Application Insights from Schulich Admit 2019
Q 1. Please discuss your profile briefly.
I am currently working as an Analyst with McKinsey and Company and have close to 4 years of total experience. I majorly work in consumer insights and pricing domain. I have served the client across the globe and have got the opportunities to be part of big transformations in the Marketing and sales domain.
I have completed my engineering in electrical from PEC University of Technology with a CGPA of 6.9. Also, I have a GMAT score of 690.
Q 2. How did you shortlist the schools to apply to? What were the key points that you were looking for? What resources did you refer to while making the decision?
Having worked with McKinsey I realized the importance of international exposure to become a successful business leader. Therefore, I thought of options outside India only. Moreover, I shortlisted schools in Canada only as it has a welcoming environment for international students, ROI is good after MBA and it's easy to get a PR.
Q 3. What do you think was the most important decision you took during your application process?
It was important to keep focus on few schools and apply in schools in bunches and not try to apply everywhere at once. It is important to research well about schools and shortlisted depending on your profile and post MBA goals.
Q 4. What was the most challenging part of submitting your application to different schools? Please discuss how you handled these? Any pointers for future applicants?
Every B-school is different in what they look for in a candidate. Therefore, your application should meet the requirements and needs of that particular b-school. With the time pressure, I felt that was the most challenging part. The only way you can attract the admission committee is being honest in your profile and showing them clearly how MBA and the schools fit in your profile.
Q 5. What was the interview experience like? Did you feel you were well prepared? What all resources did you access to prepare for the interview?
The interviews are really straight forward if you are well prepared. There are mostly general and situational questions. Practicing a couple of mocks before the final interview always helps.
Q 6. What were the key aspects that you were looking for in an application consultant?
I wanted a consultant who can help me bring out the best of my profile in front of the admission committee. I had a decent profile but still got rejection from a couple of schools. At that time I realised that something was not going right and decided to get some external help. In that process I came across Shruti and asked her guidance and support. As an applicant, I feel that having a Shruti as consultant helped me become as transparent as I could in front of her and she with her skills to bind everything in a story, helped me get through essays and LORs.
Q 7. How was your experience with GoalISB? Please evaluate in terms of criteria that you think anyone choosing a consultant should refer to?
I remember the very first call I had with Shruti, I was so inclined to choose GoalISB as my consultant. She was very practical and showed willingness to help. During the application process, the methods used to collect my information were really fruitful. Having filled a couple of detailed surveys and talking to her about my goals and aspirations, helped me recollect my thoughts which were very important to form a good MBA story. The best part about Shruti is that she never asked me to change anything in my profile, she collected all the data points and used the same to draft a story that was unique and personal.