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Mr. Hopeful CXO

About Me:

Software Engineer at a top tech company for the last three years. Worked in a chaotic business-first environment as we raced with competitors to become market leaders at a time of significant regulatory uncertainty. Have had direct connection with the customers at the ground level, and worked with senior product managers to deliver value at scale.


Undergrad School: BITS Pilani

Undergrad Major: Computer Science

GPA: 3.56

GMAT: 750

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian


Work History:

Title: Software Engineer

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Youngest member in my current team to occupy a semi-leadership position, have started soft managing rather than peers work/projects.

Post MBA Goal:

Short term goal is to go into technical product management at a big tech company. Preferably want to work in a developing country where opportunities for digital economy growth are higher. Long term goal is to occupy a CXO level position in big tech someday.


Target School: MIT Sloan

Status: Open

Considering: Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Tepper, London Business School


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 24%

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

    If you weren’t a male, Indian software engineer, you would probably stroll right into MIT Sloan with that 750 GMAT and 3.56 GPA in computer science. But you are a male, Indian software engineer and in the most over represented bucket in the elite MBA applicant pool. Fortunately for for you, you have a great job at a Fortune 10 tech company which elevates you from many other applicants with similar backgrounds. Krista made a number of superb suggestions, and I would reinforce that it wouldn’t hurt you to gain a bit more experience and a promotion, if you haven’t had one already. It would also help you significantly if you were to have an extracurricular involvement in something that shows you care about other …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hello Mr. Hopeful CXO! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. Thanks for posting.
    I love that you work for a Top 10 Fortune 100 company. B-schools like things that they know, especially from international candidates (and Indian engineers), so this will help you in this process. I hope you can show your international experience and leadership experience in telling your story.
    BITS Pilani is a good school that AdComs will know as well. What I suggest you do is scour LinkedIn to see how many BITS Pilani students you find at each of the programs you are targeting. It will give you a sense of your odds.
    Bear in mind that you may be applying with less experience that successful candidates of similar profiles. That to me says …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Mr. Hopeful, Lisa Cummings at Stratus is hopeful for you too. As you know, your stats are in line with the Sloan profile, but you are a bit light on experience compared to their average. And you come from a very competitive demographic. But you are Mr. Hopeful so let’s see where we can pull out details to give your application some pizazz. You talk about a “semi-leadership” position. This could be really interesting, remember, not all leaders have titles. It can be hard to lead peers so I would want to know more about that. Were you appointed to this post or did you see an opportunity and go for it? Can you discuss what impact you …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. Firstly, am going to be contrarian and tell you to disregard all the talk that you come from a common demographic and that Indian, Male engineers need to have extra ordinary “gold dust” on their profile to catch attention of the schools. While some of that may be true, you can uplift your odds by being targeted in your school selection and then executing really well. I love the fact you have picked MIT as your top choice followed by Haas. I would have picked those two as top two choices for you too. Both schools do take younger applicants from India but they will look for evidence that you have undertaken significant leadership roles at work …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 17%

  • 50% | 1 month ago

    He has the numbers and the job. MIT should go for it.

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