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INSEAD PROFILE EVALUATION THREAD: Post all Profile Eval Requests Here!

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New post 27 Dec 2017, 13:35
Nationality: Indian
Age:25
Work Ex:3.5 years
GMAT:700(QA=49,32)
Percentage: 75.2%
CFA: Level 1 cleared, Level 2 Candidate
MITX: Microeconomics cleared
Graduation: Engineering from Tier 1 institute (NSIT). Double scholarship holder: Dean's list merit scholarship throughout graduation, and merit scholarship from Ministry of Human Resources for exceptional performance in high school(Secured 95% marks)

Work ex: 1.Cisco for 1.5 years
Worked in the core team of Cisco's first proprietary operating system. Enhanced the data transmission by introducing optimisations, and suggesting better tunnelling algorithm, leading to 23% efficiency on the feature. Worked with other teams for integration of our work.
Setup an entire networking channel for 4g optimisations, prototype later adopted by Hyderabad govt for their govt. funded high-speed broadband.
Lead a team of 4 during internal Hackathon
Lead Editor at Cisco's internal magazine.Started a column myself, and interviewed Cisco India's Engg Director for the same. Column was hit
Part of Cisco's football team and toastmaster club.

2. Oyo Rooms(Asia's largest online hotel aggregator, backed by SoftBank): Designation Backend Financial Engineer(6 months)
Worked on technology part of finances.
Innovated a feature that reduces Oyo's monthly recoverables by 33%.
Worked closely with finances team to update the system according to changing taxation policies, and helped them generate e-balance sheet on daily basis on the basis of bookings of the day, wallet balance . Thus was able to compute account recievable, accrued recievables etc.
Had to leave because dept got shut down, and I wanted to pursue a career in finance itself.

3. CEHRO India NGO: Program Coordinator(Finance)Working here currently
Working on website backend on multiple features. Optimised the home page load time by 17%.
Integrated payment gateways and hence used the same for generation of the account statement for daily donations computation.
Provided investment advisory to the NGO to invest their donation funds into short-term low-risk mutual funds, and manage funds for various campaigns and events.
Organised various on-street events such as food drive, Street play etc. to enlighten parents to educate their children.
Taught financial literacy to parents of young children to educate them of the banking system and it's benifits. Result: 47 new bank accounts opened at SBI branch nearby.
Currently working to pitch the NGO for partnership integration with fortune 500 companies.

Additional freelancing work:
1.Worked with a startup financial services info and query house. Implemented analytics and deployment tool
2. Worked with a leading credit lending bank: Using machine learning, mechanised the credit paper underwriting process that expedited the loan disbursal process by 47%.

Achievements:
1. Microsoft student partner for my college as part of global Microsoft student partners programme.
2. Semifinalist at Impressario, IIT KGP International b-plan programme.

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New post 27 Dec 2017, 21:50
Hi,
Can you please go through below profile details of mine and tell me what additional things I can do to add that extra feather to guarantee fit in all criteria of INSEAD
I am planning to apply in March 2018 cycle for Jan 2019 Intake

Age: 24
Gender: Female
Nationality: Indian
Education: B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from one of the best and 125 years old institute of India with CGPI of 6.6
10th Grade: Topper of school with 91.53% with 98% in Mathematics
12th grade: Major in Science with 86% with 96% in Mathematics .
Special interest in Mathematics with expertise in Speed Maths and Vedic maths.
Extra curricular:
National Level winner in Essay Competitions from school.
Expertise in debates and elocutions. Sports enthusiastic and won many tournaments in school level mainly in Kho-Kho and Kabbadi.
Chief sponsorship Executive of Entrepreneurship cell of undergraduate school. Single handedly handled events which demanded managerial and entrepreneurial skills of participants.
Event manager experience in undergraduate school. Event management experience in corporate level. Active team member of Event's committee of Organization.
Mentor in Mentor me India program which involves mentoring underprivileged kids for skills like self awareness, aspirations, social behavior etc.
Conducted schooling experience for underprivileged kids from slums in my locality(have no proof of it)
Active member of CSR of Organization.
Bharatnatyam dancer for more than 6 years(certificates of it are no longer with me)
International exposure: 0

Work-experience: 29 months
Post: Software engineer working mainly as Quality Analyst
Excelled in my work so whoppingly that management assigned me two highly demanding teams to work with. Role involves rigorous testing of web application and mobile application. Cross functional activities, cross cultural activities and deliverables always on or before the deadline. Quick learner at work and active team player. Youngest member in team to work at production end( It requires at least 3-4 years of industrial experience) which involves directly encountering incidents of clients. Received client appreciation many times for great and quality work. Received appreciation from supervisor and manager for always taking up extra responsibility and delivering high quality work and raising bar for fellow members.
Led team of 3 members (Software Trainee) .
Knowledge transfer to fellow team members and single handedly handled a team for more than 5 months of period.
GMAT : Giving it on 11th Feb, 2018 target is 750
Mock score of GMAT: 690-700

Courses Completed:
Basics of project management from University of California Irvine
Fashion and Luxury management from SDA Bocconi
Currently pursuing:Business Analytics from Wharton school

Post MBA plans:Want to work in Fashion and Luxury domain as a Brand Manager with analytics and big data knowledge I have .

Other language proficiency:Basic level of French
Pursuing Intermediate and Advanced level of it .
Please free to suggest what else I can add to get an admit in INSEAD/HEC/ROTTERDAM/SDA
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New post 30 Dec 2017, 11:52
Hello Guys,
Please evaluate my profile.
10th- 80%
12th- 72%
Btech -Jadavpur University 6.71CGPA WBJEE rank 347
Mtech- IIT Kanpur 8 CGPA Gate rank 107 All India
German level 1 certification
Research paper published in internaltional journal
Member of founding team at a ecommerce start up.Didnt work out.
Work ex -Delloite India, Italy. 1.5 years.
Strategy &(Booz and Co) middle East.4 months
Currently working at Bain as a strategy Consultant.
Leadership position and founding team member in many strategic and artificial intelligence lab initiatives at Delloite.
Part time blogger and photographer , I run my own travel blogging website .
Gmat rank 740.
Post MBA goal is to have strategic and leadership position.
Before joining i will have 2.9 years of work ex..
Please suggest whether I should apply at Insead next year or which B Scho ol will be suitable given my profile work ex.
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New post 31 Dec 2017, 14:42
Hi Experts,

Can I kindly request you to please evaluate my profile and let me know your comments? I would like to apply for INSEAD Jan2019/Sep 2019 intake.

Back ground:34-year-old Indian Male currently living in New Zealand.
Education: B. Tech in Computers from one of the reputed colleges in India
GMAT Score:640(Q49, V29, IR:3, AWA: 5.5)
Experience: 12 years

Job description:
Current role:
I am currently working as Test Lead with Cap Gemini (one of the world's largest IT consulting, outsourcing and professional services companies). My current roles involve handling/managing of QA & Testing activities for the project

Previous role: Previously I have worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions (India, Switzerland and USA) and Barclays Bank, USA. Throughout my career, I have worked on various projects from world’s largest banks like ANZ, Barclays, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase.


Professional Achievements:
I have successfully managed teams spread across different geographical locations and consistently appreciated by clients and management for being proactive and taking ownership for new initiatives.
Presented technical white paper on Keyword Driven Automation framework in ISQT conference
Coached team members on Agile QA and automation testing.


International Exposure:
Professional: Have worked in India, Switzerland, USA and New Zealand for few of the world’s largest banks.
Personal: My hobbies are swimming and meeting new people. Regular attendee of professional meetup held in Auckland.


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Hi Experts,

Can I kindly request you to please evaluate my profile and let me know your comments? I would like to apply for INSEAD Jan2019/Sep 2019 intake.

Back ground:34-year-old Indian Male currently living in New Zealand.
Education: B. Tech in Computers from one of the reputed colleges in India
GMAT Score:640(Q49, V29, IR:3, AWA: 5.5)
Experience: 12 years

Job description:
-Current role:
I am currently working as Test Lead with Cap Gemini (one of the world's largest IT consulting, outsourcing and professional services companies). My current roles involve handling/managing of QA & Testing activities for the project

Previous role: Previously I have worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions (India, Switzerland and USA) and Barclays Bank, USA. Throughout my career, I have worked on various projects from world’s largest banks like ANZ, Barclays, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase.


Professional Achievements:
I have successfully managed teams spread across different geographical locations and consistently appreciated by clients and management for being proactive and taking ownership for new initiatives.
Presented technical white paper on Keyword Driven Automation framework in ISQT conference
Coached team members on Agile QA and automation testing.


International Exposure:
Professional: Have worked in India, Switzerland, USA and New Zealand for few of the world’s largest banks.
Personal: My hobbies are swimming and meeting new people. Regular attendee of professional meetup held in Auckland.


Thanks,
Vyom



For INSEAD,
1) WE too high
2) GMAT too low
3) Profile of Indian IT Male, in the most competitive
4) Goals from MBA not clear

Suggest you to consider Olin and also Exec MBAs.
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Age: 26
Gender: Male
Nationality: Indian
Education: BE Comp sci
GMAT: 700
Work ex - Software Engineer mostly in startups 2.5 years in India and 2+ Years in Singapore. Currently permanently based in Singapore, work in fintech startup as a head of an engineering, with short stints in Switzerland and London. Dealing with clients from APAC, US, EU.
Volunteering and Others: Volunteering help organizing startup events in Singapore
Motivations: Very accelerated promotions and early leadership at a young age report directly to the CEO. I feel now I really need to formalise my management experience and want to break into consulting industry.
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Age: 26
Gender: Male
Nationality: Indian
Education: BE Comp sci
GMAT: 700
Work ex - Software Engineer mostly in startups 2.5 years in India and 2+ Years in Singapore. Currently permanently based in Singapore, work in fintech startup as a head of an engineering, with short stints in Switzerland and London. Dealing with clients from APAC, US, EU.
Volunteering and Others: Volunteering help organizing startup events in Singapore
Motivations: Very accelerated promotions and early leadership at a young age report directly to the CEO. I feel now I really need to formalise my management experience and want to break into consulting industry.


1) Good profile, but you are in an extremely competitive pool
2) Clarity in your post-MBA Goals very important.
3) With a GMAT of 700, your target schools would like between 15-30 rank schools (with assumptions of traits common to the Indian Male IT pool).

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Nationality – Indian
Gender – Female
Age – 28 (current)
GMAT – 730
Undergrad – Bcom (NM one of the top 5 colleges in India)
Chartered Accountant and candidate for CFA Level 2
Work Experience
A) Currently working with the shared services of one of the top 5 VC firms (from number of investments being made), VC fund size approx. INR 600 crores (USD 90m).
- Tenure – Since April 2017
- Handling the entire deal execution process from deal negotiation, conducting due diligence, to closure of the deal, working with portfolio companies for implementation of internal processes, attending board meetings of portfolio companies on behalf of the fund, etc.
B) PwC:
- Tenure – Since Jan 2013- March 2017
- Handling tax structuring, advisory and compliances for globally mobile individuals.
- Streamlined the tax structuring for a technology conglomerate to enable yearly savings of approximately USD 1 million in taxes
- Independently handling execution of yearly compliances for clients with a team of 3 people
- Handling tax assessments and representations before government authorities for HNIs, and structuring of their taxes
- Awarded the PwC Experience Award for taking initiative and implementation of PAN India software to enable reduction in time, efficiency and standardization to the process.
C) Proprietary CA firm
- Tenure – Since 2008 – June 2013
- Handling audit and tax assignments

D) Have also done audit assignments on freelance basis of large Indian Public sector banks

Extra-curriculum
- Painting and sketching (don’t have any formal contests, or anything), and Astrology (I am quite keen on learning it and taking some formal online lessons)

Post MBA goals
To work in a VC as an Investment Analyst; and thereafter in some years start my own business

Primary reason for an MBA
To gain international exposure and make a shift to the VC / PE space

I have been offered a finance role in one of the portfolio companies (series B Company – funded by Seqouia) of the VC fund with a decent pay and some stocks.

I am inclined to take it – majorly because of the pay, as at the VC firm I don’t see any growth financially

I am looking to target Schools
- Kellog (one year MBA)
- INSEAD (Jan 2019 intake)
- LBS

Please do let me know my chances and whether taking up the job at the start up would impact negatively my chances to a B School

Thanks ….
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Hi pqrtus,

thanks for sharing your profile.

Your profile looks good, and you definitely have chances. However, there are some points that would be need clarification:

(1) Your current role. What do you mean by shared services of one of the top 5 VC firms? Does this mean you're not a direct employee of this VC firm? What is your current position / title?

(2) Your need for an MBA. I'm a bit confused. You already work in the VC space, no? Do you mean you want to "make a shift to the VC / PE space" in a different geography?

(3) International Exposure. Do you have any?

Regarding whether this new role in the start-up would negatively impact your chances to b-school... it depends. If what you really want to do after your MBA is continue in the VC/PE world, it could look a bit strange that you made that move. You would need a really good story to back up this move different from "I did it for the pay" ;)

If you want to have a more detailed discussion, feel free to PM me or email me. Feel free also to share your CV for a more detailed evaluation of your candidacy.

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Hi Can I get someone to help evaluate my profiles please? I intend to apply for Jan2019/Sep2019 intake.

Nationality: naturalized Singaporean female (born and raised in China)
Age: 28 (will be 29 upon joining)
Undergrad: Top university in Singapore with a degree in business administration (honors)
GPA: 3.2
Curricular: chairman of student union in university with key projects and recognition. currently acting as a freelance business consultant with a top start-up in Malaysia.
GMAT: I'm taking my GMAT next month. Target 700+
Work Experience: will have 5 years+ of work experience upon joining
- 3 years in a top f500 oil and company as a management trainee. rated as a top employee for 2 years.
- 1.5 years as assistant procurement manager with a top f500 FMCG company with experience leading key projects in the region
- headhunted to a top f500 consumer company as southeast asia procurement manager, leading a small team across the region


short term goal: stay in procurement but with a geographical change to Europe or MBB with procurement as a specialization
long term goal: remain in corporate and ultimately move back to Singapore permanently

primary reason for MBA: move to Europe due to family reasons

I'd say my biggest weakness is probably my low GPA in undergraduate. Hopefully that would be able to compensated if I can achieve my target score for GMAT. Also, I do not have any significant voluntary experience (other than a few activities in college) so I'm keen to get some advice on how I can position myself to compensate that.


Appreciate if someone can help to evaluate my chance of getting into Insead and possibly getting a scholarship.

Thank you!
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New post 10 Jan 2018, 22:21
Hi lindalinfuxi,

thanks for sharing your profile. Overall, you have a good profile.

You can definitely compensate your GPA with a high GMAT. However, given your Chinese background, you should target at least 740 or even higher.

It is a bit difficult to recommend ways to compensate for your few extra-curricular/extra-professional activities without knowing more about you.

Feel free to PM me or shoot me an email directly for a more detailed conversation ;)

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Hi Can I get someone to help evaluate my profiles please? I intend to apply for Jan2019/Sep2019 intake.

Nationality: naturalized Singaporean female (born and raised in China)
Age: 28 (will be 29 upon joining)
Undergrad: Top university in Singapore with a degree in business administration (honors)
GPA: 3.2
Curricular: chairman of student union in university with key projects and recognition. currently acting as a freelance business consultant with a top start-up in Malaysia.
GMAT: I'm taking my GMAT next month. Target 700+
Work Experience: will have 5 years+ of work experience upon joining
- 3 years in a top f500 oil and company as a management trainee. rated as a top employee for 2 years.
- 1.5 years as assistant procurement manager with a top f500 FMCG company with experience leading key projects in the region
- headhunted to a top f500 consumer company as southeast asia procurement manager, leading a small team across the region


short term goal: stay in procurement but with a geographical change to Europe or MBB with procurement as a specialization
long term goal: remain in corporate and ultimately move back to Singapore permanently

primary reason for MBA: move to Europe due to family reasons

I'd say my biggest weakness is probably my low GPA in undergraduate. Hopefully that would be able to compensated if I can achieve my target score for GMAT. Also, I do not have any significant voluntary experience (other than a few activities in college) so I'm keen to get some advice on how I can position myself to compensate that.


Appreciate if someone can help to evaluate my chance of getting into Insead and possibly getting a scholarship.

Thank you!



Hi lindalinfuxi,

When are you targeting applying? And for Jan or Sept start? Timeframe may play into some of your factors such as GMAT and volunteer activities. If you have 6 months or more before you submit, I'd see if you can seek out any local volunteering opps now that you are interested in. It can't hurt. If it's sooner than that though it is likely too late, and you can't compensate per se but do at least include any experience you do have in the community from college onwards, even if one-day activities... better than nothing. Yes your GPA could be higher and yes a strong GMAT would be good no matter what, and particularly with a lower GPA than would be ideal. I do like the experience you've gained and leadership/progression in your career. In terms of reasons to apply, for the essays of course focus on career-related reasons and skillsets you want to develop at the program (vs moving to Europe for family reasons). ;)

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New post 12 Jan 2018, 12:30
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Hello Guys,
Please evaluate my profile.
10th- 80%
12th- 72%
Btech -Jadavpur University 6.71CGPA WBJEE rank 347
Mtech- IIT Kanpur 8 CGPA Gate rank 107 All India
German level 1 certification
Research paper published in internaltional journal
Member of founding team at a ecommerce start up.Didnt work out.
Work ex -Delloite India, Italy. 1.5 years.
Strategy &(Booz and Co) middle East.4 months
Currently working at Bain as a strategy Consultant.
Leadership position and founding team member in many strategic and artificial intelligence lab initiatives at Delloite.
Part time blogger and photographer , I run my own travel blogging website .
Gmat rank 740.
Post MBA goal is to have strategic and leadership position.
Before joining i will have 2.9 years of work ex..
Please suggest whether I should apply at Insead next year or which B Scho ol will be suitable given my profile work ex.


Hi there,
With approx 3 years of work exp when matriculating, you'll be on the lower end for INSEAD, and if you were open to it I'd suggest gaining another year of solid experience first and then applying... aiming to develop your leadership even more during that year. Your resume sounds as though it could look a bit choppy or scattered, so more consistency could also improve your chances. The good thing is your GMAT is solid and scores last for 5 years. What are your post-MBA goals? Focus on those with regard to the schools you are interested in and the timing of your apps etc. Keep us posted and good luck!
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lindalinfuxi wrote:
Hi Can I get someone to help evaluate my profiles please? I intend to apply for Jan2019/Sep2019 intake.

Nationality: naturalized Singaporean female (born and raised in China)
Age: 28 (will be 29 upon joining)
Undergrad: Top university in Singapore with a degree in business administration (honors)
GPA: 3.2
Curricular: chairman of student union in university with key projects and recognition. currently acting as a freelance business consultant with a top start-up in Malaysia.
GMAT: I'm taking my GMAT next month. Target 700+
Work Experience: will have 5 years+ of work experience upon joining
- 3 years in a top f500 oil and company as a management trainee. rated as a top employee for 2 years.
- 1.5 years as assistant procurement manager with a top f500 FMCG company with experience leading key projects in the region
- headhunted to a top f500 consumer company as southeast asia procurement manager, leading a small team across the region


short term goal: stay in procurement but with a geographical change to Europe or MBB with procurement as a specialization
long term goal: remain in corporate and ultimately move back to Singapore permanently

primary reason for MBA: move to Europe due to family reasons

I'd say my biggest weakness is probably my low GPA in undergraduate. Hopefully that would be able to compensated if I can achieve my target score for GMAT. Also, I do not have any significant voluntary experience (other than a few activities in college) so I'm keen to get some advice on how I can position myself to compensate that.


Appreciate if someone can help to evaluate my chance of getting into Insead and possibly getting a scholarship.

Thank you!



Hi lindalinfuxi,

When are you targeting applying? And for Jan or Sept start? Timeframe may play into some of your factors such as GMAT and volunteer activities. If you have 6 months or more before you submit, I'd see if you can seek out any local volunteering opps now that you are interested in. It can't hurt. If it's sooner than that though it is likely too late, and you can't compensate per se but do at least include any experience you do have in the community from college onwards, even if one-day activities... better than nothing. Yes your GPA could be higher and yes a strong GMAT would be good no matter what, and particularly with a lower GPA than would be ideal. I do like the experience you've gained and leadership/progression in your career. In terms of reasons to apply, for the essays of course focus on career-related reasons and skillsets you want to develop at the program (vs moving to Europe for family reasons). ;)

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Hi Thank you for evaluating my profile.

I'm intending to apply for Jan 2019 start. Hence, I do not have any time in between to add onto my existing voluntary experiences.
I'm not sure what Insead's definition of voluntary experience is. If the definition is anything relating to organizing events in the community, orphanages or old folks' homes, then all the experiences I've had so far were back in college and university days.
However, if the definition is hobbies, anything that I have done outside of my work, then I would be able to add more. For example, I'm a travel blogger and part-time journalist covering events. I also do meditation and Buddhism studies, if all these count.

Last but not lease, based on my profile, what is the GMAT score that you think I'll need to get into Insead?

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Hi - I’m by no means an expert here and willing share my two cents if it’s worth anything

I’ve been constantly reminded that gmat scores is only maximum 1 of 4 data points insead takes into account, and I’ve been told my multiple admissions managers that once you hit the 680 level, it’s super marginal impact and time is better spent else where. I have only a 650 and ive received interview invites from Insead and another top business school too. You would heard this a million times - but I’ll just say it again. One of the criteria is how could you contribute to the class - id say bringing out quirky or unique activities that you undertake on your own accord, and could authentically speak proudly of them. Recruiting managers can tell instantly if you are trying to “tick boxes”.

I’ve also been told that the 500 word candid self introduction is absolutely important- an alumni wisely told me “would still I be able to to find your essay if I scrubbed your name from the essay in a pile of 1000 ?” And the answer should be a clear yes or no. This also means writing a balanced, mature and selfish reflective essay, one that shows your values, motivations, fears and successes. In fact, people find into much harder to talk about their insecurities and failures and distil learnings, then to blow their own trumpet (clearly !) . So being able to look these questions in that light, in my humble opinion, will set you apart.

Good luck !

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Hi - I’m by no means an expert here and willing share my two cents if it’s worth anything

I’ve been constantly reminded that gmat scores is only maximum 1 of 4 data points insead takes into account, and I’ve been told my multiple admissions managers that once you hit the 680 level, it’s super marginal impact and time is better spent else where. I have only a 650 and ive received interview invites from Insead and another top business school too. You would heard this a million times - but I’ll just say it again. One of the criteria is how could you contribute to the class - id say bringing out quirky or unique activities that you undertake on your own accord, and could authentically speak proudly of them. Recruiting managers can tell instantly if you are trying to “tick boxes”.

I’ve also been told that the 500 word candid self introduction is absolutely important- an alumni wisely told me “would still I be able to to find your essay if I scrubbed your name from the essay in a pile of 1000 ?” And the answer should be a clear yes or no. This also means writing a balanced, mature and selfish reflective essay, one that shows your values, motivations, fears and successes. In fact, people find into much harder to talk about their insecurities and failures and distil learnings, then to blow their own trumpet (clearly !) . So being able to look these questions in that light, in my humble opinion, will set you apart.

Good luck !

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Thank you for your advice. This is very much of a stress-relief in the midst of GMAT prep and very practical too.
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Hello Experts!
Can I get someone to help evaluate my profiles please? I intend to apply for INSEAD Jan2019 intake (Applying in R1 - 14th March 2018 Deadline)
Thanks in advance!

Nationality: Indian, (Male)
Age: 27 (will be 28 upon joining)

Undergrad GPA: 3.46 (8.65/10 as per Indian grading system)
B.Tech + M.Tech from IIT-Bombay (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay) in Material Science Engineering, One of the top Institutes in India
Department Rank 2, awarded the Institute Award for Academic Excellence, IIT Bombay in 2011

GMAT: 750 (Q51, V40, IR8)

Work Experience: will have 4.5 years of work experience upon joining (all outside of India)
- TSMC,Taiwan - 1 Year as Process Integration Engineer, Packaging Division, Operations (TSMC) - Semiconductor Industry (Aug'14 - May '15)
- Apple Inc, Singapore - 2.5 Years as Demand/Business Planner for Apple Watch Team (Jun'15 - Present)

Additional International Exposure through internships:
Tokyo, Japan - 2 months at Tanaka Holdings, May-July 2012
Dublin, Ireland - 2 months at Trinity College Dublin, May-July 2013 (Published a research paper in this internship)

Current Role: Demand Planner for Apple Watch Team in the Operations function
- Collaborate with sales and manufacturing to manage forecasts, factory links and supply chain strategy for product launches
- Optimising inventory in direct and indirect channel to maximise sales.
- Managed readiness and execution for Watch Series 2 in Fall'16 and Watch Series 3 in Fall'17.

Extra Circular activities/Leadership:
1) Completed MITx Micromasters course on Supply Chain Management (Series of 5 online courses on Logistics and Supply Chain started by MIT, was one of the 750 students from the first cohort)
2) Head, Department Academic Mentorship Program, IIT Bombay Mumbai, India
- Led a team of 24 mentors to counsel 81 underperforming students on academic and personal issues
3) Head of Dance Club, Institute Cultural Council, IIT Bombay Mumbai, India,
- Elected representative of 8000 students as Overall Incharge of choreography and dance activities on Campus
4) Won over 30 performing arts events at national, inter college, institute and school level

Short term goal: move to Consulting (Operations Function) while leveraging the supply chain and operations knowledge obtained at Apple Inc.
Long term goal: Setup my own Consulting Firm with Operations Focus in India

Primary reason for MBA:
- Career Switch to Consulting (Target MBB)
- Accelerated growth, learning things outside of Operations/Supply Chain Domain
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thank you for sharing your profile.

You have indeed a very strong profile. Your extensive international experience definitely gives you an edge! Your extra-curriculars are also quite strong, although it would be better if you had more extra-professional activities as well.

I would say that if anything is missing in your profile is examples of leadership at work, but this can be overcome in the application.

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yash08 wrote:
Hello Experts!
Can I get someone to help evaluate my profiles please? I intend to apply for INSEAD Jan2019 intake (Applying in R1 - 14th March 2018 Deadline)
Thanks in advance!
Hi @Yash08- glad to provide my thoughts to your profile below.
Nationality: Indian, (Male)
Age: 27 (will be 28 upon joining)

Undergrad GPA: 3.46 (8.65/10 as per Indian grading system)
B.Tech + M.Tech from IIT-Bombay (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay) in Material Science Engineering, One of the top Institutes in India
Department Rank 2, awarded the Institute Award for Academic Excellence, IIT Bombay in 2011

GMAT: 750 (Q51, V40, IR8)certainly this is an attention grabbing score-- so that is helpful-- although as you know not the whole story... see more below....

Work Experience: will have 4.5 years of work experience upon joining (all outside of India)
- TSMC,Taiwan - 1 Year as Process Integration Engineer, Packaging Division, Operations (TSMC) - Semiconductor Industry (Aug'14 - May '15)
- Apple Inc, Singapore - 2.5 Years as Demand/Business Planner for Apple Watch Team (Jun'15 - Present) Excellent cross cultural work experience which will certainly help set you apart.

Additional International Exposure through internships:
Tokyo, Japan - 2 months at Tanaka Holdings, May-July 2012
Dublin, Ireland - 2 months at Trinity College Dublin, May-July 2013 (Published a research paper in this internship)

Current Role: Demand Planner for Apple Watch Team in the Operations function
- Collaborate with sales and manufacturing to manage forecasts, factory links and supply chain strategy for product launches
- Optimising inventory in direct and indirect channel to maximise sales.
- Managed readiness and execution for Watch Series 2 in Fall'16 and Watch Series 3 in Fall'17.

Extra Circular activities/Leadership:
1) Completed MITx Micromasters course on Supply Chain Management (Series of 5 online courses on Logistics and Supply Chain started by MIT, was one of the 750 students from the first cohort)
2) Head, Department Academic Mentorship Program, IIT Bombay Mumbai, India
- Led a team of 24 mentors to counsel 81 underperforming students on academic and personal issues do you have any results or metrics to share on how successful you were in helping them turn around? Or perhaps one particular example could be compelling to showcase your impact
3) Head of Dance Club, Institute Cultural Council, IIT Bombay Mumbai, India,
- Elected representative of 8000 students as Overall Incharge of choreography and dance activities on Campus
4) Won over 30 performing arts events at national, inter college, institute and school level

Short term goal: move to Consulting (Operations Function) while leveraging the supply chain and operations knowledge obtained at Apple Inc.
Long term goal: Setup my own Consulting Firm with Operations Focus in India A big plus that your current work is providing some good experience to support this post MBA goal-- you can leverage your operations knowledge

Primary reason for MBA:
- Career Switch to Consulting (Target MBB)
- Accelerated growth, learning things outside of Operations/Supply Chain Domain


I see a lot to like in your profile-- INSEAD has a strong consulting pipeline so your post MBA goals are well suited for the program-- what I don't have as much of a sense of is how you have demonstrated leadership in your community--I don't see taking a course as the most compelling way to showcase this-- but there may be some things you have done at work on special projects that can help demonstrate strong leadership and also a sense that you are a net giver-- meaning that you'd be the type of student/alum that gives back to INSEAD and makes it a better place. That's always something positive to be able to demonstrate. And I want to also echo what was posted on this thread also-- that you don't want to come across like everyone else-- so you should be saying things that are unique and memorable to you-- things that only you can say in a compelling way that helps you stand out from the crowd. We have had some great success helping focus on compelling elements and examples in their INSEAD essays-- and these essays and questions they ask do require a good bit of self reflection to do well. Would be happy to set up a free consult with you at this link to tell you more about how Stratus can help-- details to follow up are here:
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yash08 wrote:
Hello Experts!
Can I get someone to help evaluate my profiles please? I intend to apply for INSEAD Jan2019 intake (Applying in R1 - 14th March 2018 Deadline)
Thanks in advance!

Nationality: Indian, (Male)
Age: 27 (will be 28 upon joining)

Undergrad GPA: 3.46 (8.65/10 as per Indian grading system)
B.Tech + M.Tech from IIT-Bombay (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay) in Material Science Engineering, One of the top Institutes in India
Department Rank 2, awarded the Institute Award for Academic Excellence, IIT Bombay in 2011

GMAT: 750 (Q51, V40, IR8)

Work Experience: will have 4.5 years of work experience upon joining (all outside of India)
- TSMC,Taiwan - 1 Year as Process Integration Engineer, Packaging Division, Operations (TSMC) - Semiconductor Industry (Aug'14 - May '15)
- Apple Inc, Singapore - 2.5 Years as Demand/Business Planner for Apple Watch Team (Jun'15 - Present)

Additional International Exposure through internships:
Tokyo, Japan - 2 months at Tanaka Holdings, May-July 2012
Dublin, Ireland - 2 months at Trinity College Dublin, May-July 2013 (Published a research paper in this internship)

Current Role: Demand Planner for Apple Watch Team in the Operations function
- Collaborate with sales and manufacturing to manage forecasts, factory links and supply chain strategy for product launches
- Optimising inventory in direct and indirect channel to maximise sales.
- Managed readiness and execution for Watch Series 2 in Fall'16 and Watch Series 3 in Fall'17.

Extra Circular activities/Leadership:
1) Completed MITx Micromasters course on Supply Chain Management (Series of 5 online courses on Logistics and Supply Chain started by MIT, was one of the 750 students from the first cohort)
2) Head, Department Academic Mentorship Program, IIT Bombay Mumbai, India
- Led a team of 24 mentors to counsel 81 underperforming students on academic and personal issues
3) Head of Dance Club, Institute Cultural Council, IIT Bombay Mumbai, India,
- Elected representative of 8000 students as Overall Incharge of choreography and dance activities on Campus
4) Won over 30 performing arts events at national, inter college, institute and school level

Short term goal: move to Consulting (Operations Function) while leveraging the supply chain and operations knowledge obtained at Apple Inc.
Long term goal: Setup my own Consulting Firm with Operations Focus in India

Primary reason for MBA:
- Career Switch to Consulting (Target MBB)
- Accelerated growth, learning things outside of Operations/Supply Chain Domain


Great profile yash08,
Any particular reason you are limiting yourself to INSEAD? You can, for example, look at trying for a few other schools as well, especially with high Financial Aid in mind.

If for your reasons, you must look only at INSEAD, I don't have much to add to what Stratus has already mentioned.
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