MBA Handicapping: 5 Years Finance + 4 Years Marines = HBS?

Born in China, Tianxing became a naturalized US citizen at the age of 25 and soon after joined the US Marine Corps where he is first lieutenant. With a 750 GMAT and 3.9 GPA from UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, he now wants to get his MBA to return to civilian life.

He has a fascinating history with these solid statistics. After Berkeley, he worked as an accountant for a medical device company, then in operations for a mutual fund and finally as a controller for a fund of hedge funds. For a while he also tried his luck as an entrepreneur, but it didn’t quite work out for him. Out of patriotism, Tianxing enlisted in the US Marines. Stationed in Japan for three years, he participates in military manpower planning for exercises with allied countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia and Thailand.

Now 30, he would be 31 at enrollment, an age that puts him just outside the sweet spot of 26-28 for most elite MBA programs. Still, he has big aspirations, selecting target schools such as Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School, Yale School of Management, and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Does he have a chance? In this episode of Fridays with Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg puts him to the test of a tough mock interview and offers insightful advice on what Tianxing needs to do to tip the odds for admission into the UK. his favor.

If you would like to participate in a future Fridays With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and John here.

DON’T MISS PREVIOUS FRIDAYS WITH SANDY EPISODES

APPLY AFTER 30: DO’S AND DON’TS

MOCK HARVARD 2 + 2 MBA INTERVIEW: SANDY GRILLS THIS TYPE (FOR ITS OWN GOOD)

HBS WITH A GPA 3.2 ??? IT COULD HAPPEN.

CAN THIS INDIAN MALE WITH A 3.4 / 710 LEAPFROG COHORT HIS?

CAN THIS PGA ANALYST DETERMINE AT HBS?

HOW TO GO FROM PURE TECH TO STRATEGY CONSULTING

THREE ODDBALL JOBS MUST EXPLAIN, INCLUDING DOG DNA

WITH INTERNSHIP AT TESLA, TWITTER, SPACEX & THE CIA, DOES HE HAVE A SHOT AT HBS?

WHICH LATIN AMERICAN PASSPORT HELPS THE MOST AT HBS?

EXCELLENT STATISTICS, DEGREE OF PUBLIC IVY AND USE OF FANG. WHY HE’S GOING TO GET TOGETHER ANYWAY

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

SUMMA, 780: HBS LIKES IT, WHARTON LIKES IT, DOES STANFORD WANT MORE?

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

BIG 4 – LAUNCH STAMP FOR H / S / W?

HOW THIS POWERFUL CANDIDATE SCREWED HIS FIRST HBS APPLICATION

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

YES AT HBS WITH A 3.0 AND A 680 – THE “TWIN” OF THIS TYPE DID IT

2 + 2 POSITIONING FOR TYPES OF FINANCE

40% QUANTUM BUT HIGH CHANCE FOR HBS 2 + 2. I FOUND WHY

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

THE BASICS FOR OBTAINING AN MD-MBA

CAN THIS GROUP LEADER JAZZ ITS 3.3 GPA IN HBS 2 + 2? WORKING AT MCKINSEY HELP

HARVARD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 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. SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO ENTER BOOTH & KELLOGG?

OVERCOME TWO STRIKES: A LOW GPA AND A LOW GMAT

720 VS. 740 GMAT: THE THIN 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 AFRICA CRACK STANFORD & HARVARD?

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

WHERE SHOULD THIS BMW ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER GO TO SCHOOL B?

CIAO !!! EURO ADMISSIONS FOR BIG 4 TYPES

DON’T GET IN THE FIRST TWO MINUTES OF AN ADCOM INTERVIEW

CAN THIS MULTI-RACIAL CARD MANUFACTURER FIND THE PATH TO AN ELITE MBA?

THE UNEMPLOYMENT POT EXEC GOES FOR THE BEST MBA. WE SAY MAYBE. DO WE SMOKE SOMETHING?

ONE 770 GMAT & TWO UNNAMED EMPLOYERS EQUAL TO WHAT?

CAN THIS INDIAN MALE ENTER HARVARD IF HE HAS NOT DONE HIS FIRST CYCLE AT IIT?

WILL THE FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE OF THIS TYPE MAKE IT BLACK BALL AT HBS DESPITE A 770 GMAT & 4.0 GPA?

CAN THIS FIRST GENERATION BLACK ENGINEER UNDERTAKE HARVARD OR STANFORD?

ENTER WHARTON AND HARVARD WITH A 720 GMAT AND A 3.6 GPA

WHAT ENGINEERS NEED TO DO TO BUSINESS

WHAT MAKES AN INDIAN CANDIDATE STAND OUT AT M7?

CAN SHE TURN MONEY INTO GOLD FOR WHARTON & COLUMBIA?

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

AN HBS MOCK INTERVIEW WITH A UNICORN-TYPE TECH

HARVARD / STANFORD / WHARTON FOR THIS MONEY, NOT OR SUMMARY?

ARE STANFORD AND HAAS A MARRIAGE FOR THIS 33 YEAR OLD CANDIDATE?

HOW ARE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL AND STANFORD GSB TARGETING TYPES OF HR?

IS THIS ENGINEER SUITABLE FOR BERKELEY HAAS & MIT SLOAN?

IS 2 + 2 HBS POSSIBLE WITH A 680 GMAT

HOW A WHITE MAN WITH LOWER STATISTICS ENTERS COLUMBIA AND WHARTON

CAN YOU GET STARTED WITH STANFORD IN 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 ENTER HBS WITH A 3.2 GPA

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

ENTERING KELLOGG & MCCOMBS FROM PLUTO (NOT THE PLANET)

HOW DOES THIS MCKINSEY ANALYST NOT ENTER HBS & STANFORD?

A HIGHLY RANKED MBA FOR THIS CONCERT PIANIST?

SWIMMER, TECHNICAL FOUNDER, BANKER, COMEDIAN TRIES FOR H / S / W

BAINIE, BYU ATHLETE = H / S / W?

INTERVIEW TIPS FOR MILITARY CANDIDATES – AND OTHERS

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

FAANG CANDIDATES AT STANFORD & HBS OFTEN SUCCEED. THIS TYPE SHOWS WHY

GROUPON AT HBS? THIS GUY COULD DO IT

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

OLDER WHITE MALE WITH A LUCK AT HBS?

MBA MOCK INTERVIEW: MORGAN STANLEY STAFFER GETS A DRILL

GRE FOR 2 + 2 SUPERSTARS: HOW LOW IT CAN GO?

SAY “YES” TO MONEY OR “WAIT” TO GOLD?

WHEN WHITE MEN SHOULD RETURN TO GMAT

3.4 GPA, 700 GMAT & HISPANIQUE: CAN IT FIT IN HARVARD, MIT, KELLOGG?

CAN THIS LIFE SCIENCE CONSULTANT ENTER COLUMBIA & KELLOGG?

DO INDIAN TECHNICIANS HAVE AN EASIER TIME WITH ADCOM HBS?

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

O RETAIL BUYERS AND BRAND SPECIALISTS GET MBAs

CAN THIS EX-AIR FORCE OFFICER BECOME A SOFTWARE ENGINEER CALL THE MBA CODE?

CAN THESE TARGET STAFF ENTER HARVARD OR STANFORD?

HOW PETRO ENGINEERS CAN ENTER A TOP MBA PROGRAM

LONG DISTANCE CALL: HOW DOES AN AUSSIE TELECOM GUY ENTER STANFORD?

DOES THIS 30 YEAR ENERGY STEP FOR HBS?

ENTER 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-BANQUIER-HARVARD SCHOOL OF COMMERCE?

HOW TO AVOID LAND MINES IN YOUR 2 + 2 INTERVIEW

THE 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 has authored or co-authored 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 of Fast Company, and creator of the first regularly published ranking of business schools. 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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