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Candidate:

Mr. Dancer Jokes-A-Lot

About Me:

(Somewhat) funny guy that doesn’t take himself seriously. Currently working on a Valuations & Analytics team (Buzz words, I know right) in Big 4 consulting. Expect to be promoted by Round 1 app (but who knows). Love to dance and still do when I can. I also a big fan of mentoring (Been a tutor, now love recruiting), Note will retake GMAT until 750+.

Details:

Undergrad School: Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Undergrad Major: Finance, Computer Science, & Business Analytics

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 700

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: 2 Different Dance Teams (Love to Dance), Business Youth Club (Mentoring High School Students), Volleyball, Recruiting (Big 4 company)

Work History:

Title: Big 4 Consulting

Industry: Consulting

Company: Big 4

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 8 mos

Big Life Wins:

I was a triple major in undergrad. I was on 2 different dance teams and won several competitions with them. Passed CFA Level 1 exam. Identified as a top performer on the team.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to use an MBA to switch over to strategy at MBB and move into a corporate strategy role further down the line.

Schools:

Target School: Columbia

Status: Open

Considering: MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Duke Fuqua

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 16%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    You’re right to retake the GMAT, especially for a school like Columbia Business School which has a more recent reputation of over-indexing the test. If you can just increase by 20 points, you would really be in the pocket, though I agree with Emily that a bit more experience would be very helpful to you and to a school. Another trick to get into CBS is to simply apply to the January cohort. The accept rate there is significantly higher and I believe your chances improve by a large margin. Because your goal is to stay in consulting but move to MBB, you should be able to do that without a summer internship, though obviously, MBB likes to use internships as tryouts for full-time jobs. …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 10%

    Mr. Dancer Jokes-A-Lot: Emily here from The MBA Exchange. I served as an Associate Director of Admissions at CBS and know from that experience plus now my four years of consulting, that schools like CBS and Sloan rarely accept applications with 700 GMAT scores. I also think they will see less than 2 years of full time work experience and think that you will not offer enough perspective to add something different to the class discussions in an MBA classroom at a top school. I too recommend taking another year to add depth to your applicant profile: retake the GMAT, pass the level 2 CFA, gain a promotion at work, maybe pick up a leadership role in a current activity. You …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Dancer Jokes-A-Lot! This is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant, and not a very good dancer. Having a sense of humor should serve you well in this process! I think your work sounds interesting, and you remind me of a previous client who was part of starting up a new analytics team at a Big 4. I think it should be a good selling point to schools. That said, you seem early in your career to be applying. Why now? If waiting a year would make the promotion a sure thing, and give you time to raise your GMAT, I don’t see the rush. (By the way, I would try not to retake the exam more than 3 times — wait til you’re practicing …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Mr. Dancer Jokes-A-Lot, thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera here from Stratus.

    There are a few things that you still need to work on to make yourself a compelling candidate for CBS or another top school. First, you need to get to a 730+ GMAT which isn’t news to you. Second, unless you have a 750+ GMAT, chances are there may be applicants who look a lot like you (minus the fun parts) who have more work experience and, therefore, have more to offer in the classroom and MBA community.

    Over the next year, look for ways to build your leadership profile through mentoring. I’ve worked with a number of dancers and have helped them craft narratives around how dancing enabled them to develop both …

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