Giri is a well engineer at a Big Oil company who hopes to use an MBA to pivot to a corporate strategy or consulting role. This 25-year-old professional is in a deeply technical role and would prefer to land a job that gives him hands-on experience in corporate strategy, P&L management, and budgeting.
He has applied to MIT Sloan, Northwestern Kellogg, Dartmouth Tuck and INSEAD, and in his first try was unable to gain an admission. So Giri is planning a re-application strategy for the next time around. His single biggest challenge: As a male Indian engineer, he’s in the most overpopulated part of the elite MBA application pool.
He brings to the admissions game an 8.6 out of ten in mechanical engineering from NIT Karnataka, a 710 GMAT and global working experience for a Big Energy multinational from Cyprus to Russia. Giri recently worked as lead engineer for a $150M exploration campaign.
In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg offers a bit of tough love that includes retaking the GMAT (he has a 710 score), doing a better job in cultivating his recommenders and writing more compelling essays, and finally widening the group of schools to which he should apply.