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

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New post 05 Mar 2019, 04:38
Hi samsant,

thank you for the additional details. Let me address them below.

b. GMAT. When it comes to GMAT, obviously the higher the better. However, sometimes the effort to increase a few points is not worth it, especially if it comes at the expense of lowering the quality of your application. In your case, given that you still have a few months before applying and that you are a bit below INSEAD's average, if you have the bandwidth to retake it and if you think you can get a ~710 score, I would recommend you to go ahead and retake it. Like I said, it's not a must, as I have seen many candidates with good profiles getting accepted with 690 or lower scores.

d. Extra-Curriculars. I don't see this as a major issue. Your interest for economics and geopolitical news can be framed as an extra-professional activity. In terms of Motivation Essay #3, you could explain how long you have been following these news, how often and, most importantly, how you are enriched by this activity. If you can frame this properly, you should be fine. In this essay though, I recommend you talk about one or two more activities besides this one and music.

e. Recommendations. Having all recommendations from your first job is not necessarily an issue, but you'll need to justify your "unusual" choice of recommenders in the Optional Essay. INSEAD will understand why you haven't chosen a recommender from your current job, since by then, you'll have been at your job for only a few months. However, justifying why your direct supervisor (or any other senior member) at the bank didn't get to know you well enough in your 1+ years at the firm would be a bit more difficult and could raise some flags. But again, not a big deal so long your justification makes sense.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!
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New post 05 Mar 2019, 05:07
Hi Guys,

Kindly evaluate my profile. Thank you for your time.

Nationality- Indian
Gender- Male
Age - 26
XIIth- 74
Grad- BBA LLB (Symbiosis Law School)- GPA 2.8/4

GMAT- 670( Taking it again with an aim of 730)


Work Exp :
Currently working in the Social Sector as Project Manager. Have worked with India's top philanthropic initiative in the past and have advised various Member of Parliaments. I have led multiple development projects and have raised funds for them close to 10 crores. I was promoted to Chief of staff in a year of a Member of Parliament during my previous job.
I have also worked as a Lawyer and have appeared before the High Court and Supreme Court of India.

Post MBA Goals:
1- To start my own social advisory firm and drive development in rural parts of India.

Extra-Curricular Activities
• Participated in various Moot Court Competitions during my Law School.

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Some questions which I have - 1) Would that GMAT score be enough?
2) Overall evaluation of my profile?
3) Things which I could work upon in the next 1 year to make it stronger?


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mittalkanni wrote:
Hi Guys,

Kindly evaluate my profile. Thank you for your time.

Nationality- Indian
Gender- Male
Age - 26
XIIth- 74
Grad- BBA LLB (Symbiosis Law School)- GPA 2.8/4

GMAT- 670( Taking it again with an aim of 730)


Work Exp :
Currently working in the Social Sector as Project Manager. Have worked with India's top philanthropic initiative in the past and have advised various Member of Parliaments. I have led multiple development projects and have raised funds for them close to 10 crores. I was promoted to Chief of staff in a year of a Member of Parliament during my previous job.
I have also worked as a Lawyer and have appeared before the High Court and Supreme Court of India.

Post MBA Goals:
1- To start my own social advisory firm and drive development in rural parts of India.

Extra-Curricular Activities
• Participated in various Moot Court Competitions during my Law School.

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Some questions which I have - 1) Would that GMAT score be enough?
2) Overall evaluation of my profile?
3) Things which I could work upon in the next 1 year to make it stronger?


Thanks again


Hello mittalkanni,

Your work experience with a parliamentarian, as well as in the social sector, will definitely be a differentiating factor, and, if presented well, will definitely add much value to your case.

On the flip side, of course, there is scope for improvement; the GMAT score appears to be on the low side and you must definitely re-take the same; while no score ever guarantees an admit, a higher score definitely helps (particularly, since your GPA doesn't appear stellar, as well).

INSEAD also deeply values international exposure and entrepreneurial experience; while these may not be easy to work towards, you may want to check if the option exists; at the last, you have not provided any major details about your extra-curricular activities; hence, it is imperative that you strengthen your case on this front, as well.

Hope this helps.

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New post 18 Mar 2019, 05:35
Hi. It will be interesting to confirm if my profile is competitive for INSEAD.

Male, Russian, 29
GMAT 720 (Q48 V41)
Education: Russian top5 engineering school 4.5/5.0 Petroleum/Mechanical Engineering - math heavy. I did some competitive math and physics on national level. Never placed in top3 though. Won a full ride scholarship to study MSc abroad. Went to the UK Russel group uni to get MSc in oil and gas specialised subject with 2:1 overall results (%-wise mine translates to 3.7 on American scale, if this is relevant). I've done HBX Core with result in 98% percentile.
WE: 3 years - graduate development programme in Oilfield Services Company (~10000 employees, not a big name) in the UK. This coincided with the oil and gas crisis and I have been promoted just once. Tried to get some leadership exp, but it's virtually impossible at that level. Closest I could get was planning for an activity offshore, briefing crew on safety and making sure they work according to my plan. I would say it's project/operations management in the best case scenario, but not leadership.
2 years - project engineer in manufacturing for petrochem (~1500 employees, very niche, not a big name). Changed field and location (still UK). I ended up being jack of all trades due to the size of the local office. I've done everything from designing the project to after sales. I've made improvements in all aspects on the local level, i.e. reduced factory operation costs, introduced new project design processes, optimised purchasing. My involvement with sales brought us 20% increase in revenue (from new contracts). I've developed a new IoT product/service from scratch, which is an absolute break-through for this very old school company (120 years of doing exactly the same thing with slow optimisation).

Extras: I am UK champion in a competitive non olympic sport. I teach some classes and help to organise competitions. It’s semi professional level (I am not always getting paid when I compete). I would devote myself fully to the sport, but there is very little money (only 0.001% of athletes get paid decently). There is also a very high chance sustaining a life changing injury while competing. Well, this is probably a good one for essay anecdotes demonstrating devotion and a little bit of leadership through teaching/organising.
I am also somewhat active in the UK uni alumni - helping graduates with CVs, cover letters, mock interviews and all this usual jazz.

I know Russian, English and French. French is a little less proficient than English as I don't use it as often, although I travel to France 4-5 time per year for holidays.

Post MBA:
This is quite vague for me. I like the idea of consulting and I think it's something I could do, but the amount of hours they work puts me off. I've got a good work life balance at the moment, barely working 35 hours a week with quite a few holidays. I would like to avoid careers with ridiculous workloads. However, there is a ceiling in my current place in terms of money and position. There is only one above me and I am getting it this year (engineering manager). After that it will be local MD, but this becomes available only if he dies. So, this is what I've got at the moment:
Priority 1: Product/Programme management in a tech giant (preferably IoT - got knowledge of software/hardware in this field and can communicate with developers)
Priority 2: LDP in a big energy company (could have chances in oil and gas with my background)
Priority 3: BD for CIS market for (language, cultural fit etc.)

I would appreciate if somebody can say something more than just "you gmat is ok, but can be higher" etc.
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Hi octobercold,

thank you for sharing your profile.

The short answer is yes, your profile is competitive for INSEAD.

As you may know, INSEAD has 4 main admissions criteria: (1) Leadership Potential, (2) Academic Capacity, (3) International Motivation and (4) Ability to Contribute.

Given your international experience, language skills and your extra-curriculars, you'll have no issue showing that you meet the last two criteria.

Regarding Leadership Potential, you don't necessarily need formal leadership experience to meet this criteria. Leadership can be shown in many ways. For example, all you have accomplished at your current job is a sign of leadership, and more so if you took the initiative to improve all those aspects. Same thing for Project Management. Although you didn't have formal authority over teams, you did manage them, which is a form of leadership. Furthermore, rapid career progression is a sign of leadership potential, so make sure to show progression in your application.

Regarding Academic Capacity, your college grades and your 720 GMAT score are good. The only area of concern could be your Q48, especially as an engineer. In your application, try to stress the quant heavy side of your jobs.

As for your goals, I completely understand your point about consulting. From an admissions perspective, it is always better to be concrete when it comes to articulating your goals, and avoid talking about different options. In this regard, I recommend you to think long-term. Try to think about where you want to be in 10-15 years down the road. This will help you decide among all your short-term options, as your short-term goal will be used as bridge to your long-term one.

I hope this helps.

Good luck
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Hi all,

I'm just discovering the forum..and it's great to see many people dedicating time and efforts here.
Would like to have your thoughts/view on my profile for INSEAD, especially on weak points, areas to improve etc.

Chinese female, 30, applying for R2 Jan 2020.
GMAT: 760 (Q50 V42, IR8)
GPA: ?like 3-3.5… (~13.5/20)

Education:
Engineering Degree (Msc equivalent), Computer Science, from a top 10 French Engineering school.
(went from 0 to native level French and personally, i identify myself more French than of any other nationality..)
1y academic exchange in Japan, 1m exchange in Sweden.

Work experience: Technology in Finance/Fintech/Investment 7+ years
2.5y HK: French investment bank. Trading platform user support, training, later focused on Infra/Tech related project management with multiple teams typically in France and APAC.
1y Japan: Sell-side major financial management platform. Implement the platform to clients (large Japanese financial institutes), user training and support.
(Honestly wasn't a great experience, major reason was to get back to Japan while previous company couldn't offer transfer, though they did offer a team leader position back in France which i turned down..)
4+y Japan: Fintech branch with a US asset management company (No1 ww in assets managed..), main product is a complex front-to-back portfolio/investment management platform.
Started in client service, support JP banks, pensions, investment, insurance etc on technicals + financial modelling of the platform, client training, pre-sales pitches, implementation projects. Especially on the last work with multiple cross-regional internal / external teams. Helped mentor/expand the team before moving to below.
Promoted to client account manager/analytical (portfolio risk modelling, investment process analysis) expert. - Only female + non-JP native account manager in the division.
Much more focus towards business development/industry analysis/relationship management etc. Frequently define/oversee/monitor the execution of projects with cross-regional teams (usually 4, 5 teams involved like client HQ, client branches, client's consulting team, my company's production teams, modelling teams, client support etc). Recently led the main coverage client to renew contract.(multi mm$/y)

+ CFA charterholder since 2018.

Goal/Career:
(still a bit vague..)
Initially focus on engineering / analytics (financial modelling) but later became interested in general management and business strategy. Seen many corporate cultural / social issues in current work and with Japan’s financial industry in general, want to make an impact in higher level in the firm/industry to change and ‘open up’. Normally stick to finance/fintec industry given my background but open to other sectors.
ST: MBB, focus on fintec/investment sector, with preference in EU.
LT: corporate strategy / business dev of global firms, into Europe or APAC for ex.

Languages: Chinese (native), French(native/fluent), Japanese (fluent) and English (fluent).

Ex-curriculum:
One-year part-time work (during univ exchange) in a Japanese e-com start-up as programmer, great atmosphere and learning of culture (one reason of why i wanted to go back to Japan later..)
Not much voluntary experience, other than join company’s charity run + cycling + trekking.
Passionate in endurance sports, cycling (up to 2 week’s cycling tour etc), mountain trekking (Kilimanjaro etc), skiiing, organise sport tour/trip with friends almost every year.

Appreciate your time reading through and giving quality feedback.
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New post 23 Mar 2019, 07:09
SpaceCC wrote:
Hi all,

I'm just discovering the forum..and it's great to see many people dedicating time and efforts here.
Would like to have your thoughts/view on my profile for INSEAD, especially on weak points, areas to improve etc.

Chinese female, 30, applying for R2 Jan 2020.
GMAT: 760 (Q50 V42, IR8)
GPA: ?like 3-3.5… (~13.5/20)

Education:
Engineering Degree (Msc equivalent), Computer Science, from a top 10 French Engineering school.
(went from 0 to native level French and personally, i identify myself more French than of any other nationality..)
1y academic exchange in Japan, 1m exchange in Sweden.

Work experience: Technology in Finance/Fintech/Investment 7+ years
2.5y HK: French investment bank. Trading platform user support, training, later focused on Infra/Tech related project management with multiple teams typically in France and APAC.
1y Japan: Sell-side major financial management platform. Implement the platform to clients (large Japanese financial institutes), user training and support.
(Honestly wasn't a great experience, major reason was to get back to Japan while previous company couldn't offer transfer, though they did offer a team leader position back in France which i turned down..)
4+y Japan: Fintech branch with a US asset management company (No1 ww in assets managed..), main product is a complex front-to-back portfolio/investment management platform.
Started in client service, support JP banks, pensions, investment, insurance etc on technicals + financial modelling of the platform, client training, pre-sales pitches, implementation projects. Especially on the last work with multiple cross-regional internal / external teams. Helped mentor/expand the team before moving to below.
Promoted to client account manager/analytical (portfolio risk modelling, investment process analysis) expert. - Only female + non-JP native account manager in the division.
Much more focus towards business development/industry analysis/relationship management etc. Frequently define/oversee/monitor the execution of projects with cross-regional teams (usually 4, 5 teams involved like client HQ, client branches, client's consulting team, my company's production teams, modelling teams, client support etc). Recently led the main coverage client to renew contract.(multi mm$/y)

+ CFA charterholder since 2018.

Goal/Career:
(still a bit vague..)
Initially focus on engineering / analytics (financial modelling) but later became interested in general management and business strategy. Seen many corporate cultural / social issues in current work and with Japan’s financial industry in general, want to make an impact in higher level in the firm/industry to change and ‘open up’. Normally stick to finance/fintec industry given my background but open to other sectors.
ST: MBB, focus on fintec/investment sector, with preference in EU.
LT: corporate strategy / business dev of global firms, into Europe or APAC for ex.

Languages: Chinese (native), French(native/fluent), Japanese (fluent) and English (fluent).

Ex-curriculum:
One-year part-time work (during univ exchange) in a Japanese e-com start-up as programmer, great atmosphere and learning of culture (one reason of why i wanted to go back to Japan later..)
Not much voluntary experience, other than join company’s charity run + cycling + trekking.
Passionate in endurance sports, cycling (up to 2 week’s cycling tour etc), mountain trekking (Kilimanjaro etc), skiiing, organise sport tour/trip with friends almost every year.

Appreciate your time reading through and giving quality feedback.


Hi There! You have a great profile that is definitely competitive for INSEAD. You perform well on all the 4 parameters outlined by INSEAD as their admissions criteria especially Academic Potential and International Motivation. It looks like you have good leadership experience too but that will need to be fleshed out well in your application and profile.

In the time between now and the application, take some time to structure your goals well. Think about where you see yourself in the long term and explore different career paths that will lead you there. Reach out to alumni and current students to understand the paths they have taken and also to chat about their experiences.

Good Luck!

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