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Candidate:

Mr. Recreational Pilot

About Me:

I have worked in a Boutique Investment Banking Firm for 6 years now. I enjoy working in small teams and think that I can leverage human capital well. I know that business school is a way to change industries- I’d like to transition to consulting, and I believe that the small, team-based environment Tuck provides would be the best fit for me. *Moderator Note: Experts & Community, can you help Mr. Recreational Pilot differentiate himself from other like candidates (ie: white/male/banker)?*

Details:

Undergrad School: Lehigh University

Undergrad Major: History

GPA: 3.99

GRE: 326

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Private Airplane Pilot, College Admissions Counselor, Karate Black Belt -2nd Degree

Work History:

Title: Financial Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Senior Financial Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Worked on a remote project in Southeast Asia, on-site, for six months. It was a real learning experience for me to be inundated in such an environment for so long.

Post MBA Goal:

I’d like to enter strategy consulting. Long term, I’d like to end up working internal strategy for a major corporation.

Schools:

Target School: Tuck

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 53%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 60%

    A certified Poet who works as an I-banker. But you’ve had a highly memorable experience in Southeast Asia, fly a plane (which could come in handy for you and your future Hanover, NH, classmates), are a Karate black belt and dabble in college admissions. Wow. Plus, the numbers work for Tuck. I wonder what course made you lose that perfect 4.0, not that it matters. And while Tuck does have a good number of finance types in its pool, you are a white, male American with a highly achievable goal to work in strategy consulting. All that does add up to an admit in my book, especially given the school’s unnaturally high acceptance rate of 34.5% right now (that will not last long). You need …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 55%

    Hi there! It’s Stephanie Horn, Master Consultant with the MBA Exchange and recent Poets and Quants “Top 10 Admissions Consultants”. You have excellent grades and test scores, and a solid work history. I went to Bucknell for my undergrad, and there were so many of us at Kellogg that we had our own alumni club, so I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how well Lehigh is received. In terms of differentiating yourself, while it’s great that you are a pilot and that you do karate, these are not really activities that lend themselves to showing your leadership or teambuilding skills. Can you build on these activities in a way that will benefit your community while demonstrating your ability to lead a project, such …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi, Mr. Recreational Pilot. Julie-Anne Heafey here with mbaMission. I am a big Tuck fan (and went to Darmouth undergrad) and have worked with many successful applicants there, so I had to respond. There’s a lot to like in your profile– your academic stats are solid with an awesome GPA and a right-on-par GRE (assuming that the splits are both good within that total), you’ve got work experience at a top firm with a promotion, and you’ve got some cool “extras” that can help set you apart from the pack.

    As the moderator suggests, a big goal for you will be differentiation with those extras. Tuck gets a TON of male applicants, many of them from banker/consultant types, so you’ll need to …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi, Mr. Recreational Pilot. Julie-Anne Heafey here with mbaMission. I am a big Tuck fan (and went to Darmouth undergrad) and have worked with many successful applicants there, so I had to respond. There’s a lot to like in your profile– your academic stats are solid with an awesome GPA and a right-on-par GRE (assuming that the splits are both good within that total), you’ve got work experience at a top firm with a promotion, and you’ve got some cool “extras” that can help set you apart from the pack.

    As the moderator suggests, a big goal for you will be differentiation with those extras. Tuck gets a TON of male applicants, many of them from banker/consultant types, so you’ll need to …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. You background definitely sets you up nicely for an application to Tuck. From a differentiation standpoint, I would love to hear more about your international experience – especially since that is a part of your long term goal. Was it something about this international experience that has driven that long term goal? Or was it something else. Dig deeper into why you want to do strategy consulting and international strategy. What type of firm would you like to work at long term? While it is a very doable path for you, these details help you become a story to remember, rather than another finance guy applying to b school who wants to pivot to consulting. What do you want …

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