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Candidate:

Mr. Food & Beverage

About Me:

Passionate about working in Food & Beverage, having worked on the disassembly line of a slaughterhouse and currently consulting for Food & Beverage clients. Furthermore, I sign up for any firm initiative as it relates to Food & Beverage, leading communities of practice, writing white papers, and assisting with sales proposals.

Details:

Undergrad School: Georgia Institute of Technology

Undergrad Major: Economics & International Affairs

GPA: 3.75

GMAT: 720

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: President of the Alumni Association of Social Fraternity founded in undergrad, Co-author of white paper on the future of food & beverage industry, Lead Regional CPG & Retail Community of Practice at Firm

Work History:

Title: Supply Chain & Ops Consultant

Industry: Consulting

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Identified & realized over $100MM in savings for client through post-merger integration; independently led workstream after lead got rolled off unexpectedly

Post MBA Goal:

Pivot to an operator role in the food & beverage sector, whether it be at a startup, PE Operations, or Fortune 500

Schools:

Target School: Wharton

Status: Rejected

Considering: Columbia, Kellogg, NYU Stern

Invited to Interview: NYU Stern

Rejected: Columbia, Kellogg

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 7%

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

    You’re a strong candidate for a highly ranked MBA program. So it is somewhat surprising to me that you would get dinged by Wharton, Columbia and Kellogg. Your basic stats are in line and you have solid experience at a Fortune 500 company as a consultant. My gut tells me that you didn’t execute on the applications as well as you could have. If you do well in your interview at Stern, you will most likely get an admit because on what you present you should have been accepted by at least one of the W/C/K programs. If NYU opens its doors to you, you can achieve your post-MBA goals. Stern is a terrific school with a great MBA program. I think you would be …

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  • The MBA Exchange

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. Food and Beverage is a niche profile in a highly ranked MBA program and you occupy a niche within this niche. But with 3 rejects something hasn’t come together the way it should have. My guess is that you are looking for a generalist role from a niche profile. That’s a difficult thing to do as usually people move from generalist to specialist role and not the other way around. If you are looking to re-apply to Wharton / Columbia / Kellogg, maybe work in an operator role for a year if you can. This can be via a secondment to a client or maybe with a start up in the consumer goods space. You will …

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  • mbaMission |

    Hello Mr. Food & Beverage. Thanks for posting. Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. You don’t say this in your profile but my guess is that you are a consultant from a firm like Deloitte, Accenture, etc. If so, this can be a super-tough process. There is just so much competition. I hate to boil it down to GMAT because it’s more nuanced than that, but I generally find that it can be tough to be a consultant outside of MBB with a 720. Especially in R2. (And especially at Wharton.)
    I love your niche food experience though. I generally find that sort of expertise resonates well in this process. Also, it seems like you are also a contributor at the corporate level, which should have helped …

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  • Mr. Food and Beverage, Lisa Cummings from Stratus Admissions. Your stats look good, so I'll take a different angle from what has already been discussed - what do you think happened? Did you interview at Columbia and or Kellogg? If so, what was your gut when you left the room? Did you feel you were prepared and that it went well? Most schools can't/won't provide feedback but it is always worth an ask. How are you preparing for NYU? Felling fully prepared and confident can make all the difference in the world for an interview. From an application standpoint, did you start early and really work on your essays or were you in a hurry to apply? No judgement ...
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