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Mr. Double Whammy

About Me:

A non-typical Indian applicant, trying for a second MBA after successfully navigating the rigors of a top B-school in India. Relatively young with 4 year post-MBA experience of working in Beverage, heading a team of 4+ direct subordinates and 12+ indirect every year. TaeKwonDo Black Belt and a patron for a school for the underprivileged.


Undergrad School: Top 3 for Business/Management

Undergrad Major: Business Management in Marketing

GPA: 3.3

GMAT: 730

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: MBA - Graduated in 2017

School Name: Top 15 in India (IIM - S) ;

Extracurriculars: TaeKwonDo - Black Belt (opportunity to represent India internationally)

Work History:

Title: Area Sales Manager

Industry: CPG

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

1) Best-performing ASM in the country (year 1) – Growth of 157% in sales revenue for my branch Youngest and fastest to get promoted to Sales Manager (in 2 years) 2) Successfully organised a TEDx event leading a team of future bankers, consultants and marketers

Post MBA Goal:

1) International mobility 2) Career (Industry/function) change – preferably to consulting or marketing in CPG 3) Create a bigger impact (in terms of business size and global reach)


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 7%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    A second MBA? The fact that you graduated from an IIT MBA program in 2017 makes it highly unlikely that Harvard Business School would accept you. The school will likely assume you failed to get the job you wanted with the first time around and therefore be skeptical of your ability to get the job you want with the second degree. It’s clear to me, however, that you have done very well with the degrees you already have. If your primary goal here is international mobility, you probably would have a much better shot at a European or Asian business school or a U.S. school that is ranked well outside the top ten.

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. Double Whammy, this is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant. A second MBA at HBS is a tough sell! I’ve seen applicants with MBAs (from India specifically) go on to be admitted to US programs, but they have to broaden their list of target schools, and they typically have above average GMAT scores (like 750). Some schools will prohibit you from applying with an MBA or MBA equivalent, so please double check those restrictions (maybe you have already). I do think your less typical experience in CPG (for an Indian applicant) is helpful and your team management experience is a plus too. Kudos on the fast promotion and impressive sales results! I think you stand better chances at the non-US programs on your list, …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. Your challenge is definitely that you already have an MBA so it’s really hard to explain the Why MBA for you. You could explain that it wasn’t as rigorous and you’re still missing the skills you need to reach your career goals, but it’s an uphill slog for sure. You’ve had experience managing people, so that’s definitely a plus, and your extracurriculars are solid. Your GMAT is good and your GPA is fine at a top undergraduate school. HBS gets so many applicants that I don’t see them taking a chance on someone already with an MBA when there are scores of applicants who still need the degree to move forward in their careers. But you have some …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 15%

  • 20% | 1 week ago

    A pretty solid resume overall, but you will have to identify strong points of differentiation for HBS. For your resume components, make sure you have leadership examples. For your Post MBA goal, refine it and make it more specific beyond mobility. Why do you want to switch to consulting or marketing?
  • 25% | 1 week ago

    One of the biggest issues will be convincing HBS the need for another MBA. You should check if they accept students with an MBA already as I know some schools do not. You have a great background and profile but I think you might need to work hard to convince HBS about the need for another MBA. Good luck!

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