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Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant

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Joined: 22 Oct 2008
Posts: 204
Schools: Chicago Booth (Re-app), LBS, UCLA Anderson, Oxford Said, INSEAD (withdrawn)
WE 1: Investment Management
Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant [#permalink]

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New post Updated on: 18 Jun 2009, 12:55
Hello Alex,

I applied to 6 schools this year and received six straight rejections. I will be applying next year.

Profile: 28 male
Undergrad: Top public school with 3.6 GPA
Experience: 2 years of investment banking
3+ years of experience as an associate at a hedge fund.
GMAT: 730
Purpose: Strengthen general management skills to take greater management responsibilities in the short-term and start my own fund in the long-term. Also want to relocate to Asia-Pacific (Singapore etc.).
Extracurricular: A lot . Most notable is 4+years experience leading team-building exercises at a local non-profit for an issue I care about based on my personal background. I wrote in detail about this issue in my essays.
However, I do not serve on the board of any organization or hold an official position.
Other: Received scholarship to go to college. Passed CFA Level II.

Schools Applied:
Round 1: Wharton (Rejected after interview); Chicago (Rejected after interview); Tuck (Rejected after self-initiated interview that I messed up)
Round 2: Columbia (Rejected w/o interview); HBS (rejected w/o interview); SOM (rejected w/o interview)

As a plain-vanilla finance guy, I was not surprised to get rejected by the top schools (although, I was surprised about SOM).

Since applying last year, I have been involved in the operations department of my firm and have lead teams of 2-3 people to implement certain projects to improve trade settlements etc.

I would like your opinion on (i) what do you think went wrong this year; (ii) how much growth do I have to show when I reapply next year?

Next year's school: Wharton / Sloan / Kellog / Tuck / INSEAD / 1 from Ross or Darden

Originally posted by levfin2003 on 17 Jun 2009, 22:02.
Last edited by levfin2003 on 18 Jun 2009, 12:55, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant [#permalink]

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New post 18 Jun 2009, 11:48
Sorry to hear about the dings. It's hard to say exactly what happened, although my hunch is that you screwed up the application - the interviews and the essays just weren't up to snuff, and you were getting the interviews mostly on the strength of your raw profile.

As for growth, the more the better, but if there isn't much going on, don't let that stop you from reapplying. What you can control is how well you execute the application. Based on your list of schools, you should be able to get into at least one of them if your applications are well executed and your interviews are strong.

Alex Chu

Re: Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant   [#permalink] 18 Jun 2009, 11:48
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