManager wrote:
Hello,

I know I'm a bit early to be posting about the 2020 admissions cycle, but I wanted to go ahead and post anyways to get a pulse on where I stand while I still have significant time to bolster my application.

Undergraduate Degree/GPA: Accounting (WVU Tech/3.35)
Master's Degree/GPA Industrial Relations: concentration in HR and organizations/3.6
GRE: Taking again in March. Most recent practice exam was 163v, 156q
Research: None :(
Work experience: 1 year in accounting for state of WV, will have 2 years experience in HR in a high potential early career development program at a large company. I also worked as a TA for a semester at Cornell and have some internship experience prior to beginning my current role.

My current job will require me to return my sign-on bonus if I leave before a year passes, but I was considering leaving after that period to pursue research assistantships to gain experience for my application since work experience doesn't seem valuable to a lot of (most?) PhD programs.


Dream Programs:

- Cornell
- Rotman (Univ. Toronto)
- Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Emory

These programs because of research in two fields: creativity in the workplace, and how lifelong social mobility affects success and satisfaction in jobs.



Thanks for any help :)


TA experience at Cornell is a plus; appears to me that you may have good letters of recommendation.

I am just curious to know as to why aren't you appearing for GMAT?
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DraxTheHRManager wrote:
Hello,

I know I'm a bit early to be posting about the 2020 admissions cycle, but I wanted to go ahead and post anyways to get a pulse on where I stand while I still have significant time to bolster my application.

Undergraduate Degree/GPA: Accounting (WVU Tech/3.35)
Master's Degree/GPA Industrial Relations: concentration in HR and organizations/3.6
GRE: Taking again in March. Most recent practice exam was 163v, 156q
Research: None :(
Work experience: 1 year in accounting for state of WV, will have 2 years experience in HR in a high potential early career development program at a large company. I also worked as a TA for a semester at Cornell and have some internship experience prior to beginning my current role.

My current job will require me to return my sign-on bonus if I leave before a year passes, but I was considering leaving after that period to pursue research assistantships to gain experience for my application since work experience doesn't seem valuable to a lot of (most?) PhD programs.


Dream Programs:

- Cornell
- Rotman (Univ. Toronto)
- Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Emory

These programs because of research in two fields: creativity in the workplace, and how lifelong social mobility affects success and satisfaction in jobs.



Thanks for any help :)


TA experience at Cornell is a plus; appears to me that you may have good letters of recommendation.

I am just curious to know as to why aren't you appearing for GMAT?




You mean why am I preparing for GRE instead of GMAT? Most of the PhD programs I've looked at seem to prefer the GRE to the GMAT. Of the ones I've listed I think only Emory prefers/requires GMAT
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DraxTheHRManager wrote:
Hello,

I know I'm a bit early to be posting about the 2020 admissions cycle, but I wanted to go ahead and post anyways to get a pulse on where I stand while I still have significant time to bolster my application.

Undergraduate Degree/GPA: Accounting (WVU Tech/3.35)
Master's Degree/GPA Industrial Relations: concentration in HR and organizations/3.6
GRE: Taking again in March. Most recent practice exam was 163v, 156q
Research: None :(
Work experience: 1 year in accounting for state of WV, will have 2 years experience in HR in a high potential early career development program at a large company. I also worked as a TA for a semester at Cornell and have some internship experience prior to beginning my current role.

My current job will require me to return my sign-on bonus if I leave before a year passes, but I was considering leaving after that period to pursue research assistantships to gain experience for my application since work experience doesn't seem valuable to a lot of (most?) PhD programs.


Dream Programs:

- Cornell
- Rotman (Univ. Toronto)
- Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Emory

These programs because of research in two fields: creativity in the workplace, and how lifelong social mobility affects success and satisfaction in jobs.



Thanks for any help :)



Hello DraxTheHRManager

Your both undergraduate and graduate (more relevant) GPA are fine.

Working experience in HR will be seen as favorable from admission committee perspective.

Having a TA at Cornell is big plus, especially since you also want to apply there.

You are right RA will be much more valuable for PhD purpose.

You have a great list of schools on your application.

I suppose your GRE score would be fine for HR concentration (didn't investigate HR, my forte is Finance), however you can check average GRE/GMAT scores for all those schools on their program websites and compare.

GRE/GMAT score is just one aspect of application, they will evaluate your application holistically.


Good Luck with Cornell and Rotman :cool:
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DraxTheHRManager wrote:
You mean why am I preparing for GRE instead of GMAT? Most of the PhD programs I've looked at seem to prefer the GRE to the GMAT. Of the ones I've listed I think only Emory prefers/requires GMAT


Ok, noted! All the best for your prep and admissions!!
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Test Scores (GMAT/GRE): V168 Q163 (AWA scores still awaited)

Undegrad GPA: 3.95/4
Graduate GPA: 3.76/4

Research Experience: Working as an RA at Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur (One of India's top b-school) for one year. Learned advanced Statistics and Stata during my time here. Paper selected for presentation in January 2020 in one of India's top management conferences. Another paper selected for poster presentation at top Indian conference. Currently trying to send a paper to the Academy of Management Conference (but this would be after the application deadline)

Teaching Experience: None
Work Experience: 2 years with Deloitte Audit

Concentration Applying to: OB HR
Number of programs planned to apply to: at least 10
Dream Schools: INSEAD, Columbia, NYU

What made you want to pursue a PhD: my desire to pursue research in the area of cross-cultural management. I have several ideas and want to conduct research on them but have a lot of difficulty in doing so due to the lack of resources and expertise.

Concerns you have about your profile: No teaching experience.

Any additional specific questions you may have: How specific should I be in talking about my research interests? I am interested in cross-cultural management but still there are many things which can be explored in this area. I am writing my SOP and don't know how specific I need to be. I have heard that being too specific can also act against you as the admissions committee might think that you are too fixated on one thing and might not want to explore other areas if need be.


Thank you in advance for your help! :)
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New post 23 Nov 2019, 11:54
Lack of teaching experience shouldn't be a problem.

About research interests, of course you first need to take into consideration that they are YOUR interests. So, if your interests are very specific, then you shouldn't deviate much from that. "Cross-cultural management" is still quite broad, not specific. So, my recommendation would be to start writing the more general interest (cross-cultural management), and then give some more specific examples (what kind of research questions related to cross-cultural management you have in mind).

For example, I started with a broad topic of interest (Marketing-Finance interface), and then I provided some examples of the kind of research I would like to do regarding that topic, especially trying to connect those examples with the work done by professors of interest for me at each school.
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