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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201211) (24-1)  

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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201211) (24-1)

 


 BY: JOHN A. BYRNE & SANDY KREISBERG ON NOVEMBER 09, 2016

 

 

She’s a 25-year-old young professional who works for a marketing startup that advises such major clients as Unilever, Google and Frito-Lay on how to market to Hispanic customers. With a 700 GMAT and a 3.7 grade point average, she hopes to get an MBA to transition into a traditional brand management job.

After nearly four years at a big four consulting firm, this 28-year-old Italian woman became a private trader, something she’s been doing for the past three and one-half years. With a 760 GMAT and a pair of master’s degrees in accounting and international management, she now wants to get an MBA in the hopes of landing a job at a hedge fund.

He’s currently pursuing a master’s degree at Columbia University in management science and engineering. But this Indian graduate student now wants to apply to Harvard, Stanford and Yale for deferred admission so he can use the time in between his current master’s and his MBA to start a company.

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.)

Ms. Brand Manager

 

  • 700 GMAT
  • 3.7 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a top public college in Virginia
  • Work experience includes two years at a marketing startup that advises such large companies as Unilever, Google and Frito-Lay on how to market to the Hispanic and multicultural consumers in the U.S.; reports directly to the president of the startup who will write her a glowing recommendation
  • “Although the company is small, it is seen as a thought leader in total market strategies”
  • Extracurricular involvement as an advocate for brand marketing via total market strategies
  • Goal: To be a brand manager who progresses to a top marketing role
  • 25-year-old female

Odds of Success:

Northwestern: 40% to 50%
Duke: 40% to 50%
Virginia: 40% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: Your chances turn on some things we don’t know. You say, for example, that you graduated from a top public college. If you have a 3.7 from UVA, that’s great. If you have a 3.7 from a public school in Virginia without a national reputation, that’s another thing. A lot of this will also turn on what an admissions committee thinks of the company you are working for. It’s small and likely unknown so you are going to have a lot of explaining to do.

If the firm is, as you say, a thought leader in total market strategies and your boss writes a glowing letter on your behalf, that is a real plus. But often times, presidents of companies don’t know how to write glowing recommendation letters. You are someone who can actually use a consultant because you have to package the company you work for, including getting someone to help the president write a powerful recommendation.

There is a level of inflation in a great recommendation letter that some don’t get. A great recommendation letter should go something like this: “My name is Joe Blow. I have worked for the XYZ company for the past 35 years. During the course of that time, i have worked with 68 people in the applicant’s peer group. This person is ranked one or two out of those 68 people based on her analytical abilities, her teamwork skills, her ability to innovate, and an unprecedented ability to bring in new business which has never been done by anyone at her level.

You clearly know your story by the target schools you’ve chosen. If you execute in a servicable way, I think you have good odds at all of them. There’s a lot to like here but you have to make it real. You’ve got to make it specific, describe campaigns and do a better job in using the correct language for what you do.

 

Ms. Private Trader

 

  • 760 GMAT (Q50,V42)
  • 3.76 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in economics & finance from a top 10 public university
  • 3.96 GPA (master’s)
  • Master’s degree in accounting and finance from top 10 public
  • 3.98 GPA (master’s)
  • Master’s degree in international management from the best Italian university for economics and finance
  • Work experience includes three and one-half years for a Big Four consulting firm, then six weeks abroad in Egypt as part of a European Voluntary Service project to protect women’s rights and three and one-half years as a private trader
  • Extracurricular involvement as the tennis team captain, co-founder of an association which raised money to allow children and young women to have an education; member of the Italian association for people with down syndrome
  • Completed all three CFA levels, boasts excellent knowledge of C, C++, Java,
    fluent in English and Spanish
  • Short-term goal: To switch to the hedge fund industry
  • 28-year-old Italian white female

Odds of Success:

Wharton: 30% to 40%
Columbia: 40% to 50% (early decision)
NYU: 40%+
Booth: 30% to 40%
Dartmouth: 30% to 40%
Yale: 40%
Northwestern: 40%
Cornell: 40%+

Sandy’s Analysis: What we have here is a very attractive candidate with an odd twist. You are Italian. That is a plus. You are a woman. That is a plus. You have a 760 GMAT. That is a huge plus. And you worked for three and one-half solid years at a Big Four consulting firm in Europe. As I have pointed out many times, the European version of a Big Four is considered more selective than it is in the U.S. That is a very powerful application.

The joker in the deck is the three and one-half years you have spent as a private trader, trading in your own account. Schools don’t like traders. Trading is individual and quanty but it’s not a leadership position. And there is a suggestion here that someone who worked in consulting just got tired of it. My advice would be to write about what private trading means and how hard you work at it and what your theory is because it’s easy to picture you as a trader for an hour a day and spending the rest of time shopping.

As to your goal of working for a hedge fund, these jobs are often the escape dream for people who are self-employed. In your case, you have a finance background and hedge funds do trade so you have a better chance of that than many. If you can make a case for the type of hedge fund who would hire someone like you, that would be the best outcome.

The big question here is which of your target schools will blink at a slightly fractured story just to buy the 760 GMAT and the high GPAs and what appears to be a very attractive personality. The answer could be many of them. Wharton, Columbia and Booth come to mind. Those schools are very GMAT focused and finance and quant focused. They would be willing to blink at the two fissures in your application, the three and one-half years you have spent at home trading and the slightly dreamy idea of joining a hedge fund.

The difference between staying at home and trading and going to business school is like night and day. For one thing, you have to get dressed up to go to business school. Unless you get into Stanford, you can’t wear PJs to class. I think your odds at all your target schools are pretty good, from 30% to more than 40%. Frankly, you should apply to Harvard. It’s nothing but the grief. I think your odds are 20% to 25% there. This is a case where the Harvard essay is perfect. It allows you to explain your story. The promp is ‘what else do you want us to know,’ and you would have the chance to explain what you have been doing in the past three and one-half years.

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2016/11/09/handicapping-elite-mba-odds-5/ 

 

 

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