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Candidate:

Ms. Mechanical Engineer

About Me:

Completed undergrad studies in Mechanical engineering in 2015. Working in research and development in top automotive company since five years. Extra activities: Employee engagement, dancing, etc

Details:

Undergrad School: Savitribai Phule Pune University

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.72

GMAT: 610

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Goethe Zertifikat B1 (German as Foreign Language)

School Name: Goethe Institute

Extracurriculars: Dancing

Work History:

Title: Sr Product Design Engineer

Industry: Automotive

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 4 yrs, 8 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Want to start a company, preferably in green technology.

Schools:

Target School: Columbia

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 9%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 10%

    I have to agree with the tough love you’ve gotten from Sandy. You may be crossing your fingers and hoping for the best becuase the full range of GMATs in Columbia’s latest class ranges from a low of 560 to a high of 790 with the average score at 727. But a 610 GMAT just won’t cut it at CBS unless you were an NFL quarterback or receiver or a hedge fund guy who has performed the cello at Carnegie Hall. In other words, candidates with GMAT scores well below a school’s average need a killer story to overcome it.

    This is even more of an issue for an Indian with an engineering background who does not have a degree punched by an IIT. As you …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    You have very cool work experience – automotive design is the stuff of some people’s dreams! However, to echo the other commentators, you definitely need to retake the GMAT. A 610 would make it tough for anyone at a top school, but for Indian applicants, a high GMAT (preferably 730+, though I know that’s easier said than done) is critical. I did a study for mbaMission last year on Indian applicants and the factors that lead to their success, and unsurprisingly the GMAT score plays a decent role. Regarding the other parts of your profile, I would need to know 1. the career progression you’ve made – have you been promoted or received additional responsibilities/compensation over the last ~5 years and 2. …

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  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru | Odds Assessment: 15%

    LOTS to like but you need to retake GMAT and keep retaking it until you get someplace near 700. This profile with a 700 GMAT gets my odds of near 40 percent. Schools always on the look out for female engineers and the auto focus is a plus. With a 720 GMAT your odds at the tougher to get into HBS are 30 percent.

    I am tired of being the GMAT shrew but the dirty little secret is that many schools really value it. It affects their rankings and ratings. Getting in to B school can be an important filter in your life, lots and lots of stuff flows from and through it. The fact that some stinking exam is hindering you has to be …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Ms. Mechanical Engineer – Susan Cera, Director of MBA Admissions, here. I spent 10 years evaluating applications at Duke Fuqua and reviewed thousands of Indian candidates. I really like your experience in the automotive industry. The two major weaknesses I see in your profile are your GMAT score and your limited outside engagement. If your interest is in entrepreneurship and green technology I encourage you to broaden your school list. Look for schools that have a lower percentage of women (Tepper?) or fewer international students (Babson?). You must absolutely retake the GMAT.

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Ms. Mechanical Engineer! Talon Rindels here, Sr Admissions Consultant with the MBA Exchange. Love your work experience – Auto industry, Fortune 100 company, Female Engineer (although your ethnicity makes it a bit less unique) – and your GPA is solid. The two key drawbacks I see are (1) Your GMAT is a dealbreaker. Maybe each top school lets about one candidate in each year with a 610, but they have to have a super unique story that captivates adcom both from an emotional and logical lens. You’ll have to get your GMAT up. Or, perhaps the GRE is more your thing. Most schools accept the GRE now, so you may want to consider that. Either way, …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 5%

  • 5% | 2 months ago

  • 5% | 2 months ago

    Doesn't have the numbers period.
  • A relatively unknown engineering school in India, combined with a 610 in GMAT are deal-breakers.
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  • 20% | 2 months ago

  • Is there more to the extracurricular than just dancing (what type of dancing, how many hours / week, any awards, etc.)? Also, GMAT may be a bit low for Columbia especially given what I've heard about the competitiveness for Indian nationals (but this could absolutely be me making an inaccurate assumption).
  • 5% | 2 months ago

    Retake GMAT.

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