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Mr. Sales Engineer

About Me:

I work in the smart buildings segment in a mixed engineering and sales role. I’ve had good career success getting promoted twice in three years before accepting an offer with another company to work with a slightly more exciting product. I’m looking to deepen my finance and analytic skills w/ an MBA.


Undergrad School: University of Notre Dame

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.00

GMAT: 740

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: President of Emerging Professionals Group, Steering Committee - Industry Organization, Participant/Finalist - Internal Business Incubation Competition

Work History:

Title: Sales Engineer

Industry: Construction Management


Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Post MBA Goal:

Eventually, I’d like to try my hand at entrepreneurship. In order to gain more business experience I’d like to get into consulting (MBB) in order to build up my skills and network.


Target School: Kellogg

Status: Open

Considering: Chicago Booth, Tuck, Berkeley Haas, Ross


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 43%

  • Liza Weale, Gatehouse Admissions | Odds Assessment: 35%

    I have to admit: I love engineers who venture into sales. From a b-school perspective, such a transition gives the schools confidence you’re not just “engineering” smart, but people smart as well – a powerful combination. Plus, you’ve got the promotions which validate to the schools that you’re a top performer. Yes, your GPA is lower than the average, but it’s from a tough program at a strong school. Not to say that the GPA won’t give them pause, but I think you can keep them interested by showcasing your other strengths.

    One thing I’d want you to explore more: why entrepreneurship? (In what? What are you trying to solve?) and why MBB first? As an ex-Bainie, I know that consulting will …

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    You’ve got a really strong profile for the schools on your target list. Your 732 GMAT score puts you nicely above the Kellogg class average of 740. Even though your GPA is on the low side at 3.0-, versus the latest Kellogg average of 3.6, it is in a difficult subject–mechanical engineering–and it’s from a top-rate university, Notre Dame. But what really impresses me is your work experience. You say you have a mixed engineering and sales role so that tells me that as a quant you get along well with people, otherwise you wouldn’t have anything to do with sales. The fact that you’ve been promoted twice in three years before moving on to work on a more exciting product also demonstrates that you …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hello Mr. Sales Engineer! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here! And fellow Domer, Class of 1996! (Farley’s Finest!)
    I honestly had never worked with property technology candidates until this year when I came across a few of them! B-schools seem to like them and I get it…you’re on the forefront of smart cities.
    If you were my client, here’s what I would want you to do:
    1. Take a class to help with that 3.0 GPA. You’re in the bottom 10% of most school’s GPA range. That can be a tough place to be. Given that you’ve already nailed the GMAT, you could HBX Core (or whatever they are calling it now) but it’s pricey and time-consuming. However, it does signal how serious you are about showing them that …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi Mr. Sales Engineer, this is Donna Bauman, Senior Admissions Counselor at Stratus Admissions, weighing in on your profile. Right off the bat I like several aspects of your profile. Being an engineer in a sales role tells me you have a great combination of hard and soft skills already. When I was a student at Kellogg there were many of my classmates with a connection to Notre Dame so you’d be in good company at Kellogg as a Notre Dame alum. Your GMAT is great and while the GPA is a bit lower I’d have to see your transcript to help you further. Engineering at any program is difficult, and certainly at Notre Dame so if you have a lot of B’s in general …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi Mr. Sales Engineer! This is Talon Rindels, Sr. Admissions Consultant at the MBA Exchange and proud Kellogg alum! Initially, I like what I am seeing, but would like it even more if you had a higher GPA! That said, it was from a great school and in a challenging subject matter… and even better, perhaps you have a good story as to why your GPA is on the lower end (or maybe you got your act together our senior year and your last few quarters were near 4.0?). Those types of things will help to make that glaring red mark a little less bright on the page. But, the rest of your profile looks great! Great work experience, …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 48%

  • 50% | 1 month ago

  • 45% | 1 month ago

    Two promotions in three years! Strong GMAT. Great undergraduate school. That GPA is a little low but you did major in mechanical engineering. As a poet, I would never have survived that. Kellogg should love you.

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