Candidate:

Ms. JMZ

About Me:

Canadian with international background having worked and lived in Beijing, Calgary and London

Details:

Undergrad School: University of British Columbia

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.47

GMAT: 750

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars:

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 6 yrs, 6 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Entrepreneurship

Schools:

Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Wish I knew a little more about you through your extras, work history and big wins to give you a more thoughtful assessment. You clearly have the stats and smarts to get into Harvard Business School. Your GMAT is 20 points above Harvard’s 730 median and your GPA is just a tad below HBS’ 3.7 average. Frankly, the most appealing part of your candidaqcy is your international work experience with stints in Bejing and London. And if you’re working for a global bank, I would assume it’s a major player that is highly selective in its hiring practices. That is clearly a plus since you earned your undergraduate degree from a non-elite university. So two points: Be more open about yourself, especially to admissions folks, …

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  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru Odds Assessment: 30%

    I agree with John’s analysis but I am more skeptical. Not about you per se, just that finance is real crowded bucket for white people (I assume) and it takes some X factor to break out of it –that is not visible in your current write-up. A lot depends on names of your employers, etc. but assuming those a major players, it is still a little bit of a lottery.

    12 months ago
  • Gatehouse Admissions | Odds Assessment: 15%

    I’m placing the odds somewhat blindly – there is just so much more I’d want to know about you first! Why business school, why entrepreneurship (starting your own company feels like a pretty big jump from finance), what’s driving you, how you’ve made an impact… All of these will be critical components in convincing HBS – or any school! – that you’re a great candidate. That said, if you’ve got the additional stories, I might place your chances higher. One of my clients from a few years ago was “older” (and by that, all I mean is out of the sweet “27-28 year old” spot) and had built her career to date in finance – first overseas and then in the States. She wanted to …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission. Like the others, I would need a lot more information on your profile. Your academic stats seem solid for HBS, but a few things I’m curious about

    1. In your 6-year finance career, what has been your progression in terms of title, responsibility, compensation, and impact? Have you built strong relationships with recommenders who can attest to your performance, potential, and growth (esp. vs. peers)? The international experience is a strength.

    2. Why do you want to do entrepreneurship post-MBA? And on this note – I nearly ALWAYS advise clients to frame entrepreneurship as a long-term goal that you’ll start laying the groundwork for while in the MBA program through its resources. Bschools want employable candidates, so …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson at Stratus Admissions. It’s very hard to make much of a judgment with so little information here, but there are several positives I see. The GMAT score is quite high and will certainly serve you well. The GPA is fine and won’t keep you out of any school even if it’s under the median at the top schools. You have a substantial amount of work experience in finance, even above the average. What I don’t know anything about is what might set you apart. I suspect you have very interesting stories about being a Canadian national working in China. Maybe you can bring some of what you learned — perhaps an ability to connect with many different types of people and …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 28%

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  • 20% | 11 months ago

    I'm placing the odds somewhat blindly - there is just so much more I'd want to know about you first! Why business school, why entrepreneurship (starting your own company feels like a pretty big jump from finance), what's driving you, how you've made an impact... All of these will be critical components in convincing HBS - or any school! - that you're a great candidate. That said, if you've got the additional stories, I might place your chances higher. One of my clients from a few years ago was "older" (and by that, all I mean is out of the sweet "27-28 year old" spot) and had built her career to date in finance - first overseas and then in the States. ...
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  • 25% | 12 months ago

    Many bankers have better stats - would recommend beefing up extracurriculars, or applying to other schools.

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