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Mr. Family Biz

About Me:

Ex-McKinsey consultant for 3.5 years (1-year Product Design Specialist and 2.5-year Business Analyst). Coming from a non-target school with a mediocre GPA. International application without U.S citizenship.


Undergrad School: National Cheng Kung University

Undergrad Major: Aerospace Engineering

GPA: 3.46

GRE: 329

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Business Bridge Program

School Name: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Extracurriculars: Aestheticell; Advisor to Founder, Nobully580; Special Assistant to Founder, AIESEC; VP of Taiwan National Office

Work History:

Title: Business Analyst

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Title: Director, Business Operations and Strategy

Industry: Manufacturing

Company: Family Business (Listed Company, $300M Revenue)

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

In a difficult McKinsey team situation, I stepped up and took the leadership role to lead a 4-consultant team on a banking risk transformation project, even though I had no experience in the financial industry. Under my 2-month leadership, our team successfully wrote off $200M bad debt and won a follow-up 6-month contract.

Post MBA Goal:

My short-term goal is to become a Product Manager at a tech company such as Nest or Sony. In this role, I want to learn how leading firms manage cross- functional teams for launching new products or services that provide excellent customer experience.


Target School: Tepper

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas, Stanford GSB, Cornell Johnson

Rejected: Harvard


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 80%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 80%

    It would be interesting to know why you left McKinsey to join the family business. I’m assuming that your family really needed you, though you want to pursue an MBA not to run the company but to land a job as a product manager in a tech company. In any case, you are an excellent candidate for Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from Tepper would easily allow you to fulfill your post-MBA goal. Your 3.46 GPA is not mediocre. It’s actually above the latest class average of 3.4 for Tepper, and your 329 GRE score is also well above the class average of 320. What really seals the deal is your McKinsey experience. As everyone knows, McKinsey’s hiring process is among the most selective in …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 80%

    Hi, this is Jen Kedrowski at mbaMission. Congrats on the solid GRE score which is above the median at HBS for example and rises above your self-described ‘mediocre’ GPA (which is actually above average at Tepper), overall proving that you could handle the academics at top MBA programs. It sounds like you have some interesting professional experiences, from your time at McKinsey making an impact via the banking risk transformation project for example, to your family business experience. The area that is less clear and your big opportunity is a need to piece together the full narrative of your career to date for admissions readers. Ideally you want your past plus the MBA to flow into your future goals. So-what …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 80%

    Hello Mr. Family Biz, I’m Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions. I agree with my peers, you should be a solid admit for Tepper, and I would guess that you could be a contender at a few others on your list as well. Have you heard from any of them (other than HBS) yet in terms of waitlist, etc ? Your experience at McKinsey will be a positive in your favor, as one of my peers mentions it is a tough place to break into. It has slightly different hiring practices at some international offices (still tough!) so I would be curious what office you were hired into. Wherever it was, it seems you had an outsized impact …

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