Friday, February 18, 2011

Why I got selected..??

When I started preparing for MBA, the entire process seemed extremely complex. With so many variables like gmat, essays, recommendations, interviews, wait lists, classification of schools as target, stretch and reach etc. etc. Plus there is so much information available on forums like gmatclub, beatthegmat and others it freaks you out. And Consultants doing free profile evaluation and telling people if they can or cannot get into a top b-school.

Given below are some reasons which I think got me an admit -

1) Strategic Fit - clich├ęd as it may sound, but it is true.

This program is not for people looking to change careers. Simply put this program is targeted at Mid Career Managers aiming for senior roles. Avrg class profile - 14 yrs exp, 38 yrs of age. This totally matched my requirements.

But I did see some people in the information session who wanted to transition from IT into banking or consulting. Not that it doesn't happen but then you should be in a different program and not this one.

So its important to find out everything you can about the program, most importantly its objective.

2) My in depth Research about the program -

I had read so much about the program that i knew almost everything that was available on the open internet. After the Information Session, I even told the Program Director that I could have also presented the slides and he was surprised. I also asked some very specific questions about the course, leadership seminars (which are part of the program but not openly advertised etc). All of this showed him the research I had done on the program. And this does help.

3) Experience -

The above factors do play a role but in the end it comes down to what you bring to the table (or the class). My experience of 10 yrs was spread across Hospitality (5yrs) and IT Outsourcing (5 yrs). Fortunately I had a  progressive career in both my jobs and I help some key leadership positions at an early age. More than the number of years (which was less than the program avrg anyways) I think it was the quality of experience and my transition from hospitality to IT was what worked in my favor.

Lastly, my PASSION to get into the program was evident in all my dealings with the school. Some people get over excited and desperate when speaking with Program Directors or Admissions Office. Trust me it dents your case. Be stable and come across as a matured human being and not as someone who would die to get into their school or the program.


  1. Hi Thanks a ton for sharing all this valuable information for the larger benefit for prospects like us ...

    I have 11 hrs of work-ex and currently 35 hrs old with an MBA from mdi,gurgaon in 2001 and an iit degree in 1998 . I currently head marketing function for one of the worlds largest bank in India and looking to grow into senior strategic global roles within my organisation down the line . I am keen to persue the program to gain international perspective , personal growth , cutting edge knowledge of the latest practices in marketing n strategy whilst also the opportunity to interact with future leaders and fellow batch mates .
    I do have a GMAT of 700 .

    just wanted your perspective on my chances for this prestigious program and your assessment of the fit between my objectives and the program design.

    Many thanks in advance.

  2. @ N.R - thanks for your comment. glad to know that you are interested in the course. your profile is suitable for the program but i am not and expert to comment on anyone's profile.
    a good way to start is to get in touch with the program office and have a discussion. if you would like to apply for class of 2013 then the deadline is 15th Nov (pls do check the website though)
    this program is heavy on Leadership and Innovation and very international in nature. i hope this helps.

  3. Thanks ECLS ...Have scheduled a telecon .