What Are Your Chances Of Getting In

by John A. Byrne on

He’s a key player in a strategic planning group at Honeywell Aerospace where he has racked up nearly five years of experience while also helping to care for a parent with early onset Alzheimer’s. With a 700 GMAT and a 3.64 grade point average, this 26-year-old hopes to get an MBA to move into a general management consulting role.

He’s a 21-year-old Vietnamese entrepreneur who has done summer stints at Boston Consulting Group and Google and is now finishing up his undergraduate degree in business at UC-Berkeley. He launched a small shot glass manufacturing business last year and wonders if he is a good candidate for Harvard Business School’s 2+2 program for undergrad applicants.

She leads a Fortune 50 retail company team on its global sourcing strategy. With a 710 GMAT and a 3.17 GPA, this 26-year-old woman wants to know if she should retake the GMAT and aim for a higher score to offset her low undergraduate grades on her MBA application.

Sandy Kreisberg, HBS Guru, in Harvard Square

Sandy Kreisberg, HBS Guru, in Harvard Square

What these would-be MBA candidates share in common is the goal to get into one of the world’s best business schools. Do they have the raw stats and experience to get in? Or will they get dinged by their dream schools?

Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru.com, is back again to analyze these and a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants who have shared their vital statistics with Poets&Quants.

As usual, Kreisberg handicaps each potential applicant’s odds of getting into a top-ranked business school. If you include your own stats and characteristics in the comments, we’ll pick a few more and have Kreisberg assess your chances in a follow-up feature.

(Please add your age and be clear on the sequence of your jobs in relaying work experience. Make sure you let us know your current job.)

Sandy’s assessment:

Mr. Supply Chain

  • 700 GMAT (44Q 66%, 41V 92%)
  • 3.64 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in finance and supply chain management from a Pac-12 state university
  • Work experience includes nearly five years in supply chain management at Honeywell Aerospace, currently as team lead in a strategic planning group; several promotions and have been a top performer in every role; was a key part of a team deploying a new planning system, responsible for troubleshooting and training about 75 to 100 people
  • Extracurricular involvement is marginal with some intermittent volunteering at a local community center doing fundraising and tutoring
  • “After reading other ‘handicapping’ articles, I now know that staying at one spot for 5 years was not ‘playing the game’ as you have said. One of the big reasons that I’ve stayed with the same company is because a parent developed early onset Alzheimer’s so I transferred back to my hometown 2.5 years ago to be a partial caregiver.”
  • Goal: To move into a supply chain or general management consulting role
  • 26-year-old white male

Odds of Success:

UCLA: 50+%
Berkeley: 50+%
Chicago: 40% to 50+%
Northwestern: 40+%
New York: 30% to 40%
USC: 60+%
Harvard: 20% to 40%
Stanford: 10% to 20%
Wharton: 30% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: This is more solid than you might think since you actually work for a company that makes stuff. AERO also is a hot field at the moment, and supply chain, while not sexy, is something most B-schools respect. In your case, staying with the same company for 5 years — and getting rave reviews, and promotions and increasing responsibilities — is a plus.

My rule of thumb about hustling out of your first job after two or three years to a ‘better’ one is mostly applicable to banking and consulting, where that is the M.O. of most high performers. You got a 3.6 from a respectable school and one that seems to fit your down-home profile, and if you can get Q on GMAT up to ~80 percent, you’d be a real solid candidate at your target schools of UCLA, Berkeley, Booth, and USC. Stern may wonder what some California Aero Boy is doing in NYC, so that might get you a WL, unless you made it real clear.

As for H/S/W, I am not seeing this as Stanford unless someone at your firm can pull a string, or has in the past. With an 80 percent Q score on GMAT, you could be a natural admit at Wharton, given that you would help round out the class and have a solid work and leadership background at Honeywell, a known company. At HBS, there is nothing driving you in per se, but this is real solid (esp. if you came thru with a 720/Q-80% GMAT). HBS might be impressed by how a guy with supply chain background at a major AERO company could contribute to case method.

That probably won’t tip things for you, but I’d say odds are 20-40 percent. If you indeed are a star at Honeywell, some champion there could help at HBS, beyond writing a normal recommendation, the guy has to communicate that you have been innovative in supply chain and also a major leader of diverse work streams, as you apparently have been. Viz., “part of a team deploying a new planning system, responsible for troubleshooting and training about 75-100 people . . .”

HBS is impressed with stories like that. You need to come up with some “goals” cocktail that puts all this together, adds some HBS transformational mojo, and pours out real smooth. Shaken or stirred don’t matter Mr. Bond, just clear and classy.

As to helping parent with Alzheimer’s, that is a good story, and could easily make a nice accomplishment or optional essay (or even a setback essay). As noted, you don’t really have to explain why you stayed at Honeywell for five years. It’s a solid accomplishment and can add luster to a mix of essays and narrative that is also solid—it would not, by itself, put a dent in explaining why you never moved on to another job, but you don’t to have to do that.

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  • FirstGenCA

    Hi Sandy / John,Request you let me know your view on my profile:Indian, Male, 25First generation high school and college graduate. Motivated and sponsored the graduation of my elder cousins.750 gmatNo GPA available, but 10th standard – 85%, 12th 76%, graduation 76%. (dint study much as i felt  these grades dint impact getting selected in jobs or my selection in future courses)Chartered Accountant (All India 16th Rank out of 23,000 candidates)(Considered one of the toughest exams in he world), Chartered Financial Analyst Level 3 candidate (Flunked Level 3 last time, dint study much, though not a good excuse)No extracurriculars in college due to poor financial condition (used to live in slums) and need to take care of my mom who is on complete bed rest. so basically managed all household work, studies plus helped my mom conquer her depression.Work experience includes: interned for 3 years (part of the chartered accountancy course) with a Tier 1 Tax and advisory company (Firm has also won many internationally recognised prestigious tax and litigation awards). 2 years exp (3.5 years work ex at the time of matriculation) with a Big 4 in its Transfer pricing division (its more of planning the inter-company pricing policy, advisory and litigation). Recently promoted as an Assistant manager in less than 2 years despite the criteria of min 3 years. Have Independently handled important projects with large MNC clients in the absence of the seniors.Program coordinator for the Big 4′s Foundation (the CSR arm of Big 4). Lead the CSR initiatives for the Western India Cluster (Spend 40% of my time in CSR and 60% in consulting).Volunteer for an ngo which is into financial education & self sufficiency of women in slums, educating them the need for savings, how to account them, how to bank, selling them microinsurance (seems like selling stuff but has a great social impact).Carrer goal: to get into management consulting or private equity and after 4 years start my own micro finance institution
    Schools interested in:Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Insead, London Business School, Chicago Booth, Columbia
    Thanks,

  • Guest

    710 GMAT (80-80 split)
    3.85 GPA (Top 5% in class) 
    Double Major in International Relations, Asia Studies from very good liberal arts college

    Work experience: Worked last 2 years in China-based international trade services company, single-handedly helped the company expand into US market. Very entrepreneurial position, have successfully built up US clientele as the only US rep and now have been promoted now into significant leadership role. Lots of leadership and practical business experience gained from opening and maintaining office, managing staff and building significant business for a rapidly growing firm. 

    Lots of international experience, travelling for study and work throughout Europe and Asia. Speak decent Chinese + French, go to China for business, and very involved in global sourcing world.

    Involved in several volunteer roles with my alma mater and with neighborhood cultural organizations. 

    Goal is to work in consulting, specifically assisting companies expand into emerging markets in Asia. From college to my current job, I see a logical path towards this career goal.  

    White male, with no sob stories. Will be 25 and have 3 years experience upon starting b school. Interested in odds of success at: Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, Columbia, Booth, Yale. 

  • TA

    Sandy ,I’d appreciate it if you could give me insight into my chances at the following programs( if you think I have a long shot at someplace better
    please let me know).

    Cornell (1 year accelerated MBA program)

    Kellog  (2 yr or 1 yr wherever I have a better shot at)

    INSEAD

    Tuck (with early admission)

    Ross

    Columbia(with early admission)

    London School of Business

    Objective:I’m looking to move onto a global platform now and work in management consulting or explore entrepreneurial or start up options in technology

    Stats:GMAT- 730

    28 y.o Indian male (Will be 29 when I start in 2013)
    Undergrad: Electrical Engineering : University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign (ranked #2 after MIT for electrical engineering and is considered a blue chip school in the engineering world)

    GPA: bit low ~ 3.1extremely challenging program – rated to be the toughest major in the united states at undergrad level.
    I did however spend 3 semesters in a college in India before transferring to Illinois and my gpa there would have been a 3.7-3.8 so if the schools are looking to maintain admission stats my overall  undergrad GPA is about 3.4-3.5

    W/E after undergrad:

    1 year at a start up company(started by a professor from the University in Champaign area itself) focusing on micro and nanotech based optical communication devices. Work was very high end and catered to very niche consumers such as US army . 6 months at another tech-start up company (started by seasoned people from the industry and not a bunch of college kids) in New York city. The company designed and developed wireless communication and safety products for mass transit systems. Their biggest customer was the New York City subway. Unfortunately the H1B visas for the year ran out and I would have had to wait almost 10 months outside the US before coming back to work in the following fiscal year  so I decided to go to grad school:

    M.S  in Operations Research at the University of Texas Austin (Highly challenging quantitative coursework and again considered a blue chip university in the engineering world)

    Grad GPA – 3.6/4.0

    (Took a few MBA courses at Mccombs’ – in financial risk management, supply chain , Global Financial Strategies and got A’s in them

    Also took 2 courses at Columbia GSB over a summer in Energy Finance and Marketing and got A’s in them.)

    Fully funded my masters myself by working as a research/ teaching assistant. My masters report was on optimizing silicon wafer production in fabrication industry.

    Interned with Marriot hotel(Revenue pricing and modelling) for a semester while studying.

    W/E after graduate school:

    Presently working in a mid size Dallas based analytics company as an operations research analyst (Supply Chain Optimization, Forecasting algorithms.) for over 2 years and will be touching 3 years of work in December

    regards

     

  • GreatWhiteShark

    720 GMAT (Estimated)
    8.5 CGPA on a 10-Point scale 
    Undergraduate Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology 
    Work Experience of 2 years at one of India’s largest FMCG firms in its tobacco packaging division. First 20 months in a manufacturing/operations role leading a team of 20 people handling day-to-day operations for one of our four major production lines. Last 4 months in a customer relationship and supply chain management role.
    College extras include leading the campus newsletter team for a year, member of the institute field hockey team.
    No do-gooder extras.
    24 year old Indian male.

    Current employer has a history of being a feeder to Harvard in particular. 2+ admits each year from a pool of around 20-30 IIT hires. 
    Would you please assess my odds for H/S/W, Kellog, Booth, INSEAD and LBS assuming I apply for the class of 2015 (27 years old at the time of completing business school)?

    Concerns:
    1. I belong to one of the newer IITs, and there isn’t as strong a culture of my IIT sending students to US business schools when compared to the older IITs. 
    2. My work experience is predominantly in tobacco packaging. How is an experience in packaging looked upon by adcoms? 
    Few cases that I know of applicants from Packaging:Year of Application – Profile (Result)2007 – 27 year old IIT male (accept from INSEAD)2008 – 25 year old IIT female (accept from Harvard)2010 – 27 year old IIT male (called for interviews but dinged by S/W. No call from HBS)2010 – 28 year old IIT female (accept from London Business School)

    Goals: Looking to leverage my diversified background in operations and supply chain management to get into the strategy consulting sector.

    Would really appreciate your feedback.

  • Matt C

    JD/MBA –> makes the Republican Presidential Nominee look pretty good as one example.  In general though people who want the MBA for business careers initially then spin into politics can benefit.  Obviously you don’t need to have a law degree (or ‘insert common characteristic trait’) to land a spot on Capitol Hill but by and large most of them have the JD.

  • Mr. International

    John,

    Can I repost my stats if I didn’t get evaluated before?  

  • int’l

    GMAT 3rd attempt 710 (Q48 V37) 2nd 690 (Q47 V36) 3rd 600 (breakdown don’t remember )
    GPA 3.2 Business GPA: 3.8  (optional essay, enrolled for Advanced Stats & Business Math as alternative transcript classes)
    B.S. in business from a relatively well-known university 
    work experience (in chronological order) 
    2 years  corporate finance role at a textile/clothing manufacturer (major supplier to famous clothing companies/ 100 mil annual rev) 
    2 years at ministry of administrative planning at second largest city hal (alternative military service, think Japan/S. Korea)
    two internships (think Merrill Lynch/Wells Fargo Securities, KPMG/PWC/Deloitte) 

    extracurriculars 
    active leadership role(president) at a global college Christian mission organization, led project teams to Thailand, etc. led/coordinated annual conference for 1500 people size, fundraisers, active participation at global NGO(think World Vision, Habitat of Humanity)/translating volunteer,  English teaching volunteer for kids from low-income family( welfare program co- sponsored by global NGO and local foundation) 

    Extras: Fluent in Japanese, English, and KoreanPassed Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)(highest level) Cross-cultural background (lived in the Middle East [think Iran, Dubai] Japan, Korea, and US) CFA level II candidate
    Reapplicant [applied for class of 2013 with 690 GMAT and 2 years of experience; got dinged w/o interview @ Columbia, Cornell, UCLA, received interview invites from UT Austin, Indiana, waitlisted at USC) 
    change of goals (with reasonable story)
    Goal: consulting preferably on the intersection of Public Sector and Manufacturing, in order to help companies, organizations, and countries better manage themselves and solve problems.Age: 28 at matriculation Ethnicity: East Asian male(foreign citizenship) Target: Kellogg, Tuck, Duke, Cornell, Tepper 

  • int’l

    didn’t have extra curriculars with the NGOs in previous application 

  • DudleyL

    I would love to get an idea of my odds of getting into certain business schools.  I do not plan on returning to school for 2 more years, but here is my profile.

    -GMAT 750 (Q48, V44)
    -3.80 Undergrad GPA
    -Undergrad degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
    -Work experience includes a half year at a large database company developing internal customer facing software and (what will be) 2.5 years at a major Android manufacturer developing device security for mass production devices.
    -My only current extracurricular activity is physical fitness (I go the gym 6-7 days per week for at least an hour), but now that I have completed the GMAT I plan on looking for some extra curriculars related to business that I find interesting.
    -Goal: move into operations management.  I knew from my sophomore year of college that I wanted to start in engineering and move into operations management. The reason I added the business minor was to show employers and business schools that I have been interested in business from the get go.  I always used Tim Cook (before he was CEO) as an example of the career path I would love.
    -I am a white male.  I am currently 23, but I would be 25 when I applied for an MBA program.

    The primary schools I would be interested in would be Stanford or Berkeley, but also UCLA, Columbia, or MIT.

    Thanks for consideration!

  • Mr. Shot Glass 2+2

    we make them!  

    http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/lens-shot-glass/

    thanks for your advice!  i wasn’t planning to apply but your words are very encouraging.

  • TechEntrepreneur

    Hi Sandy, I’d love to hear your
    thoughts on my profile!

    -26 year old white male

    -3.3 GPA in Industrial
    Engineering from NCSU 

    -720-740 GMAT (estimated)

     

    -Undergrad: 

    ·  Good networking and leadership stories as VP of Engineering
    Council, Ranking Student Senator, working with Engineering Foundation Board,
    etc.

    ·  Attended selective national and international leadership
    conferences (US, China, Japan)

    ·  Interned with State Senator who is now State Treasurer (Wharton
    alum)

    ·  Interned with Accenture

    ·  Created and organized a local soccer team for 2+ years

     

    -Post-Undergrad Occupation (3
    years @ Deloitte Consulting – Technology):

    ·  Rated top 3% (highest possible) and numerous accolades

    ·  Worked with 5+ clients across multiple industries, with DBAs to
    full C-Suite exposure

    ·  Selected to serve on the prestigious national peer group
    council for 3 years; numerous unique and impressive extracurricular leadership
    roles (recruiting, training, mentoring, coaching, etc.)

    ·  GSAP-sponsored (very likely)

    ·  Profiled on Deloitte’s Facebook page

    ·  Will most likely get to meet many of the ADs for my top
    school picks (I hear Stanford’s is a Deloitte alum!)

     

    -Outside of Deloitte,
    Post-Undergrad

    ·  One of the youngest members for a very influential Georgia
    education non-profit (most members are CEOs, superintendents, principals,
    general counsel, etc.); policy committee member

    ·  Likely digital media manager of the Facebook page for a young
    professional society for education equity (founder is a former TFA director for
    San Fran and HBS alum)

    ·  Extensive outreach as NCSU alum, working with engineering dean,
    entrepreneurship provost, career services, and various organizations

    ·  Networked (with no direct connections) with the founder of
    HowStuffWorks.com, a senior director at WNYC, a former Director of the
    Manhattan GMAT turned entrepreneur, a prominent civil rights lawyer and author
    featured on the Colbert Report, Obama’s former Special Adviser on Green Jobs,
    etc. — all relevant to my startupn·  Organized my 5-year high school reunion

    (how is “networking”
    perceived?) 

     

    -Goals: 

    ·  Attend Stanford to round out my knowledge of business and
    entrepreneurship (considering public policy dual degree)

    ·  During enrollment, launch a disruptive tech startup; if it fails,
    return to the firm to focus on disruptive mobile technologies and possibly try
    again in a few years

    ·  In 5-10 years, I want to leverage my business success to become
    involved in politics either as a politician or in an executive position at a
    policy oriented NGO

    ·  Note that my tech startup idea is rooted in digital media and
    mobile devices; it has profit potential, it’s social entrepreneurship, and I
    have relevant work experience in the industry (6 month project, whitepaper)

     

    -Questions: how bad is the GPA
    issue? does anything jump out at you as gold? your concerns?

     

    Top School Picks:

    1. Stanford

    2. Berkeley

    3. Harvard

    4. MIT

    5. Your suggestions?

  • hbsguru

    Great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love that site.

  • Mr. Hispanic Engineer

    Hi Sandy,

    I’ve been following your articles for a while and have always wanted for you to asses my profile.

    Here we go:

    - 710 GMAT
    - 3.1 GPA
    - Undergrad from the University of Florida in Electrical Engineering
    - During undergrad involved in many extracurricular clubs culminating in being president of a large engineering organization.
    - Also very involved in the hispanic community (volunteering, clubs etc)
    -After college leadership development program with GE for 2 years – very technical leadership roles. 
    - Moved to Intel as a technical sales manager as I wanted to work closer with clients.
    - Currently an officer with my local chapter of the society of hispanic MBA’s and I volunteer with INROADS (non profit org that helps minority students get internships in college). 
    - 26 year old hispanic male. My surname isn’t a typical spanish name but both my parents where born and raised in central america will this be a problem when I go to apply and check the hispanic check box?
    - goal is to bridge the gap between technology and the consumer which is why I moved from a purely technical role to a sales role. Would like to work as a product manager at a large tech company such as apple, google, or facebook.

    Schools applying to
    - Stanford
    - Berkeley 
    - Harvard
    - Northwestern
    - MIT

    Thanks!

  • Nancy John

     GMAT Raw scores can be get by hardworking

  • Mr. CPA Controller

    Hi,

    I’d greatly appreciate it if Sandy could paint some insight
    on my profile, I am looking to matriculate Fall ’13.

    GMAT: 750

    Undergrad: UCLA Business Economics Major w/ a minor in
    accounting.

    Undergrad Leadership experience: Business fraternity
    president, Principal violist for school symphony

    GPA: 3.44

    Credentials: Licensed CPA

    Work Experience:

    0-1: public accounting at a regional firm in the bay area

    1-2.5: jumped to Big 4 public accounting

    2.5 – 4 (matriculation): Controller at a 60-person up and
    coming SaaS start-up in SF. Main responsibilities are basically developing the
    overall accounting principles of the company (revenue recognition, equity
    compensation) and managing overall finances. Specific duties include budgeting
    & forecasting, cash flow planning and management, management of company
    financial Big 4 audit, and leading operational efficiencies in the company.
    When it comes time to apply, I’ll try to have set quantifiable results that I
    can actually list. (cost savings, revenue increases, etc.)

    Extra-Curricular: Stemming from my experiences in my
    fraternity, I’ve always have had an interest in mentorship. A year ago I
    created an organization that connects young working professionals with high
    school students via forums and Q&A sessions with an emphasis on colleges
    & careers. So far we’ve hosted a number of speaking events at my local high
    school. I will continue to try to grow this group and get more events going. Aside
    from this personal project I’m also part of the Big Brother Big Sister program
    in the Bay Area and am currently mentoring a 15-year old SF high school
    student. I also actively participate in my fraternity’s alumni mentorship
    program – helping undergrads seeking employment in public accounting. I believe
    there is a lot of value in seeking out a great mentor as well as being one. I
    hope to find mentors in business school.

    Post-MBA Goal: Short term – Hope to leverage my past
    accounting & finance experience, both from an external audit and internal
    financial operations perspective, to get into a financial services arm in a
    top-tier consulting firm and focus primarily on strategy & corporate
    finance consulting. Long term – eventually jump back into industry in a FP&A
    Director/CFO role.

    Ethnicity/Gender/Age: Asian American Male, I will be 26 at
    matriculation.

    A couple additional notes to make my profile even more
    accurate:

    -         
    Ironically my GPA was brought down by pretty
    poor accounting grades. (and now I am a CPA) My GPA in my economic courses was
    what brought it up. Also, I tried out some programming courses, didn’t end
    well. (had to drop out of one right before finals)

    -         
    Recommendations: I plan to get recommendations
    from my Big 4 colleagues. I’m not sure if I can get any from my current
    work  due to the practical matter of,
    well, I’m not sure I want them to know I want to leave for B-School

    Schools of Interest (sorry for the long list): H/S/W, Booth,
    Kellogg, MIT, Haas, Columbia. Also, if you don’t mind evaluating me for INSEAD
    and LBS that would be great.

    Thank you!

     

  • John Smith

    Hi Sandy/John, would you mind assessing the following?

    Work Experience:
    3 years as a NYC trader at one of the bulge bracket investment banks
    Summer internships in boutique consulting

    Education:
    3.91 GPA from a top 10 national (US) university, majored in economics/finance and a European language
    760 GMAT

    Leadership:
    Fairly good, if generic positions in community service and investments student organizations

    Goals:
    Transition into consulting/management role, hopefully focusing on the energy or healthcare industry

    Profile:
    26 year old Asian American male, kind of speaks 3 languages besides English

    Considering:
    Harvard
    Chicago
    Wharton
    Stanford
    Kellogg
    Yale

    Call me Mr. Markets?

  • pezz361356

    Hi Sandy – I’d be interested to know how you would rank my odds based on my information below:
    Demographics: 26 year old white male. UK National, now resident of UAE.
    GMAT: 700+ (minimum predicted off practice tests, hopefully higher when sat next month)
    Undergrad GPA: UK Degree classification 2:1 (Upper Second Class with Honours). Degree was in Quantity Surveying Consultancy, essentially managing the commercial & contractual matters for construction projects. Through 2 years additional personal study I am also achieved Chartered Professional membership status for one of the world’s largest professional associations.
    Pre-Grad Work experience: 4 years part time work experience for a construction consultancy during undergrad degree (required great time management skills, had rocky start in first year of degree, then improved year on year).
    Post-Grad Work Experience: 4 years total post grad experience. Consisting of 3 years fulltime with a medium sized London based construction consultancy (1 year of which I was based out of the head office of a large global investment bank, leading the commercial & contractual side of their London HQ facilities enhancement project), steady promotions & rapid progression are demonstrable. The last year I have moved to Dubai, where I have been promoted to a senior cost manager position at a fortune 500 construction consulting & engineering company, managing several members of staff, managing construction budgets for projects up to $1.6bil. 
    Extracurriculars: Raised money for charity by organising a rally from London to Mongolia using a
    thoroughly unsuitable car.
    Voted onto the UAE National Board for one of the world’s largest professional associations.
    Currently learning Arabic.
    Whilst on undergrad was voted student representative every year of attendance.
    Target Schools: Harvard, Wharton, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Booth
    Career goals: Big 3 strategy consulting firm.

    Thanks in advance.

  • pezz361356

    Hi Sandy – I’d be interested to know how you would rank my odds based on my information below:
    Demographics: 26 year old white male. UK National, now resident of UAE.
    GMAT: 700+ (minimum predicted off practice tests, hopefully higher when sat next month)
    Undergrad GPA: UK Degree classification 2:1 (Upper Second Class with Honours). Degree was in Quantity Surveying Consultancy, essentially managing the commercial & contractual matters for construction projects. Through 2 years additional personal study I am also achieved Chartered Professional membership status for one of the world’s largest professional associations.
    Pre-Grad Work experience: 4 years part time work experience for a construction consultancy during undergrad degree (required great time management skills, had rocky start in first year of degree, then improved year on year).
    Post-Grad Work Experience: 4 years total post grad experience. Consisting of 3 years fulltime with a medium sized London based construction consultancy (1 year of which I was based out of the head office of a large global investment bank, leading the commercial & contractual side of their London HQ facilities enhancement project), steady promotions & rapid progression are demonstrable. The last year I have moved to Dubai, where I have been promoted to a senior cost manager position at a fortune 500 construction consulting & engineering company, managing several members of staff, managing construction budgets for projects up to $1.6bil. 
    Extracurriculars: Raised money for charity by organising a rally from London to Mongolia using a
    thoroughly unsuitable car.
    Voted onto the UAE National Board for one of the world’s largest professional associations.
    Currently learning Arabic.
    Whilst on undergrad was voted student representative every year of attendance.
    Target Schools: Harvard, Wharton, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Booth
    Career goals: Big 3 strategy consulting firm.

    Thanks in advance. Mr Construction Consultant

  • ArcadeFire

    Hey Sandy!

    Thanks for all these write ups. They are tremendously helpful. Wondering if you can size up my situation. 

    Black Male
    GRE: 1570 (800 Quantitative)
    Undergrad: Dartmouth
    Work Experience. JP Morgan and various PE shops
    GPA: 2.7 (!…but i have good reasons/mitigating factors)What are my chances at Wharton, HBS, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Tuck, Sloan, Yale, and Duke? 

  • Wolverine

    Let’s give it a shot…

    25 yo white male
    GPA: 3.5 – BBA from top-10 undergrad business program
    GMAT: 740

    Work Experience: Turned down top-20 consulting offer out of college to go into B2B sales. 3 years of Enterprise Sales Experiences in Social Media Marketing startups (2 different companies). In first company was promoted twice and eventually led a 7-person sales team with full P&L responsibilities for Chicago office. Offered an account manager position from Google in Large Customer Sales, but instead chose current position developing central region sales team for a startup that just received its C-round of funding. We are actually strategic partners with Google and a potential acquisition target. 

    Volunteer: Professionals Board member for national non-profit organization that provides one-on-one cancer support services. Responsible for +$200K fundraising goal, managing +200 volunteers, and overseeing event operations for annual golf outing, Chicago Marathon (which I ran in ’09 with the charity), and additional events.

    ST Goals: Realized that despite my exciting industry, my passion really is for the work I do within the non-profit organization and it’s impact on peoples’ lives and health. Hope to pursue and MBA with a focus on Health Sector Management and Non-Profit Management.

    LT Goals: Increase efficiencies in patient care through education and increased availability of top-tier treatments (either directly within health service organizations or as a consultant). Serve on BOD for non-profit organizations that provide medical treatments/supplies/education to 3rd world countries.

    Targets:
    Tuck
    Yale
    Duke
    Ross
    Darden

  • Wolverine

    Fuqau/Duke

  • Watergal10

    Hi Sandy,
    Appreciate it if you could evaluate my profile:

    - Indian, Female, Telecom Engineer, 3yrs WE, GMAT 660 (Q44, V37, AWA 5.5, IR 1)
    - Don’t know GPA, graduated out of Indian University (ranked lower than IIT), with First Class,First Class with Distinction being the only class above.
    - Weak point GMAT score and the extremely low IR score

    Work Experience
    - Turned down top Indian services company’s job offer to join family owned telecom product company with Tier 1 telecom clients in North America
    - Current role is Product Manager – serve as point of contact for several clients like AT&T and Ericsson in technical sales, marketing and integration efforts
    - Manage a team of 25 people in designing client requirements
    - Designed a patent pending product line that is currently the company’s IP

    Extra Curricular
    - Work in a local neighborhood government run school teaching English to students who have no basic English Knowledge
    - Negative: Won’t be able to get a certificate or letter for this cause its a government run school and obviously the government doesn’t know I volunteer there. The initiative is completely run by few teachers in the school so I co-ordinate the students timing and mine with them.

    Target Schools
    Harvard
    Stanford
    Kellogg
    Duke
    Cornell
    Ross

    Thanks in advance!

     

  • Africaninvestor

    Hi Sandy could you please assess my profile:

    Background:

    GMAT: 680 (took it 5 times) – 48 Q 35 V
    GPA: 3.6 (Magna Cum Laude + other awards) – authored honors thesis
    Undergrad: Ivy (Non Harvard, Princeton or Yale)
    Major: History
    Extracurriculars: In college – President of 2 cultural societies (minority), had leadership position in my fraternity and I volunteered at a soup kitchen; Out of college: Avid scuba diver, founded community development organization in Africa, founded alumni event planning organization.

    Work Experience: Worked at >$5BN hedge fund – promoted to the head of African investments at the fund; Left the hedge fund to start on the path of my long term goal which is to start my own venture capital company in Africa. Currently work at a start-up incubator in Africa.
    Reasons for business school: Get more leadership, start-up business operations and execution experience.
    Personal: 25 year old African American male
    Other: Both parents attended Harvard and my older brother recently graduated from HBS

    Schools applying to:
    Harvard
    Stanford
    Columbia
    Insead
    Wharton

  • Ms. Confused

    Hi Sandy / John,

    In case you respond, below are my stats. What do you think my chances are for UCLA, USC, Duke, MIT (reach) or NYU?

    - 680 (I’m going to take it at least twice to get to as close to 700 as I can)

    - 3.75 GPA from UC Berkeley in Business Admin & Econ double major

    - Work experience: 2.5 years at PwC in the audit practice. Top performer, and promoted early among peers. 2.5 years at Warner Bros. as Sr. Analyst in Corporate Finance whereby I traveled internationally to France / India. Good performer at Warner Bros. but I switched departments so I likely will not get promoted to Manager before applying to business school.

    - I am currently mentor of a youth mentoring program for underprivileged high school students, and led a non-profit consulting group at Berkeley.

    - 26 year old female (Middle Eastern)

    I have two add’l questions: 1) How important is it for me to get a 700 on my GMAT if I want to go to UCLA? (I’m a horrible test taker.. nerves)

    2) Is Warner Bros. as good experience (or on the same level) as Disney? I can easily get a job at Disney, I’ve interviewed there a couple of times and got a few offers, so I’m just curious if you think I’m at a disadvantage over the Disney brand name? Thanks in advance for the time, and truly awesome articles!

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