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15 Mar 2007, 05:45
My experience is an interesting one. I have seen several admitted with similar scores to schools that dinged me. I am a strong writer and my essays were very good. I think for me part of my undoing was work ex. I think @ UNC and above they want to really see 5yrs work ex unless your GMATs are really stellar. Just my opinion, but I think it is part of the issue. I'm happy with were I am going and the deal that I got, but if anyone wanted to know of the importance of work ex... I think it is definately an issue as you move up the ranks.
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15 Mar 2007, 06:19
Mark4124 wrote:
My experience is an interesting one. I have seen several admitted with similar scores to schools that dinged me. I am a strong writer and my essays were very good. I think for me part of my undoing was work ex. I think @ UNC and above they want to really see 5yrs work ex unless your GMATs are really stellar. Just my opinion, but I think it is part of the issue. I'm happy with were I am going and the deal that I got, but if anyone wanted to know of the importance of work ex... I think it is definately an issue as you move up the ranks.

I dont know if I agree. At least, its not just a question of years of work experience - maybe quality of work experience, but not strictly years of work experience. Kellogg's average is I believe like 5 years - but thats an average - meaning many people get in with less. Also... HBS definetly has an inclination towards younger candidates as well. Chicago accepts people straight out of school, and I believe Kellogg does as well now (and HBS does with a one or two year deferal)...
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15 Mar 2007, 06:48
I think it is more about the quality of work experience. were you promoted ahead of your peers? Did you stand out in any way or make significant contributions, ...that sort of thing is important I believe.
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15 Mar 2007, 06:58
Well... if I had done a few more years I would have a better position with which to apply... but yes, there are some who get stellar positions and skyrocket in a very short time. But I think that for most you probably need about 5yrs before you are at a point where the work ex is going to be at a level the tops want to see. Is it possible that some could work 5yrs and still have a poor position... of course.
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15 Mar 2007, 08:25
Mark4124 wrote:
Well... if I had done a few more years I would have a better position with which to apply... but yes, there are some who get stellar positions and skyrocket in a very short time. But I think that for most you probably need about 5yrs before you are at a point where the work ex is going to be at a level the tops want to see. Is it possible that some could work 5yrs and still have a poor position... of course.

I think you cannot put extra importance to one data point when it comes to admissions..... after all we don't call it ..... BS just for the heck of it.

Jokes aside I have a UNC admit and have less than 4 yrs... sure I have a 740 but who knows what they like about me.... my 740 .... my recos .... or my essays....
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15 Mar 2007, 09:09
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Jokes aside I have a UNC admit and have less than 4 yrs... sure I have a 740 but who knows what they like about me.... my 740 .... my recos .... or my essays....

Or your good looks?
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15 Mar 2007, 10:48
Or may be the interview fell in love with my voice (telephonic interview you see)
15 Mar 2007, 10:48
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