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Candidate:

Mr. 770 Dreamer

About Me:

A finance professional with almost 3.5 years of corporate finance experience in a start-up and an MNC; A year of experience in the family business; Have completed all three levels of CFA; Certified FRM; Always been amongst the toppers during undergrad and postgrad.

Details:

Undergrad School: Gujarat Technological University

Undergrad Major: Engineering

GPA: 8.77/10

GMAT: 770

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: MBA

School Name: Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University

Extracurriculars: State-level badminton player

Work History:

Title: Manager

Industry: Other

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Financial Analyst

Industry: Media

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 9 mos

Big Life Wins:

Assisted my father in setting up our family business right after undergrad when our family was going through financial distress.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to get into an investment banking industry right after MBA and climb the ladder within the same industry.

Schools:

Target School: Kellogg

Status: Invited to Interview

Considering: Yale, Chicago Booth

Rejected: Chicago Booth

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Well, as you know, a 770 GMAT score speaks loudly. So do your excellent grades. You noted that you helped your father in setting up the family business right after undergrad when your family was going through financial distress. That should make for a strong essay and may explain why you apparently did not get a job straight off with what might be called a gold-plated company. Given the fact that you have an MBA already, you are a male engineer from a non-IIT school, you are working at what I presume is an unknown startup, and are in the most over-represented part of the elite MBA applicant pool, I’m not sure that even a 770 overcomes that at schools like Kellogg, Yale and Chicago …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. 770 Dreamer. This is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant. It would be easy to see your impressive GMAT and GPA stats (plus certifications) and think you’re a lock at a school like Kellogg, but I think there is more under the surface that is creating challenges for your profile. I think your work experience may be perceived as jumpy — having moved from the family business to an MNC and a startup, and now looking to make another move to investing banking. I also think having your MBA already is a big challenge, and while schools may see you as competitive, they may just prefer to admit folks who haven’t had that shot already. Booth’s decision is also a pretty good predictor of …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. 770 Dreamer, this is Donna Bauman, Senior MBA Admissions Counselor with Stratus Admissions. First of all congratulations on your 770 GMAT! That’s an impressive score and while there are some challenges you face in already having an MBA—I have a different approach for you to consider. Apply to Kellogg and Yale if these are your dream programs but also look at programs where your 770 GMAT is going to help you stand out more. If investment banking is your goal, look at programs with strong experiential learning to give you the hands on investment banking experience you need to make this transition. A school like UNC Kenan-Flagler that has a Capital Markets lab and lots of connections within investment banking might be willing …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. 770 Dreamer! This is Talon Rindels, Sr. Admission Consultant at the MBA Exchange and proud Kellogg alum. While your quantitative stats (770 GMAT, strong GPA, and other certifications) may initially make you stand out against even the more competitive pool you are up against as an Indian applicant, your qualitative story isn’t quite as straight forward… And that piece is especially important to a ‘well-rounded’ school like Kellogg. As crazy as this may sound, already having an MBA likely works against you in applying to US business schools, as it can make a candidate appear as he doesn’t know what he wants (i.e. why get an MBA from a smaller school, only to turn around and apply to a top global …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 75%

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    K wouldn't dare turn you down. Not with a 770 and your engineering grades.

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