Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
Yale | Mr. Healthcare Geek
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Reform
GRE 331 (Practice), GPA 2.92
USC Marshall | Mr. Low GPA High GMAT
GMAT 740, GPA 2.44
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Wharton | Mr. Senior Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Access To Opportunities
GRE 318, GPA 2.9
Tuck | Mr. Product Marketer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
London Business School | Mr. Midwest Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.69
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Champion Swimmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Auditor
GRE 332, GPA 3.25
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)

Meet INSEAD’s MBA Class of 2017

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Eser Tireli

INSEAD

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Engineer turned consultant obsessed with growing companies

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Fun Fact About Yourself: I locked myself in the fire exit during a job interview. Luckily, the partner interviewing me had a sense of humor and gave me an offer in the end.

Undergraduate School and Major:

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Mechanical Engineering

Graduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Industrial and Operations Engineering

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Bain & Company – Associate Consultant, Senior Associate Consultant, Consultant

Peek (an online travel startup) – Special projects for the CEO

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I applied my learnings from my time at Bain to help a startup raise $10M in funding. Although a modest sum for my typical clients in Private Equity, the funding was critical to the continuation of operations and growth of the business, which made it very rewarding.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants?

  • Take the GMAT early on, ideally right after college. Studying for a test becomes harder after a few years as a professional.
  • Start writing your essays early on. No preparation is as effective as drafting the first version of your essay.
  • Limit the time you spend on each iteration of your essays. Do quick iterations and share your drafts with others for their feedback before spending the time perfecting them.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Here are a few main things led me to choose INSEAD for my MBA:

  • I spent most of my professional life in the US and wanted an experience that is more global. There is no dominant culture or way of doing things at INSEAD, which makes it a unique place to get a truly global experience.
  • I believe that, although intense, a one-year program is a better fit for where I stand in my career.
  • The average age at INSEAD is slightly above other schools and I believe that makes a big difference in the tone and types of conversations that take place in and out of the classroom setting.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I don’t have a “dream” job but I’m interested in roles that would position me well to lead growth-stage companies in the long run.