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New post 27 Mar 2017, 08:07
Hi,

I would love an evaluation of my profile. In addition to an evaluation, I would love some thoughts on questions at the bottom of my profile.

Thanks!

Target Schools: HBS, GSB and Wharton in round 1 this year

Work Experience


Current: Product Manager - Analytics at top tech company in the bay area (think Google, LinkedIn etc.)
Duration of work-ex: ~5 months
Key points: Not a lot of measurable impact in terms of projects yet (given my recent joining)

Previous: Product Manager at analytics software company (400 person company that got acquired)
Duration of work-ex: 3 years
Key points: Managed product on multiple teams for a $70M product and grew multiple product modules from 0 to 50+ client licenses

Previous: Co-founder of analytics startup
Duration of work-ex: 6 months
Key points: Raised x10k$ money with 2 co-founders from MIT Sloan but ultimately unsuccessful

Education


B.Tech, M.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
GPA: 9.6/10 (Ranked first in my class)

S.M, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
GPA: 4.8/5 (2 years of thesis research with prof from the Sloan School of Management)

Extracurriculars


1. Guest lecturer for MBA class at MIT - Was invited by a Sloan prof to guest lecture an MBA class at MIT Sloan
2. Toastmasters - I was the president of my Toastmasters club (about 20 people and managed a club committee of 5 people) for a year in 2016
3. Play ultimate frisbee - Part of the local frisbee league that came 2nd in a corporate division C league
4. Chief organizer of a 200+ person symposium while I was at MIT


Awards


1. International: Award during undergraduate for academics and community service (fairly exclusive, think few hundred people internationally)
2. International: Indo-US collaboration grant awardee to carry out research
3. Multiple awards for academics for top performance during undergrad
4. Hack week/ hackathon styled awards at both my current employer and past employers

Stats


Nationality: Indian
Sex: Male
Age: 28
GMAT: 730 (Q50, V38)

Goal of MBA


My passion is to drive organizational change and I have looked to do this by building products that drive decision making in organizations. However, I've found that building products doesn't truly drive change. Instead organizational cultures, management structures and incentives need to influenced and aligned. Applying to business school so that I can be more effective in this personal mission.


Recommendation Letters


1. VP of Product at previous company
2. VP of Engineering at previous company


Questions


1. Should I give the GMAT again? 730 isn't a great score given my nationality/age

2. I'm currently thinking of getting both recommendations from my previous employer, partly because I don't know how much of an impact I can make at my current employer (~5 months till round 1 application deadline). Would that be an issue?

3. In the remaining 5 months, how can I best improve my profile? Extracurriculars? Some thing else?


Thanks a ton for your time and feedback!

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Re: Profile evaluation request and some questions [#permalink]

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New post 28 Mar 2017, 15:26
You are targeting the best of the best so you are a borderline candidate even with your strong profile:

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1. Should I give the GMAT again? 730 isn't a great score given my nationality/age
YES, RETAKE, AND SEE IF YOU CAN IMPROVE THIS ALREADY STRONG SCORE, YOUR AGE/DEMO IS WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE

2. I'm currently thinking of getting both recommendations from my previous employer, partly because I don't know how much of an impact I can make at my current employer (~5 months till round 1 application deadline). Would that be an issue?
NOT AN ISSUE, CURRENT IS ALWAYS BETTER BUT DO WHAT MAKES SENSE

3. In the remaining 5 months, how can I best improve my profile? Extracurriculars? Some thing else?
FOCUS ON THE GMAT AND START WORKING ON IDENTIFYING YOUR "SECRET SAUCE"OF WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE AS A CANDIDATE FOR THAT SPECIFIC SCHOOL,ALSO PLAN TO BROADEN YOUR TARGET SCHOOL LIST
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