Handicapping Your MBA Odds

by John A. Byrne on

She’s a 27-year-old executive at a global ad agency, managing the China and Asia Pacific business for one of Procter & Gamble’s billion-dollar brands. This professional has had four promotions in the past five years. She now wants an MBA degree to help her achieve the goal of someday becoming a chief marketing officer or the head of a global advertising agency.

For the past four years, he has worked in the clean tech and environmental NGO sectors in both San Francisco and Beijing. With a 670 GMAT and a 3.4 GPA, this 25-year-old Hispanic professional wants an MBA to help him move into consulting.

After a two-year stint with Teach for America, this 26-year-old Asian American female has held three separate jobs in less than three years. With a 710 GMAT and a 3.8 GPA from UC-Berkeley, this first generation college student now wants to go to business school.

Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com

Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com

What these applicants 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. There’s also a video portion of the series featuring Kreisberg live evaluating the prospects of one of our candidates: a 23-year-old African American woman with a government consultancy.

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 to be published shortly. (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 candid analysis:

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Ms. Teach For America

 

  • 710 GMAT (39V/48Q)
  • 3.8 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and media studies from UC-Berkeley
  • Work experience includes two years at Teach for America, with superior results and an amazing recommendation; less than a year in a management role at a private industrial supplies company with “slightly above average results;” less than a year at an education startup in a curriculum role, with “above average results;” less than six months at a tech/marketing startup in Africa
  • “Each transition was by choice (re: I no longer felt passionate or that I was professionally developing in the roles. In my last role, I had to leave abruptly due to an accident and return to the states.”
  • Extracurricular involvement as an active TFA alum and interviewer, volunteered at an orphanage, and involved in other progressive leadership organizations
  • “How will admissions view my profile? What is the best way to position my story? I know my professional background is conventionally inconsistent and I seem noncommittal since I haven’t stayed in a role longer than a year since TFA. This is because I felt like I was no longer being challenged in my roles and I was no longer passionate about the company and its work.”
  • 26-year-old Asian American female, first generation college student

Odds of Success:

Stanford: 20%
Berkeley: 40% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis:  !! but not !!!.  Female engineer with a 3.8 from Berkeley and a 710 GMAT (with a 48Q!!) and first gen college! Plus TFA and lots of work in Africa! Stanford is really fixated on Africa, and they are open, when it comes to explaining career turbulence,  to people saying  “I was no longer challenged” IF you have rock solid GPA/GMATs.  Other explainers need not apply.   Like most aristocrats, Stanford parcels out its compassion in curated doses. I dont think the GSB limo will be slowing down for your roadside plea, although it is close.  If the companies you had left after TFA were more prestigious,  maybe.

As to how to spin this: you need some ‘uber’ story about who you are and what happened after TFA. You need to explain or otherwise excise (or exorcise) how you wound up at a “private industrial supplies company!!!!! in a management role . .  . . “  Madame,  that does not compute. If you drop that gig out of the story, and just do two jobs IN AFRICA, well,  they may blink.  Will they blink at three quick post-TFA jobs, all at seemingly random places? Dunno.

Your ability to wiggle out of or around those facts will depend on what in the first instance the truth was for accepting the first job and what you learned there. If you were attracted to its location or customer base (e.g. if it is a gritty company with a social mission of some kind, and lots of industrial clients) etc. etc.  and, cue the pivot music,  while there, you got more impassioned about that mission (which we just made up, but no matter, if there is an atom of truth to this, go with it)  and decided to work in Africa, well, that is a piece of elasticized glue which can cover a lot of holes.

That way, all three jobs become diving deeper into some passion, which is a veddy, veddy Stanford-y concept, and they MAY blink at how much glue and how many holes there are. Write your first essay along the lines that  DISCOVERY matters most to me, and use key moments at those jobs to DISCOVER even greater commitment to Stanford Mantras A, B and C.

Could work. Especially if you can convince them that you are serious about Africa or Africa-type issues in USA. Stanford cares way less about your actual outcomes at those jobs. That seems a focus of yours. They care about WHAT YOU DISCOVERED ABOUT YOU, YOUR PASSION, YOUR ABILITY TO CHANGE THE WORLD. So cast your app. that way.  You seem focused on nursing your disappointments. That will not work.

As to Berkeley, the second school you asked about, they may admit you on numbers alone, although above story works for them as well.

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  • Mr. Latin America

    Thanks for the analysis Sandy! I really appreciate your perspective. Very real and extremely helpful

  • Mr. Sports Analytics

    Hi Sandy,

    I’d love to get your thoughts on my profile, particularly if I should wait a year to reapply to HBS and Stanford or throw my hat into other places.

    Note: was dinged from HBS and Stanford R1 this year. Considering applying to Wharton, Kellogg, and Sloan round 2 or waiting until next year. There were double digit applicants from my consulting office this year all applying to the top 5-10 schools. I am a 25 year old, white, American male

    My profile:

    College:
    GPA: 3.7 (technically 3.67), Economics from H/Y/P
    2 year captain of intercollegiate club soccer team
    Freshmen counselor as a senior – lived with freshmen and advised them
    Chair of large fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (involved for 7+ years)

    Work experience:
    2+ years at M/B/B in the midwest. Deemed top performer (top ~15%) and received a promotion in fastest possible timeline
    Currently working in sports analytics for a short stint (6-12 months) – will return to M/B/B afterward

    Other extra-currics:
    Did a 6-9 month project doing research for a local museum to improve minority attendance
    Various internal groups at my firm – head of a best practice sharing group, alumni committee, received recruiting award, etc.

    Test scores:
    GMAT: 780 (45 verbal, 51 Quant, 8 IR)

    Career aspiration (had a change of heart since my last applications):
    This year I wrote: PE in short term and running a small company in long-term
    Next year I plan to write: Lifetime consultant at my firm, growing health care and sports practice areas before starting a new office in my hometown to help drive economic growth in a struggling city

    Thanks for your help!
    Mr Sports Analytics

  • Mr. Ex Bean Counter

    John/Sandy,

    I’m a big follower of your handicapping series, thank you for providing and publishing your analyses, each issue has great data points which help map out the types of candidates top schools look for. I am currently an Associate at a private equity firm and I am contemplating applying to business schools in the Fall of 2014, any analysis you could provide to me would be appreciated. Below is my background info:

    Age: 29 at matriculation
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: White
    GMAT: TBD confident I can get 700+

    Undergrad: Arizona
    Major: Double major in Finance and Accounting
    GPA: 3.3 Cumulative (last 60 units were a 3.7), 3.8 Finance, 3.3 Accounting

    Grad School: USC
    Degree: Master of Accounting
    GPA: 3.5
    Reason for going: CPA licensing credit hour requirements

    Certifications: CPA with an active license

    Years of work experience: 6 at matriculation

    Private Equity Associate (Current Job): One year and ongoing – I am currently a Private Equity Associate working on the deal side. We are a small fund and as the only Associate, I work directly with the Partners and get to see every stage of the deal process. I get more hands on experience with a larger variety of tasks than one might normally see at a larger firm. At the firm, I work with all different aspects of our financial and industry diligence, strategic planning, core and growth strategies, and performance improvement.

    Big Four Audit: I spent three years as an auditor in the Audit practice of a Big 4 with a focus on large private equity and hedge funds. In addition to Audit I did a three month rotation in their M&A group performing financial due diligence for private equity acquisitions The rotation required internal applications, essays and interviews and was competitively selected where only about 10% of applicants got into the program.

    I was promoted at the end of my second year and received top performance ratings all three years I was there (the ratings were consistent with being in the top 10% of my peer group). In addition to being a leader on my engagement teams and managing the staff on my engagement, I led multiple internal initiatives including creating and leading a market initiatives team; one of our focus areas was on strategically identifying and winning new clients for the firm. I received recognition from the Partners for starting it up and getting buy-in from my colleagues to work on our projects.

    Non Profit Experience:
    Committee Member (since 2010) of the local chapter of a global non-profit that focuses on helping and preventing victims of child abuse. I have been actively involved in fund raising initiatives and charity events over the past three years, as well as volunteering time at grantee organizations. I served as Membership Chair for my first year on the committee, and I have helped lead a sub-committee responsible for securing prize donations for events we host.

    Other Extracurriculars:
    I was involved with several organizations during my undergrad – two different accounting associations and I held a board seat as a member of the Business School’s ethics board, I am also an Eagle Scout.

    Long-term Goals:
    My long term goal is to develop my leadership skills and join a leading private equity firm where I can gain more operational experience actively managing their portfolio companies and helping make strategic decisions to enhance equity value.

    I understand that my biggest hurdle that I have to overcome is my low 3.3 GPA from a mediocre undergrad. However, the last 60 units were a cumulative 3.7 GPA and while I was there I did double major and my Finance GPA ended up at a 3.8.

    Schools I am thinking of applying to:
    Tuck (Early Action)
    Booth
    Wharton
    HBS (long shot)
    Stanford (long shot)

  • African Wizard

    Good Day Mr Byrnes and Kreisberg, can my odds be assessed?

    GRE 155V 152Q
    WE: currently 3 years at McKinsey & Company previously 2 years at Deloitte Consulting in Strategy both in North West Africa

    Graduated in the Top 25% from the Top University in Morocco
    Extracurricullar: Co-founder of a Micro-finance Bank in Morocco that has 33 women under it it was supported by the Minister of Social Affairs of Morocco who offered to write a recommendation letter
    Awarded one of the 10 most Innovative Ideas capable of changing the world by Time Magazine and Hult Prize, and Clinton Global Initiative, Marketing Officer International Show for Agriculture
    Goal: to switch to agribusiness consulting in Africa.
    Target Schools: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Chicago, MIT, Yale.
    Nationality & Age 27 year old Cameroonian

  • Richard

    Hi Sandy,

    I’m a longtime fan of your column; I’ve been in the business school application process for about 2 years now and your articles have really helped guide my decision process. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the relatability of the candidates in this particular column. A few articles lately have seemed to feature some really incredible people, but for people like me who are closer to the center of the bell curve it’s helpful to see some humans among the superhumans.

    Thank you for the support

  • hbsguru

    Thanks!

  • hbsguru

    just read this at supersonic speed, and may have missed some things, but in general,

    PE is an ultra competitive cohort for white males, on the old side like you, with low GPA and LOW-ISH grad gpa, and no prestige experience, and long time at Big4/3. That will make HBS and Stan, as you note, real long shot, and will not make Wharton easy either, let them know you will be employable. Booth and Tuck are good choices, but not SAFE per se. Good luck and let me know how this turns out, or if I missed anything. Extras are impressive, but I don’t think they will change the outcome at any school, cert not H/S/W, maybe Tuck in very close call, if you are otherwise their type.

  • Mr. Ex Bean Counter

    Thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it and will let you know how it turns out.

  • Willie Keith

    Sandy, what do you think about M.S. in Finance as a resume builder for MBA apps, especially those needed a little extra umph in the GPA/pedigree dept?

    Also, a 48Q (!!!) isn’t that high, just saying (it’s like 75th-ish percentile). You’re still the man though.

  • Tech for Good

    Hi Sandy,

    I would love to have your advice on whether it would be advantageous to apply for the 2+2 programs at H/S this year or wait to apply in the future. Trying to decide at the moment if I should prepare for the GMAT/GRE in the coming months and apply during Round 3. Is there a disadvantage applying in a later cycle for the deferred programs? Coming from a business background, would it require a higher (compared to school average) GMAT score to be competitive?

    My profile:
    - 22 year old Asian American male
    - Currently doing a master’s degree in Computer Science at Oxford
    - Majored in Business at UC Berkeley (3.6 GPA); took a lot of courses in engineering and political economy but did not finish degrees in those departments
    - Passionate about technology and international development, especially the intersection of the two; several internships and projects related to these areas
    - Interested in global issues; lived in China, Singapore, and the US growing up, studying in Europe (UK), and have worked in Asia (Hong Kong) as an intern
    - I understand HBS is interested in STEM candidates for 2+2 (with a bias against business majors); would I benefit or be “penalized” for having studied both?

    Key work experience:
    - Summer analyst in investment banking at GS/MS/JPM; focused on the TMT sectors because of my background and interest in technology (joining full-time next year)
    - Previously also interned with another bulge bracket in Hong Kong in the M&A group
    - Consulting summer internship in an international development-oriented program at Accenture working on a project with the Rockefeller Foundation

    School extracurriculars:
    - Project leader/manager for a consulting club working with a start-up microfinance organization
    - Basic research and writing with a professor investigating industry opportunities in big data and mobile technology
    - Consulting project for Intel focused on exploring new business opportunities in network value creation and new product areas
    - Experience organizing several large campus events (speaker panels, case competitions, etc.)
    - Participated and presented as a finalist to corporate panels at several case competitions; selected to represent school as a team member at an international case competition (but didn’t attend because of a last minute conflict)

    Other volunteer experience:
    - Worked as a leader in an youth-oriented community non-profit focused on restorative justice for 2 years
    - Volunteer/event planning/fundraising experience with the American Cancer Society/Red Cross
    - Tutoring at a local elementary school
    - STEM/Computer Science ambassador at Oxford working at events geared towards young children and teenagers

    Long-term goals:
    Pretty torn at this point between opportunities in the technology sector or in international development/emerging economies work (but ideally something related to both). Would possibly like to transition from banking to work in impact or infrastructure investing at the IFC or to explore investment opportunities at a VC interested in innovative solutions to large problems (i.e. Khosla Ventures). I am also interested in entrepreneurship (but not sure how to or if this should be mentioned), particularly interested in building IT solutions for challenges related to information access and distribution in the developing world.

    Thanks for your help and time!

  • hbsguru

    thanks for the gmat tweak, what is the top Q score, 51?

    As to MS in finance, it can help you as an alternative transcript, if you have a lowish GPA, top B schools consider it otherwise neutral and something many do in lieu of MBA. I selective job in IB etc. is better for B school purposes than MS in finance.

  • Nels

    How did you get dinged by the way?! Amazing profile :)

  • Aspiring Social Entrepreneur

    Hi Sandy,
    It would be great to get your thoughts on whether I have a shot at the 2+2 programs at Harvard and Stanford.

    Profile:
    - 22 year old Mexican American male
    - Currently a senior at a top liberal arts college in the Midwest
    - 3.8 GPA; majors in Political Science and Economics
    -750 GMAT (anticipated, based on practice scores)

    Schools I am targeting:
    -Harvard and Stanford for 2+2 (if neither work out, I’ll apply to other places in a few years)

    Work experience:
    - Summer analyst at a major mid-sized consulting firm (Booz/Monitor/OW)
    - Previous internships at a boutique investment bank in Texas and a foreign policy think tank in DC

    School leadership:
    - Advisor at my college’s Career Center; help students with resumes and job searches, in charge of leading marketing campaigns and outreach events
    - Former President of Latino students group; organized events featuring international politicians as guest speakers, led fundraising campaign to double org’s budget, planned volunteer program in the community
    - Founded and led an organization that raised funding and awareness for victims of drug trafficking violence in Mexico (from 2009-2011 but unfortunately no longer active)
    -TA for advanced spanish classes; in charge of designing lesson plans, conducting lessons, and grading assignments
    - Musician in the college’s symphony orchestra
    -Experience in college debate, and serving as treasurer of the organization
    - Worked drafting and revising speeches and letters for the college president

    Other experience/ awards:
    - Studied for a semester abroad in a developing country in Latin America; received a grant from my college to conduct independent field research on economic development in rural communities in that country
    - Volunteer experience for a non-profit in Mexico
    - Finalist for Truman scholarship (competitive, public serviced based scholarship) and recipient of selective business fellowship at my university

    Career goals:
    In the short term I am applying for a fellowship to continue my research in Latin America, and plan then to spend a few years working in management consulting before business school. My true interests revolve around economic development and how business can be used to create social change and after business school I hope to work either in economic development or for a social enterprise in some capacity. Eventually I plan to return to my home town on the US-Mexico border to start my own business, and I am particularly interested in the social entrepreneurship angle.

    Thanks for your time and assistance!

  • Mr. 24/7

    Hello Sandy!

    Absolutely love your column and writing style! I have read many profiles, but have not found one similar (enough) to mine. Would you mind providing feedback?

    Profile:
    -27 years at matriculation
    -Asian-American
    -710 GMAT
    -3.7 GPA
    -Accounting degree with a full-ride scholarship at a California State University (got in UCLA & Berkeley but didn’t go because of financial reasons)

    Work Experience:
    -4 years at Boeing (First two years in a leadership rotation program, followed by 2 years finance strategy/sales within the company)

    -Started on the West Coast and moved to the East Coast and have worked all over the US for Boeing (and a little global experience)

    Extracurriculars:
    -Vast extracurricular experience: (1) national director in a national non-profit focused on Asian American leadership for the last 3 years, 2) led a team of 30 individuals in Boeing to develop new employees, 3) develop and facilitate leadership/team building workshops, had over 10 mentees over the last 4 years

    Target Schools:
    -Tuck
    -Harvard
    -MIT
    -Kellogg
    -Duke

    Goal:
    -Short Term: Big Three Consulting (Management & Strategy)
    -Long Term: Go back into industry
    -Super Long Term: C-Suite at a Fortune 50

    Thank you for all the help you have already provided!

  • ApplyToSloan

    If you’re serious about being involved in sports analytics, you should absolutely submit an application to Sloan.

    Btw, I agree with the other person who commented: your profile is stellar.

  • Elliot

    Hi Sandy,

    Love the column, but haven’t managed to find anyone with a close enough profile to mine! I’d love to get some thoughts on my chances. In particular I’m wondering how much having only limited leadership roles in an already hermetic profession will cost me.

    -770 GMAT
    -3.49 GPA (3.9 in CS)
    -Undergraduate degree in Computer Science from top 10 liberal arts school
    -Only full-time work experience is 2 years at a highly selective but relatively little-known UK software firm. Managed a summer intern on a successful project. Also did an internship at the same firm, as well as an internship in mainland Europe with a large manufacturing company.
    -Extracurricular involvement as a representative of the UK national team in a fringe sport. Also captained the under-23 national team. Additional extracurriculars include being a TA in my final year at college and volunteer work helping the elderly learn to use computers.
    -My goal is to transition from a software engineer into either a project management role at a cutting edge technology firm or into tech consultancy.
    -24-year-old Asian American male. Fluent Danish speaker, American/Danish dual citizen, lots of travel experience in addition to a year studying abroad in London and another 2 years working abroad in the UK.

    I’m particularly interested in doing a joint MBA/Masters program in CS. Main targets:
    -Stanford Joint Degree
    -MIT LGO
    -Oxford 1+1

    Also interested in just MBA at:
    Berkeley
    London Business School

    Thanks for creating this wonderful resource for us all!

  • hbsguru

    Hmmmm, Hispanic (Mexican-Am) male with a 3.8 and 750 GMAT is strong candidate for 2+2 and also simil. Stanford program–

    My true interests revolve around economic development and how business
    can be used to create social change and after business school I hope to
    work either in economic development or for a social enterprise in some
    capacity. Eventually I plan to return to my home town on the US-Mexico
    border to start my own business, and I am particularly interested in the
    social entrepreneurship angle.

    Sure, anything like that works, don’t mean to be flip, but some version of that story filled in with your particulars works, IMHO the “development idea” is stronger than social enterprise altho sure, they overlap. Try saying you want to be consultant who makes a difference and that could mean 1 2 3 4 –cite projects you have worked on, and models, etc. etc. Try to be a bit daring in saying how you will use the two years after college, to show that the 2+2 program will let you take chances: one point of 2+2 programs (in addition to keep smart kids out of law school, its initial purpose) is to allow hot shots like you to do stuff beyond working for some vanilla management consulting company–that is what you will do AFTER you earn your MBA (to pay back loans), and when that time comes, you will shake everything up.

    In reality, after you get in, you might think about spending those two pre-MBA years working for vanilla consulting company, you can get that job, esp. one which will PAY for you MBA!!!! Graduating MBA program with little debt will make you a more powerful leader than anything you can do in those two years. And as readers know, I am a pretty big fan of vanilla consulting companies as well, even for pre-MBAs.

    All that said, and as smart and no-nonsense as the above is, the best thing you can do –IS GET THAT 750 GMAT. Man, not many Hispanic males with that score coupled to a solid GPA, and at Stanford, they wont read much beyond that before saying COME ON DOWN!!!! HBS too, but they don’t much pretend to read essays in the first place. .

  • 2013Applicant

    How did you get dinged at GSB, they haven’t even released their decisions yet

  • Mr. Sports Analytics

    Assumed since I didn’t get an interview past 11/19 (they said they wouldn’t send out very many interviews after that). Believe I will be officially getting the ding today.

    Thanks for the kind words Nels and ATS. Wish GSB or HBS felt the same – I didn’t get an interview at either. My consulting office did have 15+ applicants and the sports analytics piece was not on my application yet when I applied

  • Fardacle

    Hi Sandy, would love your thoughts on my chances.

    My profile:

    - 25 year old white European
    - Native in Dutch, fluent in English and French
    - GPA 3.58 from leading Dutch liberal arts college
    - Master’s in finance from leading Dutch finance school, GPA 3.42

    Work experience:

    - 2+ years as an investment banking (M&A) analyst for a large European second tier bank in both Amsterdam and Paris (think Commerzbank, SocGen, ABN Amro, ING, BNP Paribas)

    Extracurriculars:

    - Co-founded an organisation in college providing business-related lectures and masterclasses from top consulting firms to liberal arts students
    - Volunteer at an organisation aimed at connecting less privileged kids with the financial/corporate sector
    - Various committees at my bank: recruiting, best practice etc.

    Test scores:

    - Scheduled to be taken within a month
    - 680 – 710 (practice tests)

    Career aspiration

    - To move into a corporate finance/strategy/corporate development role at a large Multinational company

    Target schools:
    Harvard
    MIT
    Columbia
    NYU
    London
    INSEAD
    HEC Paris

    Thanks!

  • Mr. Sino-US

    Sandy, could you please give a quick review of my profile? Thank you;

    US Male, American Born Chinese

    Age 25

    Undergrad: Topish Liberal Arts School (Colgate, Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette etc…)

    Major: BS Biology BA Economics

    GPA: 3.4 Overall, 3.5 Biology, 3.8 Economics

    GMAT: First Score 690 (47 Quant, 38 Verbal) Second Score 660 (50 Quant,
    29 Verbal) 6.0 AWA both times, 8 IR first time, 5 IR second time

    Work Experience- 2-3 years- Investment Banking Internship at Middle
    Market Firm, Analyst at SK-China Real Estate (Property acquisition and
    management), Portfolio Management Analyst at MetLife China

    Leadership Roles in College and NPO

    Extra Curricas: College- Founding Father at now one of the top/most
    popular/successful fraternity, sat on a lot of committees and boards for
    the fraternity,AIDs walks, Habitat for humanity, Bucknell buddies
    (tutoring program) etc….

    Post-Grad: Leadership at NPO with successful projects in China, mainly helping underdeveloped areas and children

    Work Experience in both USA and China

    Learned how to read and write Chinese in just a year (Goal was to be
    able to read a Chinese newspaper within a year) and lived in China for 2
    years, Did not previously know Chinese even though I am a Chinese Born
    American

    Personally invests in both US and Chinese Stock Markets

    Targeted Programs: Tuck, Haas, Fuqua MBA/MEM, Stern, Yale

  • Ms. Southeast Asian

    Hi Sandy,

    Love your column! Hoping to get your thoughts on my profile:

    720 GMAT (40V/48Q)
    3.6 GPA
    112 TOEFL
    26 year old, Southeast Asian female

    Education:
    Cum Laude, double major in Business and Accounting at top local university (although unknown globally)
    Received full scholarship with stipend (merit-based)
    CPA, Passed level 1 CFA exam

    Work Experience:
    Assistant Vice President of Treasury Finance at one of the world’s largest universal banks (think Citigroup/HSBC/Barclays/RBS)
    Promoted twice in 2.5 years
    Winner of annual employee recognition award
    I’m currently handling operational risk for foreign exchange, bonds, derivatives and other complex financial products at a regional level. I’m responsible for 5 countries in Asia Pacific, all of whom I visit on a quarterly basis. I interface with both staff and senior management (including the country CFO) to identify their areas for improvement.

    Extra Curriculars:
    Vice President of Student Government and Director of Career Program in college
    Officership in multiple other clubs
    Officership in company’s socials and sports committee

    Post-MBA Goal:
    Investment banking in Asia Pacific

    Target Schools:
    H/S/W/Booth/LBS

  • imnotslydexic

    Hi Sandy (and the rest of the commenters),

    Thank you for considering my profile (“Ms Finance turned Real Estate”) and chances of getting in to a top-tier MBA program. Here are my stats:

    700 GMAT (41V/45Q)
    3.6 GPA, Cum Laude from Georgetown University (Finance Major, Psychology Minor)
    Location: New York City
    Ethnicity: Indian-American

    Work Experience:
    - 3 years Investment Banking at a large British bank in NYC (Analyst, then promoted to Associate)
    - 3 years, smaller more regional NYC bank also doing the I-banking product but with more client facing responsibility and promoted to Vice President
    - Most of my current clients are in the real estate industry (construction and development), has sparked my passion for working in the field
    - Reccommendations are coming from my current manager and the Head of Real Estate at my firm
    - No gaps in employment

    Career aspirations:
    - Short-term: work at a top multi-national bank (Goldman/JPM/BofA) in real estate corporate finance to get RE fundamentals
    - Long-term: principal at a real estate investment fund

    Extracurriculars and interests:
    - Served on two junior boards of directors of local charities in NYC, the second of which I co-founded
    - Golfer (11 handicap, captain of my high school team), one of my essays focuses on how golf has helped me in business as a female

    Target Schools:
    - Harvard
    - London
    - Kellogg
    - Booth
    - Wharton

    Thanks again for the consideration and advice!

  • imnotslydexic

    Forgot my age! Currently 28 years old

  • Mr. Cable Guy in China

    Hi Sandy,

    I’ve really enjoyed these and I hope you can give me a little input. I also welcome any
    suggestions / glaring issues that I need to work out.

    Bio: 28 (Matriculation) / White / Male from the US

    Education: BA: International Studies (Non-Ivy) – Focus on Chinese / Japanese Economics,
    Politics and Culture. Minors in Chinese / Japanese. Recipient of 4th Year Chinese Language Proficiency Award. (I have Stat/Calc/Acct classes from my undergraduate years in addition to my major courses)

    GPA: 3.44 overall

    GMAT: 710 (Expected) – I suspect a higher Verbal score is in my future….

    WE Summary:
    -Worked as a Marketing Analyst for an online startup (6 people) after graduation for half a year.

    -Left to work in a business strategy / development role for a medium size (500 people) US electrical cable manufacturer servicing the mining, oil & gas, and renewable industries. Initially sent to China for 2 years to work with our China mining division. Think really big cables supplying power to mining equipment.

    -Reassigned to our O&G group for a year to reorganize a struggling business line.

    -My company was acquired by a global top 3 wire & cable group (25,000 people) and I was subsequently tapped to return to China for 3 years to manage our China mining group.

    I list the numbers of employees because I think it’s interesting to have already been exposed to very different size companies and the business problems / strategies associated with each. Is it worth mentioning or is it generally worthless information to an adcom?

    Extra Curricular:
    I haven’t really found any charities / foundations with which I want to get heavily involved; however, I DO help manage my wife’s small business that she started after she moved out here with me. That may not really count, though….

    Goal:
    My goal is to receive an MBA with a focus on finance/strategy and, if sponsored, I’ll happily return to my current company. If not, I would move into management consulting for 3-7 years and return to the manufacturing world after that to manage a multinational company’s regional operations.

    Target Schools:
    Harvard, Booth, Kellogg, Wharton (Lauder Program) and (since my whole career has pretty much been international) London Business School
    Many thanks!

  • Mr. Reapplicant

    Hi Sandy,

    You featured my profile a few years ago, so thanks for that. I am applying as a reapplicant this year, and I’d like to put up my current profile to get your thoughts.

    STATS:

    26 yr old from the Philippines
    760 GMAT, up from 710 since I last applied.
    3.9 GPA from a top university in the Philippines, economics major

    WORK EXPERIENCE:
    1. Current job: 1yr+ as associate with the Philippine team of an international investment bank (well known in Asia, maybe not so in the US). I am doing well in this job and should get good senior recs (some alum at my target schools). This job allowed me to expand my skills with different types of deals (equity and M&A) from my previous job (debt), along with international exposure. Got this job after my last app.
    2. Previous job: 3 years with the “start-up” team that put up the investment banking business of one of the oldest (100 yrs+) and largest banks in my country (not well known internationally). I worked directly with CEOs and senior executives in almost all aspects of the firm’s operations. Lots of leadership stories about working in a difficult environment.

    EXTRACURRICULARS:
    1. No meaningful current “leadership”-type extracurriculars.
    2. Previous extras include: head of a Catholic organization that holds retreats for students, headed a 100+ person carpool group for university students
    3. Art person: in painting, multimedia, etc.

    GOALS: After my MBA to go into PE in the US to learn how PE firms work in developed countries. Eventually I want to put up my own PE firm focused on the emerging markets.

    TARGETS:
    HBS (dinged before)
    Stanford (dinged before)
    Wharton (interviewed but dinged before)
    Columbia
    Booth

  • Willie Keith

    I think both sections are technically scored out of 60 (I think), but the highest score I’ve ever heard of is a 51 or maybe a 52 on either side. I know quant skews really high, and I guess there’s just a large percentile gap there because I’m pretty sure that a 48 is right around 75-80%. Definitely a very solid score though, and better than I did (point of reference, a 47 is 73rd %).

    Thanks for weighing in on the M.S.F.

  • vandy

    Hello,

    I am an Indian female with the permanent resident status in the US.
    I have got my bachelor’s degree in Physics from no.1 university in India. I scored an average 60% in my undergrads.
    I have completed my MBA degree in marketing from an average university in India with the an average GPA of 6.13.
    I have an experience of nearly 4.5 years, initially in Sales for almost for 1 year and then in training & Development till now. The career transition is because of my ability of public speaking. The company i worked for insisted me and sponsored me to become an expert trainer. My area of expertise lies in motivational trainings, large scale corporate presentations, sales training, and all kinds of skills training.
    I have been involved in a lot of high level decision making in management and hence been recognized highly by the top management. I have been promoted heavily in the company due to my leadership skills which is also reflected in the recommendation letter by CEO.
    I have a profound background at public speaking. I have worked as an anchor/show host/ master of ceremonies in more than 150 corporate events of product launches and R&Rs, lifestyle brand events, press meets, Government events, expedition events, award ceremonies, business conferences etc. I have addressed and controlled the masses of upto 5000 people at one place at one time. I have also worked in voice overs for few documentaries and ads.
    I also have a background in fashion industry. I was the first runner up of Miss Delhi-2006 award. I have worked with many fashion agencies as a free lancer model for 3 years during my college. I have worked with renowned fashion designers of India at India’s top level fashion events.
    I was the head of marketing society during MBA.
    I was the head of the Arts & Culture society of my under graduation college where i also founded the fashion society and organized an amazing fashion show with training the college students to walk the ramp, grooming them like real models and training them into fashion makeover skills. I also got the huge sponsorship for the event single-handedly.
    I also organized a fashion show in business school while doing everything from top to bottom.
    I started an event management company with a friend which worked well for an year, fallen apart after that due to insufficient funds.
    I am also associated with several NGO’s in India and does the maximum of social work i think i should do as a human being.
    I was in the regional women cricket team and played lot of cricket in under 19 group.
    I have played handball and badminton at regional level.
    I have won several awards in debate competitions which clearly is a source of my confidence in public speaking.
    I have participated in many science exhibitions and maths Olympiads in school.
    I possess remarkable dancing skills.

    Well, talking about my Gmat… i scored 640 in 3 weeks with Q48, v29, IR6, AWA 5.5.
    I am working on my essays…pheww…i try too hard to not to look like a script of an anchor but somehow it is turning poetic…My essays are not business centric though they are people centric. I am keeping it that way intentionally as it is how i am.

    I want to know what are my chances for Wharton, if anybody can help me with that.

    Thank You!!

  • vandy

    Hello Sandy,

    Will i be fortunate enough to be assessed by you!!

    I am an Indian female with the permanent resident status in the US.
    I have got my bachelor’s degree in Physics from no.1 university in India. I scored an average 60% in my undergrads.
    I have completed my MBA degree in marketing from an average university in India with the an average GPA of 6.13.

    I have an experience of nearly 4.5 years, initially in Sales for almost
    for 1 year and then in training & Development till now. The career
    transition is because of my ability of public speaking. The company i
    worked for insisted me and sponsored me to become an expert trainer. My
    area of expertise lies in motivational trainings, large scale corporate
    presentations, sales training, and all kinds of skills training.
    I have been involved in a lot of high level decision making in management
    and hence been recognized highly by the top management. I have been
    promoted heavily in the company due to my leadership skills which
    also reflects in the recommendation letter by CEO.

    I have a profound background at public speaking. I have worked as an anchor/show host/
    master of ceremonies in more than 150 corporate events of product
    launches and R&Rs, lifestyle brand events, press meets, Government
    events, expedition events, award ceremonies, business conferences etc. I
    have addressed and controlled the masses of upto 5000 people at one
    place at one time. I have also worked in voice overs for few documentaries and ads.

    I also have a background in fashion industry. I was first runner up of Miss Delhi-2006 award. I have worked with many fashion agencies as a free lancer model for 3 years during my college. I have worked with renowned fashion designers of India at
    India’s top level fashion events.

    I was the head of marketing society during MBA. Iwas the head of the Arts & Culture society of my under graduation college where i also founded the fashion society and organized an amazing fashion show with training the college students to walk the
    ramp, grooming them like real models and training them into fashion makeover skills. I also managed to arrange the huge sponsorship for the event single-handedly.
    I organized a fashion show in business school while doing everything from top to bottom.

    I started an event management company with a friend which worked well for
    a year, fallen apart after that due to insufficient funds.

    I am also associated with several NGO’s in India and does the maximum of social work i think i should do as a human being.

    I was in the regional women cricket team and played lot of cricket in under 19 group.
    I have played handball and badminton at regional level.

    I have won several awards in debate competitions which clearly is a source of my confidence in public speaking. I have participated in many science exhibitions and maths Olympiads in school.I possess remarkable dancing skills.

    Well, talking about my Gmat… i scored 640 in 3 weeks with Q48, v29, IR6, AWA 5.5.
    I am working on my essays…pheww…i try too hard to not to look like a script of an anchor but somehow it is turning poetic…My essays are not business centric though they are people centric. I am keeping it that way intentionally as this is how i am.

    I want to know what are my chances for Wharton, if anybody can help me with that.

    Thank You!!

  • Go Chargers!

    Hi Sandy,

    I’ve noticed you evaluate TFA alum especially with regard to post-TFA 2nd positions, and my story fits that bill:

    –UC Berkeley Political Economy major, 3.6 GPA (including 2 top academic scholarships all 4 years)

    Experience
    –TFA Alum: Only TFA corps member to create, pilot, and expand (to area high schools in a major US city) Film curriculum
    –>Awarded national 40 Under 40 teaching award
    –Currently work at world’s largest learning company in digital/portfolio strategy and product management in growth markets
    –Spent 2 college summers in South Africa, first working for UNHCR in refugee relocation process, then doing fellowship (competitively funded) research about World Cup’s effect on xenophobic violence in Cape Town

    Extracurriculars:
    –Coached youth basketball for 3 years
    –Founded a scholarly journal with professor-led editorial board at Berkeley
    –Founded TFA high school’s debate team and served as coach for 2 years

    Goals:
    –To run a company that offers open learning services in growth markets

    I’d sincerely appreciate your thoughts on my candidacy.

    Cheers!

  • Go Chargers!

    Forgot to mention that I’m a 24 year old Indian-American male

  • Go Chargers!

    And GMAT 730

  • Mr. BigWig

    John/Sandy,

    This isn’t a handicapping request; rather, I’d like to pose a question that may be of interest to your readers (maybe, if you’re interested in the topic, you can do a short write-up on it). Most avid readers of Poets&Quants know how to handle B-school recommendations (who to choose, how to make the recommendation letters compliment the rest of the package, etc.). We all know, for example, not to submit a recommendation from a bigwig just because that person is a bigwig. A direct supervisor who knows the candidate’s work intimately and can speak from experience is much better, etc. etc. With all that said, here’s my question: What about calls–not formal recommendation letters–to adcom directors from said bigwigs? If Michael Dell is willing to put in a call to Dee Leopold for me, even though he was never a direct or even distant supervisor of mine and therefore didn’t write my letter, what should I do? I think the answer in that case is probably obvious, but I’m interested in hearing your analysis of the scenario and suspect other readers would be interested as well. Thanks!

  • Mr Ad Man

    Hi Sandy,

    I’ve been reading these for a while and hoping you could help me out.

    BACKGROUND
    I’m a white American male who grew up in Europe – Born in Germany, educated in French and British schools (have kept my US accent). I have dual European citizenship. I am 27 years old.

    EDUCATION
    GMAT 700 with a verbal slant
    4 x As at British A-level exams.
    Graduated from UVA with a History degree. My overall GPA was a 3.05, and my Major GPA was a 3.28. Basically partied too hard during first year and spent the remaining three years trying to catch up. Twice made Dean’s list for Academic Distinction. Played Polo through college at club level. Fraternity officer. Managed the financial services portfolio of the university student investment club.

    WORK EXPERIENCE:
    Before and during college I had work experience in Hotels, Hollywood (I was a PA to an A-lister one summer), Journalism, Retail, Law, Finance.

    Straight after college I moved to London to work at Ogilvy & Mather as an account executive (was offered a job straight away – skipped the grad scheme) – worked there for 2 years and was promoted after one. My two clients were the largest UK Energy company and the largest UK Health Insurer.

    Then moved to SapientNitro for 18 months (up-and-coming, Boston HQ, ad agency) in their London office – client was UK’s largest TV provider and had the largest advertising spend of any brand in the UK. Was promoted twice in a year and managed several junior execs.

    Moved to Saatchi & Saatchi, still in London, 6 months ago. First client was 3rd largest UK retailer (owned by Walmart). Promoted after 4 months. Now I am a Regional Account Director on head & shoulders (largest P&G brand) – running the account for Europe, Middle East and Africa – manage an entire team.

    I am an ESFP personality through and through. I have extensive experience across almost all marketing channels – TV, Radio, Digital, Mobile, Experiential, Direct Marketing etc. I am interested in doing an MBA in order to hone my marketing and management skills, and to provide a boost to my career as I would like to switch from agency to client side. Ideally, I’d like to work for a company that listens to its marketing department at the board-room level and where brand is king, e.g. a luxury retailer brand or an Auto company. Long-term goal would be to be a CMO/CEO of a Global 1000.

    I have top recommendations from clients and senior managers alike.

    LANGUAGES
    I am bilingual in French, speak fairly fluent Spanish and can converse in Italian. I’m also currently teaching myself German.

    EXTRA-CURRICULAR
    I am on the board of my university’s London club.
    I am on the Young Advisory Board of a well-known Central American university.
    I raised thousands for a school in Uganda as part of my company’s charity – I then went to Uganda for 2 weeks to help build the school.
    I worked pro-bono giving free advertising/marketing advice to local London start ups as part of a volunteer scheme at my last agency.
    Mentor to high school students as part of company scheme

    WEAKNESSES
    GPA
    I have an “F” on my transcript from a gut Economics class – essentially I took a “be-all-end-all” final while I was horrendously sick and failed. Badly.

    MBA SHORTLIST
    HBS – father went there and has been donating since
    LBS
    INSEAD

    I would be grateful for a profile.

    Thank you kindly!

    Mr Ad Man

  • Ron

    Hi Sandy,

    Would love to hear your opinion:
    27 year old Asian male
    GMAT: 720 (V40, Q48)
    Undergrad: 3.56 GPA/UC Berkeley
    Major: BS in Business Admin, BA in Legal Studies
    Work
    Experience: 3.5 Years at a large Chinese SOE as business manager
    (started out as associate and promoted to more important roles handling
    market analysis, sales/trading of resources, contract negotiation, and
    project development of large scale resources projects.)
    Goal: switch career from marketing/project negotiation to investment banking in energy/resources.
    Other: since first round, already taken MatLab class and plans to take linear
    algebra and matrix in the spring at community school.
    Community service: virtually none. Although just started getting involved with volunteering as basketball coach.

    Thanks,
    Ron

  • The First Gen

    Hello Sandy

    This series has been an absolute godsend for me as a first time applicant to MBA programs! I would love to hear what you think of my profile, and what my odds might be for the programs I am looking to apply to:

    College:
    -GPA: 3.75 (Summa Cum Laude), highly regarded Northeast school (think Boston College/Boston University)
    -Major: Finance/Accounting, minor in Chinese Language and Culture
    -Four years as part of Honor Society for School of Management, served as President of Honor Society for Junior and Senior years. Part of of school-sponsored tutoring society for underclassmen for all four years as well, and wrote more than 20 different study guides across multiple Finance and Accounting courses for future generations of students

    Work Experience:
    -Two and a half (coming up on three) years at financial tech firm that specializes in trading/management solutions for hedge funds and asset management firms.
    -Promoted within four months of starting at firm, highly regarded by multiple levels of management.

    Test Scores:
    GMAT: 760 (49 Quant, 45 Verbal, 6 AWA, 8 IR)

    Want to get an MBA to expand horizons and eventually work at a Fortune 50 corporation in Operations or Finance.

    First Generation Chinese with fluency in Mandarin, native English speaker (grew up here since six), and a fair amount of Spanish. Strong family ties back to China.

    Thanks again for your help, and for this wonderful series as well!

    Cheers,
    The First Gen

  • Andrew

    Sandy, I’d love your feedback. I haven’t gotten an interview at Harvard, Stanford, nor Sloan, all round 1.

    Andrew Z

    33 Years old
    3.8 GPA
    750 GMAT
    BSc. in Computer Engineering (Summa Cum Laude, top graduate in program) University of Calgary
    MSc. In Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary, Paper published by IEEE
    5 year Varsity soccer player, (Academic all canadian), Captain for 2 years
    Canadian Rhodes scholarship nominee and finalist
    Boutique consulting for 7 years in Energy/Oil & Gas
    Built and published an iPhone app,
    Working on my 3rd tech startup

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  • lamniformes

    Please evaluate this profile.

    Age/Sex/Nationality : 26/Male/Indian
    GMAT : 730 (Q49/V40)
    UG Major : BS in Computer Science & Engineering
    UG College : Indian Institute Of Technology
    UG GPA : 2.45/4.0
    WE : 4 yrs (programmer / software-engineer / RnD)
    Current Employee : Microsoft R&D (India)
    Recommendations : Okayish. Not very strong.
    Why MBA : I want to switch to finances (maybe specialize in tech-sector). Or remain in the tech-sector and grow into management.
    Note : I have an employment gap of one-year after finishing UG because I was ill which is also the reason for low CGPA.

    Give me five schools where I have a good chance of admission. Give me five schools where I also have a good chance of scholarship. I do not have very high-expectations about the rank of the school I might get into. However, scholarship is important.

  • aspiring for success

    Hi,
    I am currently a senior in college at a good public university. I will be working as a Marketing Analyst at a major international CPG company and am starting to think about how to shape my “real world” involvements and experiences to best prepare myself for the MBA application process, whenever I choose to pursue that path.

    In addition to career and GMAT success, are there any types of organizations that may be helpful in creating a robust application?

    Best,
    Aiming for real world readiness

  • Mr. Atlantan

    Hi Sandy,

    I hope to hear some feedback on my profile.

    Profile :
    College : Ohio State University, main campus.
    GPA: 3.50 double major Political Science / Psychology

    Work Experience: Spent three months in an internship in Dusseldorf, Germany with a German faucet company (think the European equivalent of Kohler.) Gained basic German language skills.
    Later worked in the headquarters of the middle east and Africa division of the company in Nicosia, Cyprus for 2 years.

    After returning to the US spent 3 months working for a small Diabetic testing supply company in FL. doing mergers and acquisitions.

    Currently working for a consulting company at the Coca-Cola HQ in Atlanta. Doing market research on soft drink drinking habits across the globe.

    Extra Curriculars: LDS mission in southern Peru, high fluency in Spanish
    Spent a year as the chief leader of a group or Mormon parishioners (think the equivalent of a part-time voluntary priest, rabbi, etc.)
    one year spent as a volunteer auditor, auditing LDS church financial records.

    GMAT: not yet taken. Good test taking abilities, anticipating 700.

    29 YO white male. Dual US/Canadian. Not sure if relevant.

    Target schools : Insead, U of M, Cornell, Columbia. BYU, Harvard (just for fun)

  • Mark

    Sorry girl.. I notice too many I’s .. self-confidence is one thing, self effacement/ projection another. You do have great potential though if you can have more empathy and lesser number of I’s..

  • Alex

    Hi there Sandy! You do a lot of military profiles but you almost never do Air Force! Let’s change that!

    I’m a 29 year old Captain in the Air Force. I am a combat systems officer in AC-130s. In other words, I plan missions, operate weapons, and tell the pilot what to do. CSO is a rated slot (pilots, CSOs, RPAs and ABMs are all rated) and like all rated slots, they are highly competitive. I was an ROTC cadet.

    Gmat:680
    Education: 3.5 in Finance at the University of Memphis. 3.5 GPA in Economics from Penn State’s online program.
    GMAT: 680
    Community Service: around 150 hours during my Air Force career. 300+ in college.
    School Preferences: Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, Berkeley, UCLA, Yale…
    I’m probably going to apply to 10 schools.

    I am an extremely ambitious, business-minded person. I want to be a consultant so I can develop into a future CEO.

  • Jweezy

    Is it true that Asian American males and Indian American males are at a slight disadvantage when applying to business schools?

  • Mr. Small Town Quant

    Hi Sandy and John,

    Thanks for doing this!

    -760 GMAT

    -3.78/4.00 GPA(converted to U.S. scale) in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore(Awarded First Class Honors(~top 10% of graduate))

    -3.86/4.00 GPA(U.S. scale) Master in Financial Engineering from same university

    -Summer program in UC Berkeley, taking Finance and Investment courses(A+ in both)

    -Silver medal in International Physics Olympiad(selected as one of 5 country’s
    representatives from ~30000 candidates, competed against 300+ best students from 81 countries, finished in 88th percentile). I was awarded full undergraduate scholarship from my home country’s government because of this achievement.

    -3+ years work experience in Deutsche Bank Singapore,1 year in management development rotation program(technology), then 2+ year in electronic trading, developing trading application for pricing and risk

    Extra-curricular activities:

    Undergraduate:
    -Vice head of a Welfare Committee. I co-led 10 people in the planning of 6 large-scale events in 1 year, which was attended by average 80+ people

    -Chairman of an international freshmen orientation project. I led 30 people in planning and executing 7 days orientation activities. I also spearheaded several initiatives to ease students’ transition to the university(many came to the country for the very first time), such as helping them in settling administrative matters, conducting pre-departure briefing session, setting on-line communication platforms, and creating a student-made freshmen guide

    -Community service in Vietnam. We raised $10000 from fundraising and sponsorship for two villages’ education and irrigation

    -President and founder of an international honor society chapter. Activities include a university-wide social entrepreneurship competition

    -Vice president in a Night Cycling Club

    After graduating:
    -Involvement in non-profit organization as a mentor for newly arrived foreign students who come from less developed areas

    -Events committee for DB’s graduate program, planning welfare events for 50+ people

    -Two community service projects in India and Singapore revolving around education

    -I also go to gym and run regularly

    Goals:
    Short-term: to gain business knowledge, especially on management and marketing, and get a product management/corporate development/strategy role in F500 companies, preferably in Southeast Asia. I feel that Southeast Asia is a promising region and my background can be very useful.

    Long-term: After gaining first-hand experience on how major companies work, I plan to start a non-profit foundation on my own in my home country, specializing on education. As a former small town boy who has been very blessed to get where he is now, I wish to help students who were in similar situation as mine

    Target School(in order of preferences):
    Wharton, Kellogg, INSEAD, Booth, Tuck, Columbia, Fuqua, Darden and Ross

    (I do not consider to apply Harvard, Stanford, Sloan and Haas for now as their acceptances rate are comparatively low(<20%) and I want to focus on a few applications. Do you think I should apply to them and drop several schools on my current list?)

    25 years old Southeast Asian Male
    Thanks!

  • Mr. English Auditor

    Hi – would really appreciate some guidance on the below, particularly as I’ve seen written previously about European Big 4 jobs holding more sway than US Big 4 jobs, but yet to see someone benchmark a similar profile to mine.

    - 690 GMAT
    - 3.65 GPA (68 average on a high 2:1 honours degree from
    UK university)
    - Undergrad degree in Human Geography and Economics from the London School of Economics
    - Work experience includes three and a half years (will be four at date of application) working in audit at Big 4 based in London, specialising in FTSE100 companies, focus in Telecomms and Oil and Gas sectors – qualified ACA (CPA equivalent – takes three years work experience to achieve in the UK)
    - Extracarriculars include being an editor of university newspaper, big into soccer including playing for university soccer team, heavily into snowsports, at work I’m involved in ‘out of the normal day job’ commitments including on-campus recruiting events, tutoring incoming new staff on accounting and business, and active participant in charity fundraising
    - Unique background growing up in five different countries between the ages of 10 and 18 including attending a well known British boarding school
    - Goal is to leverage my London experience of multinational companies and move into strategy based consulting, most likely back in the UK
    - Target schools are Michigan, Kellogg, Duke, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, Darden
    - 24 year old white British male

  • Hopeful

    Hi Sandy and Jon,

    Fantastic column! I have read many profiles, but I was hoping you could provide some feedback for my profile.

    Profile:
    -23 years old
    -Canadian, Caucasian, male
    -760 GMAT (44V, 50Q), 8 IR, 5 AWA
    -3.46 GPA (3.72 among economics, calculus, statistics, accounting, business law, and writing courses) from a good Canadian University
    -Top 25% standing
    -Undergraduate degree with a double major in Chemistry and Biology

    Work Experience:
    -2 years full time at a relatively unknown company that helps non profits fund-raise millions of dollars (approximately 600 million in the last 10 years) in three different countries through various fund-raising events
    -Event Manager for events that raise over 10 million dollars annually for a regional cancer foundation
    -Managed teams as large as 50 staff to produce these large scale events
    -Started as a summer intern while in my undergrad, was promoted twice to my current position

    Extracurriculars:
    -Ran and organized an intramural league which had over 1200 members during my undergrad
    -Competitive squash and badminton player

    Target Schools:
    -Harvard
    -MIT
    -Wharton
    -Booth
    -Tuck
    -Schulich (I am not sure if you are familiar with Canadian MBA admissions)

    Goal:
    -Short Term: Return to the organization in a role with increased responsibilities
    -Medium term: Become an executive or managing director within the organization

    Thank you and hopefully you select my profile for review! If you need more information, let me know.

  • Guest

    Hello Sandy,

    Would be great to hear your thoughts on my profile:

    College:
    Dual degree from top tier Canadian university- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences) – 3.7 GPA, Top 15% of Class
    Co-Chair of nationwide finance conference (100 attendees, $100,000 operating budget)

    Work Experience:
    2 Years in Healthcare investment banking at Goldman Sachs (NY)
    2 Years private equity associate (focusing on healthcare transactions) at upper-middle market fund

    Other ECs:
    Founded Women in Finance interview prep sessions for Canadian undergraduate students
    Mentor coach in 2-year college and professional skills development program for first-generation students in NYC; focus on students with an interest in pursuing healthcare careers

    Test Scores:
    740 GMAT (49Q, 41V)

    Career Aspiration: To be a leader in the healthcare industry and help companies achieve goals of reducing healthcare spend while improving patient outcomes

    Target Schools:

    Stanford
    Harvard
    Kellogg
    Wharton
    Tuck
    MIT

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