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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201610)(22-1)  

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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201610)(22-1)

 

 

BY: JOHN A. BYRNE ON OCTOBER 01, 2016

 

 

After a year as an operations analyst for a major New York bank, she went west and has worked for nearly four years in Silicon Valley for a major social media player in supply chain operations. This 26-year-old white female boasts super stats: a 760 GMAT and a 3.89 grade point average from a top 40 private university. She hopes to get an MBA to move into an strategic planning role at an early stage tech company.

After earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy and economics at a top 25 university, he became a reporter at the Financial Times and ultimately moved into a senior management role at a financial news startup that serves the investment banking community. With a 720 GMAT and a 3.75 GPA, this young 20-something professional now wants an MBA to transition into i-banker job.

After a two-year stint as a counter terrorist intelligence analyst for the Defense Department, this 27-year-old African-American woman joined an experiential nonprofit that largely works with underserved youth and veterans. As the development and corporate relations manager in a large regional office, she hopes to go to business school to transition into a corporate social responsibility role at a for-profit or hybrid company. She has a 690 GMAT and a 3.62 GPA from Duke University where she majored in history and political science.

All three of these candidates and several more want to get through the door of a highly selective MBA program at one of the world’s very best business schools. Do they have a chance?

Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru.com, is back again to analyze these and a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants who have shared their vital statistics, work backgrounds and career goals with Poets&Quants.

As usual, Kreisberg handicaps each potential applicant’s odds of getting into a top-ranked business school. If you include your own stats and characteristics in the comments, we’ll pick a few more and have Kreisberg assess your chances in a follow-up feature to be published shortly. (Please add your age and be clear on the sequence of your jobs in relaying work experience. Make sure you let us know your current job.)

 

Mr. Muckraker

 

  • 720 GMAT (43Q/47V)
  • 3.75 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a top 25 university with a double major in economics and philosophy (As in almost all statistics, econonics and math classes)
  • Work Experience includes a year as a reporter at the Financial Times, working on a Pearson Venture fund-backed financial news service; one year as an editor at an energy commodity benchmarking/forecasting company; currently in a senior management role at a financial news start up that serves the investment banking community
  • Extracurricular involvement includes four years of varsity tennis; program director at a nonprofit that uses tennis as a vehicle for empowerment for kids with autism; member of the development committee at another nonprofit that sponsors tennis clinics in underserved neighborhoods
  • Goal: To put his understanding of the energy industry to use at a power and utilities group at an investment bank; eventually would like to join an infrastructure investment firm

Odds of Success:

Columbia: 40% (Early Decision)
Wharton: 30%
MIT: 25%
Yale: 40%+
NYU: 50%
Georgetown: 50%+

Sandy’s Analysis: What we have here is a very attractive, Ivy League kind of literate guy who did well. You have solid basics, with a 3.75 GPA and a 720 GMAT. He also say she has a lot of extras around tennis. You are a tennis playing, writer type. This is proof of mama don’t let your children double major in economics and philosophy. If he just majored in economics, he might have been able to go straight into an investment bank. Quick learner that he was, he realized that he would rather be eating these cup cakes rather than writing about them and so he then transitioned over from writer to editor to editor of more proprietary, high-value insider publications. By hook and crook and hard work and intelligence he has transformed himself into a financial writing innovator.

I think you should apply to Wharton. Why you omitted Wharton, I don’t know. I like you and schools will like you. Admission committees are often composed of people like you, liberal arts business who had an interest in business. The fact that you are a writer means you are probably well spoken. Wharton might say we could use a guy like you. You are a few basis points on your GMAT below Wharton’s numbers but they might very well eat that given that you are not the typical i-banker. You seem more articulate, fun loving, and more well read than the typical investment banker.

The question is can you get hired by an i-bank? The more important question is would an admissions committee think you can get hired by an i-bank? I think you need to say you want to go into financial publishing, like Rupert Murdoch. That might be an alternative career and one that is more attractive to an admissions committee.

Your chances at Wharton are about 30%, depending on the cohort they put you in. If they assign you to the investment banking cohort, you might pop out because your background is so interesting. But that is a very competitive cohort and they have people like that coming out of their pant’s pocket. That’s why you might have more of an edge if you compete as someone who is interested in financial publishing.

It’s clear you are not the plain vanilla investment banker type.

 

Ms. Future COO

 

  • 760 GMAT
  • 3.89 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a top 40 private U.S. university in New England
  • Work experience includes a year with a major bank in New York as an operations analyst, and three and one-half years with a major social media company in Silicon Valley in supply chain operations (purchasing servers for data centers)
  • Two internships at Big Three consulting firms in the accounting function
  • Two promotions in three years to a senior level normally held by someone with 10 to 15 years experience
  • Extracurricular involvement as a marketing head for a small financial literacy nonprofit for one year; several months in a mentoring program at the State Department that involves travel to Africa
  • Goal: To move into a strategic planning operations role at an early stage tech company, with a long-term objective of becoming a chief operating officer
  • 26-year-old whie female

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 30% to 40%
Wharton: 40%
MIT: 40% to 50%
Northwestern: 50%
Dartmouth: 50%
New York: 50%+
Georgetown: 59%+

Sandy’s Analysis: You’re a rare case, a woman in operations, which is a real plus. Or it could be, that is the issue. You have a 3.89 from what I would call a second tier-school. If you look up top 40 privates in New England, you’re in the category of Boston University or Northeastern University. Those are fine schools but they are not feeder schools to HBS, Wharton, or MIT. You have a very consistent career in operations, from a bulge bracket bank to your current job at a social media company in Silicon Valley.

You give an example of your job as purchasing servers for data centers. Let me just say that the word purchasing in the business school admissions process is not a powerful word. Purchasing agent is what your uncle who comes to Thansgiving and never went to college does. When I grew up in Long Island in this lower middle-class community, a lot of these guys were purchasing agents at Grumman Aircraft. That was the leading high tech firm in Long Island at that point.

You know what you want to do and you know where you are going. You paint a tight picture. You’re a very strong candidate if you can just describe what you do. My advice: Make what you do sound strategic, not purchasing. You need to make it clear that you are deciding whether to buy more servers or to communicate by smoke signals. That is a strategic decision.

You say you applied in Round 1 at Harvard. So here’s another piece of advice: If you get an interview, you should hire someone to do a mock interview. There are a lot of people with your stats who don’t get into Harvard. There’s two ways to present yourself: As the BU purchasing agent or as the woman in stategic technology candidate. If you can present yourself as the woman in strategic operations, your chances are very good at all your target schools. If you present as someone from BU who is a purchasing agent, your chances are less good. The way you present yourself is important. This is a case where they may not be able to see what is behind what you present.

 

Ms. Former Intelligence Officer

 

  • 690 GMAT (42V/42Q)
  • 3.62 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in political science and history from Duke University
  • Work experience includes two years as a counter-intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense; three years working for a leading outdoor experiential education nonprofit that works primarily with underserved youth and veterans (think Outward Bound or NOLS); After a year of leading multi-day leadership expeditions (backpacking, canoeing, rockclimbing), she joined the office staff and serve as the Executive Director’s Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator, gaining a crash course in all areas of nonprofit management; after two years promoted to current position as the Development and Corporate Relations Manager in a larger regional office of the same organization
  • Goals: To transition into a corporate social responsibility or cause marketing role
    in a for-profit or hybrid company, with the long-term objective of becoming an executive director or CEO of an established nonprofit focused on youth and/or community development

  • “I currently live in Philadelphia and would like to stay in Philadelphia during and after school–for that and many other reasons, Wharton is my number 1 choice”
  • 27-year-old black female

    Odds of Success:

    Wharton: 50%
    Harvard: 40% to 50%
    Yale: 50%
    Duke: 50%
    UNC: 50%+

    Sandy’s Analysis:What we have is a black female from Duke with a pretty damn high GPA of 3.62 and we have a 690 GMAT which is marginally accepted by many places and for an underrepresented minority is a pretty good score. A 690 GMAT in the URM cohort could get you in the top 5%. More important than that, it just signals to a business school that if you can do a 690, you can do the work at anyplace so they would have real confidence in you.

    Then, you have essentially two jobs on your resume. One seems odd. You describe it as counter terrorism intelligence for the Department of Defense. Let’s put that aside for the moment. After two years, you leave that job to become a field instructor for an Outward Bound-type organization working with underserved youth and veterans. This sounds like you worked in this odd, super spy job and then left for something completely different. As a matter of due diligence, what you have to do is to explain the Department of Defense job. You don’t have to excuse it. You just have to say, ‘When I graduated Duke, I took job because my experience was this and that and then I transitioned into an Outward Bound organization for the following reasons.’ That is quite a pivot, as they say. Schools will be very interested in that and will want you to explain it.

    The only other small question is your current employer. You say you are in some sort of corporate development job for a large regional office of the organization so your employer has got to be big time. If it’s not Outward Bound or a well-known organization, you have to describe it in some detail.

    This is a very powerful profile but your story is going to be powerful everywhere and possibly least so at Wharton. Wharton is not really an NGO, nonprofit type school. They are open to it, but it’s not something they go crazy over. If they only take a few people like that, they could very well take you.

    It’s your choice but you only go to business school once. I would apply to Harvard Business School. Throw one in there. i have a feeling that you would not only get into HBS, they would give you a lot of money. They have a lot of money to give, and you are the kind of person they would like giving it to. That money could buy a lot of a get-out-of-Philadelphia decision. For you, Harvard would be free. Not only would they waive tuition, they would give you money to come. Whatever is keeping you in Philadelphia, if it is for a significant other, give him the money Harvard will give you.

    Your presentation was terrific, by the way. Your short version nailed it.

    ‘Department of Defense analyst turned nonprofit professional with a strong background in leadership experience wants to go to Wharton.’

    That is a terrific piece of summary. You ought to apply to Stanford as well. You are a classic Stanford applicant. Stanford would be happy to bring down their GMAT score for you. I bet the odds for you at 30% to 40%.

 

 

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