Handicapping MBA: can this Indian with a 3.4 / 710 skip his cohort?



Talk about a golden resume.

Vraj has work experience at Facebook and Google, a 710 GMAT and a 3.4 GPA.

His post-MBA career goal is to get into technology venture capital.

What about its target MBA programs? The big three: Harvard, Stanford and Wharton.

Does he stand a chance considering that his GPA and GMAT are below class averages at each of his dream schools?

In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses his chances and provides some great advice.

If you would like to attend an upcoming Fridays With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and P&Q founder John A Byrne here.

DON’T MISS PREVIOUS FRIDAYS WITH SANDY EPISODES

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HOW TO GO FROM PURE TECH TO STRATEGY CONSULTING

THREE ODDBALL JOBS TO EXPLAIN, INCLUDING DOG DNA

WITH INTERNSHIPS AT TESLA, TWITTER, SPACEX AND THE CIA, DOES HE HAVE A SHOT AT HBS?

WHAT LATIN AMERICAN PASSPORT HELPS THE MOST AT HBS?

GRAND STATS, PUBLIC IVY DEGREE & FANG JOB. WHY HE’S GOING TO SUM UP ANYWHERE

2 + 2 WITH LOW STATS: SANDY SAYS IT COULD HAPPEN

SUMMA, 780: HBS LOVES THIS, WHARTON LOVES THIS, STANFORD WANTS MORE?

ARE ALL ITT IN INDIA CREATED ALSO? MAY NOT FOR ELITE MBA ADMISSIONS

BIG 4 – LAUNCH PAD FOR H / S / W?

HOW THIS POWERFUL CANDIDATE CREATED HIS FIRST HBS APP

4.0 / 760, CALTECH: MINE FIELDS FOR 2 + 2

YES AT HBS WITH A 3.0 AND A 680 – THIS BOY’S “ TWIN ” DID

2 + 2 POSITIONING FOR TYPES OF FINANCING

40% AS BUT HIGH CHANCES FOR HBS 2 + 2. I FOUND WHY

SALES GUY, 31. HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL? HERE’S HOW

THE BASICS FOR OBTAINING AN MD-MBA

CAN THIS BAND LEADER JAZZ ITS 3.3 GPA IN HBS 2 + 2? WORKING AT MCKINSEY HELPS

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL WITH A 670? HERE’S HOW

TOO YOUNG FOR HBS, EVEN WITH A 750 GMAT?

MEXICO, MASTERCARD, MAESTRO: 3 HOOKS FOR AN M7 ADMIT?

AVERAGE GMAT & GPA? CHECK. WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR BUST INTO BOOTH & KELLOGG?

OVERCOME TWO STRIKES: A LOW GPA AND A LOW GMAT

720 VS. 740 GMAT: THE SLIM DIFFERENCE CAN BE HUGE

HOW TO MAXIMIZE A 320 GRE AND A 3.4 GPA

HOW ASIAN IB / PE CANDIDATES SHOULD PRESENT THEIR STORY TO H / S / W

CAN THIS WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN GUY CRACK STANFORD & HARVARD?

APPLICATION TO H / S / MIT FROM LATIN AMERICA WITH A 770

WHERE SHOULD YOU REACH THIS BMW ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER AT B-SCHOOL?

CIAO !!! EURO ADMISSIONS FOR THE 4 MAJOR TYPES

DO NOT WATCH YOURSELF WITHIN THE FIRST TWO MINUTES OF AN ADCOM INTERVIEW

CAN THIS MULTI-RACIAL CARD CREATOR FIND HIS WAY TO AN ELITE MBA?

UNEMPLOYED POT EXEC TOWARDS THE TOP MBA. WE SAY MAYBE. DO WE SMOKE SOMETHING?

ONE 770 GMAT AND TWO UNNAMED EMPLOYERS EQUAL TO WHAT?

CAN THIS INDIAN MAN GET TO HARVARD IF HE HAS NOT DONE HIS UNDERGRAD AT IIT?

WILL THIS BOY’S FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE MAKE HIM BLACK AT HBS DESPITE A 770 GMAT and 4.0 GPA?

CAN THIS FIRST GENERATION BLACK ENGINEER GO TO HARVARD OR STANFORD?

GETTING TO WHARTON AND HARVARD WITH A 720 GMAT AND A 3.6 GPA

WHAT ENGINEERS NEED TO DO TO REGISTER

HOW DOES AN INDIAN CANDIDATE STAND OUT AT M7?

CAN SHE TURN MONEY INTO GOLD FOR WHARTON AND COLOMBIA?

CAN THIS 32 YEAR OLD PRO RUGBY PLAYER BE IN H / S / W?

AN HBS MOCK INTERVIEW WITH A UNICORN TECH GUY

HARVARD / STANFORD / WHARTON FOR THIS MONEY, NO GOLD SUMMARY?

STANFORD AND DOES THERE HAVE A MARY ROOM FOR THIS 33 YEAR CANDIDATE?

HOW DOES HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL & STANFORD GSB SEE TYPES OF HR?

IS THIS ENGINEER SUITABLE FOR BERKELEY HAAS AND MIT SLOAN?

IS 2 + 2 HBS POSSIBLE WITH A 680 GMAT

HOW A WHITE MAN WITH LOWER STATS GETS TO COLOMBIA AND WHARTON

CAN YOU JOIN STANFORD FROM YOUR FOURTH JOB?

WILL STANFORD & HARVARD BUY THIS STORY?

FULLBRIGHT, FAMILY POULTRY BIZ, PAKISTAN + HBS?

HOW TO EXPLAIN SIX JOBS IN FIVE YEARS AT A BUSINESS SCHOOL

Should she rush to apply now or wait for the next cycle?

HOW TO GET HBS WITH A 3.2 GPA

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE HARVARD 2 + 2 DEFERRED ADMISSION PROGRAM

ENTERING KELLOGG AND MCCOMBS FROM PLUTO (NOT THE PLANET)

HOW DOES THIS MCKINSEY ANALYST NOT FIT IN HBS & STANFORD?

A HIGHLY RANKED MBA FOR THIS PIANIST CONCERT?

NAGER, TECHNOLOGY FOUNDER, BANKER, HUMORIC TESTS FOR H / S / W

BAINIE, BYU ATHLETE = H / S / W?

INTERVIEW TIPS FOR MILITARY CANDIDATES – AND OTHERS

A 770 GMAT & A 4.O FROM LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS – WHAT ELSE YOU NEED FOR HARVARD’S 2 + 2

FAANG CANDIDATES AT STANFORD AND HBS ARE OFTEN SUCCESSFUL. THIS GUY SHOWS WHY

GROUPON AT HBS? THIS GUY CAN DO IT

WHAT IT TAKES FOR A NON-IIT FROM INDIA TO GET HBS 2 + 2

OLD WHITE MALE WITH A LUCK AT HBS?

MBA MOCK INTERVIEW: MORGAN STANLEY STAFF RECEIVED A DRILL

GRE FOR 2 + 2 SUPERSTARS: WHAT BASS CAN IT GO TO?

SAY “YES” TO THE MONEY OR “STAY” FOR THE GOLD?

WHEN WHITE MALE SHOULD RETURN TO GMAT

3.4 GPA, 700 GMAT & HISPANIC: CAN IT GET TO HARVARD, MIT, KELLOGG?

CAN THIS LIFE SCIENCES CONSULTANT VISIT COLOMBIA AND KELLOGG?

ARE WOMEN’S INDIAN TECHNOLOGIES EASIER WITH ADCOM HBS?

CAN THIS INDIAN IT MALE GET TO HBS WITH A 3.4 GPA BUT A 750 GMAT?

O RETAIL BUYERS AND BRAND SPECIALISTS GET MBAs

CAN THIS EX-AIR FORCE-SOFTWARE ENGINEER TRANSFORMED BY AN AIR FORCE OFFICER CRACK THE MBA CODE?

CAN THESE TARGET STAFF ACCESS HARVARD OR STANFORD?

HOW PETRO ENGINEERS CAN GET A BETTER MBA PROGRAM

LONG DISTANCE CALL: HOW DOES A MAN FROM AUSSIE TELECOM GET TO STANFORD?

IS THIS 30 YEAR ENERGY HEAD FOR HBS?

GET IF YOUR STATISTICS ARE LOWER THAN MEDIAN

WHAT GMAT DOES THIS LATINA GOVERNMENT ANALYST NEED?

REAL GOOD LUCK FOR THIS INDIAN DO-GOODER. HERE’S WHY

MILITARY-BANQUE-HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL?

HOW TO AVOID MINES IN YOUR 2 + 2 INTERVIEW

REAL HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL 2 + 2 INTERVIEW

About the Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets & Quants and four other higher education websites. He is the author or co-author of more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former editor-in-chief of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company, and creator of the # 1 Business School Rankings published regularly. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in person or online. View all articles by John A. Byrne



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