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Dinged Analysis

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Dinged Analysis

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:49 pm
Dinged by Wharton (R1; No interview), Booth (R1; Interviewed), CBS (Rolling; No interview)

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- 3.65 GPA in Undergrad Finance (Western University, Canada)
- 760 GMAT
- 2 years experience in sell-side investment/equity research
- 2 current years of experience at a hedge fund doing investment analysis
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Extracurriculars in University... fairly sparse post-graduation.
- Solely looking to get into investment management (basically continue on the same career track in the states)


Now, before you default to my Extracurricular as the sole reason for my rejection. Let me just say that I know others who have gone to CBS without Extracurriculars, not that I didn't have any extracurriculars since I started working... I was just a little less involved than I had been when I was in school.

I figured that I would at least be able to get an interview at CBS... but that turned out to be some wishful thinking on my part...

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Post Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:58 pm
hwang327 wrote:
Dinged by Wharton (R1; No interview), Booth (R1; Interviewed), CBS (Rolling; No interview)

Stats
- 3.65 GPA in Undergrad Finance (Western University, Canada)
- 760 GMAT
- 2 years experience in sell-side investment/equity research
- 2 current years of experience at a hedge fund doing investment analysis
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Extracurriculars in University... fairly sparse post-graduation.
- Solely looking to get into investment management (basically continue on the same career track in the states)


Now, before you default to my Extracurricular as the sole reason for my rejection. Let me just say that I know others who have gone to CBS without Extracurriculars, not that I didn't have any extracurriculars since I started working... I was just a little less involved than I had been when I was in school.

I figured that I would at least be able to get an interview at CBS... but that turned out to be some wishful thinking on my part...
The application is more than just your resume. Don't discount the importance of the essays. Schools want to see applicants who are passionate and have vision, and who will be an asset to their class. If your essay sounded perfunctory, or gave off the impression of "I want to keep doing exactly what I've been doing, and business school is just a box I want to check off on the way," they're not going to be very excited about your candidacy.

Schools want to see that you have ambitious but realistic goals, and that *their* school in particular is the bridge you need to get from where you are to where you want to be.

I would take Donna up on the offer of a ding analysis, and reach out to other admissions consultants who offer free consultations (there are several on this forum) to ask whether your essays might have been underwhelming.

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Post Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:15 pm
hwang327 wrote:
Dinged by Wharton (R1; No interview), Booth (R1; Interviewed), CBS (Rolling; No interview)

Stats
- 3.65 GPA in Undergrad Finance (Western University, Canada)
- 760 GMAT
- 2 years experience in sell-side investment/equity research
- 2 current years of experience at a hedge fund doing investment analysis
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Extracurriculars in University... fairly sparse post-graduation.
- Solely looking to get into investment management (basically continue on the same career track in the states)


Now, before you default to my Extracurricular as the sole reason for my rejection. Let me just say that I know others who have gone to CBS without Extracurriculars, not that I didn't have any extracurriculars since I started working... I was just a little less involved than I had been when I was in school.

I figured that I would at least be able to get an interview at CBS... but that turned out to be some wishful thinking on my part...
To be honest... something seems fishy here.... I don't think it is necessarily the extracurriculars--
but I do think it might be something in your application that you could have possibly done better -- as those stats certainly would give you a good shot at an interview-- and if you were not successful-- the first place I'd review are the essays and the overall short answers and application itself. It may not be that-- as one cannot know from just this information. We do offer a package called the Ding analysis-- where we have a counselor with deep knowledge in a school or in the admissions process do a thorough review of your overall application and help suggest where you could improve. Since most programs will not offer that kind of review-- I do think it might be wise to look at something like this before applying again just to make sure you address any potential weaknesses before you reapply. To set up a Ding Analysis with us-- reach out at this link: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/free-consult/

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