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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (17-2)  

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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (17-2)


BY: JOHN A. BYRNE & SANDY KREISBERG ON JANUARY 24, 2016

 

 

Mr. Pawn Shop

 

  • 740 GMAT (49Q 40V)
  • 3.1 GPA
  • Undergraduate major is math at a small liberal arts college
  • Work experience include two and one-half years while in college — started and ran a pawn shop-related business that generated $600,000 in revenue annually
  • “I took a break from school to focus on it, partnering with two other guys who were in similar businesses and grew it to 15+ employees, 5 locations and $2M+ annual revenue. I resumed college a year ago and I am on pace to graduate this May. I plan to sell my business in the summer and apply to business school during the fall”
  • Extracurricular involvement as a board member for a black student organization, math tutor, and sophomore class president during my first years of college.
  • Fluent in two languages
  • Goal: To grow my knowledge in business and transition into a job at a top consulting firm
  • 23-year-old, first-generation African American male from a low income inner city family (both parents are immigrants from Africa and work as janitors)

Odds of Success:

Columbia: 30% to 35%
Berkeley: 40%
Harvard: 20% to 25%
Wharton: 30%
Stanford: 15%

Sandy’s Analysis: Friend, unlike many people who write in claiming to have unique stories, this story actually is unusual. How adcoms will put all this together is unclear and you may get divergent replies. So apply to H-S-W and Columbia and Berk. You may get into all five of those places or just one, but I think you will get into one with serviceable execution.

The beauty of your 740 GMAT is that if any adcom wants to take you, they are not totally going out on a limb.

What you don’t have is any normal feeder job, or even anything close. You did start a business, in what seems like a tough and deeply old-school line of work, pawn shops, and grow it. So even an  adcom can probably see the spark  in that. In some ways, you are lucky that your business was not a hi-tech startup because then those same adcoms might be asking, with some logic, “Huh, why are you coming to B-school? This seems like a trophy lap.”

In your case, that argument has less force because the whole world of “traditional”  business is still ahead of you.
That gives credit to the normal blah, blah company founders  usually say about why they are applying to B school and  getting  an MBA. In your case it  is actually a bit true. Building up a successful pawn shop, it can be argued, has not prepared you for most other impactful, executive jobs–even starting up another company.

And while your stated goal, “to become a consultant,” would be considered a bit odd for a guy who had started a tech company (those guys dream of being VCs), it somehow aligns with your story. Also, given your background, most consulting firms would wink at the fact you will be applying without any post-college internships.

All you need to do is get a consulting gig your summer after first-year and that will be experience enough, and also answer the lurking question about you, to wit, “Sure, this guy can start a pawn shop. Hey, that’s easy. But can he show up at our b-o-r-i-n-g consulting firm with a suit and tie everyday this summer and sit still and summarize documents and be bored out of his mind and keep smiling?”

Friend, that is actually an open question, and that is a question which a high GPA answers in part and a high GMAT does not answer as much. Soooooo, present yourself to business schools as someone who can sit still, eat crap,  and spit it back.

That is ALWAYS one of the tacit admission requirements for any B-school, and in your case, it is a question that your otherwise rare and truly wonderful story does not answer.

I don’t think you are getting into Stanford. That school is too humorless and hypocritical to acknowledge your true worth, despite you being everything they allegedly go for.  Just a hunch. On the other hand, I can also see you on their website, “We took a  guy with 3.1 GPA who only worked in a pawn shop . . .” The fact that Stanford is “open to anyone” is one of their founding myths, so to the extent they can spin you that way, that might be your ticket.

HBS has enough room to go for this, after they sniff you out at an interview as being a legit version of whatever you are.  Well, I hope they interview you. If so, that will be more important for you than most people.  They will actually you why you want to go to B school, etc. and you better be able to pass for URM and not some oddball one-off.

(The Stanford interview, if it happens, will not be that important. A good many under-employed Stanford alum interviewers might actually be interested in your  pawn shop expertise and might come with some items for you to estimate. That will not be a test of your pawn shop expertise, that will be a test of how long they can hold out without getting another job.)

Wharton sort of dreams of being a school which attracts applicants like you — and may go for the 49Q and the very reportable 740. On the other hand, Wharton is not known for actualizing their adcom dreams in the form of admits. Versus, ahem, well, dreaming about them.

Columbia may not get this or really care about genuinely interesting stories with unlimited potential, so it might be some version of, “Hey, sorry, whatever this is, we don’t get it. We’re not really  from New York City, we just work there, alas, and live in the burbs and want to get home ASAP and this might make us miss the 3:40.”

Anyway, I’d be real interested to see how this plays out. Just execute in some clear and serviceable way. Do the usual blah, blah about low grades and say that? you are now ready to focus on grades and ready to suck it all up.

If you sell the business this summer and then apply for admission in September of 2017, hmmmmm, you could do yourself a real favor by developing an alternative transcript, taking MOOC courses or Harvard’s online series of fundamental business courses called CORe. Seriously, that might actually impress the adcoms and also  convince you if you need B-school or not.

 

Ms. Private Equity

 

  • 760 GMAT
  • 3.7 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in biochemistry and economics from an Ivy League university (Think H/Y/P)
  • Work experience includes two years as an investment banking analyst in a bulge bracker investment bank (Think CS/BAML/Barclays/DB), and two years as a private equity associate in a large-cap, sector-focused private equity fund
  • Extracurricular involvement as a laboratory researcher for four years while in college, president and senior cabinet member of several science student organizations, current volunteer in education non-profit and mentor for women in finance
  • Goal: To pivot toward biotech private equity investing
  • 25-year-old Asian-American female

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 30% to 40%
Stanford: 20%
Wharton: 40% to 50%
MIT: 40% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: This is totally solid, at each step. Kids like you get in and dinged at Harvard and Wharton depending on execution, recommendations, not blowing your interview and luck. Stanford may require some X factor about helping victims or being one, and a lot may turn on how connected your current PE firm is with them.

As often noted, Stanford is the most greasy, dark, secret, and plays favorites adcom of the top 10 and if you add to that their hypocrisy well, don’t get me started.
?A lot of the outcome will depend on serviceable execution and the backroom status of current PE firm.?You probably don’t need to apply to more places, Just execute serviceably and try to make strong connections from your lab work to your very real desire for goals in biotech PE.

You noted that you are a current volunteer in education non-profit and mentor for women in finance. No one really cares about inside baseball jive like that, Stanford certainly does not unless those women are former victims of sumpthin or slaves, and I don’t mean 80-hour slaves from IB.

OK better than zilch but not going to tilt anything at Stanford.

 

Mr. Boutique M&A

 

  • 740 GMAT
  • 3.95 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting from Binghamton University, completed in three years
  • Work experience includes two years in investment banking at a well-known boutique M&A firm (think Moelis, Greenhill, Guggenheim, Centerview), with an offer for promotion, and three years in corporate development for a Fortune 500 but not well-known company (10+ closed transactions and promotion)
  • Extracurricular involvement as the founder and president of a social fraternity, vice president of a selective mentorship program, chairman of a young leadership board for a small nonprofit, and a mentor in New York City
  • Goal: To become a private equity partner or the CEO of a Fortune 100 company
  • 26-year-old male

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 20%
Stanford: 10%
Wharton: 30% to 40%
Columbia: 30% to 40%
Chicago: 30% to 40%
MIT: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Ouch, not seeing this at Stanford unless you got some politically correct adversity story up your sleeve or press-stopping leadership story (real rare). They got white boys up the whazoo with similar stats and what may be better jobs (to them). Stanford usually takes white boy corporate types who are tying to get in on, ahem, merit, from a very limited set of their favorite Fortune 100 companies. Not clear yours is that. That is the question. Same analysis for your chances at Harvard Business School, but the door there is much wider.

If somehow I am reading your chronology backwards and you started in corporate development and then moved to Centerview partners that might make things easier, but still not seeing this as Stanford, unless someone at your job is wired there and willing to pound on the table. Wharton goes for this deeply, as does Booth, and MIT.

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2016/01/24/50332/ 

 

 

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